Propane Grilling Do’s
1. Clean, clean, clean! Your propane grill will work best when the fat and grease coating the grates from your last cooking session are cleaned. Without clean grates, the chance of flare ups is more present.
2. Check the tank, connection, and line for leaks. The easiest way to check all the portions of the gas line is to create a solution of water and dish soap and rub it onto the connections and hoses. If a leak is present, the soap will form large bubbles, and you’ll know it’s time to replace the leaking component.
3. Clear the area of anything that’s not being used to cook. Paper lanterns, wicker baskets, and other décor items are made from highly flammable materials and provide an easy and quick recipe for disaster if placed too close to your grill.
4. Always be mindful that flare-ups can occur, particularly if you are cooking a large amount of fatty food. It’s never a good idea to load up your grill since dripping fat can and does cause flame ups. One simple precaution is to simply have a spray bottle of water nearby. If a flare-up happens, you can use the spray bottle of water to quench the fire, and the food won’t be affected by the water.
Propane Grilling Don’ts:
1. Don’t ever turn on the propane tank valve when the lid of your grill is closed. The closed lid provides an area for propane to build up in, meaning when you light the fire, a flash fireball will form causing damage not only to your grill but to you as well. This is extremely dangerous. Don’t do it.
2. Don’t walk away from your grill while it is on. Keep a close, watchful eye on your grill while you are cooking. If a flare-up occurs and continues to burn unattended it can cause serious damage. The size of a fire can double in less than a minute. Complete all your food prep before beginning the grilling process, and stay close to your grill while cooking so you can take immediate action should anything arise.
3. We mentioned this before but it bears repeating. Don’t overload your grill with too much food, especially meats with high fat contents (ground beef, etc.). This causes the risk of a flare up to go up, and if a flare up happens when the grill is overcrowded, the chance of surroundings catching on fire is greater.
This list of do’s and dont’s is by no means complete. For more information check out our Propane Grilling Safety page. And if you have any questions about safe grilling, please feel free to contact our customer service department at any time (during normal business hours).
Outdoor grilling is a lot of fun, especially when you have family nearby or friends over. One thing you don’t want to do is run out of propane for your grill when everyone is over and getting ready for a good time. Apart from making sure you have all the food ready to grill, don’t forget to check your propane supply. Mighty Flame propane exchange locations are everywhere. And it only take a few minutes to exchange your propane tank at your favorite convenience store or other propane exchange location.
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