Buying Parts for and Repairing Your 15+ Year Old Gas Grill

Every now and then we find a real gem – something that lasts and lasts. For some of us, this gem is our beloved gas grill. One of the main problems of grill owners who have had their grills for 15-20 years (or more!) is that it becomes increasingly difficult to find parts that keep your grill running.

Grill Girl to the rescue with a few tips about what to look for when the parts available don’t look exactly like the original parts.

The grill featured in this video is a Barbecues Galore grill, but the same principles hold true for any brand of older grill like Charbroil, Charmglow, Chef’s Choice, Weber, etc.

  1. Fit

    The part needs to fit in your grill. For burners, the part should not be closer than 1.5 inches to the casting or side of your grill. There should be a nice space between the burner and the grill body for safety. For heat plate, briquette grates, and cooking grids, the part needs to be held up in the grill. Usually there are tabs or a ledge in the front and back of the grill that hold up these components. If it fits, it will work. For ignition, knobs, and regulator hoses, you can probably use a universal replacement. And for valves and manifolds, call an expert but be prepared to replace your grill.

  2. Purpose

    The part you buy needs to serve the same purpose as the original part, even if it doesn’t look exactly the same. The burner needs to be able to hook up to the gas valve or venturi and give you about the same amount of heat the original part gave. The heat dispersal (heat plates, angles, grates, briquettes, etc) are in the grill to evenly disperse the heat and protect the burner. The cooking grid is what holds your food so any replacement needs to be able to do that!

If you have any questions at all, you can always call the experts at GrillPartsSearch.com. We are happy to help you keep your OLD grill in your backyard and out of a landfill! 877-244-0737

Happy Grilling!

-GG

How to Troubleshoot and Fix a Gas Grill

Hey Y’all! I just finished up a brand new how-to video for your Labor Day weekend!

Grill Girl Fix It

The way I go about troubleshooting a gas grill is by taking out the major components one by one. This includes the gas grill tank, gas grill regulator, cooking grids, heat plates (or briquette grate and briquettes), and then inspecting the grill burners.

If your grill isn’t working, it might be as simple a fix as replacing the gas regulator.  That’s usually what I check first because it’s the easiest and one of the less expensive things to fix. If you need a new regulator to cook this weekend, you can find an inexpensive one at your local hardware store. If you have just a few days to wait, though, we take pride in the quality of regulators that we sell!

Here’s the video of the steps I took!

Leave any questions in the comments section!

Happy Labor Day!

-Grill Girl

The Real Cost of Buying the Cheapest Amazon Offers

I love Amazon as much as the next guy, uh… girl?  I don’t know if I’ve yet found anything more magical to a frazzled mom than the same day delivery offered for free to Prime customers. However, even as I type those words, and know them to be true, I flinch, sitting here at my desk working for an online company who sells products on Amazon and also competes online through our own website with Amazon.

I believe in the free market and the market laws that promote companies providing what customers want and need. However, I also believe in those same customers having all the information. It is not as cheery as it seems. Behind the promise of getting your new purchases to you in 1-2 days and at a cheaper price than anywhere else, there is a frenzy of small to mid size companies trying desperately to be seen where their customers are looking (on Amazon) while also protecting themselves from copycat companies looking (on Amazon) for the next easiest buck.

