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.

With Halloween around the corner, it’s the time of year to start thinking about outdoor fall decor. Noelle Bryant of Oh Happy Play was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, and creatively design her patio to welcome her guests this holiday season. When it comes to decorating for the Holidays I...

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Especially  this time of year, we all need to find resources and do all we can to keep our homes and families safe. Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted is able to share with us her own Hurricane Prep Kit with a little help from The Home Depot. We are in the middle of hurricane season...

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Halloween is around the corner, and families are getting ready to scare up some fun. Jessie Ecker of Eye In The Detail  created the ultimate pirate ship in her yard with the help of a few Home Depot products. This is my first year participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. When I was invited...

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Lydia D’Antonio, the blogger behind Lydia Louise Blog, wanted a cabinet upgrade without a full kitchen renovation. With some smart planning and a little bit of paint she was able to make a big impact. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to give your kitchen a fresh, new look. The Before The one thing...

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It’s easy to scare up some fun with Halloween decorations from The Home Depot. Sadie Lish of Clover Lane Blog was able to take advantage of a few products to create a spooky Halloween porch with her kids. Halloween decor is out in full swing at The Home Depot and MY KIDS ARE HERE FOR...

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Maintaining a home means you have to tackle a lot of chores, but that to-do list doesn’t have to be intimidating — not when you take it one season at a time! Today’s Homeowner’s Four Seasons of Home Ownership Guide breaks down home maintenance into spring, summer, fall and winter tasks to make everything manageable. Here’s...

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If you don’t have an outdoor space, holiday decor opportunities can seem limited. Kachet Jackson-Henderson  of The Kachet Life was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how to beautifully decorate her home with indoor decor for Halloween. When I thought about The Home Depot for Halloween decor shopping, I immediately...

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Make a statement when guests first walk in with a brick accent wall in your entryway. Blogger Brittany Norman of Ellison Made gives a step-by-step guide at how you can refresh your space with a fun accent wall. Read more to find out how to get this look for your home. The Before This is...

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When living in a rental property, renovations can be limited or difficult. Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products to build a temporary wall to cover a chain link fence and add great curb appeal to her space. There are two fenced in pens at our...

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When renovating your outdoor area, everyone knows how much your plans and original ideas change. Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals was able to redo her entire backyard like a DIY champ, installing her favorite set of pavers for the perfect paver patio with the help of The Home Depot. Hey friends! It’s Mandi from Vintage...

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The first impression your house makes on new guests is in its curb appeal, particularly the look of the front porch area. To make his home feel more inviting, Mike Poorman of Woodshop Mike took on a full front porch makeover inclusive of fresh paint and stain, and a few key product replacements from The...

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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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We all know that our backyards can make quite the first impression for anyone coming over, especially throughout the summer in California. Rachel Metz of Living to DIY perfected her parents’ outdoor area, transforming it into a beautiful courtyard oasis – perfect for entertaining! Before the Makeover My parents are the hardest working humans that...

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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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Renovating a kitchen can be overwhelming to do alone. See how Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess utilized The Home Depot’s in-store Kitchen Design Services to tackle a 1920’s kitchen renovation. Renovating a kitchen can be super overwhelming. We were so excited to work with The Home Depot on this 1920’s bungalow and restore some...

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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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Most of us have trouble renovating our smaller areas throughout the house, especially the bathrooms. Aubrey Yandow of The Coastal Confidence was able to maximize the smaller bathroom in her house with the help of some products from The Home Depot and transform it into the dream bathroom she’s always wanted. Today I’m so excited...

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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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Every backyard has entertaining potential. Alex Mazhukhin of Mr. Build It was able to put his skills to the test with some products from The Home Depot and create the perfect little corner for an outdoor entertainment area for his whole family. We have a very awkward corner in our backyard that’s shaded perfectly by a 150-foot...

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Curb appeal is an easy and quick fix to update any home. Meghan Dyal of Ahoy Native transformed her front yard with the help of a new front door, mailbox, paint and landscaping from The Home Depot. Do you ever have a space that could just use a little something? Nothing is necessarily wrong with...

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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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New floors are essential to a full home renovation. With an array of flooring options to choose from at The Home Depot, Sabrina Molu of Simply Sabrina was able to find just the right hardwood flooring to give her current home a brand new look and feel. Renovating Our Space When we bought our home...

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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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An outdoor makeover can seem like a huge project. See how Stacy Risenmay of Not Just A Housewife was able to use Home Depot products to create raised herb gardens to clean up her outdoor space. Cleaning the Backyard Almost 10 years ago I turned our unused side yard into a secret garden. While I...

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With summer really warming up, it’s the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your dream yard. Andi Teggart of Lucky Collective was able to use existing materials from her falling-apart garage, and with the help of some Home Depot materials, she was able to create a stunning backyard greenhouse to house all of...

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Renovations can be difficult for small patios. Arie Williams, of Delightfully Styled  transformed her backyard patio space with the help of paint, planters and patio furniture from The Home Depot. Backyard Retreat We are more than happy with the outcome of this tiny patio! With a little bit of elbow grease, we turned this spot into...

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Jocie Hagan of One Project Closer was able to use some products from The Home Depot to bring her house up to speed and boost curb appeal. Our 1976 home was begging us to bring it to the twenty-first century and we are thrilled with the result! Step One: Roofing + Gutters Our roof was...

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Summertime often makes use feel inspired to tackle on a project or two. Jaime Costiglio, a DIY Master and Woodworker, took on a 3-part hexagon project to accommodate several different occasions. Read more on how she did it below! Creating a Hexagon Backdrop Make a statement with a beautiful, large and simple hexagon shaped backdrop....

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Summer is in full swing. We all want to ensure that our backyard is ready for it as soon as are families are ready to entertain. And when are kids are ready to play with it. Jamie Dorobek of C.R.A.F.T. was able complete a DIY summer backyard makeover, just in the nick of time for...

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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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When refreshing your master bedroom, comfort plays a major role. Irnia Mazhukhin of Mint and Pine took advantage of The Home Depot’s LifeProof carpet and showed how adding new flooring can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your room. We’ve been working on renovating and refreshing our master bedroom recently. The...

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When life starts to get busy around the house, we tend to forget about tidying up all of the spaces in the home – especially the laundry room. Regan Mauk of The Blooming Nest was able to use a few Home Depot products to easily achieve a full laundry room a makeover. Easy Laundry Room...

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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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With summer just around the corner, we all want our backyards to be ready for hosting. Blogger Ale Graf of Piloncillo y Vainilla (Brown Sugar and Vanilla) tackled her backyard hardscapes project to create the perfect outdoor kitchen and entertaining space where she can share her best recipes with family and friends. Before the Makeover We...

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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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