The unit arrived in perfect condition and was remarkably simple and intuitive to put together. It is actually harder to unpack than assemble! It took me about two hours, just taking my time with no help. One of the smart, presumably computer aided design elements is that the legs are ambidextrous, and the legs and bottom tray use the same hardware- so you don’t spend an hour trying to figure out right leg/left leg and sorting out 60 screws and washers. The handle and lid stop already have the hardware screwed in, so no brainer there either. After putting this together once, I could unpack and assemble another in less than an hour. The instructions are extremely well written- no weird “Chinese to American” translation issues whatsoever. The guide is poignant, and actually humorous at times.

The unit arrived in perfect condition and was remarkably simple and intuitive to put together. It is actually harder to unpack than assemble! It took me about two hours, just taking my time with no help. One of the smart, presumably computer aided design elements is that the legs are ambidextrous, and the legs and bottom tray use the same hardware- so you don’t spend an hour trying to figure out right leg/left leg and sorting out 60 screws and washers. The handle and lid stop already have the hardware screwed in, so no brainer there either. After putting this together once, I could unpack and assemble another in less than an hour. The instructions are extremely well written- no weird “Chinese to American” translation issues whatsoever. The guide is poignant, and actually humorous at times.
Simply turn a dial and start up the Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Grill. You’ll be able to bake a pizza, smoke up ribs or sear a steak with the delicious flavor infused by all-natural hardwood pellets. With a wide range of cooking temperatures at your fingertips (180°F to 500°F), you can utilize the digital control board to precisely cook up whatever’s on the menu. With the amply sized cooking space, steel shelf and serving tray, you’ll have plenty of room for prepping, cooking and plating your food. The fan forced convection seals in meat juices while eliminating the need for a rotisserie and the bottle opener, copper finished chimney cap and hanging hooks for barbecue accessories polish off the look with practical designs.
Another pellet grill that made it to our top 5 Pit Boss grills, this grill scored high on customer satisfaction rating. It has a considerable cooking space – 2196 square inches to be exact, with the use of its six porcelain-covered grates. The body is durable and fully insulated, letting you cook efficiently even at low temperature settings. It has a digital control unit that lets you set your desired cooking temperature, an electric igniter, and a hopper with 40lb capacity. Just like Pit Boss’ Best Pellet Grill at number 1 on the list, this grill has 8 cooking options – so you can use it to grill, char grill, sear, bake, smoke, barbecue, roast, and braise meats and dishes by simply adjusting the settings. It’s so easy to use, that even a beginner can whip up a feast on this grill!

My Pit Boss totally exceeded my expectations. For the price, you can't beat the consistency and durability of this grill. Here in Texas we take BBQ very seriously. As a craftsman in front of the grill, my family my friends and I have have been pleaased with how well my recipes have turned out. I feel like I've taken my cooking to a higher level with a Pit Boss
The Pit Boss Grills 340 Wood Pellet Grill is a great grill with dial-in digital control and led read-out. Pellets are 100% natural hardwood. This grill has got an automatic start and cool down. It’s heavy duty with 16 gauge steel construction. It’s easy to assemble. It’s a little expensive. However, other grills are more expensive and seeing that I would recommend this to anyone.
Although the Pit Boss cook surface ran a bit hotter on the left side, it was reasonably even. With cooking temp set at 225° we measured temps at 240° left – 220° right. The difference increased exponentially as set temp went higher. At the "High" maximum position on the controller dial we monitored actual temps at 520 left – 475 right. Controllers respond to a thermostat inside the oven and increase or decrease pellet feeds to the firepot to maintain set temperatures. Your indoor kitchen oven works the same way with a controller that turns gas burners or electric elements on and off as needed. And while some sophisticated controllers are very good at keeping temps within a tight tolerance, it is not unusual to see some temp swings as the unit cycles on and off. The Pit Boss controller has wide temp swings that allow it to go way below and above your set temp. Although everything we cooked on Pit Boss came out with good smoke flavor and good smoke rings, we noticed a slight tendency to overcook the surface of meats on the cooking grate side. This led us to flip meats once or twice while cooking. We speculate this may be caused by the soaring temps PB's controller allows before cutting off the pellet feed.
