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 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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Chef Gifts & Ideas for This Holiday Season If you’re looking for gift ideas for a pro chef or your favorite home chef, these gift ideas are for you. Here are our top picks for the chef in your life. Air Fryers For the health-conscious chef in your life, air fryers can make food prep...

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As new homeowners, renovations can be difficult, especially for the floors. Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, showing how flooring made a huge difference in her kitchen. When we first moved into our new house over a year ago, there was a laundry list...

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Kristen Johnson of A Girl and Her Glitter was one of our winners from this year’s Orange Tank Pitch Competition. She submitted her dream project and presented on stage at the 2019 Haven Conference. Read below how she transformed an empty space into her dream Insta-ready space. I’m so very excited to present to you...

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Halloween does not always have to be scary. Kati Farrer of Houseful of Handmade was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how to decorate her patio for Halloween. Have fun with your Halloween decor this year and decorate with bright colors in a Day of the Dead theme! Instead of...

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Halloween is a big deal to Mallory Nickolaus of Classy Clutter. This year she was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how Halloween decor does not have to be scary for young children. Halloween is a big deal around here! As soon there is even a hint of fall in...

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With Halloween around the corner, it is always fun to decorate the outside of your home in preparation for guests. Chelsea Johnson of Making Manzanita was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, showing how she prepared for her trick-or-treaters this year. Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s time to...

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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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For many of us, the dining room is our favorite in the house. It’s where we have family time and where we entertain. Brandi Abdul-Malik of Don’t Disturb This Groove is able to show us how a few simple touch ups from The Home Depot can really help make this space your own. Lately, I’ve...

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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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Home trends change, and over time new upgrades are needed to make a home feel new again. See how Corey Decker of Sawdust 2 Stitches was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products and upgrade her ‘90s style kitchen. Our Kitchen Before When we first moved into our current home it needed...

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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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Finishing up your backyard area goes beyond just getting new furniture. Sarah Wagner of Dreaming of Homemaking shares how outdoor decor, a fresh coat of paint and a separation fence can create the perfect outdoor living area. It is amazing how DIY projects can transform any space, and that is what we have done in every...

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When buying a house, we can’t always choose the color of the first house we purchase – especially when buying it blind! Cathy Peshek of  Poor Little It Girl was able to show how The Home Depot’s ProjectColor App was able to transform her house’s exterior into her dream color! I can’t believe it’s been...

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For a master bedroom refresh, choosing a different color paint can drastically transform your space. Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It was able to take advantage of  Home Depot products, showing how an accent wall can make a huge difference in a bedroom refresh. My master bedroom was looking a bit bare. I took down...

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Summertime often inspires us to tackle on a project or two. George Lehaf, from Makers Best Friend, took on a small kitchen project to make his space feel new. Follow along as he shows us, step-by-step how he created this farmhouse dinning table. The following instructions will walk you through creating this beautiful, farm-house styled...

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With a home office, sometimes renovations are necessary to create a good workplace. Kourtni Munoz of House on Longwood Lane was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how changing the paint on her bookshelf made her office a place she wanted to work in again. The most embarrassing space in 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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Renovating a kitchen is a tough task, especially to tackle alone. With the expert help and guidance of The Home Depot’s kitchen designers, Lindsey Dean of Frills and Drills was able to choose and order the perfect cabinets within her budget. When we built our home 2 years ago we were overwhelmed with the amount of...

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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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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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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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Curb appeal is extremely important when modernizing an 80s fixer upper. Sleek and stylish changes can completely transform a dated home. With the help of Home Depot products and installation services, Sarah Dorsey of Dorsey Designs was able to show how new dining room windows and a new front door can make a big impact...

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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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