Why is My BBQ Igniting All the Time?

The sizzling sound of a perfectly cooked steak, the tantalizing aroma of grilled vegetables, and the joy of spending quality time with friends and family in the backyard—barbecues are a quintessential part of cooking outdoors. However, nothing can dampen the spirit of a BBQ gathering quite like a grill that ignites unexpectedly or consistently. If you find yourself facing this frustrating issue, fear not! In this blog post, we will investigate some common reasons why your BBQ might be igniting all the time and explore potential solutions to help you regain control over your grilling experience.

Build-up of Grease and Food Residue

One of the most common culprits behind a grill that ignites too easily is a build-up of grease and food residue. Over time, grease and food particles can accumulate on the grates, burners, and other internal components of the BBQ such as the drip tray. If not regularly cleaned. This build-up acts as fuel, causing unexpected flare-ups and potentially dangerous situations. Regularly cleaning your grill and ensuring that all parts are free from grease and debris can greatly reduce the likelihood of uncontrolled ignition which can be extremely dangerous.

Dirty heating Rocks or Ceramic tiles
Volcanic rocks hold a lot of heat and therefore once ignited they will be hard to extinguish a flare up. So, care needs to be taken in keeping the rocks clean before your cook. Ceramic tiles have the same issue as the sit above the flame so the grease off a fat sausage can ignite quite easily.

Oil Flash Point Temperatures

    • Peanut Oil: 232c
    • Safflower Oil: 232c
    • Soybean Oil: 232c
    • Grapeseed Oil: 229c
    • Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil): 223c
    • Corn Oil 210c
    • Olive Oil: 210c
    • Sesame Seed Oil: 327c
    • Sunflower Oil: 198c

Faulty Ignition System

Another potential reason for your BBQ igniting all the time is a faulty ignition system. The ignition system consists of various components, including the ignition switch, electrode, and wiring. If any of these parts are damaged, worn out, or improperly connected, they can cause the grill to ignite unexpectedly or fail to ignite at all. It is crucial to inspect and maintain the ignition system regularly, ensuring that all connections are secure, and the electrodes are clean. These parts are easily replaceable at Tucker stores.

Gas Leak

A gas leak is a serious safety concern and can also lead to frequent and unexpected ignition. Gas leaks can occur due to damaged hoses, loose connections, or faulty regulators. If you notice a strong smell of gas around your BBQ, hear a hissing sound, or see bubbles forming when applying a soapy water solution to the connections, it is essential to immediately turn off the gas supply, address the issue-, and seek professional assistance if needed.

Control Valve Issues

The control valves on your BBQ allow you to adjust the flow of gas to the burners, controlling the heat output. If the control valves are damaged, worn out, or improperly calibrated, they can lead to excessive gas flow and uncontrolled ignition. Regularly inspecting the control valves and ensuring they are in proper working order is vital to maintain a safe and enjoyable grilling experience. The best-known thing to do is to keep the valves greased for smooth operation as it stops damaging the knobs of the BBQ. The Tucker BBQ models R- Class and Horizon come with a small screwdriver and Allen key to adjust the burner knobs to keep your flame control in check.

Need any other handy hints or tips contact the team at Taren Point, Mona Vale and Silverwater for assistance in keeping your BBQ in good working order.