What is a Pellet Grill?
Pellet grill is a type of grill that relies on cylindrical hardwood sawdust pellets as fuel for the grilling. The sawdust is sourced from places such as saw mills and lumber yard. It is completely made from natural hardwood and does not contain any unnatural addictive. The wood pellet looks like a long pill and has a diameter of about ¼ inch. The small size of the pellets enable them to burn cleanly without leaving a lot of ashes.
What are the Components of a Pellet Grill?
The induction fan ensures that the smoke from the hardwood pellet is circulated properly in the cook chamber. This ensures that the flavor is distributed evenly on the meat. The auger moves the wood pellets into the fire pot. The auger can move slow for a low temperature cooking or it can move at fast rate for a high temperature cooking. The heat diffuser radiates and disperses the heat evenly on the cooking surface of the grill to ensure that all areas of the meat is cooked well. The drip pan is located above the heat diffuser and it catches the grease that falls from the grill.
The storage hopper is where you store the wood pellet fuels. Filling the storage hopper up to the rim prevents you from having to constantly going back to refill it. The hot rod will glow red and burn up the pellets in smoke while you go to relax and doing other things. The shut down feature will keep the fan running for 5 minutes before turning off the grill. At the end of the grilling, you must open the fire pot and clean out the ashes. Some manufacturers have also recommended that you clean out ashes from the fire pot after grilling for 8 hours or so.
How Does the Pellet Grill Works?
Before you start grilling, you must turn on the pellet grill by plugging it into a standard 110v electrical outlet in the house. When it is turned on, the auger will rotate and deliver the wood pellets into the burn cup. Next, you must set the temperature on the digital controller anywhere in between 175 F to 500 F. Some pellet grills allows you to adjust the temperature by a 5 F increment.
As a rule of thumb, you should leave the unit on for at least 10-15 minutes to preheat it until the desired temperature before laying out the meat on the grill. A chemical called lignin will be released into the smoke when the wood pellets are burned and add a wood fired flavor to the meat that is cooking on the grill. Many pellet grills offer Bluetooth feature that allows you to use a bluetooth device to monitor it. It also comes with a meat probe that allows you to set the cooking time.
Various sizes of pellet grills are available from household to commercial size units. The more complicated the functions, the more expensive it is. The commercial size unit offers more spaces to grill meat as large as a whole hog for a crowd of people. Some of the leading brand names are Traeger, Yoder Smokers and Memphis Wood Fire Grills.
Wood Pellets Flavors
The wood pellets that fuel the grilling is available in many different types of flavors including cherry, alder, apple, maple, bourbon and hickory. You can mix the pellets add more than one flavor to the meat. For most people, a 20 pound bag of pellets is enough for the grilling. On average, the grill will consume about 2 pounds of pellets every hour.
However, the actual consumption of the pellets will depend on other factors such as temperature. Higher temperature setting will consume the pellets at a faster rate while lower temperature will consume the pellets at a slower rate. If you are grilling outdoor and there happens to be a lot of wind, you will need to use more pellets to provide the fuel.
Pellet grill is suitable for people who don’t want to have to stand in front of the grill for hours to maintain it a the perfect temperature. The automated feed feature allows the meat to be grilled for hours while you go away and do your chores.