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4Aug/12Off

DCS Stainless Replacement Burners – Compare and Contrast.

dcs 36 gas bbq built in to outdoor kitchen

dcs 36" gas bbq built in to outdoor kitchen

Which replacement burner should you use to repair your Dynamic Cooking Systems gas grill?  Even big companies like DCS get lured to the dark side of cheap foreign manufacturing.  There are a lot of companies who were once well known American manufacturing brands that no longer manufacture their products in the US because the higher prices make it difficult to sell competitively.  Personally I do not buy that; both figuratively and literally.  The fact remains DCS has not evolved much since the company was sold about 8 years ago and is no longer owned by an American corporation.

Compare DCS Burners

Majestic grill parts sells barbecues, repairs barbecues, replacement parts, fireplaces, etc and I strongly encourage all of you DCS owners to Clean Your Barbecue so you do not need replacement parts.  There are barbecues that will need parts and repairs no matter what you do but DCS gas grills were heavily manufactured to last forever and if you take care of the barbecue it will last forever without “nickel and diming” you to bankruptcy.

If you do need a replacement U burner for a DCS gas grill you probably noticed we have two different burners (DCS burners here) that seem to be the same except one is a lot more expensive than the other.  Normally that means there is a after-market product available and a manufacturers product available.  However, I find it odd to refer to the DCS burner as non-aftermarket when the company who owns DCS has never manufactured that item and is having the parts made outside the US just like an aftermarket company would do.  It seems the DCS burner is the actual aftermarket burner when you consider we have been having the replacement burner made for the DCS grills far longer than F&P has.

As stated above, if you have the original DCS burners take care of them!

If you do need a DCS replacement burner you either have an older DCS with cast iron burners or you have a newer DCS with stainless steel U shaped burners.  We recently had a customer who insisted on buying the DCS sold replacement burners and I suspect it was because they believe the manufacturer would make the better product.  Often the higher price implies better quality, better materials, better workmanship — but not always (see Viking).

I know there are a lot of companies who hope to be the cheapest and they go over seas to buy the cheapest knock-off parts they can possibly find.  That’s not us.  Especially with a gas grill like a DCS that is one of the best made and best performing gas grills in the world we have always believed quality is more important.  Today we posted a page to allow you to see the burners next to one another at various angles and different close-ups to see if there is a different between the high-quality burner we sell for DCS gas grills and the burners DCS buys to sell as DCS burners.

Compare DCS Burners

There are cheaper burners that look the same and there are less expensive burners that are  priced fair by cutting out the middleman.  Take a look and decide for yourself.

Also the first DCS gas grill model to use stainless steel U burners was the D model about 12 years ago.  The DCS D model was the best made barbecue on the planet back then.   See why here.

Reach majestic grill parts at 954.247.4552 (954-2-GRILL-2) or email Majestic Grill Parts at:

Service@Grill-Repair.com

BGB 30 model DCS gas grill built in to an outdoor kitchen in Florida

BGB 30 model DCS gas grill built in to an outdoor kitchen in Florida

31Jul/12Off

New Items: TEC Infrared Burner Grill Glass Panles Add Flavor and Performance.

We have added TEC infrared burner grilling glass and we have added a TEC grill glass page that describes what this item is, what it does and why it is both important and an added benefit to Thermal Engineering Corporation infrared burner and grilling grates design.

Glass panel for grilling grates on infrared grill

Glass panel for grilling grates on infrared grill

The original TEC cooking grate design followed the concave grid design of the DCS “finger” grates.  Concave grids allow moisture to sit in the grate and vaporize while grilling in  order to add favor and texture to grilled meats.  Concave grids also can lay at a slight angle so the groove allows grease and marinades or other moisture to roll off the cooking surface rather than drip through and flare up in the grill.

The original TEC grates were fabricated as a bunch of U channels spot welded to a front and back support.  They would rattle when moved because the spot welds were always allowing the channels to be loose.  If the grates dropped the rectangle would be off-square and difficult to bend back because the structure was so weak.

As TEC started changing their infrared burners and making changes to become competitive as a high-end grill again one of the changes was to the cooking grates.

