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Important Tips For Safe Gas Grill Operation

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In this blog post  we will share some safety tips on using your gas grill. Even if you do not own a gas grill it is still a good idea to read on as you or your family inevitably will find yourself in close contact with a “griller”.   You would be surprised at the dangerous things people do around flammable gas.  

  • When you are barbecuing, only open the propane tank valve half-a-turn. This supplies enough gas to the burners, and makes emergency shut off very fast, should you ever need to close the valve.
  • The proper sequence for starting a grill is (1) Open the grill lid, (2) turn on the gas supply, (3) turn the ignition burner to high, (4) light the ignition, (5) turn on the second burner if needed. By following this sequence, excess gas will not accumulate inside the grill before it is ignited, preventing an explosion that could damage your grill and even cause personal injury.
  • Never fuel lawn mowers or any other tool or motorized toy anywhere near a burning grill.  
  • Perform routine maintenance such as inspection and cleaning of venture tubes for insects or grease.
  • Check gas hoses for wear such as cracking, brittleness or leaks. Be sure there are no sharp bends.
  • Keep gas hoses away from hot surfaces or install a heat shield to protect them.
  • Replace scratched or damaged connectors which could leak gas.
  • Following your manufacturer's instructions, check for gas leaks. You should not smell gas. If you do, immediately turn off the gas until the leak is fixed.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, candles or any open flame away from a leaking grill.
  • Never use a grill indoors. It must be at least 10 feet away from any building. It should not be used in the garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under any surface that could catch fire.
  • Never try to repair the tank valve or the grill by yourself. See a qualified LP gas dealer or repair person.
  • Always follow your manufacturer's instructions that came with your grill.
If you have a propane tank  then a couple of Propane tank tips are mentioned below:
  • Always keep containers upright
  • Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline near the grill
  • Always transport LP gas containers in a secure, upright position
  • Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat causes the gas pressure to rise, which could open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
  • Always use extreme caution and carefully follow your manufacturer's instructions when connecting or disconnecting your LP container.
Your friends at The Fireplace Showcase sincerely care for you and your families.  Product safety education and training is fundamentally important to all of us here.  When you purchase industry-leading quality gas grills from The Fireplace Showcase, you can rest assured we will be there for you to discuss the safe operation of the same.  Our final point is this.  While you might find most (if not all) of these tips to be "common knowledge", the fact is that grill mishaps cause injury to Americans on a daily basis. We will do our part to ensure this never happens to you.   Please be smart, be safe, and enjoy your grilling.

Barbecue with Gas Grills or Charcoal Grills

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, April 24, 2010
The American tradition of barbecuing always seems to generate the age-old debate over which type of grill is the best ... a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Both types of grills have their advantages and disadvantages and you should choose a grill based on your own tastes and needs. When picking a grill, consider your budget, your planned grilling location, your taste preferences and even your schedule.

A charcoal grill is simply the more traditional of the two, and a lot of people love it for this reason alone. It involves the primal enjoyment of working with fire and working the heat source to properly cook the food. The heat source is hotter in general, but is more uneven, which requires the chef to pay attention to the grill and to know exactly what they’re doing; to be a “grill master”.  The charcoal grill is most loved because of the smoky or grilled flavor that it gives to the food, which the gas grill will not do. It takes longer to cook food with a charcoal grill, but in return for your hard work, you get a smokier, more traditional flavor in your food.  A charcoal grill is usually much cheaper to buy than a gas grill because it requires less assembly by the manufacturer. A gas grill can be quite expensive, so you should analyze your budget and get a grill you can afford. Also, a bag of charcoal costs slightly less than a comparable amount of propane, so even the upkeep of a charcoal grill is also cheaper.

A gas grill is much more convenient for cooking regular meals. It basically has a similar convenience as your oven. A gas grill requires only the flip of a switch to light and a few minutes to warm up. The food also cooks more quickly and more evenly than it does on a charcoal grill. These advantages can benefit a family that would like to cook regular dinners on their grill, a busy family with less time to cook, or a family that eats dinner later in the evening,. They don’t have to wait as long for their food as they would have to with a charcoal grill. A charcoal grill would be better for family picnics or vacations, times that are more relaxed and leisurely. Another advantage of the gas grill is that when it is operated properly, it is a lot safer. Unlike a charcoal grill, which requires an open flame for part of its operation, a gas grill can be put in much smaller spaces, including patios and decks and nearer to the house, because there is no exposed flame. And, with a gas grill, small children and pets are in no danger of an open flame. The amount of supervision is cut drastically from the necessary supervision with a charcoal grill. Consider the space you have for your grill and any safety issues specific to your family.  A gas grill is also much easier to clean. The surfaces get less carbon on them and are made to easily wipe clean. A charcoal grill gets heavy with carbon and requires a lot of scrubbing to get clean.

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