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Pellet Cooker went BOOM!

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  • bbqLuv
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    Pellet grill, Pellet grill, Look deep into my avatar, think pellet grill.

  • RonB
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    Not yet...

  • rickgregory
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    Never had my kettle explode.

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  • Troutman
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    Same thing happened to me on my Pitts and Spitts. If you're familiar with that cooker it has a 10 ga. rolled steel lid that's very stout and very heavy.

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    Anyway I had a really bad ignition explosion similar to yours. It had such force that it literally bowed that heavy stainless rolled lid about 1" in the middle !! I literally had to remove it and pound it flat again with an 8# sledge hammer and a 2x4. Since then I clean things out religiously and make sure I have ignition before walking away from mine !!

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  • CandySueQ
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    My Original Grilla is so reliable, I just check for pellets in the hopper, turned it on and went inside to make a salad. Got busy and when out 30 minutes later, planning on putting on the meat. No fire. I turned it off and back on to get it going thru the start cycle again. Just didn't think about pellet pile up! Igniter has worked great ever since! I'm glad I pulled the plug and snuffed the fire before any damage was done to OG!

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  • randy56
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    CandySueQ good to hear from you again, as we know you do not sit idle, so is the reason the igniter quit? And pellets did no get lit, the pellets piled up, then igniter started?

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  • DavidNorcross
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    Great reminder. I no longer have a pellet grill but would not hesitate to do it again one day. I did have this happen to me and your advice is spot on. I would also add that when it happened to me and this is a good reminder to those who have pellet grills.

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  • Fire Chicken
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    CandySueQ I've learned the hard way, too. These are not "set it and forget it".
    Glad yours didn't hurt anyone or anything!
    I don't put the deflector or grates in till it fires. Sometime i have to light it with my propane torch!
    Sometimes it freaks out and runs 500' for no reason.
    Happy nothing bad happened!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Last edited by Fire Chicken; November 6, 2020, 01:55 AM.

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  • bbqLuv
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    for the most part the door of the pellet grills should be open when starting. it is my understanding this has to do with gases that develop as the pellets get hot enough to catch on fire. Also if the fire goes out the grill still needs to go through the shut down process.

    Long live the Pellet Grill.

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  • rwalters
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    Glad nothing serious happened... but you out of all people. Almost sound like a rookie... ;-)

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  • jerrybell
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    I don't think pellet cookers are inherently more dangerous than other cookers. I've also had this happen in similar circumstances that CandySueQ describes . Like any other cooker it's necessary to keep an eye on the cooker when it's in use. It's also necessary to follow a startup procedure, as CandySueQ describes after there's been a flameout. Use the cooker according to the instruction manual and I believe they are as safe as any other type of cooker.

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  • RonB
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    I'm glad it wasn't more serious, and I'm also happy that you have visited, even though not under the best of circumstances. We know that you have been extra busy, so don't worry 'bout it. Visit when you have time...

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  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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    no different than the propane/gas goin' out and not checkin' and relighting... kaboom.

  • Mr. Bones
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    Perhaps not surpisingly, this is decidedly not makin me hanker fer a pellet smoker...

    So very nice to hear from ya, Sister, hope all is well...

    Reckon runnin a Business, an bein President of th KCBS couldn't possibly be tyin up too mucha yer time...
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; November 5, 2020, 08:22 PM.

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  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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    assuming one cleans their grill regularly, once it's ignited it's almost always set and forget after that point, but just like any fuel type, things can happen.

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