As you can see in the attached image the new TEC grates that have been used for about 5 years now are more like typical wire-rod grates that all barbecues used at some time.  The main different is the channel is now created by the deep stainless grid sitting on a glass panel.  Moisture drips past the grid to the glass and the glass is extraordinarily hot from the burner sitting just below it.  The TEC glass acts like a vaporizer shield.

Heat from the stainless steel infrared burners would spread across the grease shield and the glass would get very hot.  Any dripping marinade, grease, bastings, etc drip through the the glass and vaporize to add texture to the grilling food and add flavor to the convectional heat circulating inside the firebox

More recent TEC designs that do not se the traditional pressurized infrared burners still claim tremendous heat and use the  glass above the burner as a heat shield vaporizer.

We have just started stocking these glass panels in addition to the other TEC  gas grill parts so they can now be ordered and shipped immediately.  We also published (see links above, at beginning of article) a separate page that shows close-up images, measurements and information about the infrared glass panels and anything else.

As time goes by it will be interesting to see how the grills perform and sell for Thermal Engineering.  For a company who changed the world of grilling in an amazing way they control a surprising small percentage of new grill sales.  Most of the customers who use TEC gas grills  absolutely love these amazing infrared gas grills and plan to repair them as needed and keep them forever.

In closing:

A few years back when the infrared burner design became available to companies manufacturing barbecues overseas there were some lower priced hybrids available.  Today TEC uses a rectangular burner which they call infrared even though the burner does not look or behave like an infrared burner.

There are also new low-cost gas grills that have been selling “infrared” grills that are not over one-thousand degrees because the definition of the term “infrared” has been sliding.  The newer charbroils barbecues and the new Saber by charbroil are perfect examples.

These barbecues have the small, typical, low BTU straight pipe burners we always see in low priced barbecues.  They are calling the barbecues “infrared” because of the grilling grate design.  Like the TEC glass design there is no heat radiating from the burner directly to the food because the glass separates the burner area from the grilling grid.  Charbroil cooking grates are all thin stainless steel but they use the same design.  The thin stainless separates the burners from the grids so the stainless radiates some heat to cook with.

Typical “gas barbecues” barbecue with the hood closed: burners slowly heat up the air trapped in the closed hood and  hot air surrounds the food to cook.  The absence of hot air, convection cooking is not being defined by the effectiveness of the system but referred to as “infrared” because of  the absence of the common heating style.

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18Jul/12Off

New Video: Test Your BBQ Grill Igniter Module.

Nine Volt Spark Generator Modules used in Viking, Solaire, Alfresco and more.

Nine Volt Spark Generator Modules used in Viking, Solaire, Alfresco and more.

The 9 volt module used by Alfresco, Viking, Solaire and other high-end gas grill manufacturers does not often fail.  When most customers call us for gas grill replacement parts they will claim “I need to replace my ignitor.”  However, an igniter is an assembly of parts that all work together.  Depending on the type of process the assembly of grill parts that make up the ignition system can be as few as 2 pieces and as many as 15 pieces to make up the ignitor.

Usually if there is a fail it is because the electrodes inside the barbecue get dirty.  The electrodes have to be inside the grill in order to spark where the gas is emitted from the barbecue burner.  Being inside the barbeque also means the electrodes (which are miniature spark plugs) are able to get grease, marinades, spices, sauces, rain, dirt and carbon from burning gas flames that can all interrupt the clean surfaces necessary for the spark to occur.

replacement gas grill electrode

replacement gas grill electrode

When our client calls to say “I need to replace my barbecue’s ignitor” we usually answer with: “which part of the ignitor” because it is extraordinarily rare for All the parts of the ignitor to fail.  The first thing to do is to replace the battery and try again.  Then clean or replace the electrodes and the collector box around the electrodes.  If the electrode will not spark, I remove it from the grill and lay it near enough the lid, hood, control panel or anything stainless steel to see if it arcs against that metal.

In order to check the module we usually remove the module from the grill.  Unplug all the wires and remove the module and then plug the button back in.  Sometimes the button has the battery in the unit and sometimes the battery is installed in the module and sometime the battery is separate all together but it wired to the module and/or the button.

