Tips for Propane BBQ Grilling

Always Keep Safety on the Menu

propane grill iowa May is National Barbecue Month! All in all, it’s a fun way to encourage us to explore all the wonderful opportunities for some flavorful outdoor cooking.

But before all the fun begins, it’s always a good idea to review some important safety reminders. Here are five tips to keep in mind as you get fired up for the grilling season.

  1. Keep your propane grill at least six feet away from your home and position it on sturdy and level ground.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended.
  3. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. To light your grill, open the lid before turning on the gas tank. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5-10 minutes before attempting to light it again. If you still have trouble, it’s time to call in a propane pro for help.
  4. Close your grill lid quickly to extinguish small flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to have a portable fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby—just in case.
  5. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank or adjust fittings while the grill is running. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light.

Safe Handling of Portable Propane Cylinders

These are important safety tips you should follow year-round.

How to Deep Clean Your BBQ Grill

You should invest some time to do a thorough cleaning of your propane grill at least once a year—or more if you use your grill a lot. This will keep it running properly and safely. (About half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns that could have been avoided.)

You don’t need any high-tech tools to do a complete job of cleaning a propane grill from top to bottom. All you need are some basics: rubber gloves, aluminum foil, a grill brush, and a large bucket of hot and soapy water. Dish soap is recommended. Here’s what to do.

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