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GMG Pellets Sticking In Hopper

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by phartin, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. phartin

    phartin Newbie

    I just got a GMG Daniel Boone today. In attempting to use it for the first time, I have 4 times seen the temperature start dropping, only to discover that I'm not getting any pellets into the auger. First time is was a pellet bridge, where there was an empty pocket over the auger, and nothing else falling down. The other three times I could actually see straight down to the auger and all of the pellets are just clinging to the side of the hopper rather than falling down.

    Has anybody else had this problem? How did you fix it? Is it likely caused by the pellets? They are 100% hickory pellets from cookinpellets.com, but they are a couple years old, so perhaps they have pulled in some humidity from the air over time. I just don't want to go replace all of my bags of pellets if that's not the real cause.

    I'm wondering if greasing the hopper walls with something might do the trick.
  2. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Try some food grade silicone spray.
  3. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Funneling we see it with our pellet stove every once in a while. When it happens we just knock down the pellets with our hands. As far as air gaps - since I'm not sure how big the hopper is on a GMC I would suggest just stirring them up with your hands or a stick when you fill it up. Note that I don't have a pellet pooper, but a home heating pellet stove.