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How to Prepare Your Grill for Summer Cookouts

Technically, grilling season starts with Memorial Day weekend, but temperatures here in Dallas have already been mild enough for cooking outdoors. Before you light up your grill for the summer, you need to make sure that you have enough fuel to get you through all the summertime backyard barbecues until Labor Day or beyond. At Northwest Propane Gas Company, we provide new residential propane tanks and propane tank exchange in Dallas for those who use that as their source of fuel for the grill.

Before checking your propane tank, prepare your grill for cooking. Clean out the inside of the grill and check the gas jets for clogs. Soak the grill grates in soapy water and scrub any built-up food residue off. If the grates are made of cast iron, coat the in vegetable oil on both sides and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for an hour to season the grates, which makes them non-stick. Replace the grill grates, and check the propane tank.

There are several ways to check if your propane tank for your grill needs to be replaced. Tap the side of the tank. If it sounds hollow, take it to a propane gas tank exchange. Another method is to weigh the tank, and if it feels light in weight, it is time for a replacement. To determine exactly how much propane is left in the tank, pour heated water over the outside of the tank and look for where the exterior of the tank begins to sweat. This is level the propane is filled to in the tank.

Grilling safety starts with a clean grill and tight connections with the gas line and propane tank. If you have a low propane tank on your gas grill, we can exchange it for a new tank that is completely filled with 20 pounds, compared to other companies’ 15 to 17 pound exchange tanks. Call us at Northwest Propane Gas Company at 800-274-6121.

Summer Safety Tips for Propane Grilling

As temperatures rise and family and friends come together to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, grilling outdoors can provide the perfect combination of playing host and feeding the family, all while still enjoying the warm summer air here in Northwest Texas.  As any good griller knows, though, using a propane gas grill is not a task for any amateur cook, and should not be taken lightly. In the excitement of it all, it is still crucial to remember that safety comes first. With the help of these safety guidelines from your North Texas propane company, you can ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy a fun, safe holiday to remember.

  1. It may seem obvious, but propane tanks should always be kept outdoors, in fresh, open air, and always in an upright position.  Make sure to keep your grill within a safe distance from the exterior wall of your home and never near any bushes, shrubbery, or flammable materials.
  2. Before lighting your tank, it is always key to do a quick spot-check, searching for leaks or any physical abnormalities you may notice on the tank itself.
  3. Never make any modifications or alterations to the tank yourself. Our helpful team of tank installation and maintenance professionals will be more than happy to assist you in any of your propane needs. It’s what we’re here for!
  4. Refrain from smoking near your residential propane tank, and never use matches or lighters to check for leaks. In the case of fire, contact your local fire department immediately.
  5. Do not store your propane tank in any enclosed space, such as your car or truck, as this will expose it to high temperatures.
  6. If it is your first time grilling this summer, and your tank is feeling less than full, you might be in need of a cylinder exchange.

When it comes to propane grilling, use these simple safety tips before throwing on the first burger or hot dog. For any additional questions or comments, feel free to contact our Dallas propane experts today or schedule propane service online.

Propane Grills vs. Charcoal Grills

Propane Grills vs. Charcoal GrillsIf you’re a fan of the TV cartoon King of the Hill, you know it’s a running joke that Hank Hill, who sells propane and propane accessories for a living, absolutely despises the use of charcoal grills. One of Hill’s favorite’s sayings is “Taste the meat, not the heat.”

As we all prepare for the spring and firing up our barbecue pits, our Dallas TX propane gas experts at Northwest Propane are hoping you are choosing propane grills over charcoal grills. From an operational standpoint, both have their advantages, but when it comes to cleanliness, propane’s odorless, colorless gas is a favorite compared to charcoal briquettes and ash that can be extremely messy and more difficult to clean after cooking.

From a taste perspective, charcoal tends to add a distinct smoky flavor, whereas propane offers more of a natural taste. Propane grills, in addition, are faster cookers, which gives them an edge in the convenience category.

Hank Hill doesn’t work for us, but we definitely endorse propane grills over charcoal grills as he would. Let our Dallas TX propane gas experts assist you with more comparisons and contrasts between propane grills and charcoal grills. For additional information, call our Dallas propane dealers today, or visit us online.