Gas grills’ uneven heat is a very common problem people have when using their gas grills. One notices this when cooking food such as meat, where one side may come out rare and the other side well-done! Now that is a complete disaster!
Something must be wrong with the gas grill. In other cases, some food seems to cook quicker than others.
Gas Grill Troubleshooting
Start By Examining The Grill For Corroded Flame Tamers
The first thing you need to do is check the flame tamers.
Flame tamers are made to spread burner flame while protecting your burner from food dripping directly into the tamer. Dripping can pass through the flame tamer holes, clogging burner paths, causing cold spots, and bringing about uneven heating on a gas grill.
To fix these grill heating issues, turn off your gas tank valve, then allow your gas grill temperature to cool off completely. Take off the grates and check the flame tamer for holes. If any flame tamers are damaged, replace them.
If The Flame Tamers Are In Good Shape, You Will Need To Examine The Burner Tubes For Clogs
Clogs may cause your uneven heating on a gas grill through the following;
- Spills of clogs on the burner tubes cover holes in the tubes
- Corrosion eats away burner tubes, creating cold and hot spots because of the gas grill’s uneven heat.
Pull out the flame tamer and examine the burners to fix this. Now, clean off the spills with a steel wire brush. Unblock the holes in the burner tubes with a paper clip or bamboo skewer. Replace burner tubes that have a corrosion hole.
Clean The Burner Tube
Cleaning the burner tube will help with uneven heating on a gas grill. Start by disassembling them from the grill. Detach the carryover tubes from the burners and unpin the collar pins that hold the burners down.
Pull out the burner tube from the grill and use any of the methods below to clean the pipes to fix your grill heating issues:
- Compressed Air: blow debris out of each tube using an air compressor. Do this while wearing protective glass for your eyes. If you use canned air, place the straw in the canned air nozzle. Place the extension tube in a single burner tube and blow out using a burst of air.
- Heavy wire: form a small hook at the stiff end of the wire-like a coat hanger. Insert the hook in each burner tube and run through it several times to remove all clogs. Then blow out the air to clear it properly.
- Small bottle brush: insert it into every burner tube and clear out debris, spiders, and inserts. Move the brush around with vigor to reach every part inside the burner tube. Dump out loosened waste from the burner tubes.
Now, Test Cook With A Tortilla To Check If Grill Can Even Burn
At this point, gas grill uneven heat has been fixed through the process of gas grill troubleshooting.
Reassemble your grill and test cook with it to check for even heating. Turn on the grill and set all the knobs for the burner at the same level to produce medium heat.
Let it preheat. Immediately spread tortillas across the cooking grill surface at once and confirm if they even cook.
You can still notice some sections on the cooking surface still heating slightly unevenly, but there is nothing to worry about; that is normal.
Reassemble the grill and check for even heating. Start the grill and set all burners to the same mediums to high heat.
Give the grill a few minutes to preheat. Quickly spread tortillas across the entire cooking surface all at once and check for even cooking.
You may still encounter sections of the cooking surface that are heating slightly unevenly, but that’s normal.