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My LP gas grill won't get hotter than 250F to 300F, even with all burners on high. Why? Since 1995 all regulators (the part that attaches to the gas tank to regulate the flow of gas) have included a safety device that restricts the flow of gas in the event of a gas leak. This safety device can be inadvertently activated in two ways, putting the grill into what is commonly called bypass. The first way for the device to be activated is to leave one or more burner control knobs in the ON position when the LP cylinder valve is opened. The second is not to wait long enough to start the grill after opening the LP cylinder valve. The safety device in the regulator is activated each time that the LP cylinder valve is opened. The device resets itself when the gas pressure equalizes between the closed burner control valve and the regulator, through the hose. If a burner control knob is turned on before the gas pressure can equalize, the device will remain in bypass. The length of time necessary to wait to start the grill after turning on the LP cylinder valve is dependent on the length of the hose and outside air temperature. It is always good practice to wait a few seconds after opening the LP cylinder valve before turning on the burner control knob to start the grill. Keep in mind that the safety device reacts to a gas leak. If a grill is in bypass the gas connections and hose should be tested for leaks with a soap and water solution. If the grill is in bypass, after checking for gas leaks do the following to get the grill out of bypass:
Cart Based Models
Are more BTU's better? Not necessarily. BTU's are a measure of the heat output of the barbecue; however they do not tell you what cooking temperature the barbecue will achieve. BTU ratings by themselves are in no way related to cooking performance or the quality of any given product. As long as the barbecue gets hot enough to sear your steaks properly it doesn't matter how many BTU's it takes to get there. The real question to ask is not how many BTU's does it have but, how hot will it get?
Why is cast iron considered better for cooking grids? Although we consider all cooking grids to be of high quality and performance, cast iron is a much heavier metal then most barbecue cooking grids. Because of its high density it is very effective for searing most meats (such as steak, chicken, and hamburgers). The grids are multi-level and have channeled grooves to allow extra grease and juices to run off.
Why is it important to season cast iron grids? Just like a cast iron frying pan it is necessary to season, and re-season, cast iron cooking grids. The oil will help protect the porcelain coating, decrease sticking, and protect damaged or worn grids from rusting. Only use household cooking oils (Olive, Vegetable, Peanut, Sunflower, Canola, to name a few).
My ignitor button doesn't work anymore. What could have gone wrong? The push button starting system is a two part system consisting of the push button and the electrode. The button is almost fail safe, if it clicks, then it works. Sometimes the electrode will develop a build up of grease or oxidization that may hamper the performance of the spark. Most times this can be rectified by cleaning the electrode with a brush or carefully with a piece of sandpaper.
I see what I think is peeling paint inside the lid of my grill! What should I do? Don't worry, its not paint; the inside surfaces of Weber grill lids are not painted, they are coated with baked-on porcelain enamel
My patio heater is not getting any heat?
Why is my regulator making a humming noise? The humming you hear is a resonance similar to what you find in a musical instrument. It is caused by small periodic changes of flow across the diaphragm located inside the grill and is more likely to occur when in high flow conditions. The only time this can be harmful to you and/or the product is when there is propane leaking out of the small vented hole on the regulator assembly.