Pellet Removal

There comes a time when every Pit Boss grill owner has to go through the process of removing the hardwood pellets from their grill. Pellet removal is a must for various reasons, but it doesn’t have to be a chore.

In fact, it’s pretty simple.

There are a few occasions when you should take the time to remove your pellets: if you’re planning to go out of town and/or simply won’t be using the grill for an extended period, OR if you’re looking to change up your pellet flavor to better pair with your next cook. (If the latter is the case, check out our pellet pairings guide to help you pick your new favorite blend)

Here’s your step-by-step guide for making the swap:

First things first, you should make sure that your grill is off and cooled down before moving forward.

Items you will need: a bucket to store your pellets, something to scoop out remaining pellets, and a bag of the pellets you plan to use next.

  • Position the bucket on the ground slightly behind the hopper since the pellets will fall from the back.
  • Open the pellet release door to allow the pellets to drop out into the bucket.
  • There’s a possibility that you might have to scoop out any pellets remaining in the hopper. This could be necessary if your grill isn’t on a level surface, which won’t allow the pellets to funnel out properly.
  • Once the pellets are out, secure the top of the bucket with a lid and store in a cool, dry place.

  • For those with units that do not have a pellet release door, you can scoop out your pellets into a bucket, secure the top with a lid, and store in a cool, dry place.

    You can prime the auger to burn off any remaining pellets if you wish, but it’s likely those few remaining pellets will burn off during start up mode before your next cook.

    If you’re ready to give pellet removal a go, check out our available pellet blends to add the ultimate wood-fired flavor to your next meal.