How to Use a Propane Grill

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How to use a propane grill seems like a silly topic to write about. Most have us have been grilling for years and consider ourselves quite good at it. But others are finally making the switch from charcoal to propane and could use a brief tutorial. And for those of us in the experienced category – well, there always room for improvement to keep things safe.

How to Turn on a Propane Grill:

  1. Make sure your grill is situated in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Open the lid.
  3. Turn the valve on the propane tank one full turn counter-clockwise. (Most people open the valve with several turns. But one turn not only releases enough gas to light the grill but also makes it easier to turn the gas off quickly if necessary!)
  4. Turn on the burner control closest to the ignition switch to High.
  5. If you have an automatic starter, press the ignition switch one to two times to light the burner. If you have a manual grill, light a long match and insert it into the lighting hole which should be closest to the burner you turned on.
  6. If the grill doesn’t light, turn off the burner and the propane. Allow the gas to dissipate for a few minutes before trying again. Leaving the gas on can cause a dangerous flareup when the grill does finally light!
  7. Turn the other burner(s) to High. You should be able to hear them light as the flame expands from one section of the grill to another. Let the grill heat up for several minutes before you add your burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc.
  8. Congratulate yourself because you did it. Wait, what? Already? Yup, it’s not rocket science. You are now ready to cook your favorite foods. (For some of us that’s scarier than getting the grill lit!)

Now, you survived lighting the grill and have prepared a great meal that your family can’t wait to dig into, DON’T FORGET TO TURN OFF THE GRILL!

How to Turn Off a Propane Grill:

  1. After removing the food from the grill, turn the heat back to High for a few minutes to allow any remaining food bits to cook off. If you plan to start eating while you are waiting for this step, it may be a good idea to set a timer to remind you to go back to the grill.
  2. Turn off the propane valve first by turning the knob clockwise. This stops the flow of the propane before turning off the burners, and protects against gas being caught in the hose.
  3. Turn off all of the burners.
  4. Leave the lid open until the grill is cool to make sure the heat has dissipated. And never put a cover on a hot grill!

A Few Additional Propane Grill Safety Tips

Safety is always worth mentioning and safety precautions are always worth taking!

  • Clean your grill after each use to avoid flare-ups when cooking. Leftover grease causes about 20 percent of grill fires.
  • Position the grill at least five feet from the house. It should be on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.
  • NEVER use your grill indoors! Not only is it a fire hazard, but propane combustion releases carbon monoxide – an odorless and potentially deadly gas that can build up in your home.
  • Before lighting the grill, always check hoses for kinks, cracks or damage.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your propane grill. Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
  • Stay close to the grill when cooking. According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended grills are the cause of 46% of cooking fire-related injuries.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep the lid open until you’re sure the grill is lit. A closed lid can cause an explosive build-up of propane gas.

And don’t forget to make sure you have enough propane on hand!

How often tanks need to be filled depends on how often you use your grill. But on average, you can typically use a barbecue tank for 10 – 20 hours of grilling – depending on the size of your grill – before it needs to be refilled. You should not let your tank fall below 20% full before planning for a refill. At this level, there is still enough fuel in the tank to heat your grill and the integrity of the tank of the tank won’t be compromised.

Trust Levco’s Propane Exchange program to keep you grilling!

Levco’s Propane Exchange delivery program is safe, convenient and easy to use. Simply go online or give us a call to order your tank(s). We will deliver – most times the next day – right to your home and leave the tank by the garage. You’ll be sure the tank you get is in good condition, meets all safety standards and is ready to use. You won’t worry about transporting it in your car, waiting on long lines, or even finding the time to pick it up.

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