Allow gas to flow to the grill burners by turning the valve on top of the propane tank counter-clockwise. Set one of the burners to the "High" setting. Depending on the type of your Brinkmann gas grill, you may be able to start the grill with any burner or you may be required to use a specific burner. Once the grill is heated, place food items between the heating elements.
The cooking process depends on how you set the grill: If you leave the control panel in the default position, then the fire will go out if you don't turn it on every hour or so to replenish the fuel. To keep the heat constant, you must adjust the temperature from time to time. The amount of time needed will vary depending on the size of the item you are cooking and how often you turn the heat up or down.
Here are some general guidelines for using your Brinkmann propane grill:
For meats, vegetables, and other foods that don't need much attention, you can just put the food on the grill and walk away. However, if you want to brown your meat efficiently, you'll need to flip it occasionally. There is a small hole in the center of each grill plate, which allows heat to circulate among the plates. This ensures an even distribution of heat when you're cooking multiple items at once.
For best results, wait until the last minute to cook dinner.
Gas should be supplied to the grill. Turn the LP control valve on the tank's top slowly. To open the valve and enhance the flow of gas, turn it counterclockwise. Slowly turn the knob until the valve is completely open. Start the grill. The grill will begin heating up immediately. When the gas reaches operating temperature (500 degrees F), the light on the top of the grill will start to blink to indicate that the grill is on. Once the gas has heated up, close the valve so that no more gas can escape.
The next thing you want to do is to adjust the heat from medium-low to low. Leave it here for about 10 minutes while you prepare your food. Then move the heat back to medium-high and keep it there while you cook.
You can also add wood chips or chunks to the fire when using a charcoal grill to give it some extra flavor. Be sure to wash your wood chips or chunks first to get rid of any dirt or chemicals on them. You can also use liquid smoke instead of wood chips or chunks for an added touch of flavor.
Finally, make sure that you don't leave any part of your body inside the grill. If anything catches on fire, quickly remove it from the grill.
These are just a few things you need to know to use a gas grill properly.
Screw the mounting knob clockwise until it is securely fastened. Slowly crank the valve handle counterclockwise to open the propane shutdown valve. Open the burner valves and use the grill's controls to start the burners to test the grill. If the grill still won't work properly, the regulator may need to be changed. An auto-regulator will keep the fuel pressure constant regardless of changes in altitude or temperature. A manual-regulator can be adjusted by moving a spring-loaded metal ball called a needle valve. This allows more fuel to flow when there is a demand for heat, like when you place a steak on the grill, and less fuel flows when there isn't a demand for heat, like when you are cooking vegetables.
The mounting screw for the regulator should be accessible without removing the unit. If so, turn the screw counterclockwise to remove the regulator. Be sure to clean out any debris that may have collected in the bottom of the tank after replacing the drain plug.
If the screw is not accessible from outside the tank, then you will need to take the grill apart to remove it. This is most easily done by removing the two Phillips screws that hold the top plate down, then lifting off the front panel. Under the panel you will find another set of screws that hold the bracket together that supports the regulator. Remove these screws, then lift up on the regulator to remove it from the grill.