Update 2/18/2018: I made another call to Pit Boss today to get more information about their Copperhead vertical smoker.  The phone was answered on the second ring by a man in Oregon. He was incredibly helpful and even went out to the warehouse and measured the grates for me.  It looks like if you can get past the automated system and reach a real person then these guys will take care of you.
I just bought the Pit Boss 820 right before Christmas. My first meal was cooking 12 hamburgers using the sear function. They turned out great but I do have to learn to control the temperature a little bit better. Then for Christmas dinner I smoked two ribeye roasts. They turned out great. I had everything from medium rare to well-done, with just the right amount of smoke flavor and a nice bark. Today I did a whole chicken. The skin was nice and crispy and the breast was moist with again a good mild smoke flavor. All in all my experience so far with the smoker has been very pleasing. I know there are still some things I need to learn as far as time and temperature and make some adjustments to the smoking which are all possible with this smoker. I have been using a combination pellet produced by Camp Chef and I’m very pleased with it.
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Pellet grills are outdoor cookers in every sense of the word. In saying that, I mean that they can bake, smoke and grill all through the magic of wood pellets and an electronic control panel that deposits just the right amount of pellet to maintain the perfect cooking temperature. With the simple turn of a knob, you can conjure up the gorgeous complex flavor of wood smoked meat without having to deal with the hassle of manual smoking.
Remember the checklist I said we created? Well, this product managed to score 15 of the best of the best qualities, including stainless steel burner and dual valve system, porcelain coated grids, grease tray and wood chip drawer with external access, and large window with high temp. door seal. Despite it not ticking every single, possible box, this grill managed to score in the ones that customers valued the most, and this is what drove us towards placing it in the first place. Also, the price of this model is ridiculously reasonable – at under 200 USD this top branded grill is one of the lowest priced models for a gas grill; how amazing is that?
When it comes to portable grills, this one from Pit Boss definitely stands out. This stainless steel for each of the burners. It’s also extra lightweight at only 27lbs, so you can carry it with you on a weekend road trip, to the park for a small picnic, or during a camping trip to the woods. It’s very convenient, very nifty, easy to use, and most of all, it is reasonably priced at $125. Now, that’s definitely value for your money.
While marinades and seasonings help meats and veggies taste delicious, wood smoking chips and pellets can add rich flavor to your dishes, too. Many are designed to add robust maple and hickory flavors to meats as well as hints of fruit, like apple and peach, that are perfect for poultry. You can even stock the hopper with a mix of your favorite flavors to create a signature dish that's sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters.
Pit Boss offers a Small 340, Medium 440 Deluxe, Large 820 and 820 Deluxe. The numbers indicate total cooking surface including warming racks. All are 16 gauge black powder coated steel with porcelain coated cast iron grates, coated steel rod secondary removable cooking racks, and coated wire lower shelves. A handle attached to the wood pellet hopper on the left enables you to easily lift Pit Boss and roll it around on two large steel wheels on the right. A handy bracket to wrap up the electric cord is also located on the hopper (shown below).
***Update 2...Now over a year in. I have easily fired this beauty up at least 150 times...yes, 2-3 times a week. With the cover, the care, and occasional, deep clean (just deep cleaned it for the 4th time..about a 1-2 hour simple process) it honestly looks like it did the day I set it up and works just as well. My pizza is the talk of my son's youth group buddies (don't want to tell them its Wal-Mart take and bake) and I can now cook/smoke/grill literally anything on this pit. My biggest problem now, if you read below about not using my 4K Cal Flame gas grill anymore (STILL haven't since), is that my wife if busting my chops to tear out my original 'outdoor kitchen' to free up more space on the patio! I'll keep making excuses to avoid that, but truth be told, this pit rendered my Cal Flame useless. Not one complaint...don't hesitate to buy this pit (remembering the $400 target price).***
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