How to Preheat Your Grill

How to Preheat Your Grill
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All of our Char-Broil grills will cook better when you preheat the grill beforehand — for both gas and charcoal. Plus, preheating helps remove some of the residue from prior use. How long should you preheat it? A good rule of thumb is about 15 minutes for maximum temperature or searing. To cook at a lower temperature, like for low and slow cooking barbecue, preheat for 10 minutes or less. Both of those times can vary a little depending on how cold or windy the weather is.

Gas Grills
Light the grill with the lid open. Turn the heat setting to the maximum temperature, then close the lid and wait for the appropriate time. When you are ready to grill, you can adjust the temperature.

Charcoal Grills
Light the charcoal and let it burn until the briquettes turn white and ashy. Then, cover the grill with the lid and preheat for about 15 minutes. You will need to open all the dampers when you put the lid on.

Tip: Use a chimney starter for an efficient way to prepare your charcoal for the grill.

8 thoughts on “How to Preheat Your Grill

  1. I’m a new owner of your electric patio grill and would like to read recipes specifically for that grill. Can potatoes be cooked on the warming rack even though the heat is not gas or charcoal?

  2. Do all 4 burners need to be turned on for proper reheating of gas grill even if only 1 burner is needed for cooking?

    1. If you’re preheating your grill, 1 burner would work, but it’s always better to use all the burners so that the grill reaches a stable temperature. When you’re ready to grill, you can turn off the other burners.

  3. If you are using the side burner, should you also preheat that with it’s tight flat lid closed?

    1. No, the side burner does not need to be preheated. Only use the side burner with the lid open. You use the side burner the same as a gas oven range.

  4. I have tried all kind of ways to preheat then set the temperature. Nothing seems to work.
    After pre heating and adjusting to a lower temp,the grill goes to zero or i50 degrees. This is where it is before lighting.

    1. Hi Glen, you might have a problem with your regulator. You can try turning off the control and tank knobs on your grill and propane tank and wait 30 seconds. Turn on the tank valve slowly, then light your grill according to lighting instructions. If flames are still low, repeat this process up to three times. If this process fails, the excess flow valve may have become stuck in the regulator and the regulator will need to be replaced. If that is the case, please contact Customer Support and they can help with ordering a new regulator.

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