First Start Up, Burn Off, & Importance of Priming on any Pit Boss Pellet Grill | Pit Boss Pit Stops

Any Pit Boss grill gives you a function called Priming – this is important because it gives you manual control of the speed of the Auger.
So when the pellets have run out or you’re starting your first grill, there are no pellets lined up in the auger to be fed to the ignitor which starts your fire.
When the grill starts, it runs the auger and igniter for 4 minutes straight no matter what.
If the pellets don’t reach the ignitor in time, no fire will start 🙁

Make SURE you PRIME by holding down the prime button until you hear pellets drop into the fire pot, or see smoke. You will hear the trickling, like dropping a penny into a soda can.

As for the P Setting…
P4 = Default

If it were the middle of the unforgiving Alaskan winter, (which a Pit Boss will still run in) you would want to try a P Setting of 0 to counter the naturally frigid winter air and outside temperatures.

On the other hand, if you were cooking in the Sahara dessert, your grill might already by 200 degrees inside from the stifling dessert sun.


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  • The second I turn mine on I just get ERR on the lcd

    Kalani.21 July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply

    jdutton24 July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Pit Boss pellet geills are shit!! I bought mine at Target and it stopped working in about 4 months. I'll never buy another Pit Boss anything!!!

    Keith M. July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I filed a warrant claim for broken grates in April, still no response. I have spent over 3 hours on hold and can't speak to anyone at pitboss. Now my controller is completely shot and the grill is useless. 10months and it's useless. Can't speak to anyone at PB. Messaged on FB on 6-26 about the controller and lack of response. Still ZERO assistance. $700 basically wasted. Don't buy PB if you expect any actual customer service.

    Michael Rettemnier July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I wish I had watched this before using my pitboss the first time. I didn't know why it wouldn't start so I tried to light it manually. Also I didn't know to leave it running. i was wondering why it kept running after I pressed the power button off, so I unplugged it. One question I have is during my first smoke, all went well except at one point it seemed to stop heating and a mass of white cloudy smoke accumulated and wouldn't stop until suddenly I heard something like a small explosion or whoosh (like when you light a gas burner with a match after the gas was running), then it ran ok again.

    calkid31 July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Pit boss has stooped all customer service, Mine is 6 mo old and you can not get support of any sort I would not buy this grill at all think im kidding call this # (877) 303-3134 also emailed them no reply's I had to buy a new heat prob then the new board 150.00 later im up and running I will be doing a youtube video every week making sure everyone gets it coid-19 or not this is unacceptable!

    jackie Guerra July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just a quick question….shouldn't the paint be factory cured on every individual piece before the grill is even assembled and shipped?
    Don't get me wrong, I just bought a Pit Boss 820 D3 and am excited to use it for the first time (tomorrow!) and I understand the need for the end consumer to burn off the impurities, but shouldn't the paint be heat cured by you guys first???

    Nick Pruiksma July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply

    Ty Jackson July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Is it worthwhile after the initial burn-off to coat any (or all?) interior surfaces with vegetable oil (or similar) and 'curing' the metal inside with another burn to prevent rusting?

    Jess Dykes July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • My igniter quit right after the first attempt to use it.

    jesse grat July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I have no prime on my pit boss. I just have to wait for the pellets to reach the pot.

    Dingo July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • What a pain in the butt
    After watching this I will stick with my Weber

    James Mitchell July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • 👍

    Anthony Guajardo July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just bought my Pit boss grill the Austin XL 1000, Got it home put it together and it did not work so i called Customer Service…. No one is picking up the phone, been calling for two days.

    887 Clothing July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Thank you BBQ Bob- we just got our first pit boss & were told we had to prime for like 10 hours so this was very very helpful & less stressful

    Kelsey McCoy July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • So you have to prime it everytime when before smoking ????

    OTR ATL July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I was given the 340 Pellet Grill and watching videos to learn how to use it. I dont see a Prime button on this model though. Is there another way to prime?

    Amanda Swartz July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • We got out pit boss 1100 pro series yesterday and made ribs after the initial burn off. We were having a problem with the grill maintaining a desired lower temp of 225°F. The dial was set to 225°F but it kept climbing up to 350°-365°+ and we didn’t know how to stop it from burning our meat. If anyone knows what the problem was or if it had to do with the probes, please let me know. Happy Memorial Day!

    Ruben Sanchez July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • This is a horrible sequence overview.

    Joe Diaz July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Is pit boss really trash?! The majority of these comments are complaints. Fuses, rust, auger jams, igniters and bad customer service. Next weekend was going to be the big day I bring home a 820d2… I'm getting cold feet 🤦‍♂️

    ProudBadMan July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • What the difference with V1control type, Dial-In Digital Control W/ LED?

