Igniter stopped working. Started again now too hott

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I was smoking for the first time rather than grill. It was fine for probably 7 hours before I came back to it and the heat had disappeared and the pellets were overrunning. I figured it was my fault and maybe I underestimated how many pellets I used in the last cook and it was too full. I cleaned it out and later went to run it again... the auger was working and filling up with pellets. But I couldn’t get it to light. Turned it off.. waited a bit, then turned it back on and it started working. Except now I can’t get the temperature to burn low. Even set on 200, it shoots up to around 350.
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I was smoking for the first time rather than grill. It was fine for probably 7 hours before I came back to it and the heat had disappeared and the pellets were overrunning. I figured it was my fault and maybe I underestimated how many pellets I used in the last cook and it was too full. I cleaned it out and later went to run it again... the auger was working and filling up with pellets. But I couldn’t get it to light. Turned it off.. waited a bit, then turned it back on and it started working. Except now I can’t get the temperature to burn low. Even set on 200, it shoots up to around 350.
Thoughts?

It seems that your controller is malfunctioning, but I suggest to everyone is to tke everything out and watch how it is functioning. 1st thing is to clean the RTD probe first by removeing the silt or smoke off the probe. Start the grill and watch how the pellets are feeding and see how it is behaving you will then know becaue if you see pellets continuing feeding when you have it at 200 then you know the controller is bad if it seems to work out then the RTD probe was dirty.
 

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I read the troubleshooting section of the manual. Not as helpful as I had hoped it would be.

With a 15 some pound ham on the grate I didn't have a lot of time for diagnostics but, like @DaveXDm9, I too believe I have a bad RTD probe. I cleaned the probe

But I did come up with what is a work-around that seems to be working and looks like it will get me through the day. I set the temp dial to smoke and use a combination of the P setting and a steel hammer to prop the lid open. The big downside is I have to monitor it and adjust on-the-fly as even a small change in the wind movement or direction has a big affect on the temp.
 

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