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. Then it will cost you more as time goes by. Parts will corrode and break down, and suddenly, you have to buy another grill in less than five years from your first purchase. As always, it’s better to spend a little more money as long as you’re sure that the grill is of good quality.
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. If you’re at the store, lift the grill’s lid and get a feel of its weight. Then close the lid and pay attention to the way 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 hard to do that when you’re shopping online, but you can always do your research. Take your time reading reviews and comparing the various specs and brands in the market today. If you have any questions, definitely, you should ask them.
Another factor that impacts the quality of the pellet grill is the material with which it is made. These days, most pellet grills are made with painted steel. But that doesn’t mean the quality of steel and paint won’t 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.
Even if the body is well-painted, you should still take a look inside. The fire pot and diffuser plate can also corrode and are the two most usually replaced parts. Sometimes, you get the option to upgrade the grill, hopper lids, firepot, drip pan and diffuser to steel with some brands. A lot of people think steel pellet grills are attractive, aside from being durable, easy to maintain and rust-resistant. While pellet grills constructed from commercial-grade 304 stainless steel are the more preferable, they are also naturally the priciest. The good news is, some pellet grills are constructed from 430 stainless steel and are cheaper yet boast the same durability.
Of course, not only is a high-quality pellet grill durable, but it also performs excellently. Because of the high quality materials and good construction, the grill is able to retain heat better, which means it is more efficient, even in cold weather.
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