Without seeing it firsthand I'm not certain, but it sounds similar to
my grill at home - it's probably used to hold a match down near the
burner (therefore keeping your hand at a safe distance) in case the
I've been considering buying this grill, there are 4 of them on
clearance at my local Target for $45!! I know that's a great price
(better than $180), but I'm concerned about the quality. I've heard
that it bangs up pretty easily (thin metal construction) Have you used
yours at all, and if so, what do you think so far?
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The U shaped clip that holds the regulator to the gas tube is probably missing. Make a new one with a LARGE size paper clip bent with needle-nosed pliers and stick each end of the "U" shaped new wire into both sides of the gap in the gas tube where there is a groove in the regulator when the regulator is pushed into the gas tube. The simple new clip will prevent the regulator from sliding out.
If your grill is plugged into an electrical outlet with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) plug, chances are the hot rod has absorbed or been exposed to too much moisture and is leaking to ground causing the plug to trip.
Open your cooking chamber lid, remove cooking grill, angled drip pan and U-shaped firepot cover. Is there ash build up in the firepot and/or around the firepot? If so, this needs to be cleaned out. The ash is choking out the fire.
Check the fuse on the back of the control board. To do this, first UNPLUG the grill from the electrical outlet. Then, unscrew the control board and look at the fuse-is it blown or not?
If the fuse is good, check for power by switching the colored plugs first. Unplug the purple plug and the orange plug. Plug the purple plug into the orange plug. Now plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet and turn the grill on. Does the induction fan operate? If so, you will need a new hot rod and fuse. If not, you will need a new control board. Unplug the purple from the orange and reconnect the plugs together to their correct color plug.
First thing can you hear and smell propane running. If you can then try and start with a match. If this works your ignitor is probably dirty in the grill area. Where wire connects under grill look at the metal that this is connected to, could be dirty with grease or just needs to be bent closer to metal that it sparks off of. If this doesn't work then ignitor button is bad and needs to be replaced. You can buy at lowes or home depot.
This problem sounds like the internal vent in the regulator has clogged up and will not change state to let the valve inside open. You can purchase the regulator from most hardware chain stores or directly from the manufacturer.