Hey there, grill enthusiasts! Backyard Charlie here, and let me tell you, there's nothing better than firing up that gas grill and getting ready for some serious grilling action. But before you get too excited, there are a few rules you need to follow to make sure you don't ruin your party.
First and foremost, you need to keep that lid raised while you're lighting that bad boy up. If you don't, you're going to have a big problem on your hands. Trust me, you don't want to be that guy who fills up the grill chamber with gas and then lights a match or hits the ignition button. Not a good look, my friends.
Next up, if it's super windy outside, you need to take some precautions. Either have someone hold up a shield or move the grill to a less windy area. You don't want the wind blowing out your flame or match, and you definitely don't want to waste precious gas.
And let me make this crystal clear: Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT light or use your grill in an enclosed area. That's just asking for trouble, folks.
Now, assuming you've got all those rules down pat, it's time to light up that grill. If you're a grill master and have your instruction manual, go ahead and follow those steps. But if you're like most of us and have lost that darn thing, don't worry. I've got you covered.
First things first, raise that lid up high. Then, turn on the gas at the propane tank. Next, turn on one of the gas burners on the grill. And finally, hit that auto light or ignition button if your grill has one.
We have Ignition! Your grill should be lit and ready to go. But if for some reason it didn't light up, don't panic. If your unit has holes in the bottom, you can try sticking a match near the burner from that position. If not, use a long match from the top. And if that's not available, throw a match in near the burners. But please, be careful.
Once your grill is all lit up, turn on the rest of the burners and let it burn for about 5 to 10 minutes on high. This will burn off any leftover food and grease accumulations on the diffusers below. When the smoke has subsided and the grill is burning smoothly, turn the burners back down to low and you're ready to start grilling.
So there you have it, my friends. Follow these rules and steps, and you'll be the grill master in no time. Now let's get grilling!