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bart1944
  1. If you live in a multi-story building, the balcony or deck is usually only accessible from your unit. Depending on the covenants of the building or local codes, an outdoor grill may not be allowed on a deck above grade level. Using 'legalese', it all depends.

2. If you have an above ground balcony or deck and want to prevent theft, if the grill or other appliance is built in, an alarm system, video surveillance or anchoring the unit to the deck with a bracket using screws like the ones on stalls in public restrooms. A special tool is required to remove the screw. Then the bracket that sits on the wood deck can be thru bolted or the proper screw like the one mentioned used to attack to the deck floor.

3. To prevent fats staining the deck floor, use a large mat that soaks up any fat spills and has a barrier to prevent them from getting on and into the wood deck. A very good stain and sealant may be another option. Be sure to ask the person you buy from if the sealant will prevent fats/oils/etc. from penetrating through and into the wood. Another option may be to construct or cover your deck or under the grill area with some of the new decking products that are stain resistant. They last a lifetime and require little maintenance. Check with your local building supplier or go online to research first. Be warned, initially the good material is not cheap but over the lifetime of the deck or balcony, amortizing the cost over 10 - 20 years may end up being just as economical.

  1. Most who steal grills, etc. are opportunistic thieves and generally won't take time to watch your home to find out when would be the best time or opportunity to take your property.
  2. It comes down to how far you want to go to prevent stains and/or theft and how much you are willing to invest.
   
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Diane Singleton
Where can one purchase a Plain Gas Grill these days. I paid extra to have a gas line run from my home and am not able to find anything but. Propane and I am a single widow and do not the hassle of lugging a propane tank around.
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bart1944

Go to Home Depot or anywhere Weber grills are sold. Weber makes a grill for natural gas. They are not cheap but not too expensive either. In my experience, unless an outlet is having a sale on Weber grills, Home Depot usually has the best price and a reasonable return policy. I have Weber Genesis and it is one of the best gas grills I have ever had.

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