The personal website of Chris Coyier

Solution to Grill Not Getting Hot

My grill is about a year old. It gets used on average once a week and has gone through maybe 3 or 4 LP tank changes. Not super new, but pretty new. The last few months it’s been really crappy. Just doesn’t get very hot. I did some obvious checking of stuff like making sure I had plenty of gas in the tank, all the hoses were securely attached, tank was open all the way, nothing was clogged… but still just didn’t get very hot. I thought it was just a crappy grill until I got fed up enough to Google around solutions.

Turns out it was the regulator valve getting “stuck”. You can un-stick it like this:

  1. Turn off the gas at the propane tank
  2. Disconnect the gas line from the tank
  3. Open the grill lid
  4. Turn all control valves to high
  5. Wait for about a minute
  6. Turn all control valves to off
  7. Reconnect the gas line to the tank
  8. SLOWLY turn on the gas at the tank
  9. Light the grill normally
  10. Your grill should now heat normally

Via Derrick Riches, who also says if this doesn’t work it’s likely a bad regulator valve.