Are you experiencing hot spots? We'll let you know what is expected and what might be causing increased hot spots in your grill.
WHY DOES MY GRILL HAVE HOT SPOTS?
Just like every cooking method, your grill may have some mild hot spots--this is totally normal. Generally speaking, hot spots will center around areas with increased airflow near the grill chimney or the back vents of the grill.
WHAT CAUSES EXTREME HOT SPOTS?
Because a disruption in airflow causes hot spots, extreme hot spots are usually caused by improper cooking or issues with internal grill components.
EXTRA LARGE PANS
Using baking sheets or large pans that cover the majority of the bottom grill grate will disrupt airflow. All pans should leave at least one inch open on all sides to allow for proper airflow.
DRIP TRAY LINERS & FOIL
If you are using aluminum foil to cover your trip tray, make sure the foil does not go over the edge of the tray as this can obstruct the grill's airflow.
Aluminum foil can have folds that collect grease. These grease pools maintain a high heat, creating hot spots. Clean your grill and make sure your foil covering does not have any wrinkles where grease can pool.
DRIP TRAY LINERS ON NEW TIMBERLINE GRILLS
If you have a new Timberline grill, do not use drip tray liners or foil. These new grills conduct heat much more efficiently, so liners will cause poor temperature management.
HEAT BAFFLE/HEAT SHIELD
While the grill is cool and unplugged, check for any damage to the heat baffle (located under the drip tray and above the firepot). The heat baffle helps defuses the fire's heat throughout the grill. If your heat baffle is damaged, contact Customer Support.
While the grill is cool and unplugged, check the firepot for a buildup of ash, holes, rusted areas, or any other damage. Clean the firepot of extra pellets and ash. If there is damage to the firepot, contact Customer Support.
FIREPOTS IN NEW TIMBERLINES
Make sure your firepot is installed correctly and that the shipping cardboard located under the firepot was removed.