I bought the Pit Boss 440 Deluxe & cooked a pork butt. Set it on Smoke (P4) all was well for 2 hours then temperature ran away to over 615 degrees. Ruined that piece of meat. Called customer service & they talked at me instead of listening to me. Tried another pork butt set on 225 degrees temp once again ran away after an hour. Wrote an email to customer service with a response that they were sorry I was having trouble. Tried again today with the same result so sent another email with pictures of settings & indicated temperatures. Guess I'll have to finish this pork butt in the oven & go buy a Treagar Pellet Grill. If Pit Boss corrects this I'll update this review!
The Pit Boss Deluxe Wood Pellet Grill comes loaded with many features. Use the flame broiler slide plate to easily switch from smoking to searing your food with open flame. An electric igniter allows for easy, mess free, barbecue lighting. The grill also includes: a heavy-duty feed system capable of handling any brand of hardwood pellets, clean-out feature to easily change out pellet flavors, a removable upper cooking rack, lid thermometer, side shelf complete with tool hooks and towel rack, convenient bottle opener, bottom cabinet for storage. With heavy-duty steel construction, Pit Boss grills are built to last.
This grill has a very wide temperature range, allowing you to grill between 150-700F; a huge leap. The digitally controlled burner system ensures that you’re in full control of temperature changes, this adds an air of both convenience and safety that we feel customers would find very helpful. One small sacrifice to make with this wonderful grill is the cooking space. It is slightly smaller than average; but unless you’re planning on cooking for a huge team of people, it’s more than manageable. You could even argue the smaller cooking space to be more practical; as you’re left with less fuel to use, and less mess to clean.
Transportable, but not only that. This grill is light, well designed and affordable all while having a huge amount of space for cooking up outdoors. The independently controlled burners mean that you can regulate temperature to fit your exact requirements. One small downfall being a lack of temperature measurements on the dials but this is by no means takes away from all of its positives.
Warranty is available upon request from Pit Boss so you can rest assured of your grill’s longevity. Another benefit to this grill is the fact its sole fuel source lies in woodchips. There’s no need for anything else to fuel this amazingly comprehensive machine. If you’re not entirely familiar with woodchips, this machine has got you covered. Its automated system will control exactly the required amount of chips for an individual grill session, meaning you can spend more time getting on with your day.
That is right…it doesn’t mean that they WILL fill apart in 2-3 seasons. It means don’t be surprised if they do. Look, for the same price as the Pit Boss I can get a three burner Weber Spirit II E 310 with the high performance grilling system. The grill is built like a tank, performs amazing and comes with a TEN YEAR warranty. In my opinion, once you get into the $400-$500 range a 1 year warranty does not make the grade. I know plenty of folks that have the Pit Boss and they really like it. They like them so much that when they fall apart in a few years that I suspect they will buy another Pit Boss. Some folks are perfectly happy with disposable grills and smokers. I am not one of them.
So if I am going to take a pass on the Pit Boss then why not get a Traeger? A lot of folks are introduced to this brand through the infomercials for the Traeger Renegade Elite. And while the Elite and other models like the Tailgater are fine cookers I am not going to recommend a Traeger for the exact same reason that you are thinking about a Pit Boss.
A screen covers the top of the hopper. Meant as a safety feature to prevent fingers from getting injured in the auger chute below, it also prevents one from easily leveling the pellets as they get sucked into the auger. We removed the screen and vowed to keep digits out of harms way. All models have an older style digital thermostatic dial controller with an LED display for set temp and actual temp. The controller has a couple undesirable quirks we'll address shortly.
To begin, we sifted through over a thousand Amazon user reviews of over 20 different grills, all from different categories i.e. some wood pellet, some gas, etc. Every review was considered, from the best Pit Boss grill review to the worst Pit Boss grill review. As we did this, we narrowed down what features exactly drive users towards a satisfied purchase. We then gathered an average of what people tend to look for in a grill, what they feel they need from a grill, and what sort of results they got cooking with different grills.
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When it comes to construction, few companies can beat Traeger. Its grills come with construction features like cast-iron grates with a clear and nontoxic coating that prevents food from sticking to the grill and fireboxes made from a similar material. Though Pit Boss grills feature similar elements, many look flimsy, and most will not keep up with your grilling and smoking demands.
They offer you the freedom of beautifully cooked food, regardless of your location. Why not take it with you on a hike or take it with you on a trip to the beach and whip up restaurant quality meat. Portable grills are also very affordable, most home-stores sell their own version that you can pick up for practically cents. The fuel source is usually charcoal, meaning you get an authentic barbeque flavor without having to invest massively, or sacrifice a lot of garden space.
The wood pellet grill features a dual rack design with a 513 square inch main cooking surface and 187 square inch warming rack. With a 20-pound hopper capacity, the grill has plenty of space for wood pellets to keep grilling during long event and parties when you have many mouths to feed. An automatic pellet feeder makes it easy to maintain the desired temperature, so you can focus on just the grilling itself.
Be sure to read the manual before operating. There is vital information there, especially for the first fire up. One note that the manual does not mention, is that when you first fill the hopper, it takes several minutes for the pellets to reach the firebox. On your first "attempt", it is likely that the firebox will turn off before the pellets reach it, and you will think your grill is defective. Its not. Either "prime" the firebox with a small handful of pellets, or let it cycle once, unplug, and restart on "smoke" setting. You should always start the grill on "smoke" setting with the lid up until the initial smoke clears and you hear a nice "roar" of pellets burning...