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New Pit Boss Model at Walmart

PitNovice

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I received the new controller. Now it connects to my phone and WiFi. The app will allow you to see probe temps and adjust the temp. The app will send you alerts when desired grill temp is reached. You can enter desired probe temp, but there is not an alert and it will not remember you set it when you lock your phone. I am hoping they will fix that issue as probe alarms are essential.
 

peaksmoke0212

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Not the exact same thing as the WM grill in question, but I purchased the Lowes exclusive Pro 1150 that I think is functionally the same. I’ve run it 5 times now (a burn in to clean up whatever factory oils were on it, another to sort of season it with some oil, a chicken and some steaks, a pork loin, and now a couple of chuck roasts). I have been happy so far, but today I have noticed I can’t get it to run at low temps (225-250º gets me into the 170-180º range). If I set it to 300º, it’ll run there just fine, but you might be able to appreciate that essentially not having an option between 180 and 300 is less than ideal. One item to note is that it’s not even remarkably cold today, about 40º.

Anyway, I’m not super concerned, but I did call and they’re sending me a new I think control board? I’m not sure what it is, exactly but the dude said 3-4 weeks. The grill is usable as is, but if there’s some way to make it better/more accurate, I’m interested in that.

Temp options from the app and grill are limited, which I think is BS. 225, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500. I think. There might be others, but the primary point is that you most certainly don’t get the option to dial in temps by 5º increments or anything like that.
I have the same issues with my 1150. I am getting no support from PB regarding the 1150 holding any temps below 300.
 

ZR2_BBQ

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Any one else roll the dice on one of these yet? I purchased mine and it came with a defective control board. Fan keeps cutting off and only turns on when auger is feeding pellets and it takes 27 minutes just to get to 240° Pit boss has no timeline when new control boards will be in stock so now have to haul it back to Wal Mart and get a new one. Debating on getting an older model and wanted to see if anyone else was having issues with this new unit.
 

goodwyne

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I was perusing grills on walmart.com and came across what appears to be a new model:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pit-Boss-Platinum-Laredo-1000-Pellet-Grill/269430405

The styling looks similar to some of the other Walmart/Pit Boss pellet grills. I like that it was an updated control board and some stainless components. Price seems pretty solid too.

Just FYI in case anyone is in the market.
I bought it! So far so good but a lot to learn about it. Anyone else have one?
 

goodwyne

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i'm currently awaiting delivery for mine - hopefully this Friday. are you happy with yours? this will be my 1st pellet smoker.
This is also my first pellet grill / smoker and there is a significant learning curve compared to other types of smokers. When your heat source and smoke Source are the same, he takes precedence. This means that sometimes you just don't get as much smoke as you might like. My answer to that has been using a tube smoker in addition to add more smoke. Overall I'm pretty happy so far.
 

RCAlan

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If I may add…. Goodwyne gave some very honest and helpful information for adding smoke, but you do have options when it comes to adding/increasing the smoke from a pellet grill. First, it’s important to learn your smoker. Your new PB Platinum Series Laredo Pellet Grill has a temp “Smoke” setting, which allows it to produce the most smoke at the beginning of a bbq. The Smoke setting temp is around 160* degrees and a quote from the Smokers owners manual… Operating Instructions… To intensify that savory flavor, switch to SMOKE (low) temperature range immediately after putting your food on the smoker. This allows the smoke to penetrate the meats, before the pores of the meat close at 49°C / 120°F.
The key is to experiment with the length of time you allow for smoking, before the meal is finished cooking. End quote…

Overall, Pellet Smokers are best designed to be used Low and Slow for the most smoke production. Temps from 160* degrees to 200* degrees produces the most pellet smoke. Pellet Grills can also go Hot and Fast, but remember, temps above 250* degrees produces almost no smoke at all…. The key is learning your Smoker and don’t take any shortcuts in the proper operation of your new pellet smoker. Give the pellet grill only smoke flavor profile a try first and see how you like it. It might be just right for you….
Now, if you realize after your first couple of cooks, that the pellet smoke is lacking, you do have other options to increase the smoke production in your smoker. As mentioned by Goodwyne, you can add a pellet smoke tube to help generate more smoke. You can use straight pellets or you can use a mixture of wood pellets and wood chips in the smoke tube. Another option that I’ve found to work great, is adding a Smoke Basket… It does require some extra work at the beginning of a bbq, but having the ability to add true Hardwood and Charcoal smoke to the pellet grill experience to me is a Game Changer.
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The cost investment of adding a Smoke Basket is not very much and you’ll have the ability to add true Hardwood and Charcoal smoke to your bbq’s. There are steps that have to be followed, but the end results are fantastic. Lastly, another option is installing a Smoke Generator, but those can be expensive. Give the pellet grill “Smoke”temp setting a try first and see how you like it. If you find the smoke lacking, then give the Pellet Smoke Tube a shot. It’ll still give you the Set it and Forget it-freedom from your pellet grill as well. and lastly, if you find the pellet smoke flavor profile is still lacking, then give the Smoke Basket option a try. I can’t say it enough, the only way to enjoy true Hardwood and Charcoal Smoke is from true Hardwood and Charcoal. And a few tips…Keep your new smoker clean, download any software updates for your grills PID Controller from Pit Boss when they are available and get into a habit of dumping the pellet ash from the burn pot after every cook.. A clean/empty burn pot from old pellet ash will help eliminate a lot of problems from happening…. and have fun….

Pellet Pro Austin XL and a few more mods…. In SoCal and Always…. Semper Fi
 

goodwyne

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I appreciate RCAlan's comments. As I said, there is quite a learning curve going to a pellet grill for the first time. I expect I'm going to be learning for some time to come. Overall I am quite happy with the smoker!
 

RipC1ty$moker

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I was initially impressed but I don't like the flame slider. Always has a bad hotspot because the firepot itself doesn't have it's own deflector. OKJ pellet grill has the same problem. They should at least sell a deflector for smoking that you can throw in under the drip pan to sit over the firepot opening. I made my own.
Can you share pics of the deflector you made?
 

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