Is it the first time for lighting your brand new gas grill? Are you anqious about the gas leak? Don’t you worry because this article will help you to know how to use a gas grill for the first time. Grilling is a very fun activity. Some people may opt to use the more traditional charcoal grills, while others may opt for the more convenient and easy to use gas grill.
Over the last few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of people that have realized the benefits of using a gas grill. The gas grill has some benefits compared to the charcoal style of grill. If you are a beginner, who is just about to use a gas grill for the first time, don’t worry, as it is very easy to use. There are a few simple steps that should be followed in an attempt to master the art of cooking on one of these grills.
How to Use 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. Also, it is not a must for you to be a professional griller to be able to use the gas grill.
In contradiction to the charcoal grills, that are preferred by the more serious grillers. The gas grill is very easy to use and is ideal for those beginners who are just starting to experience the wonderful world of outdoor cooking. This is a perfect for people who are just trying grilling out or those who just want to have a taste of outdoor cooked food.
It is very important to take the time to read the gas grill instructions book before you start using it. It is essential to follow the instruction 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 a gas grill is in fact very easy, so you don’t need to fret over it. Just follow the gas grill instructions, and there will be no problem. Read the basic steps enumerated below to know how to use a gas grill for the first time.
Set the Grill on a Level Surface
The initial thing you need to do is to prepare your gas grill for use by setting it correctly and safely on the level ground. You have to fix the gas grill 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 grill. To be sure, read the directions manual carefully on how to place and order the lava rocks. Then, put your grill on the lava rocks.
Connect the Propane Tank to the Grill
After placing the gas 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, you should fix it. Failing to do so may lead to damages. After checking for cracks, see if the control valve is fastened tightly.
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 gas grill instructions manual concerning your valve connection, as there can be many types of valve connection. You will require the manual to find out what type of connection your gas grill 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
After doing the previous step, you need to examine the connection for any leakage. Visually examining it may work for others but the safest way to check for leakage is to use a leakage detection solution.
You can buy this at any appliance store. Or, you can also 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 this to the combination of the valve. Then, gently open the control valve. You will know if your connection does not 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, do not take the risk, close the valve and do not operate your grill.
Open the Valve and Ignite the Grill
In case you are sure that your connection does not have any sort leaks, then it is time to light the grill. The valve on top of the gas grill have to be free, then you can open it’s lid. Turn on the gas flow control on the grill to full and squeeze the lighter switch instantly. Some grills do not come with their lighter shift, so you may have to buy a standard grill lighter at the hardware store.
Once the gas grill 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.
Safety Tips on Handling the Propane Tank
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.
1. Always store the LPG or propane tanks vertically and upright outdoors
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, do not transport it in a vehicle with a warm interior or in the trunk of the car
4. Do not transport the propane tank in a car that is not running smoothly or through a rough road full of bumps. The LP inside the tank has a very high pressure and continuous movement may aggregate it and lead to 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.
After Using a Gas Grill
Now you are educated enough to know how to use a gas grill for the first time. Once you have finished using the gas grill for cooking, 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. People’s failures had resulted in many accidents in the past. The safest way to practice safety is to read the manual and then carefully follow usage instructions. Cleaning a gas grill after usage is always the best so you will be ready for the next grilling experience.