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Uniflame Grill Parts and Overall BBQ Grill Quality

Updated on June 8, 2010

If your seasons are determined by how many days you are able to spend outside, your passion probably includes cooking many of your meals on a BBQ grill.  A grill that receives a lot of use has to be built to withstand weather, grease, water, smoke and wear.  There are lots of well-known brands of barbeque grills and some that are not as common.  While a popular name brand may lead you to believe that the warranty, parts and construction are above average, don't be so quick to judge.  Companies change ownership, change parts suppliers and revisit their bottom line for profit, all of which can cause a dramatic shift in the quality of their parts and overall performance.

Uniflame BBQ grill replacement parts

Uniflame body and side burner detail
Uniflame body and side burner detail
Uniflame control panel
Uniflame control panel
Firebox and Uniflame grill burner detail
Firebox and Uniflame grill burner detail

One of the best selling barbeque grills on the market today, is the Weber Genesis EP-320. In a comparison to the Uniflame GBC1059WB, there is little difference in features and size. The Weber Genesis comes with a whopping price tag of $800-$900 compared to a normal sale price found on the Uniflame grill model of $300. One review site for Uniflame refers to this grill as less than adequate but you will find that the portable Uniflame barrel-grill did not meet expectations of a full-sized model. The grill itself did not receive poor marks only the compact version by comparison.

Grilling and The Grills that get you there

Uniflame model barbeque grill
Uniflame model barbeque grill
Barbecuing on a Weber gas grill.
Barbecuing on a Weber gas grill.

Uniflame repair parts

Both barbeque fireboxes are cased in durable stainless steel and aluminum and are well built. The cast iron cooking grid on both is rock solid and made for outdoor cooking, outdoor wear and heat conduction. Porcelain steel wire cooking grids are found on both as well as a matching chrome steel warming rack.  Both Weber and Uniflame replacement grill parts are easily found for both barbeques through reputable parts dealers by using the corresponding model numbers of the units. The Uniflame GBC1059WB has 62,000 BTU of even cooking with four brass burners while the Weber Genesis EP-320 offers 42,000 BTU with three burners.

Clean Propane Gas.

Uniflame is manufactured by Blue Rhino, a leading provider of liquid propane.
Uniflame is manufactured by Blue Rhino, a leading provider of liquid propane.

Weber and Uniflame have both been in production for many years.  The availability of durable Uniflame parts and construction leaves many homeowners to choose a Uniflame when shopping for a quality grill.  Sears carries both models and so does Home Depot.  Wal-Mart has Uniflame models, many times marked down to $275 and the reviews from Wal-Mart shoppers have been very, very favorable.

Uniflame is part of Blue Rhino, America's top propane tank exchange brand and a top designer and marketer of barbecue grills.  Providing a greener solution to today's grilling, all of their propane tanks are recycled and tested to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are caused by charcoal grills.  Propane gas is easy to use and clean compared to charcoal methods that leave residue in the air.

When selecting a barbeque grill for outdoor use, the consideration of overall construction and how well the parts are made should be measured.  If the overall weight of the unit is less than a Weber or a Uniflame, which weighs close to 120 pounds.  Material used for the exterior and the parts for the grid and racks are probably of substandard or a lower grade of metal quality if the grill is light.  Always look inside and underneath of the unit you are looking at to see what type of metal has been used.

Considering wide availability of barbeque grills that are less than high-quality, the price does not always tell it all.  Stainless steel can be made by a lesser quality of steel, making the exterior flimsy and not sturdy enough to withstand elements of the weather.  This could be a good indication that what you find in manufacturer-made replacement parts is not going to be much better.  Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grids can perform better than a cheap stainless steel.  Aluminum performs better for structural components but does not function well inside the firebox.                          

While brass burners can be found on top-of-the-line products, such as Lynx and Uniflame, cheaper models will try to get away with look alike interior parts that grab your initial attention.  Once they are required to do the work, outside in the rain and covered with grease they fail miserably.  Many cheaply made grills that contain replaceable parts not made to withstand harsh outdoor use have after-market replacement parts of a much higher quality.

Consider the warranty on parts and craftsmanship and visit different websites to make sure that parts are readily available should you have a problem. The sturdiest of parts cannot be expected to survive forever and if they fall outside warranty, knowing your grill can be easily repaired with quality parts is important.

It is important to deal with a reputable company when selecting the right grill. Knowing dependable parts are available for brand names makes buying from a reputable company a plus. Longevity is key to a company's worth and the amount of complaints lodged against parts is a good indicator to stay away. Frequent part replacement means that the quality is poor and after-market replacement grill parts will strengthen your backyard investment.

Quality to quality, the Uniflame is worth the money spent. Within consumer reviews, Uniflame clients are happy with their grill and will keep them repaired even outside the warranty period. The low cost is just an added benefit. Sometimes you do get more that you pay for.

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