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.

If there is one space in the home that many struggle to maintain and keep organized, it’s the kitchen pantry. With a little Home Depot paint and some new lighting, Jaime Costiglio completes a full pantry makeover in less than 10 steps. Making improvements and solving problems is human nature. It’s what drives our ‘to do’...

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When raising young boys, carpet tends to take on tough messes. Corey Decker of Sawdust to Stitches was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products and Lifeproof carpet to makeover her bonus room space. When we first moved into our home, the very first and most noticeable issue was the carpeting. The downstairs...

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Slowly but surely, room by room, Aileen Allen of At Home in Love, has been renovating her ’90s-styled home. Aileen was able to complete her biggest and most impactful upgrade yet with new engineered hardwood floors from The Home Depot. Adding Value to Our Home My husband and I bought our first house almost exactly...

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With as many projects as DIYers take on, they also need a space to complete them. With the help of The Home Depot, Linn of Darbin Orvar built a backyard shed and now is turning it into a dream workshop. I have a small backyard shed, which I think could be better served as a finished building....

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At the 2018 Haven Conference, three lucky winners were selected to make their dream projects a reality with the help of The Home Depot. Read below on how one of the winners, Amie Freling Brown of Meme Hill Studio, was able to transform a backyard shed into anyone’s nautical-themed lake bunkhouse. The Itsy Bitsy Bunkhouse...

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With limited space in some master bathrooms, upgrading your experience with a shower renovation can really make a small space feel large. Kevin O’Gara of Thou Sell was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how refreshing the tile in your shower can still make a huge difference. Space is limited...

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With summertime taking over most of our backyards, we wanted to make sure ours is up to date for hosting family and friends. Rachel Metz of Living to DIY revamped her entire backyard, creating the perfectly paved space for any outdoor entertaining needs. Creating an Outdoor Oasis Summertime is just around the corner, and I am...

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With a family full of growing boys, keeping the carpet clean can be difficult, especially after a couple of years. Katie Cleveland of Addicted to DIY was able to tackle this challenge in her home by making the switch from carpet to waterproof laminate flooring from The Home Depot. Find out how a simple flooring...

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Leslie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home easily added curb appeal to her remodeled home with landscaping, paint and a new front door all from The Home Depot. Adding Curb Appeal to a 100-Year-Old Home Remodel When we bought this home in Waco, Texas last year, we knew it was going to be a...

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Have you desired to get your carpet replaced, but you’re curious about what the process looks like? Alexi Politis Parry from Seeking Alexi recently got her carpets replaced by The Home Depot, and she is completely obsessed with them! Alexi wrote a comprehensive blog post about the whole process for getting your carpets replaced. Bedroom Makeover...

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Family rooms are often looked at as one of the most comfortable places in your home. Savannah and Mallory of Classy Clutter were able to take advantage of Lifeproof carpet form The Home Depot to make their family media room very inviting and soft to the touch. I’m so excited to be sharing all about...

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Curb appeal is extremely important when renovating your forever home, especially when your garage doors are dated. Brittany Kollmer of October Acres was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products and installation services by showing how new garage doors can make a big impact on your home’s curb appeal. Garage doors play...

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The backyard area is the perfect place for entertaining in the summer. Serena Appiah of Thrift Diving created the ultimate entertaining area with the help of pavers from The Home Depot. Before the Makeover Fire pits are a great addition to your yard. They can add space to gather with friends and family. They’re super easy...

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As the front of the house is the first thing anyone sees when coming over, we love to make our spaces look great for any company that comes by with landscape lighting. Deborah Sommerlot of Salvage Sister and Mister was able to use some quick products from The Home Depot to light up her front...

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The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to serving veterans, training skilled trades people and rebuilding after natural disasters. The Foundation has invested $250 million in veteran causes and improved more than 40K homes and facilities. Yuni of Love Your Abode attended the latest Rock the Block Foundation event and helped clean up veteran homes around the...

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The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to serving veterans, training skilled trades-people and rebuilding after natural disasters. The Foundation has invested $250 million in veteran causes and improved more than 40K homes and facilities. Sarah Lampley attended the latest Rock the Block THD Foundation event and helped clean up veteran homes around the Atlanta area. Rock the...

