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Old 05-31-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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So it's a beautiful day out and I decided to grill some kabobs on the rooftop of my apartment. This is my first time doing this here and none of the grills would ignite.

So maintenance came out and finally got ONE burner to work. So I put a kabob on and...well, this isn't going good. It's been in for half an hour and the temperature gauge on the outside of the grill is barely reading 250. The kabob has chicken breast and veggies on it. It's simply not cooking. I really wanted it grilled!

Any suggestions? Should I finish cooking it by baking it instead??
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Well, if the grill won't work it may be time to go to Plan B.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Maybe the tank is empty or low, or the burners need replacing. How old is the grill? Finish baking them in the oven or if you have a cast Iron grill pan cook them on that.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Have you checked the venturi tubes (where the gas flows to the burners)? If they're clogged with spiderwebs or other trash, it won't light.,.,.and could cause an explosion!
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:18 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I guess you probably figured something out by now, but I would have used my oven broiler.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Have you checked the venturi tubes (where the gas flows to the burners)? If they're clogged with spiderwebs or other trash, it won't light.,.,.and could cause an explosion!
That was my first thought because it's happened to me.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Carpinteria
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Turn all burners closed and close tank valve. Wait a few seconds. Open tank valve, open burner or burners you want to use and ignite gas. If a burner is left open and then you open the tank valve. The safety device in the LPG tank will greatly restrict the flow from the tank.
Might be why the one burner was hard to light and then a small flame. If you are using Natural gas, never mind. It is another problem. Maintenance person should have been able to figure it out. Might have been housekeeping. HAHA
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:33 AM
 
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err on the side of caution when using propane . finish in oven

I was at a friends house for a house warming cook out- he was quite proud,,his first house..
we were sitting around his pool drinking a beverage - I asked him if he needed help with his grill or grilling the steaks (he gives me a condescending look) and dismissively says,,,,im not 10 yrs old,,

he then proceeds to turn on the gas without pulling up the cover,,,i shout over "pull open the grill cover do not light"!
well he hits the ignite button and BBBOOOOMM... the cover goes flying

and his wife is screaming at him.....he says he doesn't know what went wrong,,,his wife said I just yelled over to open the cover "you idiot"!!

since then I am very very cautious around faulty propane grills
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:40 AM
 
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So it's a beautiful day out and I decided to grill some kabobs on the rooftop of my apartment. This is my first time doing this here and none of the grills would ignite.
So maintenance came out and finally got ONE burner to work. So I put a kabob on and...well, this isn't going good. It's been in for half an hour and the temperature gauge on the outside of the grill is barely reading 250. The kabob has chicken breast and veggies on it. It's simply not cooking. I really wanted it grilled!
Any suggestions? Should I finish cooking it by baking it instead??
I am going to guess that the grill does not belong to you but belongs to the building since you had
maintenance come to look at it correct?
Personally I would have checked the temperature to ensure it was hot enough before putting anything on to cook.
My suggestion would be to finish the food in your broiler or on a grill pan on the stove top and notify maintenance that the grill did not work properly.
If you can purchase your own portable propane or charcoal grill to use on the rooftop.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:07 AM
 
Location: NYC
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It's at 250, it's either the gas valve is not working or the OP did not open it enough for higher flame. If the tank is low, it should run out quickly instead of running low. There is a meter on any gas grill to show tank level. Make sure it is green or yellow not red.
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