Manufacturer Highlight: Expert Grill from Walmart

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about the brand Expert Grill from Walmart.

We just uploaded our parts listing for Expert Grill from Walmart gas grills. We have parts for their most popular gas grills and are adding new models every day. Since it’s a newer brand, we decided to share with you all the information we have so far.

Expert Grills from Walmart have become increasing popular over the past couple of years. Expert Grill Logo by Walmart for Grills, Smokers, Parts, Accessories, CoversWhere can you buy Expert Grills?

Expert Grill is a brand developed by and for Walmart. You can buy Expert Grills in store at your local Walmart, or online at their website and have the grill shipped to you.

We’ve also found Expert Grill branded things on Amazon, Ebay, and other resale websites. However, this brand in the in-house brand for Walmart. So anything you buy that is “Expert Grill” will be originally from Walmart. There is not an “Amazon Expert Grill.” There is a person who has a Walmart Expert Grill and is selling it on Amazon. Make sense?

Walmart makes their own grills now?

Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Surely the Walmart corporation hasn’t opened up a factory to manufacture grills? You’re right. They surely haven’t. As is the case with almost all “in-house” brands, the parent company is simply sourcing a product from a manufacturer and putting their own name on it. That’s the case with Expert Grill from Walmart. They are getting the manufacturer Nexgrill to make these grills with the name plate that reads “Expert Grill.”

What do we know about Nexgrill?

Nexgrill has been around for a long time. They have their own line of grills, but also make a lot of grills for other brands including (but not limited to), Charmglow for Home Depot, Kirkland for Costco, and Jennair for Lowes!

Don’t be too surprised. While there are many grill brands (we sell grill parts for over 150 brands on our website), there are a lot fewer actual manufacturers. Want to guess where the majority of grills sold in the US are made? If you guessed China, you’re correct.

So, what does that mean for Expert Grill from Walmart?

I’m not saying Expert Grill will be the same quality as Jennair grills sold by Lowes. The parent company (in this case Walmart) has the end say on how thick the metal used will be, what quality of parts in the grill itself, and support of the products once customers have them.

So does Expert Grill measure up? Customers who have purchased them recently give them high ratings. However, it’s actually a bit early to tell. Grill performance is less about how easy it was to buy the grill, how shiny it looks, or ease of use the first two times you cook on it. It’s a lot more about how the grill cooks the 10th time, the 50th time. It’s about whether or not you need new parts a year after you bought it.

Just in case you’ve been misled by marketing of the industry in the last decade, we’ll make it clear for you, our highly-valued and very smart customer: you shouldn’t need to replace parts in your grill after one year of use. That means the grill has LOW QUALITY parts. It usually means you get what you paid for. So, as with all things, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

Everything else we know about Expert Grill.

Since it’s the brand name for Walmart, alongside the gas grills, you can find is Expert Grill charcoal, Expert Grill smokers, Expert Grill accessories and even an Expert Grill app!

We have the most popular burner, heat plate, and cooking grid parts for Expert Grill gas grills. If you need something else, please give us a call! We love to help people get back to grilling, no matter which brand they own. Call us M-F, 9am-5pm EST, (678) 272-2451 or email us at info@grillpartssearch.com, OR order online 24/7.

Y’all have a great day! -Grill Girl

Dynaglo Drip Pan Replacement – We’ve got you covered

Of all the parts our customers ask about, there is no greater need than the Dynaglo Drip Pan Replacement.

Dynaglo drip pan replacement - before and after. New pan available on GrillPartsSearch

Thanks to our happy customer April for sending us a pic of her new Dynaglo drip pan next to her old rusty one!

A few years ago, we started having customers call about their rusty, full-of-holes, drip pans / grease trays / drip trays. Whatever you call them, our customers who owned Dyna-glo gas grills needed new ones. Well, our customers needed Dynaglo drip pan replacements and we’re a gas grill parts replacement company!

