Backburns

RyanRussell

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I've got a PB1100 combo and I continue to have back burns. About 2 - 3 hours into a smoke I'll get some smoke coming back through the hopper and eventually a full on back burn. I've replace the auger, auger bushing, hopper gasket, and auger motor, but it happens every time I use the smoker. Doesn't matter if the hopper is 100% full or not. Starting to think I have a defective unit. All Pit Boss wants to do is for me to send photos and 6 weeks later a few new parts. Any ideas or suggestions?
 
I've got a PB1100 combo and I continue to have back burns. About 2 - 3 hours into a smoke I'll get some smoke coming back through the hopper and eventually a full on back burn. I've replace the auger, auger bushing, hopper gasket, and auger motor, but it happens every time I use the smoker. Doesn't matter if the hopper is 100% full or not. Starting to think I have a defective unit. All Pit Boss wants to do is for me to send photos and 6 weeks later a few new parts. Any ideas or suggestions?
Have you reached out to who you purchased it from if it wasn’t PitBoss?
 
There’s a fan on the motor end of the auger. Is the fan blade still there? I think it blows a little bit of air through the auger when it operates. Other than making sure the bottom of the hopper is clear where it can get air flow, idk.
 
I've got a PB1100 combo and I continue to have back burns. About 2 - 3 hours into a smoke I'll get some smoke coming back through the hopper and eventually a full on back burn. I've replace the auger, auger bushing, hopper gasket, and auger motor, but it happens every time I use the smoker. Doesn't matter if the hopper is 100% full or not. Starting to think I have a defective unit. All Pit Boss wants to do is for me to send photos and 6 weeks later a few new parts. Any ideas or suggestions?
Sounds like several possibilities… the smoker is not level or your fire pot is full of holes or excessive ash and the pellets are not dropping in like they should but are being held at the auger edge due to excessive ash buildup or an unlevel surface underneath the smoker. It causes the pellets in the auger tube to burn back because they can’t push forward anymore. Always the smoker should be at least level if not canted so the firepot is below the auger.



Even if clean beforehand, pellet choice, ambient temperatures and humidity and dial set temperature could fill it up with ash faster.



Additionally, a full hopper provides sufficient back pressure to keep most of the smoke flowing towards the barrel. Keeping your hopper full and its lid closed and that will prevent the smoke blowback.



Also…. If your hopper is smoking after shutdown, you’ll want to ramp down your dial temperature to 200° for a few minutes before turning it off. If this wasn’t in your manual then it should be.



At higher temperatures you need to ramp down your dial temperature before shutting down. It allows the fire to cool and burn off all the pellets in the firepot and not catch those in the auger.



What to do to fix this?



Whenever it happens, use the prime button to push the burning pellets out of the auger.



If you don’t have a prime button, open the lid so the barrel temperature will drop and that’ll activate the auger to push the burning pellets out of the auger.

Call Cs for a replacement firepot.
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I solved the back burn issue for my pit boss pellet grill. The heating element had drifted back under the auger area probably from me scooping out the old ashes and bumping the heat element over and over again. Mine was so far back I couldn't grab it. I had to take the bottom of the pellet box and reach up from the bottom and push it from the back.
Now everytime I scoop out the old ash I grab that element and make sure its pull out as far as it will go. No more back burns.
 
I solved the back burn issue for my pit boss pellet grill. The heating element had drifted back under the auger area probably from me scooping out the old ashes and bumping the heat element over and over again. Mine was so far back I couldn't grab it. I had to take the bottom of the pellet box and reach up from the bottom and push it from the back.
Now everytime I scoop out the old ash I grab that element and make sure its pull out as far as it will go. No more back burns.
Congratulations 🎉🎊!!!
Glad you got it fixed 🇺🇸🇨🇱
 
I solved the back burn issue for my pit boss pellet grill. The heating element had drifted back under the auger area probably from me scooping out the old ashes and bumping the heat element over and over again. Mine was so far back I couldn't grab it. I had to take the bottom of the pellet box and reach up from the bottom and push it from the back.
Now everytime I scoop out the old ash I grab that element and make sure its pull out as far as it will go. No more back burns.
There’s a setscrew on the igniter sleeve that you can use to lock the igniter down.
 

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