How To Safely Light A Gas Grill

Push button gas grill ignitionThere was a story in the news a few days ago about a gas grill explosion in Florida that injured two people and scared many more in the surrounding apartment complex. We see stories like this every year as we approach summer and the peak grilling season.

It’s probably been a while since you read the owner’s manual that came with your Weber gas grill. (You did read it…right?) Here are some generic instructions for lighting a gas grill. Please consult the owner’s manual for your grill for safe lighting instructions.

  1. Open the lid.
  2. Make sure all burner control knobs are turned OFF.
  3. Turn on the gas to the grill. Wait a few seconds before proceeding to allow gas to fill the valve system.
  4. Turn the appropriate burner control knob to the START/HIGH position (Terminology may be different for your particular grill).
  5. Push the ignition button to light the grill. If your grill has a mechanical button, you should press it several times so it clicks each time. If your grill has a battery-operated lighter, just hold the button down.
  6. Check that the burner is lit.
  7. If the burner does not light, turn all burner control knobs to OFF and wait 5 minutes to let the gas clear before you try again or try to light with a match.

Failure to open the lid while lighting, or not waiting 5 minutes to allow gas to clear if the grill does not light, may result in an explosion that can cause serious bodily injury or death.

I strongly recommend that you find your owner’s manual, dust it off, and familiarize yourself again with the safe operation of your grill. If you can’t find your manual, you can download a copy at