Food For Thought :: Tips for Shopping the Amazon Marketplace

  1. In my experience, it is much easier to become a seller on Amazon than you would imagine. I was able to set up a new account with a valid email address. What to do? Before you buy from an Amazon seller, try to get in contact with them or search for their company using Google. I know our company would respond within a business day and you could easily find us outside Amazon.
  2. In our experience as an Amazon Seller, it is much easier to list a product than you would imagine. You can simply go to a current listing and say you have the same item as what is already being sold. Don’t have a picture? That’s okay! Since there is already an existing listing, that picture and information will be used when you sell your product. ***Again, this activity violates the seller agreement every seller accepts, but if it’s close enough, how often do you think the violation would be caught? What to do? Be aware – one product from a seller that is far below the retail of all the other sellers, is probably not the same quality or the same product at all. Also, look at the reviews of the company selling the product, not just the product itself.
  3. Amazon Marketplace is very consumer friendly but not very seller friendly. If you complain to them, they listen. However, they are not proactive about keeping their marketplace clean and high-value. It really takes a big stink with lots of evidence to remove an infringing seller. What to do? Tell Amazon if a company rips you off. It’s not always good enough to just write a bad review.
  4. Your purchase supports the company you purchased from. This seems obvious, but I think it’s easy to forget when you buy through Amazon. We are people too! What to do? Again, just see if you can find out anything about the company you’re buying from.
  5. Reviews can be bought. Again, this violates the seller agreement, but it still happens. What to do? Look for wording like, “I was given free or discounted product to write this review.”  Look for a huge amount of reviews all written within a short time period. What’s the oldest review? What’s the worst review?
  6. And finally, if it seems too good to be true, it is.
    You will not find the same quality product for half the price from the seller Happy Dragon (unless perhaps you’re ordering takeout). What to do? Just spend the extra $10 and get the product you actually want.

Here’s why I feel so passionate about this:

Of course, the best example I can give is from my own industry of gas grill replacement parts. We spend hundred of hours every year providing our customers with the best possible listings of parts for their models. We talk one-on-one with customers daily, having them measure their original parts and measuring the parts in our warehouse to compare. We source the best replacements for our customers because we believe in helping them find a real solution that will get them through many more barbecues. I personally update line after line of code so that our front facing site is easy to use and our customers are happy with their experience.

And then, just like that, a faceless “company” pops up on the Amazon Seller Marketplace selling the part I just updated, using the exact listing we have on our site and at an unbelievable price of 1/4 (or less) our retail. They use the same code, sometimes even the same picture. They use my hard-earned customer-based information.

It should be noted that this practice is not allowed under the terms of doing business as an Amazon Seller. However, an infringing seller has to be reported to Amazon and Amazon has to go through the process of verifying the claim to take down the seller. Instead of innovating, listening to consumers, and engaging in the industry, owners of these companies find themselves constantly petitioning Amazon to remove fraudulent, copycat producers that ship product from China directly to Amazon warehouse. The most frustrating piece is that as soon as a bad seller is removed, a new one pops up in its place like a never ending carnival game gone horribly wrong.

Even CNBC took notice. This article is from about a month ago:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/08/amazons-chinese-counterfeit-problem-is-getting-worse.html

We do better when we know better.

It will take a whole lot of us to make Amazon take notice, but like I said at the beginning of the article – I do believe in the free market!
As always, happy grilling! We remain determined to stay around and “Get You Back to Grillin’!”

-Jennifer Barry
Director of Marketing
GrillPartsSearch.com

Late Summer Grilling

Try a fresh piece of fish for your next grill meal!
Try a fresh piece of fish for your next grill meal!

Let’s admit – by the time we all get to August, we’re kind of done with the burgers and hot dogs. Even if you’re not totally sick of them, you should give it a break for just a few weeks because they will certainly become your staple again once football season starts back up.

For an alternative grilled dish, give a nice fresh fish a try! One of my favorites to throw on the grill is salmon. It has a pretty sturdy flesh which makes it much easier to maneuver on the grill.

The absolutely easiest way to cook fish on the grill is by putting it in an aluminum foil tray, smothering it with a garlic-herb butter and then just putting the tray directly onto the grill grids. You won’t get that pretty grill sear, but you are guaranteed that the fish won’t stick!

You can also use a cedar plank, just a sheet of aluminum, or put it directly on the cooking grid. Just make sure that if you do choose to put it on the grid, you oil it properly before placing the fish on it.  The safest way to oil a cooking grid is to put some oil on a paper towel and rub that thoroughly on the grid. Also, try to put your fish where the grid is the smoothest and the cleanest.

