The gas grill, despite being among the most convenient and simplest to use grills, can be complicated to those who are just starting on their journey with this great type of grill. New things always leave us shocked, excited and at the same time provide us with plenty of worries and questions like „how does it work?” or „how to use it properly”. Today we’d like to present you with several basic rules one has to remember when cooking on a gas grill as well as explain the basics that will show you how to use a gas grill ( propane or natural gas grill ).
Of course, after that long introduction we’d like to reassure you and point out that there’s no need to worry. A gas grill is very easy to use, manufacturers add a manual to every grill that makes everything clear. If you don’t have a manual, however, or haven’t found the answer to a mind-boggling question in it, I invite you to read our article.
Below are the key activities everyone who cooks on a gas grill comes across. Attention – If you haven’t found an answer to your question here either, please ask it in the comments below, we’ll help you to the best of our abilities.
How to Start a Gas Grill
First the most popular question, how to light a gas grill. There are two options, if your grill has an electric ignition then you simply turn the knob to start a burner. If for any reason you don’t have an electric ignition or it broke down, all that is left to do is start the gas grill manually.
But no need to rush, let’s start from the beginning – what to do in order to light a propane or natural gas grill ?
- That’s easy, open the grill’s lid ( always start the gas grill with the lid open ). It prevents gas from accumulating under the lid in the event any of the burners doesn’t work properly.
- Open the propane tank valve or the natural gas line valve and wait for a moment. ( Always close the valve after you’re done cooking ).
- Turn the burner knob to the right position and click the ignition button. Plenty of grills have a „light” position under the knob which is there to start the grill, but if your grill doesn’t have it then simply turn the knob however you wish.
Useful info – if your grill has plenty of burners close together, you can start each subsequent one by simply turning the knob accordingly without having to click the ignition button. If there’s a running burner nearby, it will light a new burner automatically.
Of course we suggest reading the instructions before using the grill for the first time. Each manufacturer has their own patents, features and different solutions which is why we can’t give a clear answer that will perfectly fit every grill. Manufacturers install plenty of features in different ways which is why it’s a good idea to read the instructions to make sure how all the elements of a grill work.
How to Start a Gas Grill Manually ?
In the event that the electric ignition breaks down, it is always possible to start a gas grill manually without ignitor. It doesn’t matter if it involves a propane grill or a natural gas grill, the principle is the same and you may know it from starting old models of gas stoves.
Manufacturers have prepared something in case of the ignition breaking down that can help start the grill using an emergency method. For the convenience and safety of using that method, a handle has been installed on the side of a grill that has a place on the very end to put a match.
If you don’t know where the handle is located, read the grill’s instruction, but most of the time it can be found somewhere on the side of the grill.
So in order to manually start a gas grill without ignitor, you need to open the grill’s lid. Then put a match in the special handle and light it. At the same time turn the knob of a selected burner and put the handle with a burning match right to the selected burner. That way the gas will get ignited upon contact with a burning match.
Done ! You can start cooking now.
When a burning match touches a burner with gas coming out of it, ignition occurs, which can often be a little more intense during the first second due to the accumulated gas after turning the knob. That’s why a special handle should be used that protects your hands from potential burns.
How to Cook on a Gas Grill ?
It is ultra simple, once you start the burners on the grill and set the knobs accordingly, it’s time to close the grill’s lid and wait for the grill to reach the desired temperature. It is best achieved by setting the burners to full power, closing the lid and waiting for the grill to reach your desired temperature which usually takes 10-15 minutes ( watch the temperature using the built-in thermometer on the grill’s lid, if your grill doesn’t have a built-in thermometer you can buy a remote thermometer separately ).
Once the temperature is right, you can lower the burners’ power by turning the knob accordingly. Then comes the time for cooking, simply place the food on the grates and cook.
Other than that, there is nothing much complicated when it comes to cooking, now it all depends on what you want to cook and how.
You have to remember that before you place the food on the grates, you have to preheat the grill to the right temperature. If the grates are dirty then it’s better to clean them, in such case you should also wait for the grill to reach the right temperature that will burn away most of the grease and food remains, then you can clean the grates more thoroughly using the right brush. What kind? That depends on the type of grill grates you have, I recommend reading more on that in the instructions or on the manufacturer’s website.
That’s it when it comes to the basics of lighting a gas grill and preparing it for cooking. There are plenty of other, less important activities to pay attention to when cooking, but more on that below.
Natural Gas & Propane Grill – Tips & Things to Remember
Below we present a list of things to remember when cooking on a gas grill as well as give you few valuable tips that can expand your cooking experience. There’s plenty of things to do before and after cooking that it’s a good idea to remember.
That’s it on the topic, if you want to learn more about how to cook on a gas grill then check out our other articles related to gas grills. If you don’t have a gas grill and this article has encouraged you to buy one, check out our propane grill buyer’s guide in which we have described what we think are the best natural gas and propane grills for this year.