Research all your local fire codes before making a grill purchase this season. Generally, the use of grills on balconies is municipally regulated across North America. Before becoming a homeowner, I remember grilling on apartment patios. What about you guys that are not allowed to grill out at all because of the open flame restrictions these days?
Some municipalities prohibit the use of charcoal briquettes and gas grills on balconies. Property managers and condominium corporations may also prohibit the use of grills on balconies. General safety requirements are to keep the grill three feet away from any combustibles and 10 feet from any combustible overhangs.
Not only are electric grills rated for use on multi-family balconies and patios, they are easy to use. Electric grills increased high temperature levels and touch controls have improved the results of the food. Not having to deal with lighting the gas grill or wondering how much propane is left alleviates stress from life. A Power Chef Electric Grill has digital controls with a locking feature so little hands cannot play with the grill settings. I no longer have to worry about keeping my children safe, or a flare-up catching something on fire because there is no open flame. This makes electric grills attractive whether you are grilling on a condo balcony or a large suburban outdoor space.
If you are unfamiliar with fire code restrictions for example, 41 states have adopted the International Fire Code (IFC) developed by the International Code Council (ICC) in 2004. This code specifically prohibits the use of liquefied petroleum gas burners and other open flame cooking devices on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible
construction except in one-unit and two-unit family dwellings or in buildings where the balcony and deck are protected with fire sprinklers.
Electric grills are not only great options for smaller outdoor spaces that are regulated; but the choice for anyone concerned about convenience and safety when grilling outdoors.