The following grilling tips and grilling basics pertain to the use of a gas grill and lean more on safety
1. Carefully read instructions on the assembly of a gas grill. This is a real safety concern.
Safe OPD Propane Tank
2. Only use the specified type of gas and assembly parts from the manufacturer. Avoid using a gas cylinder that is rusty, corroded or dented. The other parts could fail because of tear, wear or age.
If you still have an old tank, trade it in for the new, safer 3-point valve (OPD) propane tank. You will know you have the safer 3-point valve if your tank has a triangular hand wheel valve.
3. Always use your gas tank in an upright position unless otherwise specified. Do not try to invert or turn the tank ‘down-side-up’ in an attempt to use up all the gas. It is a pressurized container, it does not need to be turned. Unusable liquid propane at the bottom of the tank can spew through the hose and gas lines and cause a major, scary uncontrollable flare-up!
4. Make it a habit to always turn all the knobs OFF before you open the lid. Carefully open the lid looking out for any lurking spiders. Next, further inspect the grill before lighting. Look out for that gas odor.
5. Make sure the hoses, regulators, valves and other attachments are secure. It is very easy to check for potential gas leaks by using a soap-water solution with a brush or sponge. Any bubbles forming on the hose and other connections will be a clear indication of a leak. Secure or replace the necessary parts. Re-test again for leaks in the same manner. Follow the owner’s manual on lighting instructions for your grill.
New Federal Safety guidelines direct that all new propane tanks should have an Overfill Protection Device(OPD).
6. Always lean back when lighting a gas grill. Avoid a potential ‘flush-back’ explosion.
7. Keep the lid or hood open until the grill is heated, then cover it for a little while to heat up the cooking chamber.
8. If the grill burners do not ignite on a few tries, turn the knobs OFF and wait for a few minutes before re-igniting to allow the unburned gas to diffuse or blow away.
9. Consider using a grilling plank when grilling seafood and fish with indirect heat. It will hold your food and infuse it with aromatic wood flavor of your choice.
10. Keep a second or spare gas tank handy. It is more convenient to switch from one empty tank to a filled one than having to stop cooking to replace or have your tank refilled to resume cooking.
11. Lastly, have a dry-spray fire extinguisher on hand incase of a fire. “Sear Thy Steak, Not Thy Neighbor.” – New York Times article.
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Now you have a few outdoor grilling tips in your arsenal. You will find many more Grillspot Tips! in these pages that may apply only to a specific method or item and can be found side by side with its application. Also, consider going to the recipes section to take a look at more useful ideas on a vast range of food types from steaks to vegetables. Tipping on good flavor!