Gas grills are typically expensive and complex devices; so finding Weber gas grill replacement parts can extend the life of your gas grill and save you considerable amounts of money. But before can order the right replacement parts, you should have a somewhat basic understanding of your grill and its parts.
Burners. The burner is a hollow, tube-like structure at the bottom of the grill that provides the heat for cooking. Most grills only have a single burner and oftentimes the burner forms the shape of a capital H, but it can also be oval, a figure eight, or other shapes. Some grills, typically more expensive models, have multiple burners that are usually straight. They are comprised of gas inlet holes in one or more key areas and outlet ports along the length of the burner.
Burners will usually fail after about one to five years of usage. The reasoning for this is that the drippings of meat are devastating to burners. Drippings contain moisture and acids that cause the burners to rust and corrode.
The cooking grid (or grate), the surface where the food is actually cooked, is another part that may need replacement. Chrome-plated steal grids are the cheapest and shortest lasting of the grids. Porcelain-coated cast iron and steel grates are mid-range types of grids. Stainless steel grids are the most expensive, but they will last the longest and they typically come with a lifetime warranty.
Rock Grates and Heat Shields. Rock grates and heat shields serve similar purposes in that they both protect the burner from corrosive meat drippings and help disperse heat. Rock grates are cheap and usually hold either lava rock or ceramic briquettes, but they often are not protected and rust quickly. Heat shields, which go by a number of other names are usually found in newer models and are much lighter than rock grates.
Parts that can be difficult to find replacement parts for are valves. Valve replacements must be exact replicas of the valves they are replacing, so many after market companies do not offer valves or have limited selections. Usually, if you are not able to find replacement valves from the manufacturer, you will be forced to dump your grill. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for grills with faulty valves end up in the garbage.
Miscellaneous Parts. There are a great deal of other parts that can be replaced on a Weber grill, the above listed parts are some of the more critical. Handles, heat gauges, condiment trays, and other parts are amongst them.
When choosing replacement parts, there are many after market manufacturers. After market parts are a great way to save money. However, make sure that when you find replacement parts that they are meet the same specifications as recommended by your Weber owners manual.
Gas grills cost a lot of money and when something breaks, most people do not want to invest in a brand new grill. Many people, instead opt for Weber gas grill replacement parts to save them the large cost of buying a new grill. Having a basic knowledge of these parts will save you valuable time and money.
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