Tips for Assessing the Quality of a Pellet Grill
We all have our price range, but don’t make the mistake of equating cheap with affordable. If you’re shopping for a pellet grill, many of them will look fantastic at first, especially if you’re looking to save some cash. And then it’s going to cost you more in the long run. You’ll find parts corroding and breaking down, and soon you have to buy a new grill without even five years from your first purchase. As always, you’re better off spending a little more money upfront for a quality grill.
Question is, what’s a good way to assess the quality of a pellet grill? The first thing you have to look for is good construction. At the store, trying lifting the lid and feeling its weight. Now close the lid and observe how it lays on the grill. Does it provide a tight seal or are there gaps? Look at the joints, hardware and any welding – the whole grill should feel solid.
It’s difficult to do that if you’re shopping on the Internet, but you can also depend on research. Read reviews and compare different specs and brands. If you have any questions, definitely, you should ask them.
The material a pellet grill is made obviously affects its quality as well. Most pellet grills today are made from painted steel. Still, steel and paint quality can vary. A pellet grill can stand extremely high heat without blistering or flaking if painted with a high quality high-temp powder coat. This is actually quite crucial, considering that corrosion is will begin when the steel is exposed.
Regardless of the paint quality, it’s still important to check inside the grill. The fire pot and diffuser plate can also rust and are the two parts that most often need replacement. With some brands, you will be able to upgrade to stainless steel for the grill and hopper lids, including the firepot, drip pan and diffuser. Steel pellet grills are a favorite because they look attractive and are easy to maintain, durable as well as rust-resistant. The most desirable pellet grills are those made from commercial-grade 304 stainless steel, but as expected, they are also the priciest. The good news is, there are pellet grills made from 430 stainless steel, which are easier on the pocket yet equally durable.
Of course, not only is a high-quality pellet grill durable, but it also performs excellently. With top-quality materials and good construction, the grill is able to work more efficiently, even in cold temperatures.