If you’re anything like the team here at Tundraland, you’re feeling the excitement that can only accompany one thing: grilling season! In order to get the most out of your gas grill all summer long, it’s important to know a thing or two about the art of outdoor cooking. Whether you’re new to the grilling scene or you’re a seasoned expert, we hope these tips help you enjoy the ultimate summer of barbecues and flame-grilled food!
Always Start With a Clean Grill
Any area where you prepare food should be clean, but this is especially true for your grill—after all, this is an appliance you primarily keep outside. Luckily, the high heat of the flames do most of the cleaning work for you. Let things get warm for a few minutes, then use a nylon or steel wool brush to scrape off any remnants. At the beginning of every grilling season and two or three times after, you should take the metal grates off and soak them in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
Have Extra Propane on Hand
Nothing is worse than bringing out a plate of steaks to grill, only to discover the tank’s run dry. Part of owning a gas grill means keeping an extra tank on hand to avoid such disasters. A full tank should definitely be on the shopping list if you’re planning a bigger family barbecue.
Keep it Covered
You don’t have to lug your grill into and out of the garage or shed every time you want to use it this summer. Just make sure your gas grill stays covered when it’s not in use. This can help prevent and sort of rusting or weather damage, extending the life of your grill.
Practice Safety First
At the end of the day, fire is fire. For safety’s sake, make sure you stand by your gas grill whenever it’s in operation (especially when the food is on it). Keep small children away from the grill when it’s on, and teach all members of your family about fire safety and how to properly turn off the grill.
There’s nothing quite like the experience of grilling outdoors on your deck in the summertime. If you think that your deck could use a serious overhaul, call the experienced installers at Tundraland. We offer beautiful, long-lasting composite decking and can often complete the installation in about a day or two! Make this summer one to remember by contacting Tundraland today to schedule a deck consultation.