Building Deck & DIY Platform for a Grill
BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

4 Pool Decks Worth Copying

Pool decks crop up all across the American landscape and look amazing on above ground pools and below. They’re wildly popular with more than 3.5 million scattered across the countryside. These decks can be constructed from various materials including Ipe, Pressure Treated Southern Pine, Cumuru, Cedar, Mahogony, composite, vinyl capped composite, and vinyl. We’ve poured through our creations to show you four pool decks in various materials that’ll inspire you to take action today.  

above ground pool deck in pressure treated wood

Above Ground Pool Deck with Matching Lattice

When our customer wanted a pool deck with matching railings and lattice work to encircle their above ground pool, we handcrafted their vision with pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine. The lawn running along two sides of the pool makes this deck feel expansive. Lattice work beneath the deck allows Mom or Dad to store pool toys out of sight.

Although this beauty is nearly half the cost of other wood options like Cumuru or Ipe, it’s a durably constructed deck that requires little upkeep. Pressure treated wooden decks need stained every three years with a UV inhibitor. It’s best to stain it so that it’s not exposed to the elements like rain, snow, dirt,...


Pool decks crop up all across the American landscape and look amazing on above ground pools and below. They’re wildly popular with more than 3.5 million scattered across the countryside. These decks can be constructed from various materials including Ipe, Pressure Treated Southern Pine, Cumuru, Cedar, Mahogony, composite, vinyl capped composite, and vinyl. We’ve poured through our creations to show you four pool decks in various materials that’ll inspire you to take action today.  

above ground pool deck in pressure treated wood

Above Ground Pool Deck with Matching Lattice

When our customer wanted a pool deck with matching railings and lattice work to encircle their above ground pool, we handcrafted their vision with pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine. The lawn running along two sides of the pool makes this deck feel expansive. Lattice work beneath the deck allows Mom or Dad to store pool toys out of sight.

Although this beauty is nearly half the cost of other wood options like Cumuru or Ipe, it’s a durably constructed deck that requires little upkeep. Pressure treated wooden decks need stained every three years with a UV inhibitor. It’s best to stain it so that it’s not exposed to the elements like rain, snow, dirt, sun, and pool water. The rest of the time you’ll enjoy your toes in the water.

 

above ground pool deck in Azek

Easy-to-Clean Above Ground Pool with Deck

Pressure treated Southern Pine isn’t the only material available for above ground pool decks. The light grey decking won’t heat up as much as darker colors which makes it cooler on bare feet.

Amish deck builders created this economical and low maintenance deck from Azek with black aluminum railing spindles. The dock is easily cleaned with Zep 505, Krud Cleaner/Degreaser or Simple Green at 50 percent dilution.

So, make a splash jumping off the dock into the pool. You’ll have a cool place to relax all summer long, and cleanup will be a breeze.

 

Ipe pool deck

Decking for an Underground Pool

This Ipe pool deck proves less is more.

Ipe (pronounced ee-pay) is an exotic hardwood that comes from Brazil and is denser than California Redwood. Ipe will last 20 years or more and naturally resist mold, decay, and rot. Many love that this wood is sustainably harvested. The dense cell structure of the wood means it doesn't need to be treated with preservatives. It's the highest rated wood for durability according to the US Forest Products Labradory and resists splintering and checking. 

The simple design frames the underground pool and highlights the lush, green yard and trees. 

 

below ground pool deckDurable, Weather-Proof Pool Decking

Want a simple deck to surround your below ground pool?

The Wolf Serenity Decking with Colorwatch Technology in Amberwood repels moisture for long-lasting exquisiteness.

The weatherproof decking is a durable and attractive wood alternative that brings the comfort of home to your poolside oasis.

 

 


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