For even more tips, check out this video I made to answer a question from a customer!

That’s it for now! Do you have any tips on grilling fish? What’s your favorite thing to grill at the end of summer?

As Always- Happy Grilling!!
-Grill Girl

Happy Fourth of July

2016 is halfway gone…

Fourth of July Independence Day
Happy Fourth of July!

…and wow, what a year it has been.

Over here at GrillPartsSearch.com, we’ve been working very hard to keep up with all your orders and also a new project we’re very excited about! Soon you’ll start to notice some changes on our website.

Our hope is that these changes will make it easier than ever to find the perfect parts for your gas grill. After all, we’re here to get you back to grillin’!

Once our new site is up and functioning, you’ll see even more of this blog and GrillGirl videos to help you be the grillmaster yourself!

Happy Fourth of July Y’all! We hope you have a wonderful day with people that mean the most to you and a grill full of delicious food!

-GrillGirl

 

Manufacturer Highlight: Master Forge

Master Forge is a very popular brand of grill available at Lowe’s stores across the country. The Master Forge grill parts customers most often need when they call is either the burner (the tube where the flame comes out) or the heat plate (the metal shield that covers each burner) and sometimes both! We sell burners and heat plates made specifically for Master Forge grills in addition to many other parts.

Where do you find a model number on a Master Forge Grill?

What if you don’t have your model number? Here are a few places to look:

  • Most Master Forge grills have a product number assigned to them at Lowe’s. Sometimes we can find parts using that product number, but the best way is to find the model number exactly.
  • To begin, try looking on your original owner’s manual. The model number should be on the front page and will usually be listed on the bottom of each page.
  • If you don’t have your manual, that’s fine too! Look for a small metal plate or label with certification information on it, including your model number. These plates are usually on the back of each grill but sometimes can be found on the inside of the front doors.
  • Master Forge models can be number, letters, or a combination of the two! Here are a few examples of popular models: 2518-3, 2518LN-LPG, 288994, 3218LT, 678489, B10LG25, DG0576CC, E3518-LP, GCP-2601, GGP-2501, GGPL-2100CA, IGS-01015J, L3218, MFA350CNP, P3018, or SH3118B.
  • See the listing on our site: http://grillpartssearch.com/category/Parts_for_MASTER_FORGE_Gas_Grill.html

These grills are generally low-to-mid quality so if you intend to purchase one, do so with the expectation that you might have to replace parts in 2-5 years.

If you have any other questions about your Master Forge grill or any other brand of gas grill, give us a call! 877-244-0737

-GrillGirl

 

Hot Hot Hot!

Temperatures all around the country are HOT and getting Hotter!

The temperature highs around the country for July 13 2015Whether your means of cooling down is an air-conditioner that blasts 24/7 or an open window with a fan and a desperate hope, there’s absolutely no need to heat up your living space more than necessary!

That’s right folks, avoid those ovens and stove tops like the plague! You can cook SO many things on the grill using indirect heat and some roasting pans. Today, I’m dreaming of a nice crisp salad to end my day. You know me though, as the Grill Girl, I couldn’t have a salad without a lovely grilled chicken breast, or maybe some sliced grilled steak.

Doesn’t that sound amazing?

I don’t consider myself a chef, but here’s how I would build my dinner salad:

Get that grill going and throw on your choice of protein; how about grilled steak, chicken, salmon, or even shrimp? If using chicken, pound it out a bit so it’s nice and thin. It will take less time to cook. I like to add some citrus into my foods, so drizzle fresh-squeezed lime or lemon (your choice) along with some salt onto your meat before putting it on the grill. It is summertime after all!

