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post #81 of 98
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Originally Posted by xtrema44 View Post

Thank you smokinadam.. Yes that is correct the P setting what is decides how much smoke by regulating the feed rate of the pellets.. Number 7 for example is 18 seconds on and 150 seconds off..  It will also help with temp control..
What brand pellets you running
post #82 of 98

I have ran only one type which is Lil Devil.. When I bought the grill they gave me a free bag of them.. So while I was there I bought 3 more and am finally on my last bag.. There is a local couple of ranch and home stores that have Traeger,Louisiana, and some that they have made for them with there own label on them.. I am not sure what I am going to try next.. Everything I cooked/smoked with the Lil Devil has turned out good and everyone has love the taste.. The Lil devil's I didn't realize until I went to places that had more then one kind of pellets were about 3-4 bucks cheaper a bag..


Edited by xtrema44 - 5/14/14 at 8:27am
post #83 of 98
Thx for the update X.....glad to hear it all turned out well....all looks good from here. I saw those LilDevil pellets at Bi-Mart...on sale for 6.99 a bag. I was a little miffed as I just paid 14 for a bag of Bag Mountain Washington Apple pellets for my AMNS conversion. Oh well.....Willie
post #84 of 98

Thanks Willie... I was just at our Bi Mart and I didn't see the pellets dang it... Ours is still out of the grills I asked the lady and she said they have ordered them but haven't came in yet.. That's a good price on the pellets.. I have paid 7.99 and have seen them for 8.99.. I know the ranch and home store up the road sell the crap out of them.. I was in there the other day and they have sold out once again.. The guy said they are there top seller over everything else they sell for pellets..

post #85 of 98
Hey guys. A lot of great comments on this post. I'm really looking for some tips on temp and P settings. I usually try to keep the temp at 225-240 and want as much smoke as I can get. Any suggestions and recommendations on settings?
post #86 of 98

I have used mine about 5 times. Doesn't get as much smoke as my MES30 did.

 

Considering putting a damper on the smoke stack output to slow down some of the smoke exhaust. Anyone think that would be a bad move?

post #87 of 98
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Originally Posted by Gtechman View Post

I have used mine about 5 times. Doesn't get as much smoke as my MES30 did.

Considering putting a damper on the smoke stack output to slow down some of the smoke exhaust. Anyone think that would be a bad move?
What p setting do you have it on?
post #88 of 98

Been cooking at 225 with P2 setting. Smoke is come and go with the temp but seems to be enough. It just seems that it's letting too much out at a time so was considering damping it. I know very little though so may be way off base.

post #89 of 98

After a fuse blew in my controller I contacted Chargriller customer support because the first time I started it back up I was hitting 300 degrees with the controller set at 225 P2. The support agent told me to set the P setting at P7 and temp to 225 for 10 minutes and it should stabilize and it did. She said for low and slow cooking at 225-250 they recommend P7 setting and for higher temps a lower P setting. What I don't understand is in the manual it recommends a setting of P2 for 225 degrees which I've been using since I purchased this grill. Even if I grill a burger or a steak I've been leaving my P setting at P2. At P7 I did notice there wasn't a 10 degree temp swing like when set at P2 so theres that to take into consideration I guess. Now I wait on a new hot rod to be delivered so manual starts for me until next week.

post #90 of 98
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Originally Posted by NateD View Post

After a fuse blew in my controller I contacted Chargriller customer support because the first time I started it back up I was hitting 300 degrees with the controller set at 225 P2. The support agent told me to set the P setting at P7 and temp to 225 for 10 minutes and it should stabilize and it did. She said for low and slow cooking at 225-250 they recommend P7 setting and for higher temps a lower P setting. What I don't understand is in the manual it recommends a setting of P2 for 225 degrees which I've been using since I purchased this grill. Even if I grill a burger or a steak I've been leaving my P setting at P2. At P7 I did notice there wasn't a 10 degree temp swing like when set at P2 so theres that to take into consideration I guess. Now I wait on a new hot rod to be delivered so manual starts for me until next week.
good informstion Nate! Thanks for sharing. Mine had a good grease fire inside it. It ran out of pellets and I shut off and turned back on which I think over filled with pellets and when they started it wasn't pretty. Going to check it out tomorrow and see how it is.
post #91 of 98
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Originally Posted by smokinadam View Post


good informstion Nate! Thanks for sharing. Mine had a good grease fire inside it. It ran out of pellets and I shut off and turned back on which I think over filled with pellets and when they started it wasn't pretty. Going to check it out tomorrow and see how it is.


How did you smoker look after your grease fire? I've only run out of pellets once but I ended up checking the firepot before I relit mine hopefully your is ok. I received my new fire rod today was actually surprised it came so quick I was quoted 5-7 business days and it came in 2. Installing it was fairly straightforward but one of  the screws holding the firepot in was stubborn so that slowed down the install. I heard you should clean your firepot after every cook because the ash is corrosive to the fire rod and shortens it's lifespan so I guess I'll do that and see how long this one lasts.

post #92 of 98

Hi anyone know what the hopper holds like a full 20 pd bag or how long it will smoke when full? I do mean the char griller 9020

post #93 of 98
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Originally Posted by SmokeFishDrink View Post

Hi anyone know what the hopper holds like a full 20 pd bag or how long it will smoke when full? I do mean the char griller 9020
it should hold a 20lb bag about. I would say it depends on temp and p setting. I can do about 12 hours at 225 and p4.
post #94 of 98

Thx for a reply bud, think I may get one this weekend and start her up

post #95 of 98
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Originally Posted by SmokeFishDrink View Post

Thx for a reply bud, think I may get one this weekend and start her up
only problem I had was my fire rod went out on nine after a year and half. Kind of a pain in the ass but we have a Traeger that it happened to as well so any grill will have it happen. I definitely used mine alot so wasn't surprised.
post #96 of 98

Yes I heard that about smokers fire rods a guy I work with has a Traeger and so he went to can tire and picked up a gas torch to start it instead of paying for the fire rod

post #97 of 98
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Originally Posted by SmokeFishDrink View Post

Yes I heard that about smokers fire rods a guy I work with has a Traeger and so he went to can tire and picked up a gas torch to start it instead of paying for the fire rod
he must of disconnected it then. Mine kept popping my gfci...
post #98 of 98

Yes i think he took it out to get a new one and then just left it out.Hes been using torch for 6 yrs

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