Strangely, whenever you switch cooking temp, the auger runs continuously for four minutes before trying to adjust to the new set temp. This isn't so bad if you're going from low to high, but problematic in the opposite direction. We were slow smoking ribs when interrupted just as they passed the bend test and were ready to be sauced. Forgetting the controllers odd four minute drill, we turned the temp down from 225° to the lowest "Smoke" setting to hold them briefly. Luckily we returned within a few minutes to rescue the ribs. The continuous pellet feed had goosed temps to 400°! A serious flaw that should be corrected.
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You are correct, I do not KNOW if these grills will last. That is also the point that I am trying to make…we don’t know if they will last and I am not going to put down several hundred bucks on something that doesn’t have a solid track record. This is a new brand that only carries a one year warranty. Pit Boss is made by the exact same people who make grills that carry a three year warranty on the electronics and a five year warranty on everything else on their high end pellet grills. Danson KNOWS how to make a pellet grill that lasts and they decided that they would only back the Pit Boss for one year.
Cleaning and Maintenance: Keeping the grill clean is critical if you need to get the most out of the unit. Old debris can influence the viability of the unit thus normal cleaning is vital. In addition, while moving it around, take alert not to thump it since it accompanies little legs which can without much of a stretch tip over the unit when thumped.
The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.
Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grills 700 Series offers the best value per square inch in the pellet grill industry. The 700SC is as versatile as it is practical, featuring an upgraded care with locking caster wheels and complete cabinet enclosure for storage. The exterior is coated in a high-temp powder-coat finish with blue steel coloring. With 700 square inches of porcelain-coated cast iron cooking surface, including a removable second tier rack, the 700 series is perfect for a group of four to six.
I bought my pit boss 700FB a little over a year ago and I have used it at least once a week since I bought it. I have done everything from searing steaks to smoking brisket, Overall the quality is ok. But.... 1. It has a hard time holding lower temps, if I set the temp to 200 it will go to 275 then slowly go back to 200 then shoot back up again. 2. The heat deflector and and the tabs that hold it are are made from a low quality steel and are literally falling apart due to scaling. Other than those two complaints the grill is not bad for the price. I do not expect my grill to last much longer because of the tabs that hold the heat deflector are about to snap off, once that happens the grill is useless.
Pit Boss sent us their largest, top of the line 820 Deluxe model to test. Deluxe models have an attractive copper colored lid, neat stainless steel removable serving tray that also functions like a side shelf and built-in bottle opener. Standard models use a typical flame diffuser over the firepot and a flat drip pan right beneath the grates that is angled to divert drippings into a grease bucket hanging from the right side.
I sincerely hope that you and rj009 are correct and that this is an affordable pellet grill that will last for many, many years. However, until I see the real world longevity data, or an indication from Danson that they are willing to stand behind their products, then I am going to keep pointing folks to Green Mountain (2 year warranty), Camp Chef (3 year warranty) and Rec Tec (6 year warranty).
This is a well-known brand so chances are high that you have owned or you own one right now. Basically, this is the best choice when it comes to home-based usages. These grills are great for home parties, for grilling in the backyard and etc. You will definitely going to enjoy using them. They are also simpler to use than the first brand here, so this is an advantage.
After only two weeks the auger jammed and quit turning. I stored the grill under a cover and had it under the eaves of my house. When I contacted Pit Boss customer service they said, "Even with a cover and being under the eaves, the pellets will still pull moisture out of the air. When those pellets get wet they can swell, and prevent the auger from turning." They included two pdf documents on how to disassemble the grill to include disconnecting wiring and circuit boards. If every time it rains, I'm going to clean out the auger, no thank you. No where in the instruction booklet does it say anything about not storing pellets in the hopper or it will clog the auger and will you have to spend the next week disassembling your grill.