Everybody loves a good grill. There’s not a lot of debate as to whether a good grilled meal is satisfying or not. Hands-down, if you have a pro and some fire, your food is going to be delicious. As we approach the warmer months, it’s going to be impossible to try and hold back the sandal wearing, apron donning, and tong snapping cookout masters.
But like anything in life, if you’re gonna do something, do it well. In order to do something well, you need the right tools for the job. Maybe the colder months did a number on your grill. Or maybe you just need an upgrade.
For all you serious grill masters out there, here are the right parts to keep the fire going.
The most replaced grill part you’re ever going to come across is the regulator. The grill regulator is the mechanism that allows you to change the amount of propane coming out from the tank. Naturally, the more open the valve is, the more intense your flame is going to be. Because the regulator is made up primarily of a hose and valve, you should expect to have it replaced at least once a year. That’s just the wear and tear of a good grill.
Thankfully, for being one of the most essential grill parts, it really isn’t all that expensive. You’re not gonna break the bank or even have to spend 10% of the initial grill cost to get it replaced. That is, if you do it yourself. If you don’t really have much technical know-how, you will definitely have to pay a service fee. Then again, the service fee for regulators is pretty decent.
Probably the most important part of the grill, aside from the cooking grid itself, are the burner tubes. Burner tubes or what distributes the flame across the entire grill. If you got defective burner tubes, then you’re not going to get any flame. The regulator may be the most replaced part, but the ones that get the most maintenance are the burner tubes. Why? Because when you let a grill sit unused, bugs and critters find their way inside.
They bring with them their own dirt, their own gunk, and they can get trapped in the grease and oil collection within the grill itself. Like any mechanism, it’s good to take it apart every once in a while and give it a good clean. Let them soak for a while in a cleaning solution. You can use a regular brush or a toothbrush. The point is to free up all the grease and gunk. Once you do that, you’ll have a free flow of propane to where it’s supposed to be.
The warming rack may be a bit of a side piece relative to the rest of the grill unit. But, the warming rack can be an essential piece to building an entire meal. This is especially true if you’re hosting a cookout. The time that you’re going to spend getting multiple plates and placing finished items on said plates while preparing the grill for more meat can be completely cut in half if you use the warming rack. The warming rack is like having an assistant at your side.
Plus, if you’re doing burgers or hotdogs, it’s a perfect place to toast bread. Leave some bread on there, and close the hood for the duration of time it takes to cook the meat. Once you open it up again, both are going to be just right, and you can serve guests directly from there.
One of the most frustrating parts to go bad is the grill igniter. If the grill igniter goes bad, you’re stuck there pushing a button over and over again, wondering why you’re not getting the outcome you desire. You can tell if there’s an issue, if you press it 10 to 15 times and nothing happens.
Just because it comes up on the 16th time doesn’t mean everything is okay. Fortunately for us, this is a really easy fix. You just have to buy a new one. With the way shipping is these days, you’ll have a brand new grill igniter in two days. Be sure to use the correct igniter, too.
It would be a pain to order a part only to find out that it doesn’t fit. Always match the product numbers and make sure that the model is correct. Once you get it, open up that manual, and connect the right parts to the right base. You should be up and running in no time.
That’s essentially the rule for all of the above parts. Once everything is in place, you can finally enjoy the afternoon grilling away with your family and friends.