    Brando Villasenor July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I purchased a tailgater from Walmart last week to cook for Mother’s Day and there was no control panel or bucket included in the box. Needless to say the grill was useless to me on Mother’s Day. I’ve been on your site I’ve tried contacting your customer service multiple times With no luck. I have not received a callback from your customer service nor a reply from anybody else. Can you please help

    FRANK CASTLE July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I've got a PB700FB, which I love. Why do I get smoke coming out of the pellet box, where it never used to? Then another problem, after a use, I did a burn off and a cool down per instructions, as I always do. Went to use it next day, auger would start to move then stop. I let it go for about 5 minutes, but nothing happened. Let it go through a shut down and unplugged it then tried to start it again, but same thing happened. Got on YouTube and saw how to remove auger. Upon removal, there were burnt pellets about half way back the feeder tube. What causes that? Oh yeah, thanks for giving a better warranty the year after I got mine. You'd have thought you would have offered it to previous customers.

    Dan OConnor July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I bought one of these. auger motor went on it. Waited 3 hours on customer service to hear that the part is on back order. Gave them my information and they said would send one when they become available. That was back in September. Ive tried calling them back and just to be waiting for hours. I loved the smoker when it ran but the customer service could be a little better.

    Jeremy Thompson July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • It would have been nice if you could set a temp of 275, but this one doesn’t have that option

    Jonathan Tran July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Pit Boss is no good. I used mine twice and it would not work correctly no more. I ruined a $75 brisket using the pit boss. The bad part is they would not help me fix it or replace it under warranty. They even blocked me on Facebook because I wanted help but they chose not to make it right. I went straight back to using charcoal. If you want a good smoker I would never recommend pit boss.

    RDQ1980 Quinney July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • BBQ Bob thank you so much for this Video!!! You saved and help me calm my husband down!!! We are excited to get started!!!

    Erika Turner July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Something else that’s very important is about every few times you cook you want to clean all the ash out of the grill otherwise the ash burns up in the pot and accumulates. I found out the hard way and these grills will smoke excessive and get very hot. Mine blew the lid right open. If you start smoking excessive, turn it to off position, open the lid and let it burn off. Then clean all the ash out and start over. Fantastic smoker grill. I love it. I use it a few times a week going on three years👍.

    steve m July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just picked up my 820 from Lowe's and will be using it tomorrow, there's still so light snowing here in Michigan (in April).

    John Duckworth July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just got our 1st Pit Boss Austin XL. Is it common for the hood thermometer to 110° off from the digital reading?

    Rodriguez Adventures July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just bought my first pellet pit boss smoker pro and this start up video help ALOT thank you for the learning.

    richard29055 July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • When will you be releasing the NASCAR Kyle Larson hard R series?

    Relentless Resistance July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Never ending nightmare. Build up then burns off every use. Tried every pellet made. Huge fluctuations in temps. Can’t keep up with 50degrees weather. Last night I wasted a whole bag in 6hrs. Awoke at 6am with huge fire outside. Pellets overfilled and built up whole bottom causing huge fire. Every use has a mechanical failure costing me lost meat and money. Not worth it because of expense and loss of product. Prob costs me 75$ to cook one 10lb pork shoulder if factor in failed uses like last night. Meet is cold but burnt to crisp. Over it and is for sale now on offer up. Waste of my time and money.

    Brad Distler July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Any idea how much fuel (pellets) required for say a 12hour 250° slow cook??

    AJ Secore July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • What to do when you do not have a "prime' button, like I don't have on my PB820?

    Egastap July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Just replaced igniter and all it does is smoke wont heat up Why ?

    Jacob July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Do you recommend spraying the inside with Pam for the initial burn off?

    William Vest July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Can I leave my grill plug in??

    Edgar Vega July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Wish mine didn't burn up igniters all the time

    justin manse July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I have had this very same pit boss for about 10 months. We like cooking on it, but the pellet hopper has backfired 3 times already. The last time it did this all the paint burned off the inside the hopper and the plastic auger bushing burned completely out! Knowing all the issues I would have never spent over $500 for this.

    ekeller88 July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Hi Pit Boss. I am going to get the Pit Boss Pro820. My patio does not have a roof. Will the cover keep the Pro820 dry and safe in heavy rain? That is all I worry about. Thanks.

    Michael Jones July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • During my first prime after getting a Pit Boss Pro 1100, the fuse blew and shut the whole thing down. I found the fuses online and am waiting on them to be shipped as nobody around has them. Talk about a way to ruin your day….

    Brandon Sampson July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Pit boss is crap save your money. Called cs all I got was an smart ass women on the other end.

    Dwight Crumpler July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • I followed this with my new pit boss. It got so hot the panel burned up.

    bikephil July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Based on the comment section it seems these pit boss "grills" are for decorative purposes only, and NOT to be used for actual grilling/smoking.

    Anthony Swiss July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Should you be doing this process with the lid open and the heat setting is on smoke, until you crank uo your heat?

    J Clark July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply
  • Mine doesn’t have a prime button

    Rey Bat July 4, 2020 12:13 pm Reply

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