Hot Spots in Pellet Grills

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Are you experiencing hot spots? We'll let you know what is expected and what might be causing increased hot spots in your grill. 

Are Hot Spots Normal?

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.

Common Causes of 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.

Unsecured 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 & Ironwood Grills

If you have a new Timberline or Ironwood grill, do not use drip tray liners or foil. These new grills conduct heat much more efficiently, so liners will cause poor temperature management.

Damaged Heat Baffle

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.

Damaged or Incorrectly Installed Firepots

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 & Ironwoods

Make sure your firepot is installed correctly and that the shipping cardboard located under the firepot was removed.

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