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I've seen a lot of talk in other posts about if their are alternative glow plugs that can be purchased at automotive supply stores. So I decided to start this post so that we can discuss only aftermarket glow plug options.
 

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To my knowledge, no viable alternatives have been located. What I can confirm is that if you install a 12 volt or 6 Volt glow plug in your SmokeFire, you WILL damage the motherboard in the grill. This has been verified more than once. The SmokeFire is a 24 volt unit and must have 24 volt plugs installed.
 

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To add additional info here...
My original glow plug (which failed after 3 weeks) was: TY 24V 1938
My replacement received this week is: TY 24V 1941

Good idea to start this thread. Hopefully someone finds an alternative source. Not sure how long Weber will continue to replace these under warranty. Their wording on replacing (don't remember exactly what manual said) seemed to indicate it was something expected to fail every # of cooks and would be consumer responsibility. But obviously all the failures we are already seeing is way too soon to be expected.
 

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I looked around online trying to find a suitable replacement. When searching for the keywords on the weber glowplug, amazon recommends these plugs. They are 24v, but the description says in the vehicle they're dropped in voltage a little to help them survive. They look similar to me, but I haven't pulled mine out to directly compare. If I could order a single I would, but $65 is too much for me to take a chance on...

 

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I looked around online trying to find a suitable replacement. When searching for the keywords on the weber glowplug, amazon recommends these plugs. They are 24v, but the description says in the vehicle they're dropped in voltage a little to help them survive. They look similar to me, but I haven't pulled mine out to directly compare. If I could order a single I would, but $65 is too much for me to take a chance on...

$65 is for a set of 8 plugs.
 

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I’m on my third glow plug but since the auger replacement and new software and firmware update, I have had no problems. I spoke to Weber the other day to get a spare glow plug and it’s on its way. The Weber customer service guy did say that they will eventually stock them in Lowe’s and other retailers and thinks they will retail for around $30
 

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To add additional info here...
My original glow plug (which failed after 3 weeks) was: TY 24V 1938
My replacement received this week is: TY 24V 1941

Good idea to start this thread. Hopefully someone finds an alternative source. Not sure how long Weber will continue to replace these under warranty. Their wording on replacing (don't remember exactly what manual said) seemed to indicate it was something expected to fail every # of cooks and would be consumer responsibility. But obviously all the failures we are already seeing is way too soon to be expected.
I've just installed the third glowlug since i bought the EX6 in mid october. the version/designation on my glowplugs have changed from TY24V 1941 -> TY24V 1947 -> TY24V 2041, lets hope that means progress
 

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I've just installed the third glowlug since i bought the EX6 in mid october. the version/designation on my glowplugs have changed from TY24V 1941 -> TY24V 1947 -> TY24V 2041, lets hope that means progress
I have had my original glow plug installed since I purchased my ex4 in June, and after some 80 sessions it is still working fine.
 

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I’m on my original glow plug since day 1 from February. I wonder what causes the issues!
 

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I’m on my original glow plug since day 1 from February. I wonder what causes the issues!
Almost willing to guarateee it is one of three things: (1) A loose ground between the glow plug and the holder, since these are high current, low voltage devices, (2) Failure to check and keep the fire pit clean at the beginning of each burn, and/or (3) Either a loose wire or faulty connector wiring harness where the holder connects to the circuit board wiring.

Glow plugs in Diesel engines last for hundreds and thousands of cycles...but then they are screwed in and have a firm ground connect...just my opinion, but Weber erred on the side of ease of replacement rather than firm mounting and grounding.
 

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Almost willing to guarateee it is one of three things: (1) A loose ground between the glow plug and the holder, since these are high current, low voltage devices, (2) Failure to check and keep the fire pit clean at the beginning of each burn, and/or (3) Either a loose wire or faulty connector wiring harness where the holder connects to the circuit board wiring.

Glow plugs in Diesel engines last for hundreds and thousands of cycles...but then they are screwed in and have a firm ground connect...just my opinion, but Weber erred on the side of ease of replacement rather than firm mounting and grounding.
I haven't checked the circuit board but as far as i can tell it feels like a pretty tight fit when i push the plug in to the holder and i have the ground secured with a hoseclamp, i always clean out the burn pot before each cook... If it keeps eating plugs i'll have to pull it apart and check about the circuit board. apart from the hassle with having to mail Weber to get new plugs i suppose the day will come when they won't replace them for free and at that point i will almost spend as much on plugs than on pellets 😉
 

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I would contact Weber and tell them how often you are going through glow plugs. Maybe that will provide some guidance or replace some parts. As you may very well know some users have used a hose clamp to securely fasten it.
 

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I would contact Weber and tell them how often you are going through glow plugs. Maybe that will provide some guidance or replace some parts. As you may very well know some users have used a hose clamp to securely fasten it.
Yep, i've told them. Have been using a hose clamp since plug one.
 

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I haven't checked the circuit board but as far as i can tell it feels like a pretty tight fit when i push the plug in to the holder and i have the ground secured with a hoseclamp, i always clean out the burn pot before each cook... If it keeps eating plugs i'll have to pull it apart and check about the circuit board. apart from the hassle with having to mail Weber to get new plugs i suppose the day will come when they won't replace them for free and at that point i will almost spend as much on plugs than on pellets 😉
You might also have a faulty glow plug holder. I would ask Weber, as owners on some other sites have reported a bad wire connection at the wiring harness connector.
 
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I haven't checked the circuit board but as far as i can tell it feels like a pretty tight fit when i push the plug in to the holder and i have the ground secured with a hoseclamp, i always clean out the burn pot before each cook... If it keeps eating plugs i'll have to pull it apart and check about the circuit board. apart from the hassle with having to mail Weber to get new plugs i suppose the day will come when they won't replace them for free and at that point i will almost spend as much on plugs than on pellets 😉

I got my EX4 in February and my first plug went in July, the second is Aug and 3rd in early September, each time weber replaced them free of charge with no questions asked. On the last time they sent me 3 replacements and also a replacement holder, stating that I'm going through them pretty quickly. This seems to have helped, the new holder looks exactly the same, and the original did feel like it was connecting well, but the plug does seat much firmer on the new holder so it is making a better connection.

I use my grill regularly and have had no issues since.

Weber rep also told me that they are aware that the glow plugs aren't lasting as long as they should and they are looking at the issue.
 

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I got my EX4 in February and my first plug went in July, the second is Aug and 3rd in early September, each time weber replaced them free of charge with no questions asked. On the last time they sent me 3 replacements and also a replacement holder, stating that I'm going through them pretty quickly. This seems to have helped, the new holder looks exactly the same, and the original did feel like it was connecting well, but the plug does seat much firmer on the new holder so it is making a better connection.

I use my grill regularly and have had no issues since.

Weber rep also told me that they are aware that the glow plugs aren't lasting as long as they should and they are looking at the issue.
Good to know woodsum. So far they have been very quick to send new plugs (the first time they included a bag of pellets) without any fuss, so no complaints about customer service. Though, it's a bit of a mystery that they opted to use the most obscure glowplugs on gods green earth instead of for example using ceramic rods like some other manufacturers ;)
 
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