Is the wife giving you trouble about that new grill? Believe it or not, you might actually have some validity to wanting to splurge on something shiny and new. Even if you keep your grill clean, covered and looking nice, the parts can wear out and even compromise the taste and quality of your food.
Below are five clear signs that you need a new grill in your backyard!
- You notice patches of rust.
A little rust is not a problem since it can be removed with a stainless steel brush. Also, it’s bound to happen in the first place because the grill is exposed to all types of elements. However, if there is rust or corrosion showing up in patches or the underside of the grill, it’s probably time for a replacement. Not only can particles of rust transfer onto your food, but also rust on the underside of the unit can compromise its stability.
- The paint is flaking off.
Another sign that your grill has seen the end of its days is flaking paint. Most grills today are painted with a porcelain enamel finish. If you notice that the paint is coming off, it’s likely that the exposed metal will rust and lead to more problems. Peeling paint can also get into your food, something that won’t taste good and could contain harmful chemicals. Oh, and don’t think about painting the grill. That’s a major fire hazard!
- The air vents are blocked.
Charcoal grills are built with vents that help with the air intake and heat while grilling. These vents can get clogged over time if they are not cleaned on a regular basis. While it’s easy to overlook the air vents, once they get blocked, they cannot perform well. It’s better to start fresh with a new grill – and new vents!
- There is a buildup of grease.
If you don’t clean your grill routinely, grease will eventually build up and cause a potential hazard. Before throwing away your grill, however, try cleaning it with a soap-filled wool pad. If that doesn’t work, it’s probably time to replace your grill and get something that is clean and new!
- The flames and/or heat are uneven.
It’s frustrating when you don’t have even flames to cook over since this leaves your food grilled unevenly, which can also be a health hazard. You can try cleaning the burner tubes with a toothpick, but it’s also possible that the burners simply aren’t working anymore. If this is the case, you need a new grill that will cook your foods evenly.
If you’ve decided that you’re in need of a new grill, try the Big Green Egg! It’s the original All-American grill and smoker that can handle everything from delicious steaks to stone-baked pizzas. Pick yours up today from Paradise Pools!