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.

Repurposing furniture can be an easy and rewarding DIY project. Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven shows how a quick coat of Varathane Premium wood stain can transform an old piece of furniture into a beautiful brand new masterpiece. Who doesn’t love bringing a furniture piece back to life? When I first started blogging, furniture repurposing was...

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Whenever you want to revamp any old pieces throughout the home, a quick stain can immediately improve the look and feel of your vintage items. Alexi Parry of Seeking Alexi shows you how interior staining can be simple and effective for any DIY indoor project. When I first started staining projects, unbeknownst to me, I...

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Everyone loves when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to a home! Dena Breitmeyer of Fletcher Creek Cottage demonstrates how a simple staining project can be completed in one afternoon with a just a few materials from The Home Depot. I love it when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to my...

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Everyone has an old piece of furniture in their home that they wish they could revive. Monica Chavez of House of Esperanza shows us how to take an antique piece of furniture and refinish it using Varathane Premium interior wood stain. Hi everyone! Monica Chavez here with a super simple furniture refinishing project. I have...

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There is no better place to spend the warmer months than on your back deck or patio. Timisha Porcher of Tool Box Divas transformed her neighbor’s deck into an oasis by using Olympic Stain to bring it back to its full potential. Read more for a step-by-step tutorial on staining your deck. With more people home,...

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Mother-daughter duo, Steph and Vicki Kostopoulos of Mother Daughter Projects show us how they touched up their weathered cedar oak patio furniture with the help of Olympic Elite Solid Stain. After seven years of use, this outdoor cedar wood furniture was past due for a new look. The unfinished wood meant that stains and dirt...

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Liven up your back patio or deck without over spending on an expensive remodel job. Check out how Sam Raimondi of DIY Huntress revamped her Grandparents’ patio deck with a few simple coats of Olympic Exterior Wood Stain. Summertime is the perfect time to give your deck some love! I recently decided to refresh my...

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Refreshing old wood furniture can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if it’s spent months, even years, outside slowing corroding. Check out the video and blog post below to see how Tyson Moore refreshed and weatherproofed some of his exterior furniture pieces with the help of Olympic stains and sealants. Hello everyone! My name is...

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Stains on our wooden fences can take away from the curb appeal of our beautiful yards. Instead of painting them a different color, which we’ve all thought about, check out the video and blog below to see how Suzannah Stanley was able to refresh and waterproof her wooden fence. Why we wanted to stain or...

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When updating your patio, you want something that is functional but also beautiful. Corey Decker of Sawdust to Stitches did just that by updating her outdoor furniture with a fresh new coat of stain and sealant and by building an exterior planter wall to house some greenery. Keep reading to see how Corey refreshed her...

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Enjoying a fresh breeze without opening the windows now just became easier and more affordable thanks to Jen Woodhouse of House of Wood. Follow a step-by-step tutorial of how she added curb appeal to her traditional front door by transforming it into a Smart Lock Dutch Door. Well, hey there neighbor! Jen Woodhouse here and...

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Need a little inspiration on what to do with that spare room in your home? Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood was able to transform her spare room into her dream home office with the help of The Home Depot. Read more below see how she was able to make it happen. Hi everyone,...

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Your kitchen is where delicious meals are created, and pleasant family time is spent. Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen transformed her kitchen to a more bright and lively space with help from The Home Depot. Check out her entire remodeling process and the new appliance used to modernize her kitchen. After living in...

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Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno Blog not only fills her home with delicious, authentic Mexican recipes but she also adds tradition and style through décor. Spending quality time with family while enjoying great food is what fueled the Muy Bueno Blog. See how Yvette merged her dining space and her everyday workspace with the help...

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New, modern homes are made perfect, especially when you fill them with all the latest technologies that make your life a breeze. The Never Have I Ever Guys have finally settled into their new home with the help of The Home Depot. See how they were able to complete their move-in with these cool home...

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We’ve all seen the typical “Man Cave” garage, but this one is for the ladies who love tools too. Read more to see how one of our Orange Tank winners, Cara Newhart of Never Skip Brunch, renovated her garage into a glamified workspace with the help of The Home Depot. Cara from Never Skip Brunch...

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it’s a great time to address any roof damage that came with the fall and winter, and clean those often-neglected gutters and downspouts. You can make sure the air conditioner will work when temperatures skyrocket and take steps to prevent your clothes dryer from catching on fire....

