American Made Gas Grills surpass the quality of Chinese Made BBQ Grills.
Remember – Your warranty is only as good as the manufacturer still being in business. We suggest Calling the 800 number listed in the manual and make sure they are still in Business. Most of your imported grills go in and out of business quickly. Also, Buy American. Locate the information sticker on the grill and see if the manufacturers name is in the USA.
The grease and seasoning from the food you cook causes most of the damage to the parts inside the grill (ie Gas Burners, Heat Plates and Cooking Grates). The more exposed the burner is, the quicker it will deteriorate. Make sure the flame tamer is directly over your gas grill burner - not to the side. You must have a good, even heat. Try to stay away from lava rocks. They are irregularly shaped, they do not hold heat evenly and they are fragile and create a huge mess when they fall apart. Most of the grills that use lava rocks are a flare up nightmare.
Often we hear from customers after they see the price of Replacement Parts is "that's almost as much as I paid for my whole grill!"
It's true, if you are replacing all the parts in your grill, it can be almost as much or even more than you paid for the grill to begin with. This does not necessarily mean you should throw out your grill and get a new one!
Remember that the parts we sell are usually better than the ones that came in your grill, so you are not just replacing the old parts, you're actually giving your grill an "upgrade" with our higher-quality, higher-performance parts.
If you go out and get another new grill, you will most likely be facing the same scenario soon.
When you Repair your grill with quality Replacement Parts from TheBBQDepot.com you will see that they will outlast the cheaper parts in a brand new grill.
Also save yourself the grief and aggravation of shopping for, delivering and assembling a new grill, and disposing of your old one. Note, if the body of your grill is warped or severely rusted, it really is time to replace it!
To ensure the part you are ordering will fit your grill, remove the old part and measure the part.
Often Grills may be mis-marked, same model numbers are used with different interior dimensional parts or we may enter model numbers incorrectly.
We suggest cleaning your grill every time you use it. But, at least 4 times a year you should remove every part out of the firebox and degrease each part as well as inspect them for holes, breakage etc.
Grids are most efficiently and easily cleaned by scrubbing with a brass bristle brush. Do NOT Use the scraper end of your Brush. The scraper can chip the porcelain and cause the Grids to rust. Carefully wipe grids with a paper towel before use.
For a thorough cleaning remove and inspect the Cooking Grid/Grids. (Make sure gas supply is shut off.) Most grills have either chrome or porcelain coated cooking grids. If the chrome grid is not excessively rusted, soak in a Grill degreaser to loosen accumulated grease, scrub with a steel wool pad or a Brass Bristle Brush. Rinse thoroughly and lightly coat with cooking oil before use.
If you find broken rods or cannot adequately remove rust, you should replace the grid. Porcelain grids may be cleaned in the same manner. After cleaning, check for chips and missing porcelain. We suggest replacing grids that are rusted, chipped or just simply deteriorated.
Next, remove the rock and rock grate. If your grill was supplied with Lava Rock, and they have not been changed in the last season or two, it is usually best to simply replace them. Lava Rock absorbs grease over time and can cause flare ups if they become saturated with grease. Lava Rock is pretty inexpensive, but make sure you purchase a good quality rock that doesn't fall through the Rock Grate opening. Some grills may be supplied with Ceramic Briquettes, usually round or pyramid shaped.
Ceramic Briquettes usually last longer than Lava Rock and does Not absorb grease as readily. Lightly brush residue off with a wire brush, and put them aside until they are ready to be put back into the grill. If many pieces are broken or have crumbled, replace with a good quality Lava or Ceramic Briquette.
When it comes time to replace the rock or briquettes, make sure they are evenly distributed across the Rock Grate. This will help the grill cook at an overall even temperature.
This will reduce the amount of grease dripping directly onto the burner flame and help reduce flare-ups.
Finally, inspect the Rock Grates. This component is subject to very high temperatures and will weaken and deteriorate over time. Brush off loose rust and scale with a wire brush.
If grate is very thin, or sags, replace with a new grate fit for your model, otherwise this grate can go back into the grill.
Do NOT use paint on this part.
Yes we do. But we only offer this service in Southeast Florida and San Diego, California.
From a simple BBQ burner replacement to a full barbecue makeover, we do it all.
