5 Reasons Your BBQ Isn't Getting Hot Enough (And How to Fix It)

When it comes to barbecuing, achieving the perfect temperature is crucial for cooking mouth-watering meat. That's why it can get frustrating when your barbecue doesn't heat up how you want it. In this blog post, we'll explore five common reasons why your BBQ may not be getting hot enough and tell you how to troubleshoot the issue. These 5 tips will help you maintain your BBQ for years to come. Let's dive in.

Issue: Insufficient Airflow

If your grill is struggling to reach high temperatures, it could be due to restricted airflow to your burners. 


  • Clean your grill thoroughly, removing any debris or grease build up that might be blocking the vents.  
  • Check the burner dampers, also known as air filters, and ensure they're open wide enough to allow air to enter the flow in freely.
  • Avoid overcrowding the grill with too much food, as that can also impede airflow. If you can, cook in smaller batches.

Issue: Damaged or Worn-Out Burners

The burners in your barbecue will naturally deteriorate after years of use. This decay will cause a lower heat output. 


    • Inspect the burners for rust, holes, or any other signs of damage. If your burners are in bad shape, you'll need to replace them.
    • If you think you can clean them up enough to get them going again, take a burner brush and clear our the burner as much as you can. If you find they're very greasy. rest the burners in hot soapy water for a while to help get some grub off, then dry them immediately after cleaning so they don't rust any further.
    • If you have a charcoal grill, ensure you're using enough charcoal and that the air intake and exhausts are clean of ash and creosote.

    Issue: Insufficient Propane or Gas Supply 

    • This may be a no-brainer - but check the propane tank or gas line to ensure it is properly connected and not empty. Of course, replace or refill you need to.
    • Inspect the gas hose for leaks by applying a solution of soapy water to the connections. If bubbles form, there is a leak and you should replace the hose.
    • If you're using a natural gas line, make sure you don't have any kinks in your hose and that there are no leaks.

    Issue: Temperature Control Malfunction

    Faulty temperature control mechanisms can prevent your barbecue from reaching higher temperatures all the time.


    • Test the accuracy of your grill's thermometer by using a separate ambient thermometer. Adjust or replace your old thermometer if it's broken.
    • Consider investing in an aftermarket thermometer or temperature control device for better accuracy and control.

    Issue: Environmental Factors

    External elements, such as wind or cold weather, can hinder your grill's ability to reach and maintain high temperatures.


    • Position your grill in a sheltered area or use non-combustible windbreaks to protect it from strong gusts of wind - or even a white Canadian blizzard.
    • Insulate your grill by using a grill blanket or wrapping.
    • Preheat your grill for an extended period to compensate for the heat loss caused by external factors.


    There you have it. By identifying and troubleshooting these common issues, you'll be well-equipped to tackle the challenge of a barbecue that doesn't get hot enough. Remember to maintain proper airflow, check and clean your burners, ensure you have an uninterrupted fuel supply, monitor temperature control mechanisms, and account for environmental factors. With these tips in mind, you'll be on your way to enjoying perfectly cooked, sizzling barbecue delights. Fire up that grill and get ready to impress your family and friends with your good-as-new barbecue.

    .Barbecues Galore has the best selection of barbecues, patio furniture, and outdoor heating supplies. We sell barbecues, accessories, and everything else you need for exceptional grilling and backyard experiences. With locations in Calgary and the GTA, you can visit us in store or shop online. North Calgary Store: (403) 250-1558 | South Calgary Store: (403) 258-4440 | Burlington Store: (905) 639-5952 | Oakville Store: (905) 844-3224 | Etobicoke Store: (416) 546-3266


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