How to Use a Gas Grill

Get the barbeque started quickly with natural gas or propane grills

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Gas grills use either natural gas or propane as fuel and are the most popular type of backyard grills. They heat up quickly, can be operated easily, and require very little cleanup. Most gas grills are designed for propane use, but can be converted to use natural gas fairly easily.
While some gas grills have smoker boxes, charcoal grills are necessary to get a rich charcoal or smoked flavor.

Natural gas vs. Propane gas grills

Natural gas-powered grills require that the natural gas line from your home be extended to your backyard. As a result, they have a higher upfront cost, but their operating costs are lower than propane grills and their location is permanent once the line is installed.

  • Require a natural gas line extended to your yard. 
  • Safer than propane – they are less likely to leak as you don’t have to hook and unhook the gas frequently, and natural gas is easier to smell than propane so you can detect leaks earlier.

Propane-powered grills are portable and require propane tanks that need to regularly be replaced once the propane has been used.

  • Heat up quicker than natural gas. 
  • Portable and easy to transport, can be used anywhere.

How to Light a Gas Grill

As with all grills, clean the cooking surface before use.

  • Open the lid to prevent gas from building up in the cooking chamber. 
  • To start a propane grill, turn the valve on the top of the tank counter-clockwise. To start a natural gas grill, turn one of the burners all the way up and push the igniter button. Use a fireplace match or lighter wand to start the grill if you don’t have an igniter button. 
  • Turn on the other burners. 
  • Close the lid and allow to warm for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking.

How to Turn Off a Gas Grill

  • Turn off the burner knobs. 
  • If you are using propane, turn the gas off using the valve on the tank. 
  • Clean the grill grate after each use.

Tip: There should be a fuel gage on your propane tank which tells you how much gas you have left.