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With a new home build, choosing the perfect flooring can be difficult. Kelsie Millet of Kelsie MM Photography was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how choosing LifeProof Carpet can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your new home. We were counting down the days to...

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For many, the most exciting part about renovating your home is the painting. Especially when the job’s made fun and easy. See how these bloggers were able to tackle their paint projects with the help of Behr Paint and The Home Depot’s ProjectColor™ App. Anika’s DIY Life Fun Room Makeover Anika of Anika’s DIY Life...

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One room in the house everyone uses is the bathroom. Read more below on how DIYer Marci Schneider was able to use some quick vinyl moulding to add an instant facelift to her bathtub. Decorative moulding on the front of a bathtub adds an instant facelift to an outdated tub and really improves the overall...

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Casey Anderson of Collectively Casey gave her 1990’s Las Vegas home a much needed kitchen renovation. Having taken on the project by herself, she enlisted the help of The Home Depot to achieve a rental-friendly, modern yet timeless look. What the outdated kitchen looked like before! I consider myself an avid DIY’er, but this is...

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When moving into a new home, you want to make a great first impression for your guests. With a little help from The Home Depot, Jacki Quinones was able to make this front entryway feel like home to her. When we moved into our home a few months back, we knew a new front door...

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Gbeke Omosebi of Simplicity For Designs renovated her children’s playroom with the help of The Home Depot. These simple and inexpensive touches added a great sense of personality to the room for her kids. The reveal of our kids’ playroom is here! Completing this playroom has been on our to-do list for awhile. Our kids...

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Rachel Pereira of Shades of Blue Interiors had the opportunity to help out others and transform two rooms for a local family with the help of The Home Depot. Read how she did it below! A few months ago, I embarked on a project for a deserving local family who had recently adopted three siblings....

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Having three dogs put a toll on the carpet in the master bedroom of Brooke Cribbs from Cribbs Style. Updating her master bedroom flooring with a durable yet aesthetically pleasing option was made easy thanks to LifeProof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring from The Home Depot. After looking at all the options The Home Depot had...

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As a lucky winner of the 2019 Orange Tank Competition, Brittany made her dream project to transform her backyard into the perfect family hangout a reality. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a home blogging conference where I pitched a backyard makeover to The Home Depot. I was so excited to win...

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When you’re a part of military family, you tend to move often and updating your home space can feel limited. Christy Black of 11 Magnolia Lane was able to take advantage of a few The Home Depot products to give her bathroom a much needed renter-friendly update with a vintage touch. When we moved into Magnolia...

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When the family comes home for the holidays, there’s no greater feeling than knowing you have a cozy guest room to host them in. JeriKey Moujoodi of Farmhouse Love was able to transform her office/guest room just in time with help from The Home Depot. I was super excited about this room refresh with The...

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Bryan Fiveash of Do It Yourself Daddy is a busy father of four who understands the agony of managing carpet spills. Bryan showcases how easy it is to install LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring from The Home Depot, ensuring a beautiful but resilient home update. As a DIY-er and homeowner, I’m always on the lookout for...

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A small bathroom renovation is still a big job to complete! Read more below on how Christine Hart of Christine Marie remodeled her unfinished bath into a mid-century masterpiece with a little help from The Home Depot. I am thrilled to be partnering on my bathroom renovation with a store that my Dad and I...

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When it comes to Christmas decor, the sky’s the limit! Nichol Naranjo was able to think outside of the box and take advantage of a few Home Depot products to demonstrate how holiday decor can easily extend to your patio area. Christmas is quickly coming upon us! I don’t know about you but I love...

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Check out this effortless, festive outdoor Holiday look by Laura Tusken of Inspiration for Moms. This quick, easy and low-budget outdoor home decor will have your home lighting up the block. One of my favorite Christmas childhood memories is driving around town to look at the homes decked out in Christmas lights. My dad, mom,...

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Hosting your entire family for the holidays can be very exciting. Rashida Banks of Rashida Banks Blog was able to take advantage of a few The Home Depot products, showing how to make your space feel cozy and festive for your family during the holidays. We’re hosting Christmas for the first time in years. I...

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What do you do when you want to showcase your Christmas spirit but don’t have much time? Arin Agase of Happily Inspired was able to take advantage of a few festive Home Depot products, getting her home holiday ready in just 20 minutes. Hi there! Arin Agase here, Chicago based lifestyle blogger, mama and holiday...

