Top 10 Tips for Grilling with Propane and Charcoal

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Outdoor cooking is a popular way for you to cook at home food for the summer holidays, sporting functions, or even family get-togethers. Although grilling is a delightful way to prepare food, you should bear in mind that bbq grills can easily end up being very hot, and may possibly result in fires or burn injuries. Grill fire data can be alarming so it’s important to take the appropriate precautions. Whether you favor to grill with propane or perhaps charcoal, these simple guidelines will have you on your way to grilling safely and securely.

Let me throw out some additional facts and figures:

  • In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million in direct property damage.
  • More than one-quarter (27%) of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6% started in the kitchen.
  • In almost half (43%) of the home outdoor fires in which grills were involved, half (51%) of the outside gas grills, and 29% of gas grill structure fires, the fire started when a flammable or combustible gas or liquid caught fire.

Propane Grill Tips:

Always check the propane tank hose for cracks, holes, or leaks before using the grill.

If you suspect a leak or smell gas while operating the grill, turn the grill off immediately.

Any grill that might have a gas leak should be serviced by a qualified professional before you use it again.

If a leak does not stop, immediately get away from the grill and call 911.

Charcoal Grill Tips:

If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. Do not use gasoline or other non-approved flammable liquids.

Do not apply starter fluid to charcoal that has already been ignited.

When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the ashes.

Place all ashes or coals in a metal container for disposal.

Propane and Charcoal Tips:

Nothing beats holding a glass of ice swimming in your favorite beverage with cooking/grilling, but remember that if you've refilled your glass more than three times, the food is done. Grilling seems safe because we all do it so often, but that doesn't remove the fact that the grilling surface is hot and actual fire is going on right below. 

Remember that food cooks by convention as much as direct flame. If you want your meats to cook with full flavor, place the meats on the left while the burners on the right are on high (or vise-versa). Unless of course you enjoy the flavor of burnt steak.

If you cover your grill after use, keep the lid open after you turn the grill off in order for it to cool down quicker. 



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