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DaveXDm9

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FYI--In a humid environment, the sawdust buildup will clog up the auger system.

Really...never heard of that ever happening to anyone I know that lives in a humid climate and Its gets very humid where I live and I never had a problem.

Is there a cerain manufacturer that states that you need to sift your pellets?
 

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No. Just picked up on it while "listening" to other users via YouTube videos. I have only used the PB pellets, and notice the difference among different varieties within their company, some worse than others.
 

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No. Just picked up on it while "listening" to other users via YouTube videos. I have only used the PB pellets, and notice the difference among different varieties within their company, some worse than others.

I appreciate the response back it is interesting that Pit Boss and other Pellet manufactures never mention this issue.
 

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I live in Florida where the humidity is high year round. I have never had a problem with a clogged auger but i think what can happen is the sawdust can harden if water gets in the hopper due to rain. I have a sifter and I use it from time to time but I use it mostly on abused bags of pellets. Sometimes I get a bag with little or no saw dust and just pour the whole bag in. Other times I get a bag that seems like it has been tossed around the store for 6 months and the sawdust will be very bad. That's really the only time I sift. Or when I make a 50/50 blend of charcoal pellets and something else. I'll load the sifter with charcoal pellets, dump it in a bucket then do the same with competition blend and repeat until the bucket is full.
 

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I live in Florida where the humidity is high year round. I have never had a problem with a clogged auger but i think what can happen is the sawdust can harden if water gets in the hopper due to rain. I have a sifter and I use it from time to time but I use it mostly on abused bags of pellets. Sometimes I get a bag with little or no saw dust and just pour the whole bag in. Other times I get a bag that seems like it has been tossed around the store for 6 months and the sawdust will be very bad. That's really the only time I sift. Or when I make a 50/50 blend of charcoal pellets and something else. I'll load the sifter with charcoal pellets, dump it in a bucket then do the same with competition blend and repeat until the bucket is full.
Yeah I see what you're saying here about the moisture. Moisture in the auger would be a big problem even with pellets. As you probably know when they get damp they just start to puff up and fall apart.
 

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Yes you should sift! I don't have one of these but I am planning on getting one (once Amazon prime starts back with 2 day shipping on non-essential items).

https://www.amazon.com/SE-GP2-14-Patented-Stackable-Sifting/dp/B008B0T5Z2/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=1/4+inch+pellet+sifter&qid=1587753785&sr=8-2

I happened to buy a bag of "Classic" at the end of the season at Walmart and it must've been tossed around quite a bit because it had a ton of swadust in it. That's when I grabbed one of our home sifters and sifted out the sawdust. Then I saw someone on YouTube use the one above so I will get one of those.

If you don't sift you run the risk of the sawdust building up and created a hardened wood blockage and your Pit Boss will not perform as it should.
I have one of those and use it every time I put pellets in the hopper. It does a good job with the shorts and dust.
 

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Oklahoma Joe’s makes a bucket kit that a 20lb fits perfectly into. There’s a metal mesh insert that fits inside the plastic that allows the dust to fall to the bottom. Also includes a scoop that I drilled some holes in to allow additional dust to fall when I’m scooping.

 

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Oklahoma Joe’s makes a bucket kit that a 20lb fits perfectly into. There’s a metal mesh insert that fits inside the plastic that allows the dust to fall to the bottom. Also includes a scoop that I drilled some holes in to allow additional dust to fall when I’m scooping.

Okay I keep seeing people worried about dust. The only way I see it would be a problem is if moisture is getting into your system somehow. Are you saying that the dust builds up in your auger and that clogs it?
 
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