Start your salad with a bed of romaine. In the hot summer months, nothing compares to the cool, watery crisp of romaine lettuce. Atop that, I would add some corn. If I have leftovers from a cookout I would definitely put that to use, or just open a can of sweet corn. Then throw on some chilled cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado. Add your meat and finish off with a sprinkle of Parmesan. Then, try making your own summer dressing instead of purchasing one from the store. Fresh is best! Here’s my all time favorite:

Cilantro Lime Dressing
The ratio you need is 2:1, oil to lime juice. I use olive oil, but you could also use canola. Then, add in some chopped cilantro, salt and pepper and fresh garlic! I blend in up and it gets pretty creamy. It’s very yummy and so easy!

Ok everyone, get outside to cook! Let the grill and the sun battle it out for who’s the hottest, while you get a great meal and run back inside to keep cool.

Happy Summer Grilling!

-GG

 

 

July Fourth Gas Grill Checklist

Grilling the Fourth

Are you grilling on a gas grill for the Fourth of July this weekend? Do this checklist TODAY:
1 – Remove and inspect the cooking grids and heat shields. Excessive rust or holes in these parts warrants replacing them!

Rust on the surface of your cooking grids, the area where you place your food, is gross at best. If you have a lot of rust or deterioration, get a new set! It’s amazing how a new cooking surface can affect your grilled food. Additionally, holes or excessive rust on the heat plates (heat shields, vap-o-riser bars, flavorizer bars, etc) can impact how the heat in your grill cooks your food. If you want an evenly heated grill, you need to have this system in good working order!

2 – Check the level of propane in your tank. Nothing dampens a party like running out of fuel.

You know you don’t want to have to leave your party to search for a new gas tank so you can finish cooking everyone’s food! If you have your grill hooked up to natural gas, of course this doesn’t apply to you. It’s easy to check the level of gas in your LP tank. Get some warm water and pour it over one side of the tank. The fuel inside will absorb the heat from the water, so when you run your hand down the side of the tank, it will feel warm and then cool. Wherever the tank starts feeling cool, that’s where your fuel level is. If it’s close to the bottom, go ahead and pick up an extra tank before your party!

3  – Before you put the other parts back in, visually inspect your burners (without removing them). Light them up using your ignition system. Are they burning evenly? Is the flame blue at the base?

You’ll want to make sure you don’t have any large holes or ares of flame coming out of your burners. If that is apparent, it is definitely time to replace the gas burners. More commonly, you will notice low areas of flame. If a visual inspection does not reveal any damage to the burners themselves, you may need to replace the regulator and hose that bring gas from the liquid propane tank to your grill. The regulator usually closes down over time so you will notice your grill heating up less and less. The good news is it’s an easy fix and definitely something we can get to you in a few days!

 

And if you have any questions at all, give us a call! We want to make sure your party is a success (but there is very little we can do the day before to help).
877-244-0737

Happy Fourth! -Grill Girl

Grilling Accessories for gas and charcoal

Top 5 Grilling Gadgets for 2015

Grilling is not only a great way to cook your lunch and dinners, it’s also one of our country’s favorite ways to enjoy the summer months with friends.

Grilling Accessories for gas and charcoal

I put together a list of my favorite newly added accessories to our website for this season. I like to call them gadgets because it makes me feel cooler. These items will make grilling even more fun and easier than ever!

LED Grill Light

A Grill Light!! It’s battery operated and comes with a base to clamp onto your grill. This means the uses for this light are extremely diverse. It has a flexible neck so you can bend it to shine a light in any direction. This is perfect for the grilling enthusiast, but also for anyone who loves to camp! Don’t keep yourself in the dark! Your food deserves better!

Meat Claws 

Have you seen these? They are basically over-sized, really sharp forks.  These are made of stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about the rusting or getting gross after just a few uses. If you like to smoke meat, these are an absolute must for shredding that delicious pork, brisket or chicken once you’ve smoked it to perfection. We have a pair of these at home and I promise serving a smoked pork butt in our home is ten times easier now than it used to be.

