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Ready to fire up your new grill, but not sure exactly what to do? Lighting your grill may seem complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Most gas grills come with easy to start ignitions, that will have your grill fired up in no time. Follow these steps and lighting your grill will be a breeze.
Step #1: Read The Owners Manual & Familiarize Yourself With Your Ignition
Make sure you become familiar with your grill before you use it. The owners manual is very informative, and helps you get the most out of your grill. Four of the most common ignition types are Flame Thrower, Continious Spark, Hot Surface, & Single Spark. Most grills have a secondary ignition system to light your grill using a match or lighter in case the main igntion goes out. The grills that come with "flash tubes" are the easiest to use.
Flame Thrower Ignition - To ignite push in the ignition and turn the knob. You will hear a click and a small flame ignites the burner. (Battery not required)
Continious Spark Ignitions - This ignition uses a spark electrode to ignite the burners. Push the button and turn the knob and the burners will ignite. (Often requires a battery)
Hot Surface Ignitions - Push in the knob to activate the hot surface while turning it. This ignites the hot surface and lights the burners.(Very similar to a car cigarette lighter)
Single Spark ignition - Also known as a Piezo ignition. This type of ignition requires you to manually press in or turn the ignitor button.
Step #2: Have Plenty Of Gas On Hand (Propane Models)
There's nothing worse than running out of gas while you are grilling. Depending on what you are grilling some foods have longer grill times, so it is best to be prepared and keep an extra tank on hand.
Step #3: Lift The Lid
Always remember to raise the lid before lighting your gas grill. If you keep the lid closed while lighting, the grill chamber can fill up with gas so when you press the ignition, and a explosion can occur.
Step #4: Open The Valve On Your Gas
Before you light your grill turn the valve on your gas tank or natural gas valve, and allow the gas to travel through the line. If there is no gas in the line your burners will not light.
Step #5: Fire Up The Grill Source
Fire it up and start grilling. After you ignite your burners, set them to the desired pre-heat temperature. Depending on the food, some require higher cooking temperatures than others.
Step #6: Clean Up
After you are done grilling make sure to burn off the excess food and grease from your grates. This helps keep your grates ready for the next time you grill.
Step #7: Turn Off
After you clean the grates, make sure and turn off the burners, and then turn off your gas source.
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