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.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Outdoor Living Experience

We love to hear stories from our clients about how much they love their decks. Our goal always is to build an outdoor living spot that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. So with that in mind, we came up with a list of 6 things you can do to make your deck the best hangout spot for your family

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  1. Add a Roof. Covering all or part of your deck is expensive, but it is simply the best way to maximize the amount of time you will spend on it. Having a roof opens up so many options, you can add things like ceiling fans, speakers, or a TV. You can screen it in, or leave it open. You can add heaters or a fireplace to allow use in the spring & fall. If your deck is south-facing, adding a roof will allow you to use it even in the hottest months of summer.

  2. Add some low-voltage Lighting. Having lights installed on the steps makes your deck much safer. Having lights installed on the top or side of the posts adds a nice soft glow to the whole area. This is one of the biggest regrets our clients have afterwards,  that they did not get lights installed. In most situations, lights can be added after the deck is built. Though it will be more complicated, and thus be...


We love to hear stories from our clients about how much they love their decks. Our goal always is to build an outdoor living spot that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. So with that in mind, we came up with a list of 6 things you can do to make your deck the best hangout spot for your family

  1. Add a Roof. Covering all or part of your deck is expensive, but it is simply the best way to maximize the amount of time you will spend on it. Having a roof opens up so many options, you can add things like ceiling fans, speakers, or a TV. You can screen it in, or leave it open. You can add heaters or a fireplace to allow use in the spring & fall. If your deck is south-facing, adding a roof will allow you to use it even in the hottest months of summer.

  2. Add some low-voltage Lighting. Having lights installed on the steps makes your deck much safer. Having lights installed on the top or side of the posts adds a nice soft glow to the whole area. This is one of the biggest regrets our clients have afterwards,  that they did not get lights installed. In most situations, lights can be added after the deck is built. Though it will be more complicated, and thus be more expensive.

  3. Add a fire pit. We have installed several different types of fire pits on decks for our clients. You can have a gas burning one that sits on top of the deck or you can have a paver fire pit that will allow you to burn logs, integrated into the deck.

  4. Comfortable Furniture. Outfitting your deck with lots of seating will ensure that your family can spend at much time on it as possible.

  5. Design the Deck to fit your needs. Thinking through some of the ways you will use your deck the most can help you a lot in the design process. Think about how many tables, chairs, grills, etc. you will want on the deck. Then plan a layout based off of that. This will ensure that your deck is the proper size and the flow of seating and grilling makes sense.

  6. Add a gate. If you have pets or young children, adding a gate at the top of the steps makes a lot of sense. This will give you an outdoor space for the kids to play without you needing to worry about them falling down the steps


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