Grill Griddle

This one will be a harder sell – but I promise, you will end up using it much more than you think you will! My favorite version of this is the double-sided cast iron griddle.  One side is a smooth cooking surface while the other has ridges if you want some sear marks. It probably won’t take up your entire grilling surface area when you place it in the grill. It allows you to get the flavor of the smoke on delicate things like fish and veggies or even buns while using the rest of your grilling area for your burgers, steak or chicken. I actually made pancakes on a grill using this! We also have a stainless version available if you prefer that!

Grill Wing Rack

If you’ve ever grilled wings on a gas or charcoal grill, I’m sure you know the frustration of that fatty chicken skin getting stuck to your grilling surface. Is there anything more frustrating?! That skin is supposed to get crispy and flavorful and just when you’ve achieved that, you flip the wing and the skin stays right there, stuck to the grid. I HATE that! As you can tell, this hits a nerve with me, but there is an easier way! Chicken wings should not be naked, people. Keep the skin on right? Try out this wing rack and let me know what you think!

Shish-Kebab Grilling Set

Finally, don’t you love shish-kebabs? It’s such a fun way to bring diversity into your grilling repertoire. Get those veggies and meat all grilled at the same time, flavoring each other as they cook. Yum! Here’s the annoying thing – they get stuck to the grilling surface too, or when you flip them, they flip back. If that wasn’t annoying enough, the metal skewer gets too hot to touch. How about this little folding metal set? It comes with 6 skewers, and holds them above your cooking grid so they can cook without getting stuck. The skewers sit in grooves so you can flip them and they stay put! When you’re done grilling, just fold the set up and put it away. It’s made of stainless steel and will be another piece that will last long into your grilling career.

So what is your favorite pick on this list? Do you have any of these items currently? I’d love to hear your feedback.

As always, Happy Grilling from the Grill Girl!

It’s Warm(ER)! Go Grill Something!

Hello fellow grill fanatics and welcome to the first warm breath of air in 2015! Was this weekend not beautiful!?

Gas Grill Outside Spring

I cannot wait to get our grill back into working order for the Spring and Summer seasons! Did you know that right now is the best time to pull out your grill and check it for working parts?

Keep the grill you love in your backyard and out of the landfill this year by replacing the old parts instead of the whole grill! You will save money and, in many cases, end up with a grill that works better than ever!

Here’s your checklist for Grill Spring Cleaning:

  1. Remove cover (carefully) and make sure there are no bugs who used it as their cover over the winter! Don’t have a cover for your grill? You should definitely get one! Covering your grill will help it cook better for longer!
  2. Look on the back of the grill for a model number. This will help immensely as you look for replacement parts on the internet.
  3. Take the cooking grids off your grill and inspect them. Your grid could be cast iron, steel bar, or stainless steel and coated in a variety of things. It might be hard to determine any of that if you have rusting or other corrosion. Clean the grids with a Brass Bristled Brush. If you notice a large amount of rusting or any breakage, put them on your list to replace!
  4. Under the grids you’ll see some system that covers the actual flame of the grill burners. This could be metal heat plates, shields, angles, or another grate that holds briquettes. Drippings and the heat of normal grilling will cause these to discolor and corrode. Since your food doesn’t go on these directly, you don’t need to worry about rust. However, if your heat plates have large holes, are breaking or if your grates don’t hold up the briquettes, it’s time to replace those as well.
  5. Remove the heat plates or briquettes and you should be looking down on the burner system in your grill.  With the hood open, light your grill. The burners should each light up and produce a consistent blue flame all along the outside of the burner. If you have any extra large flames, yellow flames, or burners that don’t light fully, you should may need to replace the burners. Any large holes or major corrosion is cause to replace these pieces. If the burners look great, but you’re not getting enough flame, it could be your gas source, valve or regulator.

Gas grill Burner Blue Flames

Call our customer service to help you today! If you can’t find your gas grill model number, measure the parts you need to replace. Our phone number is 877-244-0737.

 

And as always – Happy Grilling! –GG

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