I have a Weber Grill I purchased in 1999. It has been a dream to use except at Thanksgiving. The first time I used it for a turkey in 2000 it was fabulous; I follow the directions for indirect grilling.
Since then there have been years when the grill doesn't get the job done. It takes a lot longer to cook the turkey and on one occasion it was not done well enough after adding two hours.
Does the ambient temperature effect Grilling? My brother and I do the grilling together and we think it could be that when the weather is chillier the grill does not work as well. Is there a formula that we could use to address the temperature of the air?
I live in Tucson, AZ and our temperatures are usually in the low 60's when we grill. We could plan to have dinner ready at an earlier time to insure a better grilling. Can you help?
Ambient temperatures can affect the heat level of your grill, but if it is a few years old there could be other issues. For temperature reading, you can pick up an inexpensive oven thermometer (less than $10) that you put inside on the shelf and let it sit a few minutes, then read your temp. With use and age it is very common for some of the holes on the burners (where the gas comes out and burns) to get filled up with drippings from the food you have cooked. It might be a good idea to take out your cooking grids, flavor bars or briquettes and expose the burners. Light them and see if you are getting an even flame all the way across. If not, then they should be removed and cleaned out. You may use a wire brush on the outside and then you may have to use a small nail or something similar to open up the holes where the gas comes out. Lastly, you should lightly tap the end on concrete or something hard (while having the open end pointing down) to knock loose any sediment that may have built up inside. Reinstall them and relight them and check your work. You may have to re-poke the holes a couple of times and shake it out to get them all clear. Reassemble your grill and it should work like new again! Read More At : Grilling...