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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.

Illuminate Your Outdoor Space

Your deck is finally finished and now it’s time to put it in use. However, you don’t want to only be able to relax on your deck during the day; you’ll want to use it at night, too! This is where deck lighting comes into play. Lighting up your deck can really take the space to the next level. Keep reading to find out more about some popular deck lighting options!

Functional Deck Lighting

The following functional deck lighting options are ones that are built right into the deck itself and require more time for installation.

Stair Lights

One of the most popular spots to place lights on a deck is on the stairs. Placed subtly on the vertical part of the steps themselves, stair lights provide a sufficient, gentle glow to your deck and won’t shine in your eyes. They also make the steps much safer and easier to see at nighttime. Even better, stair lights are compact, easy to install, and won’t break the bank. 

Post Cap Lights

Post Cap lights are situated on top of a deck’s railing posts, casting light in all directions. They are one of the brightest deck lighting options and are great for those who want their deck to be illuminated all around. However, some post cap lights are right at...


Your deck is finally finished and now it’s time to put it in use. However, you don’t want to only be able to relax on your deck during the day; you’ll want to use it at night, too! This is where deck lighting comes into play. Lighting up your deck can really take the space to the next level. Keep reading to find out more about some popular deck lighting options!

Functional Deck Lighting

The following functional deck lighting options are ones that are built right into the deck itself and require more time for installation.

Stair Lights

One of the most popular spots to place lights on a deck is on the stairs. Placed subtly on the vertical part of the steps themselves, stair lights provide a sufficient, gentle glow to your deck and won’t shine in your eyes. They also make the steps much safer and easier to see at nighttime. Even better, stair lights are compact, easy to install, and won’t break the bank. 

Post Cap Lights

Post Cap lights are situated on top of a deck’s railing posts, casting light in all directions. They are one of the brightest deck lighting options and are great for those who want their deck to be illuminated all around. However, some post cap lights are right at sitting eye-level, so they may shine in your eyes. 

Side Mount Post Lights

Side mount post lights are very popular because of their placement on the side of railing posts; low enough to avoid shining in your eyes, but high enough to give the deck a warm, ambient glow. They mostly shine light on the floor, though, so if you’re someone who will be doing a lot of nighttime reading or writing on the deck, they may not be the best choice in terms of lighting.

Decorative Deck Lighting Options

If you’re looking for decorative lights that aren’t built into the deck, keep reading! Here are some low-cost lighting options that aren’t permanent or built-in.

String Lights

String lights are some of the most common, versatile lights to add to a deck. They can be placed in a variety of places, such as in an umbrella, on the railing and posts, across a pergola, or even in surrounding bushes or trees. String lights come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so the options are endless in terms of customization and lighting up your deck.

Lanterns

Another great, decorative deck lighting option is lanterns. They are quick, inexpensive, and allow for more control when it comes to the amount of light given off. Add as little or as many lanterns as you’d like depending on how much light you want your deck to have. Whether they use solar-powered bulbs, battery-operated bulbs, or even candles, lanterns are portable and can be placed wherever your deck needs light the most. 

Solar Lights

Solar lights come in a variety of different forms, from decorative lanterns to spotlights. They’re popular among deck owners because they are easy to install and don’t require any wiring or central power source. They’re also energy efficient and environmentally-friendly, making them a great choice for those who want to keep it green. However, a drawback to solar lights is the quality and strength of the light they give off. 

The Light of a Fire

There isn’t much that compares to the soft crackle and familiar aroma of a fire. While it may not be ideal to build a bonfire on a wooden deck, there are many different deck lighting options that involve fire. Tiki torches, tabletop fire pits, and candles are just a few flame-centered possibilities for brightening up your deck. 

 

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