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 bigger with the passing of time. 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. In the end, you’re better off spending a bit more cash in exchange for a quality grill.
Question is, how do you assess a pellet grill’s quality? First things first – look for signs of good construction. If you’re at the store, lift the grill’s lid and get a feel of its weight. Close the lid and watch how way it lays on the grill. Do you see or feel any gaps or is it a good seal? Turn your attention to the joints and hardware and any welding – the entire thing should feel solid.
That’s hard to do if you’re e-shopping, but some honest-to-goodness research is often good enough. Read reviews and compare different specs and brands. Certainly, you should ask questions if you have any.
The material a pellet grill is made obviously affects its quality as well. Most pellet grills today are made from painted steel. Still, the quality of the steel and paint can still differ. Good high-temp powder coat paint allows the grill to withstand extreme heat sans blistering or flaking. This is actually critical because the moment the steel is exposed, corrosion sets in.
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. Some painted steel grills let you upgrade the grill and hopper lids to stainless steel, together with the drip pan, diffuser and firepot. A lot of people think steel pellet grills are attractive, aside from being durable, easy to maintain and rust-resistant. Pellet grills built from commercial-grade 304 stainless steel are the most desirable, but they are also more expensive. On the other hand, there are pellet grills built from 430 stainless steel, which are lighter on the pocket but just as durable.
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.