Building Deck & DIY Platform for a Grill
BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

Custom Vinyl Deck Railings

Can I get deck railings to match my deck floor exactly? This is a question we often hear from prospective clients. Most manufacturer’s of vinyl (PVC) decking, do not make a railing that matches their deck colors. Some clients needed their deck floor and railings to match because of their HOA. Some really like the railing and floor matching for aesthetic reasons. So about 5 years ago, we put our Lancaster County craftsmen to work figuring out a way to build a great-looking, long-lasting, deck railing to match the decking that we use. We came up with a great custom deck railing that can be built using the ½ thick fascia trim that all vinyl (PVC) decking manufacturers sell to match their decking

Pairing these railings with powder coated aluminum spindles, in black, bronze, or white, is the most common style. But we can manufacture matching 2” square spindles for them as well. Keep in mind that this style of railing will be more expensive than the normal vinyl deck railings. Given the amount of materials and labor needed to build them.

We have more info on these custom deck railings on our Decks R Us deck railings page

By Ray Ebersol


Can I get deck railings to match my deck floor exactly? This is a question we often hear from prospective clients. Most manufacturer’s of vinyl (PVC) decking, do not make a railing that matches their deck colors. Some clients needed their deck floor and railings to match because of their HOA. Some really like the railing and floor matching for aesthetic reasons. So about 5 years ago, we put our Lancaster County craftsmen to work figuring out a way to build a great-looking, long-lasting, deck railing to match the decking that we use. We came up with a great custom deck railing that can be built using the ½ thick fascia trim that all vinyl (PVC) decking manufacturers sell to match their decking

Pairing these railings with powder coated aluminum spindles, in black, bronze, or white, is the most common style. But we can manufacture matching 2” square spindles for them as well. Keep in mind that this style of railing will be more expensive than the normal vinyl deck railings. Given the amount of materials and labor needed to build them.

We have more info on these custom deck railings on our Decks R Us deck railings page

By Ray Ebersol


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