Seems like a match made in grill heaven, but the main problem with that was: we didn’t have the part! We were originally able to source some drip pans from Dyna-glo directly, but they quickly ran out and decided not to make any more.

What’s a grill parts company like us to do? Make the Dynaglo drip pans ourselves, of course!

We brought the dimensions of the the most popular Dynaglo drip pans to a metal shop down the street from our warehouse. We worked with them to create a grease tray replacement that would not only replace the original, but outlast it as well. Additionally, we wanted to keep these parts at a price point that made sense for our customers. Since Dyna-glo grills range from $100-$300 new, we understood that most customers would want a low-cost option for parts on these grills.

We designed a galvanized steel replacement drip tray pan for most Dynaglo gas grill models.

Looking for Dynaglo Drip Pan Replacement Parts?

Check out this table with all the sizes and pans we have available. Each tray below is linked, click on the link to see which models each pan fit!

SIZE SKU
15-1/4″ x 28-5/8″ GPDP70011
15-13/16″ x 26-7/8″ GPDP70012
15-3/8″ x 20″ GPDP10404
15-3/8″ x 33-1/2″ GPDP70013
16″ x 26-1/8″ GPDP10604
16″ x 28-1/8″ GPDP10504
7-1/8″ x 19-1/4″ GPDP10204
7-1/8″ x 26-3/8″ GPDP11304
7-1/8″ x 30-3/8″ GPDP15304

We love having the flexibility to make the parts our customers need.

If you need any parts for your gas grill, give us a call! We are the experts in gas grill repair and we’re here to help.

Grill Girl

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Can We Call Them Grills? | Parts for Smoker Grills

We now offer parts for smoker grills including Primo Ceramic Oval Smokers!

Hey Y’all!

Over the years, we’ve had many customers call and ask about replacement parts for smoker grills, including brands like Big Green Egg, Primo, Chargriller, and Oklahoma Joe’s.

We’ve built our business on supplying replacement gas grill parts. It helps us focus on being experts in valves, regulators, ignition systems, and how gas flows through the grill.

However, much of what we manufacture to support gas grills are also parts in modern day smokers.

For example, we sell cooking grids for gas grills. These same style of grids are in ceramic and box smoker grills!

We are excited to announce that, along with some parts for Big Green Egg, we’ve also added a line of replacement repair parts for smokers by Primo.parts for smoker Primo Ceramic Grill

We have some brand new exact-fit parts for smoker grills by Primo. Check out the high quality cast iron briquette grate that fits Primo Oval Smokers. We also added the upper cooking grid and the lower cooking grid.

If you need accessories, we’ve got you covered there as well.

You can find gaskets, temperature gauges, and roasting racks all under our Primo Smoker parts category.

Did you know that “primo” means “the best” in Italian?

Accordingly, these ceramic smokers are made in the United States and are an oval shape instead of the common circular design. You can buy Primo grills at local dealers across the United States, but we are here to help with all your replacement parts needs. We can proudly say we now ship the parts for smoker grills you need to get back to grilling’!

Additionally, If you need other accessories, check out our listing of “grill gadgets.”

Finally, we’re always here to help.

We have grill experts in the office daily from 9am-5pm Eastern time. They are just a phone call away (678)272-2451. You can also email us 24/7 at info@grillpartssearch.com with all your grill questions.

Happy Smoking/Grilling/Roasting – Cooking Outside!

-Grill Girl

Cleaning Stainless Steel on Gas Grills

Let’s talk about cleaning stainless steel on your gas grill.

We’re beginning to see signs of summer coming to an end. Schools are getting ready. Supplies are going on sale. Your grill has probably already gotten a ton of use this year. How does it look; a little worse for the wear? If you’ve read much on this blog, you know we believe grills are for grilling – not beauty contests! However, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your grill looking nice out in your yard.

A simple chore that packs a visual punch is cleaning stainless steel wherever it might be on your grill.

Some grills have the entire body made of stainless steel. Others might only have a few stainless steel panels or a shelf. No matter how much you have, cleaning and shining it will make a big difference in the overall appearance of your grill.

