Is it the first time for lighting your brand new gas grill? Are you anxious about the gas leak? Don’t you worry because this article will help you to understand how to use a gas grill for the first time.
Grilling is a fun outdoor activity for sure. Some people may opt to use the more traditional charcoal grills, while others may opt for the gas ones as more convenient and easy to use. Over the last few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of people that have realized the benefits of using this type of cooking device.
If you are a beginner who doesn’t know what to do when you get a new gas grill, don’t worry, as it is very easy to use. There are a few simple steps that should be followed to master the art of cooking on one of these units so let’s take a look at how to use one.
How do you prepare a gas grill for the first time?
Using a gas grill allows you to cook with almost no hassle and you can finish cooking in a short period of time. Also, it isn’t a must for you to be a professional cook to be able to use this type of grill.
It is very easy to use and is ideal for those beginners who are just starting to experience the wonderful world of outdoor cooking. It is perfect for people who will start to cook or those who just want to have a taste of outdoor cooked food.
Read the instructions and safety precautions
It is very important to take the time to read the grill’s instructions book before you start using it. Follow the instructions and safety precautions that are laid out in the booklet.
So, how do you use a gas grill? Or more specifically, how do you use it harmlessly and in a way that neither the grill or you will be injured? As said earlier, utilizing it is in fact very easy, so you don’t need to fret over it. Just follow the instructions, and there will be no problem. Read the basic steps enumerated below to know how to use it safely for the first time.
Set the Grill on a Level Surface
The initial thing you need to do is to prepare your grill for use by setting it correctly and safely on the level ground. You have to fix it outdoors, and else you can try to place it in an area that is 10 to 15 feet far from the house or any other construction or structure.
Buy some lava rocks and adjust them at the bottom of the device. To be sure, read the directions manual carefully on how to place and order the lava rocks.
How do you hook up a propane tank to a grill?
After placing the grill up on a safe and stable place, it is time to connect your propane tank. Check the gas line and ensure there are no cracks or leaks or any sign of impairment. If you see some, fix it. Failing to do so may lead to damages. After checking for cracks, see if the control valve is fastened tightly.
The valve connection
Place the propane tank on the stand of your gas grill in a way that the valve opening is facing the direction of the grill combination. Again, refer to the instructions manual concerning your valve connection, as there can be many types of them.
You will require the manual to find out what type of connection your cooking device holds. Usually, though, most gas grills have screw kind valve connections, and you only have to connect and disconnect it using the screw nut.
Check the Connection for Leakage
Now, you need to examine the connection for any leakage. Visually examining may work but the safest way to check for leakage is to use a leakage detection solution.
How do you make leak detection fluid?
You can buy it at any appliance store or you can make your leakage detection solution at home. How? Just mix equal parts of lukewarm water and dishwashing liquid or soap.
Once you already have a liquid, apply it to the combination of the valve. Then, gently open the control valve. You will know if your connection doesn’t have any leaks when no bubbles appear from the solution applied to the valve. But if there are bubbles, even if they are too small or too few, don’t take the risk, close the valve, and don’t operate your unit.
Open the Valve and Ignite the Grill
In case you are sure that your connection doesn’t have any sort leaks, then it is time to light it. The valve on top of the cooking device has to be free, then you can open its lid.
Turn on the gas flow control on the grill to full and squeeze the lighter switch instantly. Some grills don’t come with their lighter shift, so you may have to buy a standard grill lighter at the hardware store.
Once the device has been ignited, it is now ready to use. If the gas fails to ignite abruptly, turn the gas check knob off. Wait for a moment and then try again using the same methods specified above.
Propane tank safety tips
There could be some do it yourself quick fix tips for some minor problems in the gas grill (such as blocked burners), but for more serious problems especially concerning the propane tank, please see a professional who works with propane or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tanks.
Here are the safety tips that I recommend for consideration.
1. Always store the LPG or propane tanks vertically and upright.
2. Never place the propane gas tank near flammable materials and liquids.
3. Transport the propane tank in the same upright and vertical position. Also, don’t transport it in a vehicle with a warm interior or in the trunk of the car.
4. Don’t transport the propane tank in a car that isn’t running smoothly or through a rough road full of bumps. The LP inside the tank has very high pressure and continuous movement may aggregate it and lead to an explosion.
5. Never store a spare propane gas tank indoors or by the grill.
It is very important for you to not use flame or matches, and lighters or even smoke a cigarette near the propane tank.
How long do you need to burn off a new grill?
It is best that you burn off your new grill and get it ready for some serious cooking. I recommend that you clean it when you get it since it may have dust and coating from the factory. Then you light it and let it burn at full speed for 10-20 minutes.
How do you cook on a propane grill?
There are a few tips to consider when cooking with a propane grill. First, you should check the grill installation. All should be on its place and ready for safe cooking. Check the propane tank and the burners.
Prepare utensils and accessories
Prepare the utensils that you will need for cooking, paper towels and oil. Prepare the foods that you will serve to your guests, they should be marinated and seasoned.
Preheat the grill
Now it is time that you preheat the unit. Turn all the burners on high mode and close the hood tor about 15 minutes. Open the hood and oil the cooking grates with oil. Close the lid and set the wanted temperature.
Set the burners
If you have more than just one burner you can set one on medium-high and the other on high temperature to cook meat and veggies at the same time. The lower temperature side will also allow you to put foods there to cook slower.
Another tip regarding the foods is that if the dish won’t turn nicely than it is not the time to turn it yet. Turn the foods when they are ready and keep the hood closed for most of the time. It will enable even and faster cooking without losing temperature. If you have a cast-iron pot it is great to put it in the grill to prepare marinades or dessert toppings.
After the cookout
When your dish is ready put it in the aluminum foil to rest. Then turn the burners on the highest mode to burn the residue. When the smoke is gone you are able to brush the grates and oil them to keep them clean and ready for the next cookout.
Where can I fill up my grill propane tank?
When your fuel tank for outdoor cooking is empty you can fill it again at gas stations, convenience and grocery stores, Walmart and Home Depot.
What to do after using the gas grill?
Now you are educated enough to know how to use a gas grill for the first time. Once you have finished using it, make sure you have safely turned the gas knob off.
Then, switch off the gas flow controller. For added safety measures, always check the connection valve to ensure that it is safe to use in cooking.
The safest way to practice safety is to read the manual and then carefully follow usage instructions. Cleaning it after the use is always the best so you will be ready for the next grilling experience.