You’ve just invested in your first propane grill, and you’re excited to get started with your favorite ingredients. There’s nothing that is quite as simple or as pleasurable as cooking outdoors.
During the warmer months, you’ll enjoy the afternoon sunshine, and you can even make the grill a centerpiece for dinner parties and other gatherings with friends and family.
Of course, to get started with your new grill, you’ll need to know how to start it. Propane grills are convenient and much easier to start than charcoal grills.
Here are all the steps you’ll need to follow as you learn how to turn on a propane grill.
Safety First – Familiarizing Yourself With Your Grill
Before turning your grill on for the first time, make sure that you have completed some essential safety steps.
- Ensure that your grill is fully assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Read the user manual from end to end. Pay special attention to assembly instructions, first-time use, and safety precautions.
- Obtain a propane tank from your local swap service or gas station, a hardware store, supermarket, or anywhere local that sells tanks. The tank should be in good condition with no visible damage.
- Attach the grill regulator to the propane tank and check that the seals are tight. Refer to your user manual for this step.
Now it’s time to get the grill fired up!
Lighting Your Propane Grill
There are just a few simple steps to turn on a propane grill.
- Turn on the attached propane tank. The valve on the top of the tank should be turned counterclockwise to open it.
- If you’re using a hooded grill, open the top. It’s dangerous to light a grill while it’s closed. Any minor gas leak has the potential to cause serious burns or an explosion.
- Locate the ignition button or ignition knob on your grill. For a button system, set the burner or burners to low heat and push the button to start. For a knob ignition system, turn the knob until you hear a click. This should ignite the burner. Set the burners to whatever setting you need for your ingredients.
- Most owners will turn the burners to their highest settings for preheating. Once the burners are ignited, you can safely close the grill lid.
Check the following if the grill doesn’t ignite:
- Look in your user manual for any model-specific troubleshooting steps.
- Is the electric ignition system plugged into an outlet? If it uses a battery, try replacing it.
- Is the tank valve open?
- Are the burners set to a low setting for ignition?
- Is your gas tank empty? If you’re using a tank from another appliance, it may need refilling.
If none of these tips help, turn off the propane tank and contact the manufacturer of your grill or a local technician for diagnosis.
Enjoy the Grilling Season Ahead
You now know how to turn on a propane grill. Remember to follow all safety precautions and instructions found in your user manual, in addition to the steps in this guide. Your propane gas grill will provide years of stress-free cooking outdoors.