Here’s the stainless steel shelf that needs cleaning. It’s been out all season and not covered (yikes!). Even considering that party foul, we can get it shined up with the right steps and tools.

stainless steel gas grill dirty stained needs cleaningWhen cleaning stainless steel on a gas grill, you have to remove any excess grease build-up. The first thing this shelf needs is a cleaning with soapy water. Use a little bit of dish detergent – whatever you use on your dishes will work. Use a gentle scrubber to clean, but not scratch, the stainless steel.

Once you get all the grease and grime off your stainless steel, inspect it for additional cleaning needs. This shelf cleaned up nicely, but still had a few rust spots.

You might see spots like this on your stainless steel, or discoloration, or tarnish. For that, you’ll need a specific stainless steel cleaning agent. You can get a bottle of it here. Use that non-scratch scrubber again to work the cleaner onto the surface.

This stuff works like a dream and especially impresses me with the removal of discoloration. There wasn’t a great deal of it on this shelf, but I’ve used this cleaner to remove discoloration from parts inside the grill. Internal parts withstand much higher temperatures and you’ll notice discoloration almost immediately.

stainless steel gas grill clean

It’s hardly recognizable! Now we just need to convince this owner to use a grill cover.

In two simple steps, you’ve got shine!

Keep in mind that not all stainless steel is created equally! Higher quality stainless steel will last longer and clean more easily. For more information about stainless steel, check out this blog: What’s the Deal with Stainless Steel?

Have any questions about cleaning stainless steel on your gas grill? Ask in the comments!

Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker – History and Combo Parts

Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker Grill Combo: the newest model addition to our parts database.

Before we get to the Oklahoma Joe’s combo model, here’s some history about the company.

In 1987, Joe Davidson designed a high-quality barrel-stye smoker and crafted 12 himself. He brought them to the Oklahoma State Fair that year and sold them all. He went home with orders for over 100 more. Over the next ten years, the company grew and continued to create high-quality smokers, the Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker, made in the US.

In 1998, Char-broil purchased the company and began outsourcing the manufacturing of the smokers through their overseas relationships. Oklahoma Joe’s could produce many more smokers at a lower price point.  They now manufacture offset smokers, charcoal grills, drum smokers, portable grills, and pellet smokers.

More importantly, the Oklahoma Joe’s smoker grill combo uses both charcoal and liquid propane in dual chambers. This grill need the expertise of gas grill repair experts and that’s where we come in!

This Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker grill combos are “all-in-one beasts that offer supreme versatility,” according to their website.

How Do Oklahoma Joe’s Smokers do in reviews?

Oklahoma Joe’s smoker reviews reveal that the smokers are about in line with what you would expect from smokers under $500. The smokers do well for anyone starting out on their bbq smoker journey. However, the quality is not high enough for a seasoned pit master.

As far as the smoker grill combo is concerned, they only have one model at this time. The model number is 15202029. The left chamber uses charcoal and the right chamber has three liquid propane burners. The three burners are each covered but a heat plate. Above that is a set of cast iron cooking grids. It’s a pretty standard set-up for a gas grill. The only difference is that a charcoal smoker is attached to the left of it!

Any grill that offers a gas combo will have a burner and heat distribution system. We’re here to help with those parts. Our current listing includes parts made to replace Oklahoma Joe’s OEM parts. Find the burner (16771), carryover tube (05590), cooking grid (61754), heat plate (94291), electronic starter (IGEIB4), and ignitor electrode (04432).

If you need help repairing the gas grill side of your combo Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker, give us a call! We’re here to help with decades of gas grill expertise. Reach our office M-F 9am-5pm, EST at 67-272-2451. Email us any time, info@grillpartssearch.com, and order anytime at GrillPartsSearch.com

What’s the Deal with Stainless Steel?

Original Publish Date 02-15-2013

stainless steel

There’s a lot of disappointment floating around when it comes to one material currently on the market: stainless steel.

