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.

Finding the perfect carpet may seem overwhelming, but oftentimes, the right carpet can help complete the design aesthetic of your room. The Home Depot’s PetProof Carpet not only offers different textures and colors to best match your style, but is also equipped with built-in stain, spill and odor protection technology to keep your carpet clean...

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Create the outdoor space of your dreams with a DIY paver patio. Follow along as Laura and Aaron of Garden Answer install a paver patio from the ground up, with tips and tricks for installing your own at home! Installing a Paver Patio and Fire Pit from the Ground Up! My brother and sister-in-law have...

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Follow along as Savannah of DIY and design blog Classy Clutter takes you through her backyard paver patio transformation step by step. Read more about the fun, family-friendly backyard makeover below. How to Transform Your Backyard With Pavers When we bought our house we knew that the backyard was going to need some major work. Installing patio...

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DIY and blogger, Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven helped The Heard family transform their patio deck into the perfect, functional space for their family gatherings. Read more about how she completed the patio makeover below. Patio Makeover: A Transformation for the Perfect Family Celebration There is something really special about being able to transform a space...

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There’s no beating around the bush on this one: Bathroom renovations are tough—both mentally and financially. But there are ways to make the process as painless as possible! Lifestyle blogger Carrie Waller, of Dream Green DIY, spent several months working with her local Home Depot kitchen and bath center to refresh the dated bathroom in...

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Stainless Steel Alternatives: Black Stainless Steel & Slate Appliance Finishes When looking for a kitchen update, many people head straight for stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel is sleek, chic, and has been a classic for decades. It will always be a great option for your kitchen appliances, but don’t be afraid to explore alternative finishes...

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Adding a paver patio to your backyard can make outdoor entertaining a breeze. Follow along as Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle creates a hardscaped patio area perfect for entertaining family and friends. Patio Living in a Southern Outdoor Oasis Outdoor entertaining is a must in the South and despite having the perfect backyard to...

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It can be difficult to style an outdoor space with no defined seating area. Follow along as Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates the perfect outdoor entertaining area by installing a paver patio. How to install a paver patio In the time we have lived in this house, we have never had a...

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The DIY Huntress, Sam Raimondi is tackling professional grade stains without hiring a professional with the help of the new Hoover PowerDash Complete. Check out her favorite tips to a no-hassle carpet cleaning experience. How To Clean Professional Grade Stains Without Hiring A Professional Raise your hand if you have spent a lot of time...

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Adding another entertaining area to your backyard can be an easy DIY project. Follow along as Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted walks through a few simple steps to create this paver bench and fire pit set up! Creating a Backyard Entertaining Area with Paver Kits Our backyard is coming together. The second phase after completing...

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Living with pets can be a mess, but with The Home Depot’s PetProof carpet, stains, dirt, and spills are no match. Equipped with built-in stain, spill and odor protection technology, PetProof carpet was designed with pet owners in mind. We asked Juniper the Fox, of JuniperFoxx, to put PetProof carpet to the test in their...

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Keeping carpets clean can be a constant struggle, especially for pet owners. Abby Capalbo of AbbyCapalbo.com struggled to keep her rugs clean with her golden retriever and new puppy around. Rather than removing the entire rug to be cleaned or hiring an expensive professional cleaning service, Abby was able to easily clean her favorite rug...

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  Spend more time relaxing and entertaining in your backyard with the addition of a paver patio. Follow along as Miranda of Live Free Creative Co. completely transforms her neglected backyard by installing a DIY paver patio. Extend your Outdoor Space with a DIY Paver Patio Spring is creeping upon us, and there is no...

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Kevin O’Gara from Thou Swell recently transformed his Dad’s kitchen with the help of new KitchenAid appliances. Check out how his reveal came out below! Gorgeous Gray Kitchen Makeover With KitchenAid I’ve redesigned pretty much every room in my dad’s house – except for for the kitchen. I was more hesitant to tackle this room since...

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Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle took this year’s Patio Style Challenge as an opportunity to create the perfect southern inspired outdoor entertaining space. Check out her easy tips for incorporating a little southern style into your patio design. Modern & Southern Patio Decor Spring in the south is all about outdoor entertaining. Whether it...

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Turn your unused outdoor space into a functional patio dining room in a few easy steps. Follow along as Ty Stewart of Little Home Reloved transforms her unused carport into a space for eating and entertaining for this year’s Patio Style Challenge. Carport to Patio Dining Room Transformation We knew when we started renovating my...

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Spring Planter Perk up Chances are winter may have left some of your outdoor potted plants looking less than lush.  Now is the perfect time to refresh your patio or porch with new planters overflowing with colorful blooms (or fresh edibles). And Miracle-Gro has an excellent variety of soils for all types of plants and...

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Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs was in search of the perfect vacuum to clean up after her two pups. See how the Hoover SmartWash Pet Advance exceeded her expectations, below! Easy Carpet Cleaning With SmartWash Pet Advance If you know me, then you know I am a total clean freak (yes, I deep clean my house every...

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Miranda Anderson of Live Free Creative Co. used this year’s Patio Style Challenge as an opportunity to transform the backyard of her new fixer upper into a perfect outdoor entertaining space. Follow along her style journey for tips on creating a cozy, lively patio space. How to Create a Lively Patio Outdoor Entertaining Space The...

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Black Stainless Steel is the new Black and Alexi Politis from Seeking Alexi is giving us her professional tips on how to create a fresh new look in your kitchen with the help of GE’s new finishes. Read more about styling GE black stainless steel kitchen appliances below! Tips On Styling Black Stainless Steel Kitchen...

