Grills and Outdoor Kitchens
Not long ago, an outdoor cooking area consisted of a portable grill and a picnic table. Today, more and more homeowners are stepping up their game, with some creating elaborate alfresco built-in kitchens, while others opt for grills with an abundance of new prep and cooking features. What do all of these have in common? Propane.
Dream it? Do it!
If you have your heart set on only the best in an outdoor kitchen, propane's clean, versatile energy will meet all of your performance and safety needs. A premium built-in cooking area — complete with large grilling surface, cooktop, oven, and rotisserie — can easily be set up to operate with a propane cylinder or on your home's main supply tank.
Faster heat, less soot
It's not hard to figure out why about 60 percent of home grillers use propane gas grills. Propane grills light instantly, heat faster than charcoal, and release less carbon monoxide, particular matter, and soot. What does that mean for you? Great-tasting food prepared in less time.
It's not just a grill anymore
While the centerpiece of a propane grill is the surface that enables cooking over open flame, that's just the start of what today's outdoor units can offer. Like their built-in counterparts, many higher-end portable grills now come equipped with extra features such as enclosed grilling drawers and stainless-steel burners for preparing side dishes. For added convenience and safety, many larger units even come with spring-assisted hoods, enabling a busy chef to open and close the lid with ease. In addition, surface lighting and LED temperature displays are now available on many grills and ensure safe cooking long after the sun goes down.
Tips for safe grilling and cooking
Millions of people use propane to cook on their patio and in their backyard. If you're ready to reap the benefits of propane's exceptional energy for outdoor living, consider the following tips:
Follow directions. If you buy a propane grill and assemble it yourself, follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. Better yet, have the grill assembled before you bring it home. If you're planning a more elaborate outdoor kitchen, be sure to get in touch with your nearest propane retailer for tips on products and access to qualified installers.
Keep it outdoors. The only safe location for any grill — including propane cooking units — is outside in a well-ventilated area away from home siding, decks, or porches. And grills should never be placed directly under tree limbs or eaves.
Remove combustible materials. Propane has the lowest flammability range of all alternative fuels, making it a safe choice for grilling and cooking. Be sure to store propane cylinders outdoors and keep cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids away from cooking areas and gas appliances.