The two main issues are:
1) Why does my “stainless steel” rust?
2) Why is my “stainless steel” magnetic?

I put stainless steel in quotation marks because that’s how most people would phrase the questions. If either of the two above things were accurate, our customers would believe their item must not be stainless steel…

Right?

No, actually that’s not correct. There are different grades of stainless steel and they all act differently when introduced to either heat or water. In our grilling cases, that would be BOTH!!!

To clear it up, the General Manager at GrillPartsSearch.com has written up a guest blog explanation.

Take it away Will!!!

There are two general series of stainless steel grades used in the gas grill industry: 300 series and 400 series.

The 300 series group of alloys are non-magnetic and the basic 300 alloy contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
The 400 Series group of alloys are magnetic and the basic 400 alloy contains 11% chromium and 1% manganese. This series offers a much lower cost option in stainless steel parts.
-The 300 series is subject to corrosion at crevice points, while the 400 series has a considerably lower resistance to corrosion in general.

Knowing that, we choose the parts we sell to our customers very carefully! We try to gain as much information as possible about the grades of stainless steel we offer our customers so we can help them know what to expect from the parts they purchase.

Here’s how that information translates in grilling terms:

Cooking grids are exposed to more liquids and less heat, compared to other parts in a grill. In the case of cooking grids, the extra expense of the 300 series can be worth it. 300 series stainless is less prone to rust but the less than ideal conditions inside a grill will definitely degrade even the highest quality stainless steel. 304 is the most common type of stainless steel in the world, while 316 is generally the highest grade stainless you will find in ordinary applications, and both will degrade in a grill. While we used to carry a limited few grids made from 316 series stainless steel, manufacturers of grill parts worldwide have slowly removed these offerings from their lines of parts. We no longer have any 316 series grids, but carry multiple 304 series grids. You can check them out here and view by material type.

As for burners and heat plates, they certainly are exposed to moisture but are exposed to much more heat.

Heat is just as much of an enemy to steel, if not more so, as moisture and oxygen. Heating and cooling are used in the production of metals to actually change the chemical/molecular bonds and subsequent performance of the metal. It is no different inside your grill. While 300 series stainless will technically last longer than a 400 series plate of equal thickness, the benefit is only marginal. That marginal benefit compared to the substantial increase in cost doesn’t really pay off. We have found by spending a little more to make the plate out of a thicker 400 series stainless, you gain close to the same amount of life you would get out of a 300 series product at a fraction of the cost.

If you ever have any other questions about stainless steel or the applications of such in your grill, we’d love to help!

Just give reach out via email info@grillpartssearch.com, phone 678-272-2451, or this helpful form!!!

Thanks so much Will!!!

That’s all for now,

Happy Friday!

-GG

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What is a Drip/Grease Tray/Pan? Where can I get one?

What is the bottom part of the grill called?

The bottom of the grill is called a grease tray / drip pan. It is a separate part in some grills that catches the grease and drippings from the delicious food you cook on your gas grill. If you have a little cup that catches all the grease, that is called a grease cup and count yourself lucky. They are easier to empty, clean and replace than an entire grease tray.

What is the bottom part of the grill called?

Example of a Grease Tray / Drip Pan

After a few years of use, a lot of grill owners find the grease tray / drip pan is rusting and failing to do its job. This results in greasy gas tanks and become a fire hazard. So, what to do? Easy – replace it. Right?

HOW CAN i REPLACE THE GREASE TRAY / DRIP PAN?

To see if we have a grease tray / drip pan for your gas grill, visit GrillPartsSearch.com, 1. Enter in the brand and model of your grill. 2. Press GO.

We now have a number of styles available. This is because you called us and let us know what you needed! Our response was to inform our suppliers and get the parts made.

We sell a variety of drip trays for Dyna-Glo, Member’s Mark, Vermont Castings and more!

Dyna-Glo Drip Pans:

We have nine different Dyna-Glo grease trays. Find which size works for your gas grill.

