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.

Deck Decor and Beyond

Outdoor deck with furniture and decor

Your deck should be an outdoor oasis; a place to enjoy great weather and cold drinks while making memories with family and friends. When it comes to creating a visually appealing and welcoming deck space, there are countless ways to go about furnishing.

If you are serious about making your deck the talk of the neighborhood, check out some of these popular items that can serve as inspiration for your own deck project.

Potted Plants

One way to add some color and beauty to your deck is by adding potted plants. You can really liven up your deck with some colorful flowers or succulents placed strategically on your deck. If an area of your deck feels empty, adding plants can fill the void. Plants can add a much-needed decorative element to your outdoor oasis.

A Deck Box

One commonly overlooked piece of deck decor is a good deck box for storage. When the weather is gloomy, you need a place to store seat cushions and other items that can be damaged by rain or high winds. Plastic is the most common and inexpensive material these are made of.

Table and Chairs

The centerpiece of your deck will be the place where you dine. Finding the right matching set is a challenge, but it’ll be...


Outdoor deck with furniture and decor

Your deck should be an outdoor oasis; a place to enjoy great weather and cold drinks while making memories with family and friends. When it comes to creating a visually appealing and welcoming deck space, there are countless ways to go about furnishing.

If you are serious about making your deck the talk of the neighborhood, check out some of these popular items that can serve as inspiration for your own deck project.

Potted Plants

One way to add some color and beauty to your deck is by adding potted plants. You can really liven up your deck with some colorful flowers or succulents placed strategically on your deck. If an area of your deck feels empty, adding plants can fill the void. Plants can add a much-needed decorative element to your outdoor oasis.

A Deck Box

One commonly overlooked piece of deck decor is a good deck box for storage. When the weather is gloomy, you need a place to store seat cushions and other items that can be damaged by rain or high winds. Plastic is the most common and inexpensive material these are made of.

Table and Chairs

The centerpiece of your deck will be the place where you dine. Finding the right matching set is a challenge, but it’ll be worthwhile to spend time looking at several sets and comparing prices and quality.

Aluminum is the most popular and durable material for an outdoor table and chair set. You can get many years out of aluminum furniture without having to do too much maintenance. Aluminum is also the most inexpensive type of outdoor furniture you can find, making it a great choice for people on a budget.

Wood is also a great material to look at for your deck furniture. While annual maintenance is required to keep wood furniture looking pristine, it is well worth it for homeowners that love the natural beauty and craftsmanship of a wood table and chairs. They tend to be a little more pricey, relative to other popular materials, but if your heart is set on wood, there is an abundance of great styles in varieties of colors all over the internet and in your local furniture stores.

Wicker is a lightweight option that can be easily moved if you like rearranging your deck often. It is also an elegant style because of the way it is woven. The great thing about wicker is that there are plenty of different woven patterns for you to choose from so you’re bound to find something you like.

Lounge Chairs

When you’re not serving a meal, it’s good to have other places to sit that aren’t at your outdoor table. Adirondack chairs are perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun. They are designed so that the front of the chair is higher than the back so you are primed for relaxation.

Rocking chairs and wooden swings are also great for relaxing and tend to fit a more colonial style home. No matter your preference, having a few chairs to lounge in will make your deck a more appealing spot to spend your summer evenings.

Outdoor Lighting

If you’re going to be using your deck at night, it’s a good idea to invest in some outdoor lighting. A popular lighting option that is great for summertime is a set of tiki torches. You can mount full-size tiki torch poles to your deck railings to give your outdoor seating area much-needed pop of lighting and ambiance.

There are also plenty of traditional lighting options if you aren’t sold on the tropical feel that tiki torches create. String lights are also a fun way to light your deck. You can hang them around the perimeter of your deck or over the top of your deck roof or pergola if you have one.

A Way to Keep Out the Sun

Whether it be a retractable awning or a standalone umbrella or canopy, it is an absolute necessity to have a place where you can escape the heat and sun on your deck.

If you go with the canopy option, you can turn it into a little room with a few chairs and a small table where people can relax and sip on some lemonade. 

Outdoor Rugs

You can really bring your deck together with an outdoor rug. The material that you choose is important! It needs to be able to stand up against the elements. When shopping for a deck rug, make sure you are shopping for “outdoor” rugs. You’ll be looking at significantly more durable fabrics that won’t deteriorate when exposed to various types of weather.


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