Ten Essential Features of Pellet Grills
If you want your pellet grill to last a lifetime, instead of rusting out after a few seasons of BBQ, then make sure your pellet grill contains these ten critical features.
- A rain lip. Rain dripping down from the hood of the grill will run off into the grilling pan, unless redirected. The water then accumulates and sits in the pan, eventually causing rust.
- Stainless steel. Other metals degrade under heat and weather. Furthermore, these other metals, such as cast iron, requires constant vigilance and clean-up to remain in operating condition.
- A rugged auger. Many augurs are underpowered, leading to jams and premature burnout.
- Weather resistant electrical components. With outside storage and all-year exposure to humidity, electrical components must be able to stand up to constant moisture.
- Easy clean-up. It should be simple to disassemble and reassemble grill components, to reach into all corners for clean-up.
- Easy to obtain maintenance parts. The manufacture should have active customer service with a full inventory of all parts available which compose the grill.
- Able to hold a constant temperature. A wavering temperature, even within ten degrees, can significantly affect the quality of the recipe.
- Able to produce temperatures greater than 500° F. For full versatility with some recipes, such as searing stakes, to produce the best flavor, the grill must be capable of producing sustained temperatures greater than 500°F.
Most everyone has heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for.” This truism certainly applies to pellet grills. Less expensive pellet grills:
- Burn out after a few years usage.
- The hood and pan rusts out.
- Accumulate grimes difficult to clean.
- Cheaper components break down.
- Outside storage with constant exposure to sun and rain deteriorates the entire grill structure, both inside and out.
- Have shorter return and warranty periods, because the quality isn’t sufficient to back up the grill for an extended period of time.
- Don’t produce as well where it matters most – in taste. This is why the masters of BBQ competitions use master equipment.
The rusted results of lesser quality grills after a few years of usage.
Buy a quality pellet grill, and you will get a lifetime of your most delicious BBQ recipes.