SIZE SKU
15-1/4″ x 28-5/8″ GPDP70011
15-13/16″ x 26-7/8″ GPDP70012
15-3/8″ x 20″ GPDP10404
15-3/8″ x 33-1/2″ GPDP70013
16″ x 26-1/8″ GPDP10604
16″ x 28-1/8″ GPDP10504
7-1/8″ x 19-1/4″ GPDP10204
7-1/8″ x 26-3/8″ GPDP11304
7-1/8″ x 30-3/8″ GPDP15304

Member’s Mark Drip Pans:

We have two different member’s mark grease trays:

Vermont Vastings Drip Pans:

We have four different vermont castings grease trays:

If you need a different part than the ones listed above or are in a jam, here’s our best suggestion: You MAY be able to line your original rusty grease tray with one of those aluminum baking pans from a local grocery store. The cost is low and they are easy to find and manipulate into place.

Good luck, and remember, if you need any burners, heat plate, cooking grids, accessories….contact us!

PHONE: We’re open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri EST. Call (678) 272-2451
CHAT: On the bottom right window, chat with us online 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri EST
EMAIL: We’ll get back to you same or next business day.

Happy Grilling!!!

-GG

Grill Brush Safety – Are Grill Brushes Safe?

What is Grill Brush Safety?

A hot topic in recent years, when it comes to grilling season, is question of grill brush safety. The most important thing to know is grill brush wires can come off your grill brush and they can get onto you food. Therefore, it is important to always visually inspect your cooking grids and wipe them down before placing food onto them!

Grill Brush Safety is Important For Your Health.
Throw Away Your Grid Brush If It Looks Like This!

Are Grill Brushes Safe?

Typical grill cleaning brushes use a metal bristle to clean the grids. Most brushes use brass. However, as grill companies move to stainless steel cooking grids, they also now make steel-bristled brushes. Over time, the wires deteriorate and break off. These small, sharp pieces of metal are what poses a threat, if consumed. The CDC provides an article about ER visits resulting from ingestion of grill brush wires.

So I Never Use a Grill Brush Again?

It’s not necessary to throw out all your wire-bristled cleaning brushes to achieve grill brush safety. However, we do recommend doing a visual check of your cooking area anytime you put food on it. For an extra measure of safety, wipe down your grid with a damp cloth before cooking. If your grill brush is old and losing a lot of wires, throw it out.

What Other Cleaning Options Do I Have?

Due to the fact that you can avoid hazards by following the above recommendations, we still offer some brass-bristled and steel-bristled brush options. In response to the concern of some of our customers, we added multiple “wireless” cleaning options.

  • Scrubbing Pad

    One option is a scrubbing pad. These work great, but have some issues getting between the grids. They also wear out quickly, but are very inexpensive! Buy 3-4 at once, just like you would for kitchen sponges.

  • Bristle-less Wire Brush

    We also offer a “bristle-less” wire brush. The wires are a continuous spiral which removes the risk of small pieces of metal breaking off. The brush performed very well in a trial by the Grill Girl. Since it is still made of metal, but sure to replace it when it begins to deteriorate.



  • Wooden Grill Scraper

    You may have seen the wooden grill scrapers and wondered how they work. Grill Girl has used one on her grill for a few year now. The instructions say to use the wooden scraper when your grid is still hot. After a few uses,the heat will burn away parts of the wood. This will create a custom-shaped scraper, based on your grid. Grill Girl agrees that this occurs and the scraper only gets better with time!

  • Nylon Grid Brush

    Everyone at GrillPartsSearch.com was interested to try out the nylon grid brush. Nylon bristles remove much of the hazard posed by the metal wires. However, would they be strong enough to actually clean the grill grid? After a test on her personal grids, Grill Girl was impressed by the strength of the bristles. They did a great job cleaning the grids, but it’s important to wait until the grids are cool enough or clean before you turn the grill on.

