First Time Pellet Grill Owners – What to Expect


Congratulations on becoming the proud owner of a Pitts & Spitts pellet grill! As you embark on this exciting journey into the world of pellet grilling, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Read the Manual: Before you fire up the grill, take the time to thoroughly read the owner’s manual. It’s packed with valuable information on assembly, operation, maintenance, and safety precautions specific to your grill model.
  2. Flavor Profile: Get ready to experience a whole new world of flavor! Pellet grills impart a distinct wood-fired taste to your food that you won’t get from charcoal or gas grills. Experiment with different wood pellet flavors to find your favorite. If you’re looking for even more smoke flavor, be sure to get a smoke cage.
  3. Proper Pellet Storage: To maintain the quality of your wood pellets and prevent moisture contamination, store them in a dry, airtight container or bag. Proper pellet storage ensures consistent performance and flavor during cooks.
  4. Initial Setup: Take the time to properly set up your grill before its inaugural cook. Follow the manual for instructions on assembly, calibration, and seasoning to ensure optimal performance and longevity. After reading the manual, watch this video for a quick and easy tutorial.
  5. Regular Maintenance: Keep your pellet grill in top condition by cleaning the burn pot and drip pan before each cook. Additionally, schedule monthly deep cleanings, especially if you use your grill frequently. Invest in essential cleaning tools like a putty knife, ash vacuum, and latex gloves to make maintenance a breeze.
  6. Cooking Process: While you can achieve similar results to other grills, the process may differ slightly. Cook by temperature using an instant-read thermometer and rely on sight and smell cues to gauge doneness rather than strictly adhering to cooking times.
  7. Safety First: Always prioritize safety when using your pellet grill. Burn off and cure the grill before your first cook, never leave the grill plugged in unattended, and ensure proper ventilation by leaving the lid open during startup.
  8. Storage Tips: If you plan to store your grill, empty the hopper and burn off any remaining pellets in the auger. Proper storage prolongs the life of your grill and prevents potential issues down the line.
  9. Learn How It Works: Take the time to understand the basics of how a pellet grill operates. Familiarize yourself with the pellet feed system, temperature controls, and other features to maximize your grilling experience.
  10. Keep the Hopper Full: To maintain consistent temperature control, always keep your pellet hopper adequately filled during cooking sessions.
  11. Most importantly, have fun!

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