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.

How Can I Make My Small Deck More Private?

If your yard is a little too open to prying eyes, consider one of these unique backyard privacy ideas from home remodeling in Dayton, OH, instead of a costly fence. These cost-effective tasks can be completed in a single weekend, leaving only a few days between you and your newly private garden.
Ideas for a Low-Cost Privacy Fence in the Backyard
Plant trees along the perimeter of your property.
Consider this evergreen privacy fence concept if you have a larger yard (and funds). If you're patient, trees and plants may form excellent fences. Fast-growing trees like arborvitaes can reach any desired height in a few of years, providing a natural barrier between your property and your neighbor's. Furthermore, planting a tree is simple and inexpensive, requiring only a few shovels, some dirt, and the tree itself.
Construct a Living Wall
Hang multiple flower boxes from a lattice screen or other frame to create a simple living wall. Fill the boxes with soil and your favorite greenery. Choose bigger, bushy plants as the main tenants of your boxes for the most coverage. Consider using trailing plants to fill in the gaps between the boxes. This backyard privacy idea comes with the added benefit of enlarging your gardening space for those of us with green thumbs.
Use Extra-Large Planters
Purchase a number of large planters and fill them with tall, ornamental grasses or flowers. Arrange the planters in a row along a piece of your porch or another place where some screening is required. This is essentially a less expensive variant of the traditional (but more expensive) usage of bushes to create a privacy fence.
Use outdoor curtains to encircle your patio.
Simply drape your outdoor curtains around your porch, patio, or other seating area using a rope, wire, or rods. You can hang your curtains from trees, porch railings, or any other solid fixture in your yard. Wherever additional support is required, simple wooden posts can be hammered into the ground. Drive wooden posts into the ground and secure the rod or wire to them for added support. Backyard privacy curtains are simple to make and give your yard a distinct flair.
Construct a Privacy Screen
A few old doors, either painted to match or left in their natural color, can be used to create a quirky yet functional privacy screen. To make a folding screen, simply connect the hinges on each one. The same may be said for old shutters or, more correctly, antique screens. The possibilities are unlimited with a little imagination.
Install a Low-Cost Lattice Fence
Only a few wooden posts or boards, depending on how solid you want your fence to be, and enough lattice to cover them are required for this project. You may easily paint or stain the lattice to match the color of your house or yard furnishings before putting the fence together. If you prefer a more classic privacy fence, this DIY project is as easy—and inexpensive—as it gets.