Question about Viking VGBQ300T (NG) All-in-One Grill / Smoker
This grill is in a salt water environment - ocean less than 100 ft away. The left knob to increase the heat has become very hard to turn. Coincidentally, when this happened, the flames will not go very high, on either side. We know there is fuel, but there is not enough heat to cook food.
This sounds like it probably is a regulator problem - they tend to corrode very quickly in salt environment - i live on the coast too and have the same problem often. First thing to try is to spray a little WD40 or similar into the regulator. often they will have a tiny hole somewhere in the body of the regulator usually on the side away from the gas bottle but there are many different types - spray in this hole in particular. Then give the regulator a bit of gentle violence - often the spring plate inside can stick or the valve itself and this can free it up. No luck with this then get a new regulator - they are not usually expensive - make sure the regulator is the correct type for the gas you are using, they have different pressure settings for propane, butane, and all the assorted mixes. The sticky left Knob is unlikely to affect the gas flow, although there must be some corrosion to make it hard to turn so it is possible that this has gone into the valve/pipe behind the knob - sometimes these valves can be dismantled and cleaned fairly easily, some are sealed units that just have to be replaced - if you want to try and are not sure what to do, try posting back with some photos and i could try and talk you through it, or try getting me on a live chat armed with photos, some WD40 and a selection of basic tools and some steel wire wool (stainless if possible). Hope this helps and we can get you grilling for the summer, please ask again if not :)
Posted on Apr 21, 2007
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