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 Important Deck Safety Checks

We get a lot of calls every year from people wanting to know if their existing decks are still safe to use. Whether you are getting ready to sell your house, looking at buying a house, or just want to know if it is safe to continue to use your deck until your budget allows for an upgrade. It is crucial to know when a deck can no longer safely support your family members. There are 4 common problems that lead to decks becoming unsafe, which we will address below. However, these are not the only issues that can render a deck unsafe. Check these 4 points, but if there are any red flags at all, please contact a professional in your area for their expert opinion.

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  1. The deck ledger to house connection. The deck ledger is the framing member that is flat against the wall of your house. It is generally attached to the house with lag or through bolts. If it is only attached with nails, you will want to add some lag bolts or ledger screws. This connection should also be flashed with rubber or metal flashing. It can be tough to tell if it is flashed, you may have to remove the back floor board and some siding to see for sure. If there is no flashing, make sure to check the wood...


We get a lot of calls every year from people wanting to know if their existing decks are still safe to use. Whether you are getting ready to sell your house, looking at buying a house, or just want to know if it is safe to continue to use your deck until your budget allows for an upgrade. It is crucial to know when a deck can no longer safely support your family members. There are 4 common problems that lead to decks becoming unsafe, which we will address below. However, these are not the only issues that can render a deck unsafe. Check these 4 points, but if there are any red flags at all, please contact a professional in your area for their expert opinion.

  1. The deck ledger to house connection. The deck ledger is the framing member that is flat against the wall of your house. It is generally attached to the house with lag or through bolts. If it is only attached with nails, you will want to add some lag bolts or ledger screws. This connection should also be flashed with rubber or metal flashing. It can be tough to tell if it is flashed, you may have to remove the back floor board and some siding to see for sure. If there is no flashing, make sure to check the wood for moisture & softness. If you can poke a screwdriver into the wood easily, that may mean that you will need to replace it. An easy way to tell if the wood is rotting down lower between the ledger & house wall, is to add some ledger screws or lag bolts to the ledger board. If the bolts/screws grab well in the house wall, that means the wood is still good. If the bolts/screws just spin out, it may mean that there is rot in the house wall.

  2. The joist to ledger connection. The floor joists are the framing members that run perpendicular to the ledger and usually are supported in the front by a beam & posts. The joists should be connected to the ledger with metal brackets that are U shaped, these brackets are called joist hangers. If these joist hangers are missing or rusted, you will want to add or replace them. They are available at any lumber yard, Lowes or Home Depot.

  3. Heaved or sunken footers. If your deck is heaved up or sinking in the front by the posts & beams, this can cause serious issues. It can cause the deck to disconnect from the house, especially if the ledger connection is weak. If you catch the heaving or sinking early enough, it can be as simple as replacing the footers under your deck posts. If you deck is high enough to work underneath at least.

  4. Inadequate Railings. Several factors can cause your railings to become inadequate. Test the strength of your railings by grabbing the top railing, and pulling towards you. If you can move the railing more than a few inches, you may need to repair or replace them. Use a screwdriver to push in on the wood at the ends of the railing components to check for rot. If the wood is soft, you will need to replace them. If the wood seems to be good, then the issue is generally inadequate fasteners in the posts. You can add some ledger screws or lag bolts to the railing post & framing connections to shore up the railing strength.


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