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Hi everyone, new here and first time pellet grill/ smoker owner. I’m wondering if anyone with the 340 has partially closed off the lid exhaust holes to keep more smoke in? Seem’s that there is an extreme amount of smoke exhaust through these to me especially where they are placed.
thanks for any help and opinions.
 

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You could try to close a few off and see what your own personal thoughts are, but air flow is needed to move the smoke out as to not get stale. Can certainly affect the taste with "dirty" smoke.
 

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You could try to close a few off and see what your own personal thoughts are, but air flow is needed to move the smoke out as to not get stale. Can certainly affect the taste with "dirty" smoke.
Thanks For the reply. I think I’ll try and close off about 1/2 of the two slots. They seem to draw quite a bit more exaust than any of the smoke stack ones I’ve used or seen. Just wasn’t sure if that was possible or if it would effect the overall performance of the unit. Thanks to everyone on here. I’ve learned a lot from all of you who contribute. I’ll make sure I try and remember to update this if I notice a difference or bad taste By trying this.
 

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Just wasn’t sure if that was possible or if it would effect the overall performance of the unit...
It absolutely will affect the overall performance of the unit. The fan blows air into the grill to feed the fire. For every CFM the fan pumps in, the same CFM will be pumped out of the grill. I’d suggest trying a smoke tube to get more smoke on your cooks.
 

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I had sealed up the space between the lid and the body, effectively limiting the amount of smoke leaving the unit. I did not notice a difference in the smoke flavor or the units operation. I've since removed the gasket.
 

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I had sealed up the space between the lid and the body, effectively limiting the amount of smoke leaving the unit. I did not notice a difference in the smoke flavor or the units operation. I've since removed the gasket.
 

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You can always try your idea first, maybe ball up some foil and jam it in the holes to half block them.
Where is the exhaust going to go? Out the other holes! When you sealed your grill, you didn’t limit the amount of smoke leaving the grill. You just redirected most of the smoke out the exhaust vents instead of the door, etc. it’s just not possible to have a fire (which needs oxygen) in any grill and at the same time keep the smoke (the spent oxygen) in the grill.
 

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And the op would be doing the opposite, redirecting some of the smoke out thru the gaps around the door. Or shud I say more.
 
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And the op would be doing the opposite, redirecting some of the smoke out thru the gaps around the door. Or shud I say more.
If you said more, what would that be? You can’t restrict the airflow of the grill and ‘get’ more smoke without choking the fire in the grill. This is not rocket science. The smoke is in the airflow of the grill. It’s a 1-1 relationship.
 

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I agree.

By more, I meant more smoke coming out thru from around the door with the upper rear vents partially blocked, more then normal. The total smoke expelled from the grill would still be the same, just being exhausted from different areas. Of course I've never tried blocking the vents so this is just speculation.
 

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