Having the right knowledge about gas grill parts for replacement will potentially save you a lot of money if your outdoor Bar-B-Que ceases to work properly. There are several key grill parts of a BBQ that are more likely to fail than others, and these include the burners, cooking grids, rock grates, heat shields, and valves. There are also several other parts, but these are the most likely to fail.
Burners: The burner is a hollow, tube-like structure at the bottom of the BBQ grill that provides the heat for cooking. Most grills only have a single burner and oftentimes the burner forms the shape of a capital H, but it can also be oval, a figure eight, or other shapes. Some outdoor Bar-B-Que grills, typically more expensive models, have multiple burners that are usually straight. They are comprised of gas inlet holes in one or more key areas and outlet ports along the length of the burner. Burners will usually fail after about one to five years of usage. The reason is that the drippings of meat are devastating to burners as they contain moisture and acids that cause the burners to rust and corrode.
The cooking grid or grate: This is the surface where the food is actually cooked, which is among the grill parts that often need replacement. Chrome-plated steel grids are the cheapest and shortest lasting of the grids. Porcelain-coated cast iron and steel grates are mid-range types of grids. Stainless steel grids are the most expensive, but they will last the longest and they typically come with a lifetime warranty.
Rock grates and heat shields: Rock grates are metal case grill parts that hold lava rocks or ceramic briquettes while heat shields are a plate or tent-like sheet of metal that covers the burner. Heat shields have several other names and are often found on newer models of the gas BBQ. Both rock grates and heat shields share the same purpose; they both disperse heat from the burners and protect the burners from drippings.
Valves: Valves are the other grill parts that will rust and begin to fail over time; this is because valves need to be exact copies of the original, they can usually only be obtained directly from BBQ grill showroom. Most of the time when there is a valve failure the grill will be thrown away and replaced.
There are many other grill parts that may need replacing during the life of a BBQ gas grill. Some of the other parts that are cheap to replace include knobs, handles, gauges, and condiment trays. Almost anything can be replaced. Buying genuine replacement grill parts is a great way to keep costs down while doing grill repair and extending its usable life.
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