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How to Light a Gas BBQ

Gas Catering BBQ

We’ve talked before about how to cook on a gas BBQ, but let’s talk about how to light a gas BBQ in the first place.

1. Check Your Gas Supply

Make sure your gas supply is properly connected to your BBQ.

2. Open the Lid

Lighting your BBQ with the lid closed can cause a build-up of gas fumes that will create an exploding hazard.

3. Turn on the Gas

Find the gas control knob on your BBQ. Gently turn the knob to open the gas valve. You should hear a hissing sound as the gas begins to flow. Allow a minute or so for the gas to fill the BBQ.

4. Light the BBQ

For best cooking results, lightly oil the surface of your grill before lighting your BBQ. When you’re ready to light up, turn the burner knob and hold down the BBQ’s ignition button.

5. Check the Burners

Once the burner is lit, check to make sure it is producing a steady flame along the full length of the burner. If a burner fails to light, or the flame is weak, turn off the gas and try again after a few minutes. If the problem persists, you may need to clean the burner or check for any blockages.

6. Preheat the Grill

Close the lid and let your BBQ preheat for about 10 minutes to heat up the grill. If your BBQ doesn’t have a hood, keep the burners on high for this time. If it’s cold or windy, you may need to give it a bit longer.

7. Adjust the Temperature

You can adjust the temperature of your BBQ by using the gas control knob to regulate the flow of gas.

8. Get Cooking!

Your gas BBQ is lit. You’re ready to start cooking. If you’d like to know the best way to cook tasty food on a gas BBQ, check out our guide.

Remember to never leave your BBQ unattended!