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  • Clark
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 87
    • Broken Arrow, OK.

    Please explain P settings

    I had Traegers for years and got good smoke. When I needed a new smoker I bought a Camp Chef. Works great, holds temp within 1-2 degrees (Traeger did not) BUT I don't get much smoke. Have tried 4-5 brands of pellets but no better. Called Camp Chef and they didn't have any answers.
    I read somewhere there is a P setting which controls the amount of smoke. Customer service at CC said there is no such thing.

    Can someone enlighten me, please?
  • Ricardo
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 184
    • Palm City, FL

    What model do you have?

    On my CampChef Woodwind, there is no such a setting as the one you mention.

    From the users manual: The grill has 13 cook settings. Low Smoke, High Smoke, 175, 200, 225, 250, 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400, and High. By selecting any of these the grill will go into the Startup mode. The digital readout will display “START” for 8 minutes during the startup cycle.

    From personal experience, if by chance you don’t have a probe installed, and the probe temp button is pressed in, the unit can’t give you a temp reading, so it sends an error message. Make sure your probe button is disabled when not using a probe.

    Hope this helps.



    • maxfire217
      Club Member
      • Dec 2019
      • 1

      Hi Clark,

      I am a new to this site as well. I have a Traeger and it has P setting. I don't know about CC. If you need help with the Traeger P setting just Google Traeger P setting adjustment. There are some good Youtube videos. Hope this helps.


      • Uncle Bob
        Club Member
        • Feb 2019
        • 389
        • Salado, Tx
        • Summerset TRL44 gas grill and side sear
          RecTec 590 Stampede
          Weber Performer
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          OT QOMOTOP 23-inch Gas Griddle
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          Golden's Cast Iron Grill
          Ooni Koda 16

        Doing a minimal amount of data search it appears that the term "P setting" is unique to Traeger so it follows other companies may not understand that terminology. The "P" seems to stand for "pause" relative to the auger feed operation. So it seems likely that you'll need to find out either from your owners manual, online or otherwise, or a call to customer service, to find out if and how to adjust the auger feed rate. It's debated among pellet heads as to whether this actually amends the amount of smoke provided, so it may be one of those "if you believe it does, it does" things.


        • Clark
          Clark commented
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          Thanks Uncle Bob, for a logical explanation. As I mentioned, CC customer service didn't know what I was talking about nor is there any mention in the owner's manual.
          Adjusting the auger feed rate would then probably alter the temps. I like the temp accuracy, just don't like the lack of smoke. I think I will probably just go back to charcoal so I can control smoke and temp, thus getting the flavor that we all like.
          Thanks for your help!!
      • GolfGeezer
        Club Member
        • May 2019
        • 188
        • San Clemente, CA
        • Sam

          MAK 2 Star
          Hestan Aspire 36" Grill
          Blackstone 22" Griddle

        Sorry Clark, but CC’s controller does not allow you to manage its internal settings. Many people have installed either SmokeDaddy’s PID or a Savannah Stoker PID controller to replace the stock CC controller.


        • Clark
          Clark commented
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          Geezer; Thanks for your help. As I mentioned to Uncle Bob above, I think I'll just go back to good old charcoal.
      • dubob
        Club Member
        • Mar 2019
        • 133
        • Mormon Mecca
        • Bob Hicks, from Mormon Mecca
          Camp Chef Woodwind SG w/Sear Box
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        Have you considered using a smoke tube in your grill? Since pellet grills are notorious for having less smoke flavor than other types of grills, I always use a smoke tube on all my cooks. I bought this one on Amazon Prime:
        Pellet Smoker Tube. You could also go with the A-MAZE-N Pellet Tube Smoker, but it costs more. Just a thought.


        • Clark
          Clark commented
          Editing a comment
          Thanks for your suggestion and I'll take a look at a tube. However, I have decided on getting a Hasty Bake and am in the process of "convincing" my wife that we need to buy one. Happy smoking!
      • spartacusjones
        Club Member
        • Oct 2019
        • 5

        Camp Chef sells their new PID WiFi controller as a retrofit item ($250). This controller has a separate"Smoke Control" setting (range 1-10) in addition to the temperate control, The Smoke setting generated more smoke by allowing a greater temp swing than the nornally tight PID controller does.




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