Whatever your choice of brush, remember that your food will taste best if your grids are cleaned of old food residue and always inspect your cooking grids before you put food on them! Happy Grilling!

-Grill Girl

Only One Burner Lights on My Grill

When Grill Girl takes questions from customers, often you ask “why is it that only one burner lights in my grill?

The most common answer to why only one burner lights is that the carryover tube has rusted out and is not working. Oftentimes, a grill will have an ignitor on one grill burner but not on any of the rest of the burners. The carry over tube or bracket brings the light or flame from the lit burner to the unlit ones. Luckily, it’s an easy fix! Remove the carryover tube, measure it, and find a replacement. They are inexpensive and simple to replace.

Check out this Grill Girl video for a visual explanation:

GrillPartsSearch.com has dozens of replacement carryover tubes and brackets. Our parts are stainless steel and made to fit exactly in your grill. Measure your original piece to find an accurate replacement. If you don’t have the original piece, measure the distance between the burners where the tube would sit.

Carryover tubes take the flame from the lit burner to the unlit burners.

Already checked the carryover tube and found that it was working properly?

There are also other reasons it could be that only one burner lights. It could be a problem with the gas flow in your grill. Debris in your manifold or valves can block gas from reaching your grill burners. Check for debris around the valves and knobs like built-up grime, dust, or even spider webs. Alternatively, you might need to replace the regulator and hose. Regulators can go bad after time. There’s a safety mechanism that shuts off gas flow so it doesn’t create a safety hazard. You can browse available regulator-hose replacements here.

If you’re having a hard time determining the problem in your grill, give us a call. We have a team of grill repair experts ready to help get you back to grilling!

Until Next time – Grill Girl

Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill?

You can still get the flavor and cook of a smoker even if you only have a gas grill on your deck!

To smoke meat on a gas grill, use the different heat zones in your grill. Heat zones are formed by the multiple burners in your grill. An easy way to know how many heat zones you have in your grill is to count the knobs that control the gas flow. This method is call Indirect Cooking. You will also need smoking chips and a high quality external thermometer.

How Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill Shown on a Grill

Simply follow the steps below to smoke on your gas grill!

  1. Determine the Heat Zones on You Grill
    1. Count the number of knobs on your grill that turn on or off your burners.
    2. Use ONLY ONE knob in the “on” position.
    3. Remove the cooking grid directly over the burner that is on.
    4. All the other heat zones (knobs) will remain in the off position.
  2. Prepare Smoking Chips
    1. There are many varieties of wood chips you can use to add flavor to the smoke in your grill!
    2. You will want to soak the chips before using.
    3. Wrap them in aluminum foil and poke holes in the top.
    4. Place the foil packet of chips in the heat zone that is ON.
    5. There is heat dispersal covering your burner; this is usually a stainless steel heat plate, lava rocks or briquettes.
    6. Place the packet of smoking chips ON TOP of your heat dispersal.
    7. Keep an eye on the packet. If all the chips inside burn up, replace the packet with a new one.
    8. Check out this video I made showing the prep of wood chips: See Video
  3. Prepare the Meat (or other protein)
    1. Salt and season the protein.
    2. There are many seasoning rub mixtures you can purchase.
    3. You can easily find a recipe to make your own seasoning rub!
  4. Use Thermometer to Hone Grill Temperature
    1. It’s best not to trust the grill thermometer when you want to smoke meat on a gas grill.
    2. The probe of the thermometer should be in the airspace of your grill and not touching anything.
    3. Adjust the burner that is on to get your grill to the smoking zone, usually around 180- 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Smoke Meat!
    1. Place the cut of meat on the grids that are not above the “on” burner.
    2. Follow usual smoking instructions depending on your cut of meat or protein.
    3. Enjoy your dinner!
    4. If you’re a smoked meats connoisseur, check out these meat forks. They will change your life!

That’s all! If you’re wondering ‘can you smoke meat on a gas grill,’ hopefully now you know you can! It’s not even that difficult.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or share your favorite recipe!
-Grill Girl