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.
We just bought a 700 today and am very frustrated. We sat for 4 hours trying to maintain the temperature. On smoke, it went as high as 450 and stayed.. and this continued on every temperature we tried. We set the “p” setting to all the different possibilities.. We finally gave up after trying to get it to maintain a 250 degree temp.. it kept going over 400.. I don’t understand and not to happy tonight. Anyone have these issues?
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.
It is the PERFECT size for us. Large enough to cook for a party (you could get a full-size brisket, a medium pork shoulder and a rack of ribs or two on this grill at the same time using both racks), but it doesn’t take up the whole backyard. It gets hot enough, so that you could grill some chicken breasts or leg quarters, and/or sausage links while your briskets and ribs are resting. I plan on using this to feed about 100 guests and my son’s graduation party, and I don’t think it will even be a stretch with some good timing and finishing some brisket and pork shoulder in an oven.

The Pit Boss Wood Pellet Series offers the best value per square inch in the pellet grill industry! Ideal for large groups or BBQ entertainment, the Austin XL has been designed with your experience in mind. The Austin XL offers two tiers of porcelain-coated grid construction, totaling 1000 square inches of cooking surface. Automatically start and shut down your Pit Boss with full-function LED control. The Austin XL model features a high-temp copper-finish on the embossed lid and a removable, stainless-steel side shelf. Fueled by 100% All Natural Hardwood Pellets, the Austin XL operates with true fan-forced convection cooking and can reach 500 F. Set it and forget it, or slide the plate and sear it over an open flame, the Pit Boss standard flame broiler allows for either direct or indirect grilling. The standard slide-plate flame broiler allows for either direct or indirect grilling. Experience true versatility with Pit Boss. Bake or roast, grill or smoke, these 8-in-1 grills will serve any BBQ purpose. With heavy-duty steel construction, Pit Boss grills are built to last. Experience real wood-fired flavor with Pit Boss.
Wood pellet grills are a great addition to any home because they combine everything you love about a smoker with a standard grill. Depending on the model that you buy, you can make smoked dishes like brisket and sausage at the same time that you make burgers, hot dogs and other dishes on the grill. These grills are great for family dinners in the summer and for parties and special occasion celebrations.

When thoughts of the summer season pop into your head, what picture comes to mind? Summer always bring thoughts of lazy days by the pool, with a cold drink in hand and some meat grilling away in the backyard. The guys here at Grills Forever are definitely big grill fans, and we have made it our job to check out every brand and model of commercial grills possible. We all agree that one of the trusted brand names in terms of grills is Pit Boss.


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.
Convection is achieved using a number of techniques. Air is fan forced into the grill and channeled throughout by our arched flame broiler. Our exhaust design allows air to circulate evenly along the length of the grill and to the top shelf. This combination allows us to achieve uniform heat throughout the unit whether your smoking at 170°F or cooking all the way up to 600° Fahrenheit.
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