GRILL FIRES

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR GRILL IS ON FIRE

  1. Don't panic!
  2. Unplug the grill.
  3. Safely move the grill away from other flammable objects or the side of any structures, such as your home or garage - only if feasible and safe!
  4. Keep the lid closed on both the grill and hopper.
  5. DO NOT use water or flour to put out the fire. Just wait for the fire to burn out.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A GRILL FIRE

So you've had a grill fire, what now? Can you still use your grill? Will your warranty cover any repairs?

Typically, damage caused by grills is not covered under warranty. That said, grill fires usually don't render a grill unusable. In rare cases where fire damage prevents a grill from functioning, you may purchase replacement parts.

If you are unsure what needs to be replaced or have additional questions about the warranty, feel free to call Customer Service for further support. 

 

WHAT CAUSES GRILL FIRES?

Fires occur when grease hits a flashpoint, causing the grease to ignite (roughly 450°F).

  • Now, you may ask, "But my grill's temperature was only set to 350°F. Why did it catch fire when the temperature wasn't hot enough for grease to ignite?" Internal grill parts often get hotter than the set temperature, meaning when debris touches these areas, there is potential for the debris to catch fire. This is one of the reasons why it is essential to maintain a clean grill.

Possible causes of grill fires include the following:

  • An unclean grill
  • Spilled grease
  • Using an Insulation Blanket when the grill is set to over 350°F or when the outside temperature is over 32°F. 
  • The grill did not ignite properly (usually due to improper maintenance).

 

TYPES OF GRILL FIRES

GREASE FIRES

Grease fires typically start on the drip tray and spread from there, usually caused by accumulated grease and food debris.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid grease fires:

  • Ensure your grill is always cleaned thoroughly.
    • See Grill Maintenance for thorough cleaning steps.
      • We recommend not exceeding 20 hours of cook time between cleanings.
      • If you are cooking greasier foods, such as bacon, you may need to clean more often.
  • Keep an eye out for grease pooling.
    • The grease should flow smoothly down the drip tray and into the grease bucket or grease tray.
    • “Grease pooling” refers to an area where grease gathers instead of flowing out into the proper channels. A few different things can cause this:
      • Improper placement of the drip tray or drip tray liner.
      • Tinfoil that is not flush to the drip tray.
      • Dirty or damaged drip tray.
      • Dirty or damaged grease trough.

PELLET FIRES

Pellet fires are caused by a large buildup of pellets in the firepot. If there is no fire in the firepot, the pellets will continue to feed and eventually overflow. A pellet fire occurs when all these pellets in and around the firepot ignite.

Here are some tips to help you avoid pellet fires:

  • If the grill ever shuts itself off, always double-check the fire pot to ensure it is not overflowing with pellets or ash before starting the grill.
  • Always ensure you are using the proper start-up procedure for your grill. An improper start-up can affect the cook even hours into the cook/later.
  • Always make sure your pellets are stored in an airtight container such as our pellet storage bucket.

HOPPER FIRES (SMOKE COMING FROM HOPPER)

If you see smoke coming from your hopper, check out Smoke Coming out of the Hopper. While this is not normal, it is not usually dangerous. It is usually caused by backburn (pellets burning in the auger). 

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