Our service technicians are highly trained and qualified in gas barbecue repair and service. We carry the largest stock of parts including BBQ ignitions, cast iron burners, stainless steel burners, rock trays, hot plates, BBQ grills, ceramic tiles, control knobs, BBQ manifolds, volcanic lava rock, BBQ covers and barbecue accessories.
That is why we are Your One Stop BBQ Service and Repair Shop.
Burners are a vital component of any barbecue grill. They are the piece which is responsible for getting heat to the cooking surface of your grill. Take care of them and they will take care of you. Burners distribute heat and flames across a barbecues cooking surface by delivering gas via tiny openings that allow gas to escape. Burners, quite literally “Bring the Heat”.
Gas grill burners serve a very specific purpose – they provide the fire to cook your food. Typically gas burners are lined with tiny pin-size holes along an edge which is where the gas “escapes”. Burners are always placed underneath cooking grids as they supply the heat for cooking.
Regardless of what material your burners are made from, odds are they will eventually wear down, and need replacing. Proper care and routine maintenance will add years of life to your gas grill burners.
Some people (myself included) feel that burners should be cleaned after each use. Stainless steel burners are the easiest to clean. You want the least amount of grease and food debris to accumulate on your burners. Remember that anything on your cooking surface will also be on the food you are about to eat. Clean burners are ideal and whole heartedly suggested. Thankfully, it usually only takes some warm water and a mild soap to get your burners ready for your next cook out.
The most important thing to remember is to wait for burners to cool down before you start cleaning them. Burners should never be cleaned while hot. Never ever attempt to handle hot burners! Always make sure they are cool before attempting to touch or grab them.
Be careful about the brushes you use to clean your burners. Brushes with wire bristles can tear away at any protective coating and scratch stainless steel. Depending on the cleaning brush you use, fibers might scorch and melt right onto the surface of the burner if the burner is not properly cooled.
Proper burner maintenance is essential for your grill to function properly. Cleaning them after each use will accomplish several things: it will prevent the build of food particles, keep away any bugs/critters that are savaging for snacks, and ensure they are ready for your next grill cook out.
Would you use a dirty stove with old pooled grease or bits of charred food stuck to the cooking surface for making your next stack of pancakes? Probably not. The same is true for the burners in your grill.
Cleaning burners after each use will do more than improve how your grill looks. Food particles often stick to grill surfaces (including burners), and after repeated use (depending on which foods you grill) these particles will build up creating a very real fire hazard. Grease fires can happen outdoors as well so keep that in mind the next time you want to skip cleaning them.
Help prevent grease fires or flash fires by cleaning your burners after each and every use. It may seem like an unnecessary chore to add to your list but it’s much easier to wipe clean a few burners than it is to clean up damages created by a fire.
Meats high in fat (ground beef, marbled steaks etc.) will drip grease all over your burners. When grease pools, there is just as much risk for fire as there would be if you were cooking on your stovetop.
Remember to NEVER attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. Doing so will cause the fire to spread.
Are you replacing the gas grill burners in your grill? Burners are configured in various shapes, manufactured from several kinds of metals and are designed in seemingly endless sizes. Replacing the burners in your gas grill is much easier than you might think. Remove the existing burners from your barbecue grill and measure them to obtain exact dimensions for depth (front to back- including any spider guards or tabs) and width (left to right). Always measure your original parts to find the correct replacement parts according to size. Match a product on our site to your measurements and material, and you’re all set. Feel free to call us or ask for help via Live Chat if you have any doubt before placing an order.
There will always be a debate about which type of burner is best. Burners are manufactured in a variety of materials. Most burners are made of cast iron, stainless steel, or porcelain and variations of those metals (i.e. porcelain steel wire, matte finish cast iron, etc.). When buying replacement barbecue parts, it is best to use parts made from the same material as the original manufacturer parts that came with the grill.
Are you hoping to replace your cast iron burners with stainless steel burners? Consider the advantages and disadvantages before you do.
Cast iron burners are heavy and much more fragile than one might think. Be careful when taking them out of the box or while handling them during installation or cleaning. Dropping a cast iron burner on any hard surface will usually cause them to break or crack. Any sort of crack anywhere on the burner is equivalent to a leak, rendering the part unusable – and likely dangerous! Be mindful when opening your new cast iron burners when they arrive at your door. We understand your excitement about being able to grill again, but caring for a cast iron grids starts the minute you take it out of the box.
