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.

5 Reasons Why You Should Redo Your Deck In Fall/Winter

If your current deck needs a facelift, if you’re tired of pulling splinters from your kid’s feet, or worrying about them falling off the deck due to unsafe railings, we can help. If you are happy with the size and shape of your deck, and it is less than 15 years old, we should be able to “Redeck” it. What we call “Redecking”, is basically removing all the old floorboards, railings and steps, replacing them with new, low-maintenance products. This is a great, cost effective and low impact way to upgrade your outdoor space.

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Fall and winter are perfect to have your deck redone for lots of reasons. Here are the top 5:

  1. Unless you use the deck & steps to access your home, odds are you will not be using them all winter. So having it torn apart for a few days will not be a big deal.

  2. The windows and doors of your home will all be closed up, so the noise our deck builders make will not be a problem.

  3. The kids will be playing inside, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them away from the construction area.

  4. All your plants will be dormant for winter, so our impact on your landscape will be minimal.

  5. You will have your new deck ready and waiting for the first...


If your current deck needs a facelift, if you’re tired of pulling splinters from your kid’s feet, or worrying about them falling off the deck due to unsafe railings, we can help. If you are happy with the size and shape of your deck, and it is less than 15 years old, we should be able to “Redeck” it. What we call “Redecking”, is basically removing all the old floorboards, railings and steps, replacing them with new, low-maintenance products. This is a great, cost effective and low impact way to upgrade your outdoor space.

 

Fall and winter are perfect to have your deck redone for lots of reasons. Here are the top 5:

  1. Unless you use the deck & steps to access your home, odds are you will not be using them all winter. So having it torn apart for a few days will not be a big deal.

  2. The windows and doors of your home will all be closed up, so the noise our deck builders make will not be a problem.

  3. The kids will be playing inside, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them away from the construction area.

  4. All your plants will be dormant for winter, so our impact on your landscape will be minimal.

  5. You will have your new deck ready and waiting for the first beautiful spring weather.

We have more info and some photos on our Redecking page

Our schedule for the winter is filling up quickly, so Contact Us to set up a free consultation to see if Redecking is an option for you.

By Ray Ebersol


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