How to Assess a Pellet Grill for Quality
We all have budgets to work with, but be clear on the fact that cheap isn’t 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, it’s better to spend a little more money as long as you’re sure that the grill is of good quality.
Question is, how do you assess a pellet grill’s quality? 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. Are there any gaps or does the seal feel tight enough? Check out the hardware, joints and welding, if any – everything should feel solid.
It’s hard to do that when you’re shopping online, but you can always do your research. Check out reviews and compare the different brands and specs available in the market. 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. Still, steel and paint quality can vary. With a good high-temp powder coat paint, the grill can endure high heat without flaking or blistering. This is actually quite crucial, considering that corrosion is will begin when the steel is exposed.
Even with a well-painted grill body, you still need to see what’s inside the grill. The fire pot and diffuser plate can also corrode and are the two most usually replaced parts. 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. A lot of people think steel pellet grills are attractive, aside from being durable, easy to maintain and 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, some pellet grills are constructed from 430 stainless steel and are cheaper yet boast the same durability.
Of course, aside from being durable, a high-quality pellet grill is also a top performer. The high-quality materials and construction of the grill allow it to become more efficient in its job, even in low temperatures.