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.
After finishing up your deck design plans and assembling the necessary apparatus and supplies, step one of construction will begin, which is preparing the site. This step is essential if you’ll be constructing the deck over an area that is currently grass-covered. Once you get to know how large a rectangle you want that the […]

Over the last few years wooden decks have become more and more popular and are now considered to be an almost essential addition to every residential home with minimum safeguarding and thanks to proper timber treatments and care provide decades of use. The key point above is the statement – with proper treatment and care! […]

Established in 1988, Colorado Springs House Painters is a family owned and operated company and CO state licensed and insured to provide painting services throughout all of Colorado Springs, CO and the surrounding areas. With hard work, expertise and dedication flowing through the veins of our Colorado Springs painting company, it’s no wonder O’leary and Sons House Painters comes […]

Knowing when your deck needs to be repaired is a critical aspect of home upkeep. After the wear and tear of the winter, spring and fall your deck may be noticeably in need of attention. Having to withstand the elements throughout the year can leave homeowners with big decisions to make once the summertime comes […]

Looking for a professional deck restoration in Colorado Springs can be a challenge. Luckily, a contractor capable of handling the job isn’t that far away. By taking note of a few important aspects, you’ll easily be able to tell whether or not you should give a company your business. Remember, when looking for a contractor […]

Deck post installation is one of the most important aspects of the deck building process. Installing deck posts the right way will lead to your deck remaining sturdy and reliable for the foreseeable future. There are several steps can help lead to your deck posts being constructed free of mistakes. If you’re not sure about […]

An outdoor deck that connects your home to the outdoors is a pivotal benefit of your home. Nothing makes summer evenings more complete than spending time on your deck with close friends and family. This is what makes providing upkeep for your deck such a top priority. Any homeowner with a deck knows what a […]

Although it’s warm outside now, homeowners have to stay on their toes and think multiple steps ahead. There are multiple steps homeowners can take to help make sure their decks are prepared for a brutal winter down the line. Homeowners shouldn’t wait until snow starts to fall to start thinking about deck restoration. If you’re […]

The value of not making easily avoidable mistakes when building your deck can’t be overstated. Taking the extra time and effort to avoid the most common types of deck building mistakes will serve your deck building efforts profoundly. The most common types of deck building errors include mismeasurement and a lack of understanding of instructions. […]

Plywood is one of the most frequently used materials in both commercial and residential areas. Plywood is known for serving as an alternative to individual boards. This type of decking consists of thin sheets of wood that are glued together for the purpose of creating a thicker sheet. The plywood decking gets placed above the […]

Resurfacing a deck can seem like a daunting task. Luckily there are signs to take note of that are helpful in determining whether or not it’s time to resurface your deck. Outdoor decks take a considerable amount of maintenance and care to guarantee their long-term health. Homeowners tend not to realize the wear and tear […]

Privacy screens are a great way to add personality to your living space. They’re also a great way to avoid any awkward situations with neighbors. If you need ways to provide more privacy to your outdoor space, a privacy screen is something you should be seriously considering. There are lots of possibilities to choose from […]

There are lots of reasons why you may want to update the drawers and doors within your home. The problem often is simply finding the time to. Luckily, there are numerous ways you can go about touching up the hardware without taking up too much of your valuable time. If you’re interested in sprucing up […]

Take a second to imagine your dream backyard. When you think about that dream backyard does it include a colorful garden? Maybe it includes a well-constructed deck that coordinates with your home’s exterior. No matter what it entails, O’Leary and Sons is one of the most reliable contractors in Colorado Springs. The professionals on staff […]

With the summer months approaching, cleaning & treating your deck is becoming a bigger priority for homeowners. Obviously once the weather gets warmer, you’ll be spending countless summer nights with friends and family on the deck. With that in mind, you’ll certainly want to give it some TLC to make up for all the damage […]

There are lots of reasons and benefits from making the choice to redo your outdoor space. Depending on what you’re looking to gain from renovating your outdoor space, the possibilities are endless. If you decide to redo your outdoor space, you’re likely aiming to make the exterior of your home more appealing and communal. If […]

Choosing the best exterior paint color scheme for your home is a vital process. The color of the exterior of your home is the first impression the world gets of your home. Painting your home is a task that you shouldn’t take lightly. Studying which options would be best for your home’s exterior will serve […]

You have lots of different options in regards to the colors in which you can paint your bedroom. Making a choice of color combination can be a huge decision.You should consider not only the colors you enjoy, but a color scheme that is modern and fashionable. Making your bedroom both fashionable and comforting has many […]

If you’ve been considering new changes to your outdoor space, it might be time to contact O’Leary & Sons. O’leary & Sons provides free estimates for services, and guarantees professionalism with any service that is provided. Since 1988, O’Leary & Sons has provided Colorado Springs with professional deck services that are second to none. Their […]

Your home is an investment unlike any other. Homeowners spend more time and money there than anywhere else most of the time. Taking care of the home is a never-ending process that comes with many different facets. One of those facets is maintaining the appearance of your home. Wanting to upgrade your home’s appearance may […]

There are lots of facets to take into consideration when painting your Colorado Springs home. Not doing your due diligence can result in an unwanted paint job that can make your home stick out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, doing the appropriate amount of research can lead to your home being the […]

What Is A Deck? Now, there has been much confusion as to whether or not a deck and a patio are the same. Here are the major differences, so you can properly go onto how you can build a deck. Patios Patios are a Spanish concept. In fact, the term itself is Spanish, and denotes […]

Depending on the type of wood you use, you may end up with anywhere from a “small project” budget to a “major construction project” cost. To give you an idea: A DIY 10’x10’ ground deck costs slightly more than $500, and it will be made of treated lumber. On the other hand, if you raise […]

The reason why many people prefer to go with composite decking is because they are resilient, low-maintenance and authentic in appearance. In other words, the deck will most likely outlive the owner. If you’re going to use wood, remember that wood needs to be treated in order to stand the harsh conditions of the environment, […]

Building Codes and Legal Requirements Building a deck is a wonderful way to add to the beauty of your home and increase its value. However, when you alter the outside of your home in any way, there is a price that must be paid. Anytime that you change the exterior of your home, you will […]

There is no shortage of options out there as far as creating a deck for your home patio. The most common option to go with is a pressure-treated wooden deck. This is the most popular option at the time because of the fact that it’s the most affordable. Along with being affordable, pressure-treated wood decks […]

Composite decking means that your deck is made from a combination if different materials, mostly being plastic and wood. The ingredients are processed in a way that makes the material look just like wood. Composite decking is considered environmentally friendly considering the fact that they often use recycled or recovered materials in the manufacturing process. […]

Caring for a treated deck Colorado Springs can become tricky, but luckily O’leary and Sons is here to provide you with some tips to ensure its longevity. The process starts by making sure you have the proper materials in place before the time comes to actually begin making updates. While you have decent enough weather, […]

Selecting the deck design that coordinates with the exterior of your home is perhaps the most important aspect of customizing your deck. Choosing a stain color for your deck extends from choosing a proper refinishing to selecting a transparency. It will serve you to be mindful of how often you plan on refinishing your deck. […]

Composite decking provides many options, most of which are recycled and environmentally friendly. The final product typically combines the attractiveness of average wood and stain-resistance of plastics. For the most part, maintaining a composite deck should be easier than doing so with a wood deck. It is advisable to clean your composite deck annually with […]

Laying the Foundation The most expedient way of supporting your decking structure would be to build a strong foundation using concrete. The frame of your deck will include vertical posts, measuring 4×4 or 6×6. Each post should stand on a different concrete footing. To build a strong footing that will support the weight of the […]