Smoke coming from hopper?

nyyyankees87

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I finally got around to using the grill for the first time and decided to do Chicken thighs at 400 for about 45 minutes. Once they were done, I lowered the temperature to 250, let it sit for a few minutes, threw some food on and went inside. When I came back out, there was a bit of smoke coming from the hopper. I opened the lid to the hopper and it stopped smoking after about a minute. Was this an auger fire? I've only used it for the initial burn in, and to cook chicken thighs today. The pellets aren't warm it was just thick white smoke coming from the hopper.
 

Mozekian

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Its called back burn. RecTeq will say its from either too much dust with the pellets, bad pellets, dirty fire pot.

For me, a different brand of pellets stopped the issue. Not saying it "fixed" the issue, but the issue stopped when I switched brands, so who knows?
 

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Well add me to the club as of yesterday. I was cooking a bunch of pizzas at 500+ for a couple hours of elapsed heat up and cook time. I throttled down to 250 when I was done, but even at 250 I started to see smoke coming out of everywhere. I probably should've been more gradual on the temperature drop.

Today I cleaned out the firepot which was actually pretty clean. I ran test mode to push out the partially burned pellets. The charred pellets extended back over a full rotation of the auger (quarter cup+ of pellets) before I started seeing virgin pellets. I cleaned everything up and am back to normal. Same pellets I've always used and while I've got some pellet dust in the hopper it wasn't excessive.

I've only cooked at high heat a couple of times, but another quirky lesson learned. These things have been very predictable for me in the 200 - 375 range, but get a little goofy at high heats.
 

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At least on the 1250, if you press and hold the Settings button (the gear) for 3 seconds and then hit the power button, there are a series of self tests including the auger, igniter, fan, and probes. I'm not sure I did everything right as I just glanced at the instructions and went out and tried it. All I really wanted was the auger "test" to cycle it and push out the junk.
 

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