With a new 9 volt battery in the module we press the button to generate the sparks.  If the module and the button/switch are functional the naked male outlet spades will arc against one another.  If they do not work we will disconnect the button and lay a screw driver or something metal, not coated across the 2 spades that would be wired to the button.  Watch the module spark test video by clicking here.

As you can see in the video the module circuit is completed by laying the screwdriver across the switch connection spades.  At that point the nine-volt battery is powerful enough that the electrode connection spoades will arc against themselves.  We can see the purple arc and we can hear the electricity popping as the connection is made.

Inside your barbecue the connection is more powerful because the electrode attaches to the stainless steel of the fire box and provides a ground for the electrical current.  Outside the grill without the ground the module is still powerful enough to generate a spark.

Because we have a client who is having this problem right now, today we decided to post this video as you see it here:

http://www.grill-repair.com/module.html

However, the production is not great so we will be re-posting the video in a couple of days.  We would like this instructional video to be as useful as all the other instructional videos we have been posting on the site and at youtube as the user name “bbqparts” but we had to get this up in a hurry to help a customer — and we’re here to help customers.   We will re-edit the other parts of the testing with better explanations and get our british voice guy to work it out so the video will be replaced in a bit and will be more explanatory then.  For now the video shows the module arcing so anyone can see exactly how their module should behave if it is functioning properly.

Please share this post with anyone who may benefit from learning more about their barbecue parts.  The Social Media buttons are programmed to allow you to leave comments or to share this information with others in our network and your own.

4Jul/12Off

Happy Independence Day from Majestic Grill Parts.

Please enjoy a Happy and a Safe Fourth of July.  Cook some Amazing food and have fun with your Family.

Thank You to all of the customers who have  permitted us to assist with your outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and barbecues — we are only able to do what we do so long as you feel like we are providing you with more than you pay for.  Thank you for your trust and for your support of our business here in South Florida and everywhere we ship your products all over the world.

happy 4th of july

happy 4th of july

Enjoy your holiday time and barbecue something with your family this 4th of July.

American Flag on stage

American Flag on stage

…and a special American flag presented by Kanye and Jay: Happy Independence Day!

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3Jul/12Off

Rotisserie Safety Valve and Thermocouple Test For DCS and Other Gas Grills.

We have had a few customers ask us how they can test their rotisserie valve to determine what is wrong when the infrared rotissserie burner will not stay lit.  Many customers mistakenly believe the ignition assembly has a problem and many want to know how determine of the problem is the safety valve or the thermocouple.

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We just added a page to the site that will link from the DCS repair parts page where the DCS thermocouple and the DCS rotisserie safety valve are for sale.  This page has step by step instructions for disassembling the valve assembly and then taking the safety valve apart to be able to test the thermocouple.

Many customers call to say they have to hold the button on a DCS barbecue grill the entire time the rotisserie is cooking their food.  This is because when the safety valve is released the gas flow is blocked.  The valves’ ability to block the gas flow is a life saving feature of gas fireplaces, gas heaters, barbecue grills and many gas appliances.  Gas appliances that use a pilot system use a pilot flame because the pilot flame is heating the thermocouple so the heat holds this safety valve open for gas to flow.  When the heat is removed the gas flow is stopped because the heat is being used to create a small electrical charge (millivolt system).  This small electrical charge is then used to magnetize a piece of steel attached to a spring.  The magnet is just strong enough to hold the steel and when the lack of heat weakens the magnet the spring pushes the solenoid back out and cuts off the gas flow.

Without this safety feature the gas would continue flowing when the flame went out and the cloud of gas could cause a serious fire and even cause an explosion.  When customers call us to repair their barbecue they want to know if the safety valve or the thermocouple needs to be replaced.  A thermocouple does not have any moving parts and they rarely fail.  However, if the safety valve is only slightly damaged when a new thermocouple is installed the magnet is new and strong and the process of installing the new grill parts cleans the connections.  Often the system will seem to be temporarily repaired.

