Fires on Flat Top Grills

What's in This Article?

How to prevent flare ups on your Flat Top Grill and what to do in case one occurs.

What to Do If the Grill is Currently on Fire

  1. Don't panic!
  2. Do NOT close the lid. Allow the cooktop to cool, completely before closing the lid.
  3. Turn the burner knobs to the OFF (O) position.
  4. Close the propane tank valve.
  5. Allow the fire to extinguish on its own.
  6. Check if the grease chute is installed correctly.
  7. Clean and re-season the griddle.
  8. DO NOT:
    • Use water, flour, or a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
    • Try to smother the fire.
    • Unplug the grill.

Types of Fires on Flat Top Grills

Grease drips from the grill onto the valve, hose or regulator while the grill is on and plugged in. If the grill knobs are turned on but there is no flame, the gas is still flowing and could possibly ignite.


What Causes Fires on Flat Top Grills?

  • Lack of maintenance, i.e. not cleaning the grill after each cook
  • Buildup of food and debris
  • Grease chute installed incorrectly
  • Failure to maintain required clearances between combustible materials and the grill

Best Practices to Avoid Fires on Flat Top Grills

The following best practices will help reduce risk of and potential damage from a fire.

  • Maintain a minimum distance of 20 inches (50.8 cm) between the Flat Top Grill and any combustibles, including wooden railings, home siding, window frames, furniture, trees and trash receptacles.
  • Do not install or operate the Flat Top Grill indoors, in or on recreational vehicles or boats, or under combustible ceiling/overhang.
  • Do not store or use a spare LP tank, gasoline or other flammable vapors, liquids, or materials in, under, or in the vicinity of the Flat Top Grill.
  • If the Flat Top Grill does not ignite within 5 seconds, turn burner controls OFF, wait 5 minutes to allow gas to dissipate, and repeat ignition procedure. If Flat Top Grill does not ignite, gas will continue to ow out of burner and could accidentally ignite.
  • Inspect the hose of the Flat Top Grill’s LP tank before each use. If there is evidence of abrasion, wear, cuts, or leaks, the hose must be replaced prior to operation.
  • If grease or other hot material drips from the Flat Top Grill onto valve, hose, or regulator, turn off gas supply immediately. Determine the cause. Correct, clean and inspect valve, hose, and regulator. Before continuing, perform a leak test.
  • Never use an LP tank that is visibly rusted, damaged, or out of date.

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