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Check out this festive holiday decor by Suzannah Stanley of Create/Enjoy. This quick, easy and festive Christmas decor will have your home lighting up the block and it’s all available at The Home Depot. We made choosing our holiday decor easy this year by finding everything we need at The Home Depot! We always get...

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Nothing rings in the holidays more than spending time decorating with family. As a fairly new homeowner, Taryn Newton of Glamorous Versatility was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products to create a classic outdoor holiday decor for her yard in an affordable way. The holidays are here! I can’t believe we...

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Renovating the master bedroom is everyone’s favorite project, and it doesn’t have to be that difficult! With a little help from The Home Depot, Chelsea Johnson of Making Manzanita took her bedroom from blah to boho and matched her personal style. We’ve been working on renovating our master bedroom over the last several months. We started...

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With a townhouse, Christmas decor possibilities can seem limited. Nadia Cassanova of Styled By Cassanova was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how even the smallest changes can still make a huge difference. Happy holidays! Although decorating for Christmas can seem overwhelming, I’m here to share a few, simple options to...

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Ashley Brooke of Ashley Brooke Designs loves hosting her friends and family any time of year, but especially over the holidays! Ashley was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products by showing how to decorate for a wonderful entertaining Friendsgiving. We love hosting our friends and family any time of year, but...

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All it takes is a few simple updates to make your home holiday-hosting ready. With a little Home Depot decor, Kourtni Munoz of House on Longwood Lane set the stage for a top-notch Friendsgiving feast. As the holidays start to roll around, holiday prep can be pretty stressful; especially with traveling here and there to visit family...

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With the help of The Home Depot, Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer created a new, festive dining space in her home for Friendsgiving dinner this year. What exactly is a Friendsgiving party? Friendsgiving is everything you love about Thanksgiving—cozy food, familiar company, lively laughter—except you invite your closest friends. In sum, it is an occasion to...

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Rashida Banks of Rashida Banks blog was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products available in store and online to show how to create a luxurious holiday decor space this season. There’s something about equal play of mixed metals on a tree that is so luxurious. Blacks, browns, bronze, and polished nickel...

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With the help of The Home Depot, Julianna Christensen of Blush and Camo shopped online and ushered in the holiday spirit by creating a new, festive space in their home. I’m so excited to partner with The Home Depot and take on the #HomeDepotStyleChallenge. Today, I’m sharing how I styled a few gorgeous pieces from...

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Finding new bedding and bath textiles can be a fun task. Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home was able to take advantage of Home Depot’s bedding and bath product offerings to refresh her space. Finding bedding and bath towels that you love is often a daunting task. Imagine what it is like when you...

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For many, the holiday season is about family and those traditions that evoke nostalgia and snap us into the spirit of Christmas. Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss was able to share the simple but timeless tradition of decorating a tree by picking up a few vintage-inspired Home Depot products and showcase her holiday style. Every...

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Storage and Cleaning Gifts for the Neat Freak in Your Life We all have that one friend with a never-ending to do list and a particular way of getting things organized and clean. From robot vacuums to unique storage and shelving ideas, this collection of storage and cleaning gifts will keep the neat freak in...

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Plant Lover Gifts If shopping for a plant-obsessed loved one this holiday season, cater to their green interests with these plant lover gifts from Monsteras and terrariums. Indoor Plants for the Plant Addict Monstera Complete the plant addict’s collection with an always trendy tropical Monstera deliciosa.  Pothos For the new indoor gardener and plant lover trying...

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Host Gift Ideas If you’re shopping for a someone that loves to host and entertain friends and family this holiday season, these gifts are sure to impress.We’ve gathered the best of the best for this host gift idea list, from charcuterie boards and serveware to air fryers, bar carts and more. Charcuterie Boards Charcuterie and...

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Everyone knows prepping for the holidays can be a lot of fun. Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny Mag was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products by showing how to create a wonderful and entertaining Friendsgiving. I’m so happy to be back on The Home Depot blog with you guys today sharing...

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When you purchase a fixer upper to renovate, you are taking on a huge challenge. With a little help from The Home Depot, Katherine Brooks of Design Central Project revamped her neglected back porch to a beautiful space for the whole family to enjoy. When we purchased our 1905 Victorian home a couple of years...

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