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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Jimmy_jack » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:42 pm

RCAlan wrote:Step 1. Turn your PB grill on and set the temp dial to smoke. If it’s still cold outside, set the P-setting to P3.. If it’s warm outside, set it at P4, factory default. This is very important... The main reason the lid is open during initial startup/preheating is to confirm that the pellets have ignited... You don’t want a flame out during the preheating steps because the lid was closed to soon. 2. You’re going to see a lot of smoke while the lid is open, this is normal. 5-10 mins. 3. Once the pellets have ignited, “the smoke will clear out” and you’ll hear a torchy roar sound and feel heat being produced. 4. Once this is confirmed, “then close the lid” and set the temp dial to 350* degrees for 30 mins... 5. You may see the temp go way past 350* degrees initially... This is normal, it will settle down, stabilize. 6. Once these steps are completed, the actual temp reading on your grill should be at 350* degrees and holding steady. The preheating is now completed and You can now set your grill to whatever temp you desire to bbq. Good luck this weekend and be sure to post some pics of this coming weekends cook.. :chef:


Waiting for my ribs to finish, BUT....y’all got me worked out! Man it’s stayed in the zone +- 25-40 degrees depending on the cycle. I am very pleased with that. No crazy swings, just the cycle it’s supposed to do. I did the long start and warmup phase and had it on p4 because of cooler temps today.

FWIW and I know people have varying opinions but I had the chimney cover open about 3 fingers width. Seemed to do the trick. I’ll post rib pics later.
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby OldUsedParts » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:51 pm

J.J. did you get any flare-ups during the longer heat-up cycle :?:
The reason I ask is because I did but I managed to just let them burn out before going to "smoke". :tup:

Special thanks to Alan for all of his help for us. :salut:
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby RCAlan » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:28 pm

Jimmy_jack, I’m happy to hear everything turned out alright for your cook today... To have your temps cycle 25-40* degrees during a cook in cold weather is very good. The preheat/start up time length is ideal for cold weather cooks and to prevent all the issues Pit Boss and even Traeger Grill owners were having with wild temp swings and in some cases, flameouts.. The 30 min. preheating won’t seem long after a few more cooks and that time can be used in preparing your meats for your grill. And a note to all PB owners, these posted steps work... Don’t take short cuts in the preheating of your grill... OUP, I’m always happy to help fellow Pit Boss Pellet Grill Owners.. :salut: Jimmy_jack if you can, please post some pics of your cook. :chef: :cheers: :chef:
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Papa Tom » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:46 pm

There is a mod I've done to my Traegers and Pit boss that I will recommend it helps with the center hot spot and with temperature stabilization.
This mod would no doubt interfere with the PB direct flame models with the slider but depending on your preferences one may choose to do it.

Easy mod just mount a cast iron griddle on top of the flame deflector. I just bought sale or closeout griddles.
It works by further deflecting heat from the center out to the extremes and storing heat like mass does.

I just drilled a couple holes through the griddle and flame deflector and bolted with little 1/8" stove bolts.
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Jimmy_jack » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:08 pm

No major flare ups that I noticed. Stayed pretty much in the zone that I wanted!
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby RCAlan » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:50 pm

Nice looking Spares Jimmy_jack... :chef: Nice looking smoke ring too... What brand and flavor pellets did you use? How was the smoke and flavor profile for you? Great job though.. That Pit Boss 820 can put out some great Que.
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby OldUsedParts » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:22 am

Beautiful Bonze, Sir J.J., looks like you have found the Rib Groove so Kudos and Pleasant Pelletizing :tup: :salut: :cheers:
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Chasdev » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:43 am

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Papa Tom wrote:There is a mod I've done to my Traegers and Pit boss that I will recommend it helps with the center hot spot and with temperature stabilization.
This mod would no doubt interfere with the PB direct flame models with the slider but depending on your preferences one may choose to do it.

Easy mod just mount a cast iron griddle on top of the flame deflector. I just bought sale or closeout griddles.
It works by further deflecting heat from the center out to the extremes and storing heat like mass does.

I just drilled a couple holes through the griddle and flame deflector and bolted with little 1/8" stove bolts.


Now THAT sounds like a great idea!!
I'm going to try it on my CampChef..
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Jimmy_jack » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:12 am

Papa Tom wrote:There is a mod I've done to my Traegers and Pit boss that I will recommend it helps with the center hot spot and with temperature stabilization.
This mod would no doubt interfere with the PB direct flame models with the slider but depending on your preferences one may choose to do it.

Easy mod just mount a cast iron griddle on top of the flame deflector. I just bought sale or closeout griddles.
It works by further deflecting heat from the center out to the extremes and storing heat like mass does.

I just drilled a couple holes through the griddle and flame deflector and bolted with little 1/8" stove bolts.


Could you post a pic? I can see it in my minds eye, but would like confirmation :)
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Re: Info and steps for new and potential Pit Boss owners

Postby Jimmy_jack » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:08 pm

RCAlan wrote:Nice looking Spares Jimmy_jack... :chef: Nice looking smoke ring too... What brand and flavor pellets did you use? How was the smoke and flavor profile for you? Great job though.. That Pit Boss 820 can put out some great Que.


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