Cast iron is used to manufacture burners because it is a near perfect heat conductor and retains heat very effectively. This allows for cooking at lower temperatures rather than extremely high heat used in grills with stainless burners, for example.
Proper maintenance of your cast iron burners will ensure they remain effective as long as possible so that you will never sacrifice the quality of a meal.
Cast iron is an excellent heat conductor. Using cast iron burners will allow live fire cooking at lower heat temperatures than stainless steel or brass burners. That doesn't mean sacrificing sear marks on your meat. Actually, cast iron is ideal for searing! Stainless steel will conduct heat effectively and efficiently as well, but cast iron will retain heat much more effectively than stainless steel or brass. Cast iron retains heat better and for more time than probably any other substance which is what allows cooking at lower temperatures.
Stainless steel burners tend to be preferred by grillers who employ very high heat/temperatures for cooking. Stainless steel burners have a surface that is easy to clean. However, once the “surface” gunk is off, you will have to clear out debris from each of those tiny holes on the burner. This should be done ONLY be done with the grill turned off and when it is cool.
One advantage stainless steel burners have over cast iron is how much less they weigh. Additionally, stainless steel is much more resilient if hitting a hard surface. Think burners falling onto the patio floor by accident. Even if it is a short distance, drop like that will most likely render cast iron useless, but stainless steel practically bounces by comparison. It doesn’t actually bounce; please do not attempt to bounce any stainless steel burners at home (or anywhere else for that matter). Stainless steel burners are easy to clean and maintain compared with other materials such as cast iron. Although food may be less likely to stick to a stainless steel burner, build up will eventually accumulate requiring them to be thoroughly cleaned.
Did you know that seasoning your cast iron burners will not do very much to extend their use? Cast iron burners are not typically “seasoned” the way grids (or a skillet) might be prior to use. As you might have guessed, there isn’t anything that withstands the heat coming through a burner. The heat coming through these burners is too intense for any sort of coating to stick – let alone last a whole grilling session. There are some who swear by the practice (of seasoning cast iron burners), but we can tell you, it’s not doing much for the burners.
An Outdoor Kitchen can be as big as your space allows it, it depends on which equipment and accessories you choose, but remember since most outdoor kitchens are custom made the size only depends on the customer’s request.
Outdoor Kitchens don’t necessarily need a covered area if the grills and accessories you use are made out of 304SS, this stainless steel and the structure of the kitchen resists the outdoor elements, such as rain, sun and humidity.
Besides the grill, there are lots of accessories you can add to your outdoor kitchen:
YES, we will gladly help you design an outdoor kitchen that fits your budget, needs and space.
Fire Glass is tempered glass that is used in fireplaces and fire pits to increase vibrancy, reflection and color. Tempered glass is tumbled and polished to prevent sharp edges and injury. The glass is designed for gas fire pits and gas fireplaces to tolerate high temperatures without melting, burning or discoloring when used as recommended. The glass does NOT create toxic fumes, smoke, ash, or soot.
Fire Glass is used to replace gas logs. The glass will instantly transform your living space with flames dancing above the dazzling fire glass. It is recommended for: Indoor/outdoor fireplaces; Fire tables; Fire pits; Fire pans; Aquariums; Landscaping; Indoor/outdoor decor; Mosaic cement counter tops; Terrazzo flooring.
Fire glass can be used in a non-vented or vented fireplace and outdoor fire pits. You can use our fire glass indoors in vent-free fireplaces, but only when using vent-free approved burner system.
You can use fire glass with both propane and natural gas. When you purchase your burner pan make sure to purchase the correct connection kit for the type of gas you are using. The orifice is different for natural gas than it is for propane. Also you will need an air-mixture orifice for propane to keep it from sooting. Propane does burner darker than natural gas and so you may need to clean your fire glass after using propane multiple times.
