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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.

Reveal Your Deck’s Inner Beauty by Power Washing This Summer!

Spending the past few weeks getting acquainted with keeping ourselves occupied while indoors, it’s no wonder so many of us are considering how to make the most of our outdoor living space this summer! Whether you own a cherry, maple, oak, cedar or pine wooden deck, you might start to notice signs of wear as the transition to warm weather inspires more of us to soak in the sunshine.

If you are unsure of whether relatively extreme options, such as chemical dark brighteners, are the right choice for your summer deck renew project, look no further. We’ll take a moment to break down the ins and outs of renewing your wood decking with power washing as a method of choice this season.

Something to Consider: Is Your Deck Pre or Post-2013 Construction?

Whether your house is a newer build or a charming, more dated estate, one of the key facts to know is whether your outdoor living space was constructed before or after the year 2013. This is because stipulations over the use of water-based deck stains changed significantly during this time.

Specifically, regulations necessitate the industry keep pace with the standards of California’s Environmental Protection Act. If you see bare wood on...


Spending the past few weeks getting acquainted with keeping ourselves occupied while indoors, it’s no wonder so many of us are considering how to make the most of our outdoor living space this summer! Whether you own a cherry, maple, oak, cedar or pine wooden deck, you might start to notice signs of wear as the transition to warm weather inspires more of us to soak in the sunshine.

If you are unsure of whether relatively extreme options, such as chemical dark brighteners, are the right choice for your summer deck renew project, look no further. We’ll take a moment to break down the ins and outs of renewing your wood decking with power washing as a method of choice this season.

Something to Consider: Is Your Deck Pre or Post-2013 Construction?

Whether your house is a newer build or a charming, more dated estate, one of the key facts to know is whether your outdoor living space was constructed before or after the year 2013. This is because stipulations over the use of water-based deck stains changed significantly during this time.

Specifically, regulations necessitate the industry keep pace with the standards of California’s Environmental Protection Act. If you see bare wood on any portion of your wooden deck or patio, for example, you should be particularly worried about the potential for mold and algae growth following the April rainy season.

This is one of many reasons why regulations are updated on an ongoing basis, which can often throw homeowners for a loop if they’re unaware of more recent developments. As you can now potentially see, power washing can go a long way towards keeping up with regulations, as well as setting the stage for a deck renewal.

Choosing Your Power Washer: Options Are Your Friend

Although many of us are guilty of impulse shopping, make sure you err on the side of more options and not fewer when it comes to selecting a power washer for your wooden deck. Synthetic brushes, and not natural ones, are surprisingly a better choice as well. The latter tend to be damaged by most run-of-the-line deck cleaning products.

Pay attention to the length, positioning and flexibility of the nozzle, as this determines how easily you will be able to maneuver hard-to-reach areas of your patio living space. You should prepare to spread out the power washing process in steps, allowing time for any newly applied finish to dry following a pressure washing cleaning.  

Getting the Spacing Right: How Far Apart is Too Far Apart?

There’s a high likelihood that upon finishing your power washing project, you might find yourself hoping to delay the next maintenance for as long as possible. With a heightened appreciation for the steps in the power washing process, measures should also be taken to protect your deck in the long term, and how to seal wood for added protection following the stripping procedure.

In most cases, you should allow at least 48 hours before proceeding with coatings, stains or protectants. You should also ensure that they’re complying with codes and conforming to regulatory standards.

As you can probably imagine, knowing the weather patterns on days you choose to seal and stain your deck are critical. If there’s rain in the forecast, it’s best to hold off until there are several days of sunshine in a row. This will save you time, money and frustration in the short and long-run!

Ready to Build, Price or Maintenance Your Deck or Outdoor Living Space?

Ask yourself: how many inches should there be between a power washer and wood from your patio or deck? If you answered somewhere between four to eight inches, you are correct! Depending upon the strength of the setting you are using, this should permit enough room for you to remove any troublesome problem areas without overly exposing or permanently damaging the integrity of your foundation.

Wrapping Up the Job: Finish Your Power Wash Job With a Seal

We’re prepared to tackle whatever project you and your family have in mind - large or small. If power washing and staining aren’t in the cards for you, we can always check your deck for renovation potential, and take care of it for you! Connect with a professional at Decks R Us today!


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