Where to Showcase Your Grill
Everyone likes to show off a new grill, but the question is where to put it so your family and guests will notice. Most people know the common locations, such as decks, patios, or the pool area. However, there are other options that may save you space and eliminate safety concerns.
Basic Grill Safety Tips
Keep a fire extinguisher and spray bottle or other water source near the grill. Even the most experienced grillers will encounter a fire now and then, and putting it out quickly and safely is a must. Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach of the grill. For smaller, easily contained fires, a water hose or spray bottle may help. Read up on treating minor burns; run cold water over the burned area for several minutes, and use a medically-approved ointment. Go to the ER immediately if skin is charred, the burn is facial, or the burn covers all or almost all of a limb, hand, or foot.
Enjoy smoke from a distance. Mesquite, oak, or maple-scented smoke smells great on the grill, but you should never breathe in too much. Smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that can contribute to cancer if you’re over-exposed. In particular, keep children well away from the grill so they don’t inhale.
Keep your food safe. Before grilling anything, keep it cool and covered in your fridge, freezer, or another safe area. Review proper grilling temperatures for each item before you begin grilling. Bacteria-filled vegetables or undercooked meat will likely cause food poisoning and the flu.
Where to Place Your Grill
Once you have the safety basics down, it’s time to show off your grill. Where you can place it will depend on your home’s location, available space, and in some cases, landlord or homeowner association rules. If you’re using a gas grill, turn it so the vents are away from your house or building. Exposure to gas can warp siding and cause other issues. Do not keep a grill under a roof, as this can make fires spread. Make sure the smoke does not get inside your home; most experts recommend the grill stay at least 10 feet from your home or pool.
Unique Grill Placement Features
No matter where you place your grill, you can surround it with unique and memorable features. Some homeowners like to use pass-through windows so food can be transferred seamlessly from the grill to the kitchen. As long as the grill is at a safe distance, you can put it in the same area with your pool or surrounding foliage, such as trees or hanging baskets of flowers. Consider using chaise lounges or patio umbrellas to give your grill area a relaxed ambience.
For grill placement inspiration, be sure to take a look at our Pinterest Boards.