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.

Curved Decks

Custom deck builder Decks R Us creates curved decks from PVC, Trex, Azek, and Wolf.

We all want our new decks to be different from our neighbors, and there are lots of way to accomplish this. You can add planters, wrought iron railings, a pergola, or low-voltage lighting, but one of our favorite ways is to curve the front of the deck. Curved decks are a lot easier to pull off now than they were in the past. The reason is that modern composite and PVC decking is much easier to bend than Pressure Treated wood. A curved front can help your deck to flow better, especially if you have a round table. For a deck that is low to the ground, it can add some character to the landscape of your backyard. Plus, they just look really cool…..

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We built our first curved deck in 2004 and we have built quite a few since. Over the years we have used lots of different decking and railings for them, anything from Trex and Fiberon composite decking, Azek & wolf PVC decking, Pressure Treated wood and even hardwoods like Ipe and Mahogany. While we prefer to use PVC like Azek because it is the easiest to work with, we can build your curved deck with almost any decking and railing combo. We can also build a curved stairs to make your deck even more unique.

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Custom deck builder Decks R Us creates curved decks from PVC, Trex, Azek, and Wolf.

We all want our new decks to be different from our neighbors, and there are lots of way to accomplish this. You can add planters, wrought iron railings, a pergola, or low-voltage lighting, but one of our favorite ways is to curve the front of the deck. Curved decks are a lot easier to pull off now than they were in the past. The reason is that modern composite and PVC decking is much easier to bend than Pressure Treated wood. A curved front can help your deck to flow better, especially if you have a round table. For a deck that is low to the ground, it can add some character to the landscape of your backyard. Plus, they just look really cool…..

We built our first curved deck in 2004 and we have built quite a few since. Over the years we have used lots of different decking and railings for them, anything from Trex and Fiberon composite decking, Azek & wolf PVC decking, Pressure Treated wood and even hardwoods like Ipe and Mahogany. While we prefer to use PVC like Azek because it is the easiest to work with, we can build your curved deck with almost any decking and railing combo. We can also build a curved stairs to make your deck even more unique.

See all of our Deck Options here.

By Ray Ebersol


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