This test will tell a customer if the thermocouple needs to be replaced or if the rotisserie safety valve needs to be replaced.

this is the safety valve button from a DCS gas grill

this is the safety valve button from a DCS gas grill

Thermocouple from a dynamic cooking systems barbecue grill

Thermocouple from a dynamic cooking systems barbecue grill

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22Jun/12Off

Universal Adjustable Stainless Steel Pipe Burner Installation Video

http://www.grill-repair.com/21218.html

We just uploaded a video that demonstrates how to install the universal adjustable pipe burner to  our universal page online linked above.

adjust this burner to any length from 12 to 18.5 inches

adjust this burner to any length from 12 to 18.5 inches

This stainless steel pipe burner can be installed into thousands of barbecues that require a burner length from 12 inches to 18.5 inches.  We have tested this burner in hundreds of applications testing the mounting brackets and the sliding connection on the burner tubes and the venturi air shutter adjustments.  This burner replaces other pipe burners but is also useful on grills that use cast iron, brass and cast stainless steel burners.

The front of the burner slides onto the control valve orifice just like any barbeque burner and the back of the burner has several mounting options for attaching level to any bbq fire box support.  The slide has a small set screw that tightens the tubes so no further adjustment can accidentally shift and the det screw is extremely tight.  There is no ability to have a mistake with this burner.

Online from our universal grill parts page this burner page now has a video that allows clients to see a technician adjust the burner and install it into a real gas barbecue.  The video shows the burner being adjusted, tightened in place at the correct size for the Perfect Flame grill repair example and the video has several close detailed explanations for how the burner installs to the control valve in the front and the the support shelf in the back of the barbeque.

Universal grill parst are important in our line of work because there are thousnads of bbq models that do not have replacement parts available.  Some gas barbecues that are in use are still in good shape and owners will choose to keep their grill instead of buying a new appliance.  However, the replacement burners, heat shields, lava/briquette grid and cooking grates are not always available for every apliance ever sold.  Well-built, high-quality universal adjustable grill parts allow us to continue to repair these products instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Today more than ever this is important as the American business model has changed.  More and more people are running what is commonly known as “affiliate marketing”.  Affiliate marketing means that although I cannot tell you a lot about pencils I can still sell pencils.  I cannot tell you how pencil lead is made or if there are quantitative quality differences in lead types or if there are better erasers and better selections of wood for pencils.  I cannot justify the cost of a pencil by explaining quality and I cannot tell you how to repair damaged lead or a missing eraser.  However, if I can locate a warehouse full of pencils I can set that warehouse up to drop-ship the products and I can make a web site that makes me look like a professional pencil manufacturer and I can sell pencils at a premium.

Barbecues are no different.  Most of the common brand names we see today are only names placed on chinese imports and the “technicians” who answer service calls only know item numbers in a computer.  Parts are not available for these items because there is no manufacturer.  The company buys a container and sells the product to a big retailer and they ship for them when there is a sale.  The quality is usually low and the fabrication labor horrid and there is no educated support from experienced technicians.

If you happen to receive a product like this and need a burner replacement there may be a lot of trouble finding a repair part.  At Grill-Repair.com we stock thousands of gas bbq grill replacement parts but with all the gas grills that have existed over the past 35 years it is never enough.

Our Universal Grill Parts are made in Canada, are much higher quality and materials than any universal bbq parts than have ever existed and with the experience and the education we share with our clients there is not a barbecue made that we cannot repair with our universal adjustable briquette grids, cooking grates, adjustable burners, knobs, ignition assemblies and other universal repair parts.

The universal burner works beautifully on a lot of barbecue grills and now that we have posted a video for the burners’ installation we hope a lot more clients will not be afraid to use this burner instead of accepting defeat and trashing an otherwise useful barbecue.

As always, contact us for additional information at:

954-2-Grill-2

Service@Grill-Repair.com

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14Jun/12Off

Grill Repair: Compression Adaptor to Extend Valve and Orifice with Gas Line

barbecue control valve compression flare adapter

instructions for adding gas line for control valve

In a typical barbecue the control valve attaches to the manifold pipe and the manifold pipe is attached the the gas line.  The control valves attach to the manifold so the valve is able to pull from the gas flow and spit gas into the barbecue burner.  On the tip of the control valve, inside the control panle and opposite the knob we turn for gas the orifice is attached to the valve and the orifice inserts into the burner so the gas flows right into the burner.

