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The Heat – Starting a Gas Grill

Starting a gas grill seems simple compared to a charcoal grill, yet it too has its demands.  Read your owner’s manual and get familiar with the components of the grill.  The manual will also tell you how to check for gas leaks.

Open the grill lid and make sure that the burner controls are turned off.  If you are using fuel from a propane tank, make sure the tank has fuel in it.  Then, turn the tank’s fuel valve so that it’s all the way open.

Turn on all heat elements to high heat setting.  Immediately light the grill by depressing the automatic spark igniter.  If your gas grill does not have an automatic spark igniter, use a long wooden fireplace match or a gas wand to ignite the gas jets.

Close the grill lid and let the bed of lava rocks, ceramic briquettes, or metal baffles heat until the temperature on the covered grill reaches at least 350˚. This will take 10 to 15 minutes.  When ready to cook, turn the knobs to the desired heat level.

Always turn off the grill when finished cooking. First, turn off all of the heat elements, rotisserie motors and side burners. Then, firmly turn the propane or natural gas valve to the off position.