Overheating a couple 100 degrees

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Using my Pit Boss pro 1100 for the second time. Literally the second time using a pellet grill. I assumed the over heating was a user error the first time I used it. Today I got it started up turned it to 350 and it shot up to 500. I turned it down to 250 and it hung around 475 for awhile and I finally dropped it to smoke till it got to 300. Very frustrating is this normal? Will it always be this much of a pain in the ass to grill a few steaks armadillo eggs and bacon wrapped asparagus? What can I do?
 

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Do this remove of the ash from the pot and let start the grill over. If you have chimney stack make sure there is a 1.5 inch gap between the cap and the pipe and make sure the grill is on a level surface. Fill the hopper up and do the start up process by setting to smoke and leave the lid open.

With an empty pot you can hear the pellets falling into the pot and wait till the smokes start coming up and then when you hear the fan and roar of the flame make sure the smoke as stopped. Now close the lid and do not change the setting yet let sit at smoke for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes set the temp to 350 and then let it run for 15 - 20 minutes and then check the temp on the controller. The hood temp I am not worried about you have to remember the controller is not a PID controller you going to have 1 -25 degree swings at any point during your cook.

Now you should see the temp to start to settle down and get to 350 and it may drop to 348 and may jump to 375, but it will not remain at 375 for long it will drop this is due to the auger controlling the temp not the fan.

Now after all this and you are seeing a temp reading on the controller like 475 to 500 then the controller or the RTD Grill probe is bad. Now for the paint peeling around the firebox mine did the same it does not effect the grill at all.

It seems based on the last 4 weeks of new Pit Boss owners I am seeing a high number of issues with the grills and I am worried since these grills are made in China that they rushed the manufacturing to keep up with the demand and ignore quality control.

I was told that there customer service is now back to normal staff, but they are dealing with high number of cases and product issues.
 
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Thank you so much. I will definitely try this the next time I grill. I was still able to pull off some great food but I had to babysit it the whole time and leave it open at a few points to cool it down.
 

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Thank you so much. I will definitely try this the next time I grill. I was still able to pull off some great food but I had to babysit it the whole time and leave it open at a few points to cool it down.
you are welcome and let us know the outcome.
 

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My KC combo I bought in April started doing this, I have a control board and main temp. probe ordered from PB. Not too happy...
 
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