First flame out Pitboss 820 while smoking low temps

spudthegreater

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Been using this all season without any issues, but yesterday i had my first flameout around 6 hrs into smoking some jerky.
Two things could be at fault here
1). I didn't vacuum out the ashes after last cook, I had been doing that after every other cook if they were long and have never had issues. This was my 3rd cook without vacuuming the pot and barrel bottom.
2.) I had run to the end of my standard hickory and topped off with Char hickory pellets (Lumberjack) and maybe the mix of the two had something to do with it.
3.) I switched to P setting 6 to bring temp down even more, which i have done in the past with no issues. But this time maybe it was to low a temp. Been smoking around 150 to 175.
How it was discovered. Well I knew it was about time for it to be complete, and i went to open it up and saw the temp at 100f. So i shut it off, pulled the jerky, Came back and saw that the pot was full to the top with pellets. By this time there was a mix of old and new. So my take away is clean out before each cook or after cool down, Probably don't mix char and standard pellets, and watch the P settings. 6 to 7 might be to low a temp to sustain it.
 

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I mix pellets all the time and I don't think that is the issue. It is probably the P setting. Anytime I move mine higher than 4 I have a flame out. If I leave it on 4 is occasionally happens but not very much.
 
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Thats reasonable. Likely what happened. when i cleaned out the pot, there wasnt really much ash around or in it, so it probably was the P setting.
 

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I have no idea of the humidity in Iowa but it is high in Florida all year round. Pit Boss told me that it was best to leave it on P4 with high humidity so I just leave it alone.
 
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Thats reasonable. Likely what happened. when i cleaned out the pot, there wasnt really much as around or in it, so it probably was the P setting
 

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Once you get that P Setting higher things can go wrong. If you are going to push the P setting higher I would make sure my chimney cap is not wide opened all it tales is some wind to change it up.
 

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