A Guide to Cooking With Your Propane Grill

Grilling Made Easy

propane grills Cape May, NJ The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association recently surveyed American grillers and found that 61 percent use propane as their barbecue’s fuel. This makes a lot of sense since propane offers superior heat control and ease of use.

Think about grilling with charcoal. You need to get a heavy bag of coals and light it with fluid that can create a chemical taste. Then, you need to wait for the charcoal to reach your desired temperature, which takes a while. And once you’re done, you’ll need to wait for the coals to cool and mess up your clothes, cleaning up ash.

In contrast, propane leaves no taste and produces virtually no smoke. It ignites easily, and you can adjust your temperature with the turn of a knob. When you’re finished grilling, all you need to do is turn off the burners and close your cylinder valve. It’s unbelievably simple!

New grill owners in Princeton, Long Branch, Doylestown and other New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities can always turn to the Blue Flame for propane advice.

Propane cylinders for freestanding grills

Freestanding gas grills typically use 20-pound cylinders, which is the size you see at tank exchanges like the Lil’ Hanks exchanges we supply. You can pick up an easy-to-transport cylinder with Blue Flame’s premium fuel at one of our convenient locations.

If you have a medium-sized grill, one 20-pound propane cylinder should fuel roughly 18 to 20 hours of cooking time. If your grill is larger, it may last only about 10 hours.

Checking for leaks in your propane cylinder

Once you attach your propane cylinder to your grill, you should ensure there are no leaks in your tank, hoses or connections. There’s a simple test:

  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray this soapy water onto your grill tank valve, plus your grill’s hose and regulator.
  3. Open the cylinder and inspect all the places you sprayed. If you see bubbling, gas is likely escaping.
  4. Close the valve and tighten all your connections.
  5. Reopen the valve. If you still see bubbles, there is likely a leak. The cylinder, hose or regulator will need to be replaced.

Dealing with a grill that won’t light

With most propane grills today, you can light your burners by holding down the ignitor button and turning the knob until a row of blue flames come on. If this doesn’t happen, turn off your grill, wait two minutes and try again. If your burners still don’t come on, try these simple fixes:

  • Confirm you’ve opened your propane cylinder valve.
  • Perform the leak test above, if you haven’t already.
  • Wipe any moisture off your grill’s burners.
  • If the ignitor isn’t clicking when you push the button, it might need a new battery.

If your grill still doesn’t light, contact the vendor that sold it to you for assistance.

For more information about using propane in your home — and to start receiving the most dependable propane delivery in the region — contact Blue Flame.