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When building a house, everyone wants to make sure that all parts are perfect. JeriKay Moujoodi of Farmhouse Love Interiors was able to put the finishing touches on her dream home by creating the perfect summer patio. Just in time for outdoor entertaining. In 2017 we built our forever home in sweet home Alabama. We...

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The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to serving veterans, training skilled tradespeople and rebuilding after natural disasters. The Foundation has invested $250 million in veteran causes and improved more than 40K homes and facilities. Erin Spain was able to attend the latest Rock the Block Foundation event and helped clean up veteran homes around the...

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It can be tricky to makeover your backyard to make room for hosting outdoors. With a little help from The Home Depot, Ty Stewart of Little Home Reloved created the perfect modern outdoor space for entertaining her family and friends. Follow her on the transformation of her space below! Before the Makeover It’s finally warming up...

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Outdoor entertaining can be a large challenge to tackle, especially when the space is small and you’re living in a rental apartment. Check out how Nickell Morgan of Simply Handmade reconstructed her small balcony to create the perfect space to entertain. I recently collaborated with The Home Depot to completely overhaul the ugly, small balcony...

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Haneen Matt from Haneen’s Haven took her time looking for the right moment and deal to update her home from carpet to hardwood flooring. Luckily, she was able to find exactly what she was looking for through The Home Depot’s Flooring sale. Read the blog to find out more! A Modern Flooring Update with The...

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As soon as temperatures from winter begin to rise, figuring out your outdoor patio space becomes a top priority.With the help of The Home Depot, Ruthie Ridley and her husband were able to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining space with patio furniture that’s perfect for hosting and spending time with the family. The patio area is...

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When recreating a new look for your bedroom, flooring plays a major role. Mallory and Savannah of Classy Clutter took advantage of The Home Depot’s bamboo flooring and showed how adding new flooring can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your room. I am so excited to share with you my girls’...

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When choosing flooring to fit the style of adults and functionality of lively children, you need to pick flooring with versatility, durability and the perfect finish. Adrianne Betz of Little Adi+Co took advantage of The Home Depot’s styles, colors and brands, proving that you can have a modern look for a family friendly home. The Original...

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Just in time for the weather to warm up, create an outdoor oasis ready to entertain guests! Sara Davis of Sincerely, Sara D. was able to use Home Depot products to take her patio to the next level! Hello! I’m Sara, and I blog about all things DIY and home decor at Sincerely, Sara D....

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When it comes to outdoor entertaining, we know we want to make it just right for all of our friends and family. Renee Romeo was able to use some products from The Home Depot to create the ultimate outdoor hosting space, perfect for any occasion. Hi everyone! Check out my 2019 Patio Style Challenge Sponsored...

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When moving into a new house, indoor renovations typically takeover, and the outside area is left out. Katelyn Jones of A Touch of Pink, was able to design the perfect outdoor hang-out spot for friends and her now-growing family. When we first moved into our new house last summer, there were a lot of things...

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With a small bathroom, renovations and makeovers can be difficult, especially for the floors. Sarah Wissinger of The Surznick Common Room was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how even the smallest changes can still make a huge difference. Did you know that you can paint your bathroom tile? You sure can,...

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You’ve all heard this one before…’you eat with your eyes before you taste with your palate.’  And, if you haven’t, you certainly know the importance of ambience when you go out to eat.  But it’s equally important at home. The way you set your table, even what you wear, sets up your evening for success....

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Holly Lauritzen from Our Faux Farmhouse loves anything and everything to do with farmhouse style. As they’ve been working through the years on DIY projects around the home to curate the perfect, modern-day farmhouse, they realized there was one major yet simple tweak that could make a impactful change to their home: the exterior color....

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For a long time, Sam Raimondi’s (DIY Huntress) workshop was located at a small shed in her parents’ backyard. However, when her parents moved out of their house, Sam Raimondi decided to build a shed and turn it into a workshop for herself with the help of her dad. Read through the blog post to...

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After being fearful of doing laundry for a long time, as well as noticing how aged the washer and dryer had become, Adam Beasley from Lazy Guy DIY knew that it was time for an update. Read the blog post to learn how Adam changed his laundry room from scary to funky with some quick, easy...

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Jennifer McMurray from Bachelorette Pad Flip saw a lot of potential to transform her garage into a rentable space. Looking through The Home Depot, Jenn found the perfect set of hardware to inspire and convert a garage into an apartment. Read the blog to learn more about the project From Garage to AirBnB: Convert a...

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