You cannot use ordinary glass in your fireplace. Ordinary glass can pop or even shoot out a shard or two into your room. Laminated windshield glass will blacken and melt. Be careful not to place products in your fireplace that you are unfamiliar with. For example, tempered windshield glass incorporates a plastic film that will generate a most annoying smoke & odor and by the chemical make up this can cause a poisonous gas.
(This will determine if you need vented or vent-free gas logs)
• A Vented fireplace.
Vented gas logs are the most popular type of gas logs and must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace. People with a special B Vent or Direct Vent fireplace system will require special logs where traditional “vented” logs are not applicable. One should check the owner’s manual of their manufactured box to ensure they purchase approved logs for their fireplace.
Vented gas logs resemble a realistic wood fire more than vent-free logs. They are very flexible which means logs can be repositioned on most sets. The chimney must remain completely open during operation which limits the heating efficiency.
• A Vent-Free fireplace.
VentFree means "unvented" or “ventless”.
Vent-Free gas logs do not require outside venting and can be installed in either a vent free fireplace or an approved vented fireplace. One should check the owner’s manual of their manufactured box to ensure they purchase approved logs for their fireplace. One should also compare their fireplace with the parameters of the logs they intend to purchase to ensure the appropriate distance to combustible mantles is present.
They are very efficient in providing supplemental heat because the heat produced from vent-free logs can stay in the room they are located in! The look of Vent-free gas logs is less flexible than vented because you can not reposition your logs.
All are equipped with an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensitive) Safety Pilot System. These features will stop the flow of gas to the unit in the event that the oxygen level at the pilot is diminished.
• Standard fireplace.
Standard fireplaces have only 1 opening, majority of fireplaces are built this way. The gas logs used for standard fireplaces are only "finished" on the front side. (If you have a single sided fireplace, please select "standard".)
• See-Thru fireplace.
See-Thru fireplaces are double-faced that have openings on two sides (like a fireplace that has an opening facing your living room and one facing your dining room). This is also the most appropriate option if you have a fireplace with openings on 3 sides. See-Thru gas log sets are finished on both sides so they look very nice from any angle.
How can you find the right gas log set size for you?
Putting too large of a gas log set into the fireplace is the biggest mistake a consumer makes. The simple fact of being able to fit the set in the fireplace is not the only objective. One will need a certain amount of breathing room to center the set after taking into consideration the space needed to make your gas connections. But wait, there is more. A gas log set with a control valve of any kind requires air space around the valve to prevent the overheating and possible ruining of the valve. Not providing enough space for the gas log set can create a difficult install, an off center log set, operational issues, and even a ruining of a control valve.
The absolute best place to measure your firebox is left to right, approximately half-way back in the firebox (the midpoint). This is usually where the widest part of any log set would sit. In general, it is recommended to have at least 6 inches of clearance for match light, 10 inches for safety pilot, and 12 inches of clearance for remote control. For example: A 24 inch log set would need to have a center width of 30 inches for match light, 34 inches for safety pilot, and 36 inches for remote control. Please keep in mind that this formula of measuring has proven useful when looking at all brands as a whole. Certain models within each brand might require either more or less space than mentioned above. One should compare the manufacturer's sizing requirements to ensure proper fit.
Measure your front width in relation to your usable floor area (Don't just automatically measure from the opening of the fireplace) . Your fireplace may have a wider opening to allow for a door or screen or a section in the back unusable due to the shape.
The fireplace depth could prove inadequate if your fireplace is shallower than 15" for most single sided sets up to 30 inches in width. See through sets, larger width sets, and specialty burners will likely require more depth than 15". You should consult with the manufacturers requirements for depth to ensure your fireplace will fit the log set.
• Match Light
This is only available on Vented Natural Gas Log sets. You light this gas log set by hand with a match or long lighter. It has no pilot or valve assembly at all. You place a match or lighter near the log burner and turn on the gas with your existing gas key valve. Flame height is controlled by adjusting your key valve to let more or less gas flow to the log set. This ignition method is is the least expensive and least problematic with no mechanical parts to go wrong. Simple on and off valve assemblies can often be purchased as accessories to these logs sets if needed. This is a common solution in the event that the existing key valve is not in close proximity to the fireplace opening
• Remote Control
The Remote Control lighting method allows one to operate the log set from a “remote” location away from the fireplace. Remote controlled options include various hand held remotes (basic on/off control, variable flame height control, electronic “pilotless” control, ect..) along with various wall mounted options. These sets feature an included remote pilot valve assembly. Please keep in mind that depending on the manufacturer and remote option you select, you will only have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from the control.
