Induction Fan

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Below you will find an overview of an induction fan's different functionalities and why this is important when grilling with a wood-burning grill.


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What Is an Induction Fan?

An induction fan is one of two fans you will find inside your grill. It is responsible for circulating air and keeping the fire burning by circulating hardwood smoke through the cook chamber, much like a convection oven, thus providing evenly cooked, wood-fired food. 

Induction fans will look like either of the images below, depending on the type of grill you have. AC (non-connected grills) will have the white fan with an orange wire harness. WiFIRE grills will be black.


Induction Fan SKUs

Grill Type 120VSKU (N. America) 230V SKU (International)
Portable Grills KIT0469 KIT0468
AC (non-connected) Grills KIT0019 KIT0182
D2 WiFIRE Grills KIT0411
New Timberlines & Ironwoods KIT0674


Normal Induction Fan Behavior

D2 Grills

Induction fans in D2 grills are managed by the controller, which tells the fan when and how fast to run. It is normal for the grill fan to run intermittently and at different speeds--the controller consumes information from other components of the grill and will adjust fan behavior to meet the temperature expectations you set. For example, you may notice fan behavior changes when you ignite your grill, use SUPER SMOKE, or change the grill temperature. You may also notice it mid-cook if the flame is low or has gone out and the controller is trying to re-ignite the grill.

AC Grills

Unlike D2 grills, induction fans in AC grills run consistently. If you find that your AC grill's fan is not running as such, see Fan not Turning below.


Induction Fan-Related Errors

Fan Disconnected

If you get a Fan Disconnected message, the fan is either disconnected or broken. You will need to make sure the fan is connected correctly. You may want to use the connection instructions outlined in Wiring to assist you through these steps.

  1. Remove the bottom or side panel of the hopper to view the components inside.
  2. With the grill on and running, see if the fan is spinning.
    • If the fan is disconnected, the fan should not be spinning.
  3. Turn off and unplug the grill.
  4. Unscrew the controller and pull it out enough to see the wires connected to the back.
  5. Ensure the fan is correctly connected to the controller. See Wiring articles (links above) for more in-depth instructions.
    • AC Grills: Check the connections between the orange and white wires.
      1. If the fan starts spinning after securing the connections and running the grill, you are ready to continue grilling. 
      2. If the fan does not spin after securing connections, contact Customer Support.
    • D2 Grills: Check the connections on the connector with the black, red, white, and tan wires.
      1. Once connections are secured, turn on and run the grill.
      2. Check to see if the fan is spinning. If the fan still is not spinning, contact Customer Support.

Noise Coming from Fan

A noisy fan is usually due to grime built up on the fan or a wire or other object hitting the fan while it's turning.

  1. Check the inside of the hopper by removing the bottom grill grate to see if you can locate if something, such as a wire zip tie is hitting the fan.
  2. If there is nothing visibly hitting the fan, manually spin the fan with your hand to help break up any grime that has built up.

Fan not Turning

If the induction fan is not turning, it is either broken and not working or not receiving power. 

  • Check all the connections as outlined in Fan Disconnected above.

Melted Fan

If you find that your fan is melted, please contact Customer Support.


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