What You Need to Know as a Grill Owner:

  • Why are gas grills so expensive?
  • How long does a gas grill last?
  • How do I clean a gas grill?
  • How do I light a gas grill?
  • How do I ensure the best performance from my gas grill?

Gas grills are relatively simple to use, but that doesn’t mean they’re totally foolproof. To get the longest life and the best performance out of your grill, you’ll want to make sure you fully understand your product. With that in mind, here are some of the most common questions we receive about gas grills.

Why are Gas Grills so Expensive?

Material costs are the biggest contributors to the final price of a gas grill. In other words, higher quality materials mean higher costs for grills. “Economy” grills will often use cheaper materials such as painted or powder-coated steel, cast iron, or aluminum to lower production costs. The end result is a less durable grill that will rust or wear out more quickly.

In premium grills like those sold at Kick Ass Grills, you’ll typically find more frequent use of stainless steel, particularly in essential components of the grill. Even among stainless steel, there’s some variation, however. For more information on this topic, check out our article, What is Stainless Steel?

The other major factor contributing to the final price of a grill is its feature set. While a basic grill is enough for many cooks, others prefer more versatility and look for added features like side burners, infrared burners, or rotisserie kits.

How Long Does a Gas Grill Last?

Anyone who’s heard the saying, “Buy it nice, or buy it twice,” knows the importance of investing in a quality product. Gas grills are no exception. While big-box store grills may only last a few summers before wearing out, a premium gas grill is engineered to withstand many years of frequent use—even in less than ideal conditions.

Many grill manufacturers also offer lifetime warranties on their products. While you may need to do basic repairs from time to time, you can buy with confidence knowing your grill is backed by a proven manufacturer. Some manufacturers, like TEC grills, even go as far as to stock repair parts for grills they discontinued long ago. Be sure to refer to a product’s owner manual to see specific warranty information for the product you’re interested in.

There are also additional steps you can take to protect your grill from the elements. These include proper cleaning and investing in a quality grill cover.

How do I Clean a Gas Grill?

Gas grills are generally low maintenance. That doesn’t mean no maintenance is required, however. To ensure your product continues to operate as intended, you’ll want to give your grill a proper cleaning from time to time.

Always refer to your owner’s manual for specific cleaning instructions for your grill. While general maintenance will often be the same from one grill to the next, you’ll want to make sure you’re using cleaning products and techniques approved for your grill to avoid any incidental damage. For more information on specific cleaning techniques, check out our article on how to clean a gas grill.

Preparing to store your grill for an extended period of time? We have a few tips for that, too. See our article on how to winterize your grill.

How do I Light a Gas Grill?

While the ignition system of each grill will be slightly different, most grills will use either a spark-ignition or hot surface ignition system. Refer to your product manual for specific lighting instructions, but in either case, the process for ignition will likely be similar. You’ll want to open the grill lid, push and turn a burner knob to activate gas flow, and activate the ignition system. Grills with additional features such as rear or side burners may need to activate these systems separately.

Having trouble lighting your system? You’ll want to follow the troubleshooting process laid out by your grill manufacturer. However, you can also light your grill with a match in a pinch. Most grills include a lighting rod to attach a match. Simply start the flow of gas on one of the main grill burners. At the same time, clip a lit match into the lighting rod and insert the match through the grill grids. This will allow you to use your grill until you can troubleshoot your ignition system.

How do I Ensure the Best Performance from My Grill?

To get the best performance from your grill, you’ll want to be aware of your flame performance. If operating correctly, a gas grill flame will be blue with slightly yellow tips. Flames that are too yellow or “lifting” from the burner are signs of improper airflow and will need to be addressed.

Speaking of airflow, you’ll want to be aware of wind conditions while grilling. In addition to the obvious effects on flame performance, wind can also present a safety risk. Strong winds against a grill’s vents can lead to overheating and could be a fire hazard. If using a freestanding grill, position the grill to avoid having the wind blowing into vents. If using a built-in grill, consider adding a windbreak to your outdoor kitchen setup, but keep in mind any stated manufacturer clearances.

Get More Help with Your Grill

Our grill experts are here Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time to assist you. Our team can walk you through a troubleshooting process with your existing grill, help you find new tools or accessories, or even work with you to redesign your entire outdoor kitchen space. Contact us today to get started.