• Manual Safety Pilot
The Manual Safety Pilot lighting method features an included safety pilot valve assembly. You have a pilot light that you can keep lit during the cooler times of the year. This gives you the ability to turn the log set on and off as many times as you want using the control knob without ever holding a match to the burner. The pilot valve has a safety mechanism built in which shuts off the gas supply in the event that the pilot light goes out.
The primary difference is that vent-free gas logs do not require a functioning chimney, which keeps significantly more heat in your home. Vented gas logs resembles a realistic wood fire more than vent-free logs and are very flexible which means logs can be repositioned. However, you might not be so fortunate to be able to choose between one or the other based on your fireplace and what the manufacturer of the logs require. One should check your fireplace in conjunction with the owners manual of the logs you intend on purchasing to ensure you purchase a set that is appropriate.
A direct vent fireplace has a completely sealed combustion chamber which allows it to vent directly out a side wall or through the ceiling of your home. The benefit of this system is that it brings in air from the outside of the home rather than using the room air.
A ventless (or vent-free) fireplace uses room air from the home for combustion and it also releases the combusted exhaut (which carries harmful substances and chemicals including carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide) back into the home. Ventless fireplaces will likely cause poor indoor air quality and moisture issues in your home.
Manual On/Off Valve
Manual Safety Pilot Valve
Millivolt (Remote-ready) Pilot Valve
This is the simplest type of fuel control system, the one many of us used in years past. You turn a manual on/off valve open and closed by hand, light the gas log burner with a match, and adjust the flame height via the valve by hand, as well.
This fuel control system is similar to that used on a furnace or water heater. There are ‘Off’, ‘Pilot’, and ‘On’ positions. Initially you have to turn the valve to the ‘Pilot’ position and light the pilot with a match, but after that you can turn the gas logs on and off by switching between the ‘On’ and ‘Pilot’ positions. The pilot will stay lit until turned to ‘Off’ or blown out, at which point it automatically shuts off gas flow. Propane gas logs require a safety pilot valve of some kind.
This is very similar to a manual safety pilot valve, except a remote-ready pilot valve can be connected to an optional device to remotely turn the gas on or off or control the flame height. These devices range from inexpensive remotes or wall switches designed only to turn the gas on and off to more expensive remotes that can adjust flame heights and set timers, or even thermostats that will turn the flame down once the desired temperature is reached.
This reference is somewhat general and some gas log sets may have individual space requirements, so read the information about individual gas log sets carefully!
Manual On/Off Valve
Manual Safety Pilot Valve
Remote-ready Pilot Valve
No pilot kit is involved, so all you need is 2 inches of clearance between the burner system and the fireplace on each side. Measure the fireplace’s front opening width, subtract 4 inches, and the resulting length is the largest size gas log set your fireplace can accommodate.
The safety pilot valve occupies some space, so again measure the front opening width of the fireplace, but subtract 8 total inches rather than the 4 inches required for the manual on/off valve. The resulting measurement is the largest gas log set equipped with a manual safety pilot valve your fireplace can handle.
This is about the same as the manual safety pilot valve calculation, but in this case subtract 12 inches from the opening width to find the largest gas log set equipped with a remote-ready pilot valve suitable for
Gas Logs Are Simple To Operate! Gas logs can be conveniently started at the turn of a valve or with an on/off switch. Once the logs are in place they are permanent. No constant hassle with the changing out of real wood logs.
Efficient & Long-lasting:
Gas Logs Outlast Conventional Wood! Since gas logs do not require electricity, the are a great source of heat and light during a power outage. They offer enjoyment year after year without having to worry about stocking and replacing firewood.
Burning Gas Logs Preserves The Environment! Gas logs burn cleaner than wood, reducing air pollutants. Dangerous flying sparks and dirty ashes are eliminated. Creosote build-up in the chimney, a common cause of fires, is also significantly reduced by the cleaner burning gas fuel.
Gas Logs Cost Less! Gas logs cost a fraction of what wood logs cost per hour to operate