There have been barbecues that needed an extension.  Some models of kalamazoo, turbo, captain cook and others have the control panel set forward so the valve is not close enough to the burner for the orifice to attach the valve and the burner.  In these instances the valve will have a gas line attached to the tip instead of an orifice.  The gas line is generally luminum or copper and will bend and extend to wherever the burner needs to be mounted.  On the far end of the gas line the orifice is mounted so it can insert into the burner venturi tube and spit gas right into the burner.

When this style of connection comes from the factory the gas lines are cut to size and threaded to fit the valve on one side and the orifice on the other side.  However, years later when these items need to be replaced and the manufacturer is out of business or the true manufacturer is in China and does not have replacement parts available how do we repair these grills?

Compression fittings can be used in place of flared fittings or threaded gas lines and will attach to a smooth sleeve of aluminum gas line without leaking.

Imaage one above shows the tip if the gas line and the compression adapter.  This adapter is 1/4 inch compression on one side and 1/8 inch threaded pipe connection on the other side.

Image Two:  When the compression fitting is unscrewed there is a small flare inside the hew-head.  This is soft brass and designed to be smashed inside the fitting when attached.

Image Three:  Slide the hex-head onto the aluminum or copper gas line and then slide the flare nut as seen in this image.  The flare should be 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch from the edge.

Image Four: Attach the two sides so the soft brass is set in from the edge inside the hex-head nut and the adapter so when these two pieces are tightened the brass will be smashed between them and flare into place.  When loose the entire assembly will slide off the aluminum gas line but once tightened the soft brass will smash into place holding tightly to the aluminum gas line.  You could force it to break the seal so be gentle but this will stop gas from leaking around the fitting.  The soft brass squeezed between the nut is the gasket.

Image Five:  Now the adapter is tightly attached to the gas line and will not leak so we can screw on the control valve.  Different control valves have different threading.  This control valve is threaded inside and outside the opening for the orifice so a hood style orifice or a spud style orifice could be used.  Likewise a 1/8 inch pipe thread can be attached as we have done here or a 1/16 inch male

adapter could have been used for the other side of the adaptor instead.

Image Six:  Using the exact same steps: we have attached a compression-to-1/8 female on the side where the male thread of the valve will attach to the female thread of the compression adapter and on the other end of the aluminum gas line we will attach an adaptor that is 1/4 inch compression on one side and 1/8 inch male thread on the other side.  The steps are the same to attach the compression side to the gas line tightly.

Image Seven:  Now the threaded end of the gas line has the exact same threading the original control valve for the gas grill has and the orifice can be attached to the fitting.  This has extended the length of the control valve and allows us to move the connection up, down, right, left or wherever we have to insert the orifice into the barbeque burner.

As a last note propane is always in a cylinder of some kind and is regulated closely at 11″ water column displacement.  Liquid propane is a liquid with a low boiling temperature (a boiling temperature that if considered freezing for humans) and the liquid boils into a vapor inside the cylinder.  Propane is a tight, cold, small-molecule gas that requires only a small gas line, a small hole in the orifice.  Natural gas is always already a gas pumped throughout entire neighborhoods, entire cities.  Natural gas is a large-gas, meaning the molecules are large and natural gas lines are often several miles long.  NG will be pressurized much higher than LP in order to push across town to its various locations and the inner diameter of a NG line is often double and triple the inner diameter of a LP gas line.

The aluminum or copper gas line we use is usually not more than a few inches long but it is smarter to use a larger inner diameter hose than a smaller one and hope it works so the gas pressure does not bottle-neck at the connection and stop the gas barbecue grill from cooking properly.

For additional tips and for assistance with barbecue repairs and gas grill replacement parts contact Majestic Grill Parts at:

http://www.Grill-Repair.com

or visit our blog site which is full of useful grill repair instructions at:

http://www.Grill-Repair.com/blog

or contact us at:

954-2-Grill-2

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