Burners are the heart of your grill. Having burners in good working condition is essential, not only your safety, but also even flame distribution across your grill. Lighting your grill and having a large flame coming out of your burner can cause a safety issue. You should inspect your burners every few months to be sure that there are no breaks in the burner.
You know it's time to replace your Gas Grill Burner when :
- The uniform holes surrounding the burner have merged into larger holes. (This often occurs when the holes become clogged, more gas is forced through fewer holes thereby putting too much pressure on the remaining holes)
- You see large flames coming from the top of the burner (or the sides). This means that there may be a break in the burner.
- There are any weak points in the material (cast iron, cast stainless, stainless, aluminum) of the burner
Tips to help you care for your burner thereby extending the life :
- It is very important that you turn off the gas valve to your BBQ and allow it to cool before you begin to clean it.
- When lighting your grill you may hear a popping noise. This is generally due to Spiders or small insects setting up home in the burner. Take a small venturi brush and clean the pipe side of the burner.
- Take a small drill bit and clean out each hole as they will get clogged by grease and ash.
- Gently tap the bottom of the burner (the side that goes over the valve stem) and knock out any debris
- Brush any debris around the burner with a brass bristle brush
- If you have a cast iron burner you may want to lightly coat it with cooking oil to keep the iron from drying out and flaking into large chunks.