How to Assess a Pellet Grill for Quality
We all work with our own budgets, but be sure to understand that cheap is not the same as affordable. If you’re buying a pellet grill, there are many that may look really nice at first, especially if you’re planning to save some cash. And then it’s going to cost you bigger with the passing of time. You’ll have parts corroding and breaking down, and suddenly, it’s time to buy another grill – and it’s not even five years since 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? First off, look for signs of quality 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? Turn your attention to the joints and hardware and any welding – the entire thing 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. Definitely, you should be asking questions if you have any.
Another factor that impacts the quality of the pellet grill is the material with which it is made. Most pellet grills today are made from painted steel. But that doesn’t mean the quality of steel and paint won’t vary. With a good high-temp powder coat paint, the grill can endure high heat without flaking or blistering. This is actually crucial because as soon as the steel is exposed, it will begin to rust.
Regardless of the paint quality, it’s still important to check inside the grill. Also prone to corrosion are the fire pot and diffuser plate, which are also the two components that most commonly need replacement. Some painted steel grills let you upgrade the grill and hopper lids to stainless steel, together with the drip pan, diffuser and firepot. Steel pellet grills are a favorite because they look attractive and are easy to maintain, durable as well as 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. The high-quality materials and construction of the grill allow it to become more efficient in its job, even in low temperatures.