Question about Weber Q Grill
I am running the Weber Q off of a 20 lb propane can with the adapter hose. It has worked fine for most of a tank. All of a sudden it stopped putting out full heat. One clue might be that if I turn suddenly from low to high there is a brief surge of gas that subsides after a second or so. It seems to me that this might be a problem with flow in the regulator. Could it be dirty? Defective? How do I fix it?
The only way you can fix the low flame, low heat problem, is to remove the grill, take a medium sized paper-clip (staightened out) and clean out each individual hole on the steel burner, flame tube. (I'm sure there's a technical name for it).
Since they (the holes on the flame tube) face up unprotected, directly under the grill cooking surface they tend to get blocked quickly with continous use and certain foods, like pork ribs. Bad design unless all you plan on grilling is hot dogs.
There are about 500 individual holes, so plan on being there a while. Or in other words, do it close to the cooler.
I've been tempted to toss the thing into the woods a bunch of times over the past 2 years I've owned the dumb thing.
Posted on Jun 13, 2008
I have had my Weber q for about 6 years, I use it often and had very little problems. I have noticed that when the tank gets lower that the flame does not go all around the burner...I usually blow on it until it lights all the way around. I have just purchased a replacement Burner tube for the grill because mine was extremely dirty. Don't waste your time trying to clean it, just replace for $15 online.
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
I just tried the paperclip suggestion and it worked, Temp is back over 450 where before it only hit 250. Thanks EdgarBootes
Posted on Jun 14, 2008
I've had the same problem (Q100 with the 20# tank) and I don't believe it's a matter of the holes getting plugged. I read about the regulator safety feature thing and followed the directions to 'release the safety feature', tried switching to the 1# bottle.
I believe it's simply a faulty regulator. I have a replacement regulator being shipped from Weber. I'll report back after I install the replacement!
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
Checked out the Weber site. Seems like it might be the safety bypass in the regulator.
Posted on Apr 19, 2008
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