Since Dynamic Cooking Systems barbecue grill models started using radiant rod trays for heat conduction, about two decades have passed. Although this particular problem has not become an epidemic in these BG and BGA and BGB models it is a problem that will become more common as time passes because these barbecues — back then when they were actually manufactured by DCS — were fabricated with the best materials available and manufactured to live up to a lifetime warranty.
The radiant rod trays in the DCS gas grill is supported by two pins welded in the front and back of the barbecue fire box so the radiant cannot fall into the burner and remains level below the cooking grates. Eventually we are going to have to deal with these pins breaking their welds from oxidation.
In the image shown here the pins have broken the welds inside the control panel so they’re drooping down and are unable to support the radiant rod trays…or anything else.
Inside the control panel we can see the radiant support pin design which has a pounded stainless base made larger for welding through the firewall.
Sometimes it is necessary to smack the pin with a hammer to get them the rest of the was disconnected from the firewall but if it is possible at all, try not to tear the stainless steel of the firewall. We need the hole to be through the firewall but the smaller the hole ends of being, the better the new support pins will adhere to the stainless steel.
In this image the radiant support pins have been removed and we can see the right side hole is a lot smaller than the left side hole through the grill firewall. The firewall has the inside of the barbecue grill on one side and the control panel area on the other side with the ignition parts, control valves, gas manifold pipe, etc. This firewall separates the controls from the inside if the gas grilling area.
We will need to have the control panel removed to replace the radiant rod tray support pins. To add supports we will need a stainless steel bolt about two inches long and at least two nuts with two washers. Nowadays it is not easy to buy all solid stainless steel nuts bolts and washers but try. Most parts today are galvanized or coated steel and this kind of material will crack the sealant and rust when the material expands and contracts from heating and cooling.
With at least two nuts and two washers on the bolt we will mount the bolt with one washer and nut on either side of the firewall so the bolt is tightly held attached level on the firewall while the washers are tightly holding onto the stainless steel firewall. This way the bolt is solidly mounted and sticking out inside the grilling area.