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It can be difficult to style a small patio. Clarissa of My Wifestyles was inspired by this year’s Patio Style Challenge to make the most of her small patio using mix and match pieces to fit her space. Check out some tips below for maximizing your small patio! Mix and Match As renters of our...

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Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space. For this year’s Patio Style Challenge, Yuni Min of Love Your Abode maximized her patio area by shifting around her current dining set to make room for a comfortable seating set. Check out her styling tips as she adds seating, pops of color, and greenery...

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Get the most use out of your patio by creating an area that can be enjoyed both day and night. See how Ashley Hill of The Jeep Girls styled her patio for outdoor entertaining for this year’s Patio Style Challenge. Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night Our favorite aspect of living in Chicago is summer because...

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It can be easy to overlook your outdoor space in colder months. For this year’s Patio Style Challenge, Diana of Diana Elizabeth was inspired to transform her unused patio space into the perfect area for working, relaxing, or entertaining. Follow along her style journey to find out how to easily create a multi-functional outdoor space of...

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Harsh weather is no match for Home Depot Patio Furniture. See how Alex Evjen of Ave Styles styles her patio into a desert oasis to be enjoyed for many years to come for this year’s Patio Style Challenge. Transform your backyard into a desert oasis About two years ago, I invested in brand new outdoor...

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Chloe Mackintosh from Boxwood Avenue renovated her 1964 home’s laundry room just in time for spring! Read more about how Chloe transformed her laundry room into a beautiful, functional space below! Spring Cleaning: A Laundry Room Transformation Our home was built in 1964, and even though we have remodeled much of the house, our laundry room...

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Creating a cozy space in a large open back yard can be challenging. See how Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted used this year’s Patio Style Challenge as motivation to create an outdoor space that they will enjoy for years to come. Creating a Cozy Patio Space with Outdoor Furniture We love our backyard and its lakefront...

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Get the most use out of your patio by creating an area that can be enjoyed both day and night. See how Uyen Carlson of Crew & Lu styled her patio to create the perfect outdoor entertaining space and a family-friendly patio. The Perfect Outdoor Living Space: A Family-Friendly Patio Design is such an important element...

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Miranda Anderson from Live Free Creative Co had one goal in mind for her kitchen renovation and that was to make a big impact in her small space. Using GE’s new slate stainless steel finish appliances helped her achieve the dimension she was looking for. Read more about the appliances Miranda selected to make an impact...

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For this year’s Patio Style Challenge, April Erhard of April GoLightly was inspired to create a poolside patio lounge to make the most of her outdoor space. Check out her style journey, including easy step by step instructions for painting a concrete patio area. How to Create a Poolside Patio Lounge Over the past several...

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Jaime Costiglio of Jaime Costiglio came up with a beautiful way to add character to this wedding reception entrance. Her DIY wooden planter boxes created a warm and welcoming feeling. Just follow Jaime’s step-by-step DIY wooden planter boxes tutorial for your patio or next event! DIY Wooden Planter Boxes Wedding décor includes everything from the smallest...

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Turning Your Basement Into The Perfect Workspace Spring is that glorious time of year when you feel a need to clean the massive mess produced throughout the winter when motivation was the only thing lower than the temperature. Unfortunately, I do not own a garage at this time, but I do have a basement that...

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Stacy Risenmay of Not Just A Housewife wanted to come up with a fun bed design for her son’s new room. This DIY modern bed with storage not only looks great in a kid’s room, but it’s also very functional. Read on to see step-by-step instructions! How to Build a DIY Modern Bed with Storage When he...

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Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife recently re-designed her son’s bedroom. For the new space, Stacy built a custom modern loft bed. Find out how you can recreate this look in six simple steps! Six Easy Steps to Build a DIY Modern Loft Bed for Teens When I was planning this bedroom makeover I knew...

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The laundry room is arguably one of the most important parts of any house. Brooke Ulrich of All Things Thrifty recently moved into her new home and knew the first thing she had to tackle was her laundry room. Check out the selections Brooke picked out for her home and 6 features that were important to...

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After replacing her old wooden deck, Melaine Thompson of My Sweet Savannah was ready to turn her empty patio into an outdoor entertaining space for this year’s Patio Style Challenge. Follow along her style journey as she transforms her unused outdoor space into a focal point of her lakefront home. Lakeview Patio Makeover This is...

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Sarah Lampley of Sarah L Lampley has her hands full when it comes to cleaning up after 3 kids and a playful pup. After noticing how expensive hiring a professional to clean her carpets was becoming, she decided to test out the new Power Scrub Elite Pet Plus Carpet Cleaner. See the 4 reasons why...

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Jaime Costiglio, of Jaime Costiglio, created a beautiful and thoughtful wood backed menu for her friend’s wedding reception. This fun detail added character to the place setting. Read more to find out how to create this DIY project. How to Make a Wood Backed Menu Everyone looks forward to the food at a wedding. Exactly what...

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Jaime Costiglio, of Jaime Costiglio, got creative with her latest DIY project. Instead of using floral centerpieces, Jaime created beautiful wooden lanterns for her friend’s wedding reception. This simple project added a lot of character. Read on to see the step-by-step instructions! Simple DIY Wooden Lanterns A beautiful alternative to floral centerpieces these large wood...

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It can be easy to overlook your outdoor space in the winter months, but for this year’s Patio Style Challenge, Nicole White of Live Laugh Decorate took the opportunity to give her patio a refresh. After incorporating stylish seating, a few pops of color and some greenery, Nicole transformed her patio into the perfect outdoor...

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