Model #14116673 KENMORE ELITE Grill, Gas

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Q:

Can I remove the infrared burner on my Kenmore gas grill and replace with a stove burner?

A:

I’m sorry; this model of gas grill does not offer the option of replacing the infrared burner with anything else.

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biker dave -
Sears Technician
June 11, 2009
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I did not see this one but there are 2 answers to this one. Answer on is have someone check the infrared burner. My infrared burner is over 1000 degrees and I can boil water by setting a plate on the grilling surface. Have a technician who really knows what they're doing look at it and see. Kenmore has one of the oldest and most solid reputations in the country and the factory settings may be lower than what the burner is capable of. I would not suggest altering it yourself. The second answer is yes. A burner is simply fed gas from a ball-valve. Any burner can be swapped with any other burner. The biggest impediment is the architecture. I have removed convectional (blue-flame) burners and installed infrared burners. Engineering the brackets to make the burner mount safe and level is the usual problem. The other puzzle to be solved is BTU's. If you have a blue-flame burner and attach a range top burner the heat will be too high because a burner designed to fill the hood with heat transferred through air has to have a higher setting than a burner that has a pot sitting on top if it so the direct heat is immediate. If you change the burner on the valve know Kenmore will never warranty anything on the appliance and the CSA and UL listing become useless because these are not made to be changed. A good technician could make work.

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grillrepair -
September 12, 2012
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Burner and electrode replacement Kenmore gas grill 141.16673

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Grilling season is far from over, so you want to get this repaired. The expert will review and respond to all of your questions. I did attach the parts diagrams at Sears Parts Direct and a similar question if you would like to check. Both links are below. I hope this helps.

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Barbara H. -
July 15, 2012
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Like a spark plug in a car an electrode will always spark when it is attached to source. What makes it fit is the threading, length, depth, etc that makes it fit into the location where it needs to be to do its job. The barbecue electrode is not different. This electrode is a common one and the nuts on either side of the fire wall can be removed to slide it through and replace it with a new one. However, electrodes do not really go bad; they just get too dirty to function correctly. If it is possible to clean the tip and the inside of the collector box it will spark. Depending on how bad it is sometimes it is easier to put a new on in. Because of the mounting nuts and the wire you will need to remove the control panel to properly get the electrode out for cleaning or replacement. Regarding the burner the primary problem with that is almost non-existant. Most (99%) of these pipe burners are set between 11K and 14K BTU so they are similar enough that the ports will not generate a back-flow pressure issue. If your burner was rated for 24K BTU like a DCS but the charbroil replacement was rated for 11K BTU there would be a problem. Mounting at the back may not be the same and you may need a self-tapping screw but the venturi tube and air shutter on pipe burners are almost (again 99%) always the same. The bigger issue is quality. I do not want to say anything pejorative about products manufactured overseas but there is a big difference in workmanship and materials when we compare an American made burner to an imported product. They look the same new but 5 years later they look completely different. Also an American made product is a lot more expensive. Spread put over the years and computing replacement costs American made parts are actually cheaper but they cost more when you buy them. Feel free to contact me for additional information about the quality of replacement parts. That is what i do for a living.

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grillrepair -
July 16, 2012
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Wow! I just noticed that electrode is $45 on the Kenmore site. C'mon guys! we've got that same electrode with collector box for $10 or $12.

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grillrepair -
July 16, 2012
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Thank you for your question as to whether you can use an after market burner on the grill.

I cannot recommend that for safety reasons. The electrode and burner locations need to match so the burner will light correctly.

Grillrepair; has some good points on the repair of the grill. I am sorry that our OEM replacement prices are higher than what your prices are.

To replace the gas collector box and electrode you will need to first make sure the LP gas is turned off. Then lift the lid and remove the cooking grates and the flavor savors on top of the burners. Then remove the knobs on the front console and then remove the screws that secure the knob glamour rings and then remove the gas manifold and valves to the front panel. Then remove the front panel and the work around the manifold to remove and replace the collector boxes and electrode assembly.

If the inner bowl front panel is badly rusted you may also have to replace it. This is what the gas collector is connected too.

I hope this will help you.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
July 18, 2012
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