Essentially, BBQ grill valves release gas into the venturi tube from a tube that connects to the propane tank where the gas is mixed with oxygen. From the venturi tube, the gas is released into the burners, where it is ignited and used as fuel for the grill. The valves react to the user's commands through a knob or handle attachment that releases gas. Valves have three connections, one for the gas line, one to the burner and one to the knob, and are only a couple of inches long. When you replace a valve, however, you need to make sure that you buy the exact part that you need for the grill because grills are made with a specific gas grill valve in mind. Write down the model number, make and any other information you can gather about the broken valve in order to find the right valve for your gas grill.
If your valve does not react adequately to the knob it uses, then you don't have as much control over the grill temperature. Many recipes call for slow cooking or indirect grilling -- especially recipes that use wood chips to smoke the meat. Without good valves, it can be hard to cook these meals properly. Additionally, some meats such as steaks and pork chops are delicious when they are grilled quickly over a hot flame. The high temperature locks flavor and juices into the meat while cooking the meat all the way through. A malfunctioning gas grill valve, however, could be holding back gas and, therefore, heat from the burners, taking away your ability to get the grill as hot as possible.
For many people, replacing a gas grill valve is an insurmountable challenge. It is difficult to find the exact matching valve to the one that originally came with the grill, and there is a common belief that if the valve breaks on a grill, then the grill is destroyed completely. By purchasing a new gas grill valve, you can save yourself money by repairing your grill instead of simply throwing your Weber grill, Alfresco grill or Twin Eagles grill away.
The BBQ Depot has all kinds of grill valves and regulators to fit the exact part number and model of your original valve. We buy all of our products directly from manufacturers, meaning that you can feel safe that you are buying the right valve for your grill. Also, because we buy direct, all of our parts are durable and simple to install. For purchases over $99, we offer free shipping within the continental United States as well. Search our inventory today to find the right gas grill valve for you!