Jun 25 , 2020

How to Use a Gas Grill for the First Time


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Hook Up and Turn On the Gas

  • Determine if your grill is designed for burning propane or natural gas. Most gas grills use propane, supplied from small portable tanks, but some are connected directly to the natural gas supply of a house.
  • Find your grill’s gas supply hose and regulator (the round metal piece attached to the hose). If your grill takes propane, thread the regulator onto the valve at the top of your propane tank (see photo below). Be sure to thread it all the way on, taking care that it’s aligned properly. Do not over-tighten.
  • The best way to maintain a supply of propane is to have a second tank on hand at all times. When the tank you’re using runs out, which can happen at any moment, simply install the fresh tank and keep on cooking. Then swap out the empty tank for a full one. or have the empty tank refilled before your next grilling session. (In several decades of grilling, I’ve never run out of propane using this approach.)
  • Open the propane tank valve, or the natural gas valve, all the way.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher within easy reach before lighting.

Hook Up and Turn On the Gas

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