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Pellet Grill in the Rain

jmardock

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Anyone know if it's ok to use a pellet grill in the rain? I'm doing a turkey on thanksgiving and there's rain in the forecast.
 

smokerjim

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i really don't know never tried it, but electronics and water don't mix well. but maybe there sealed up good, maybe some of the pro's will chime in
 

kruizer

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I wouldn't. The electronics are not sealed and you will be plugged in which is not a good thing. Can you take it in the garage and leave the door open?
 

bregent

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I do it all the time on my Memphis - all of the electronics are well protected from the elements. Make sure you're plugged into a GFCI outlet. Of course, your grill could be different so you might want to check with the mfg.
 

BBQlover81

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And of course remember to keep your pellets dry. I point my exhaust openings away from the wind too
 

2008RN

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wow I hope pellet grills aren't just fair weather machines. I designed the electronics on my fridge smoker (220V) to take the rains in the Northwest. We should have 1/2 of rain on Monday when I smoke about 22 pound of pork cushions.
 

sandyut

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I have seen several posts of guys cooking in the rain with a pellet grill. I would too. just make sure you electrical connections are dry. My rec tec has all the boards and connectors covered. I am definitely smokin Thursday and the forecast calls for snow/rain.
 

ofelles

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Just make sure the electronics stay dry. And as mentioned several times GFI connections for sure.
If it's raining a lot it could cool down the body and make keeping temps a challenge.
 

EdP

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Do you need to be concerned about the moisture and the pellets clumping together? It might make sense to add dry pellets periodically to avoid clogging the hopper/feeder.
 

sandyut

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I never have been concerned about this. the hopper is covered and they sit out there in the hopper all winter through rain and snow without issue.
 

jake0531

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I’d invest in one of those pop up tents. I have a 10x10 and thing pays for it self pretty quick if you’re like me and use it when working on anything outside during the summer sun or grilling with pellet grill
 

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