Louisiana Grills Pellet Grills/Smokers FAQ

Hi, I’m Chris I started PelHeat.com back in 2007.

My general pellet grill/smoker FAQ page offers answers to a wide range of topics about pellet grills/smokers and the pellets they use. However, this page is specifically a Louisiana Grills focused FAQ page, discussing questions about what features/capabilities the current range of Louisiana Grills pellet grills/smokers offer. For instance, which Louisiana Grills come with features such as WiFi, direct-flame access, twin-wall insulated construction, stainless steel, pellet dump etc. I’ll also provide links to articles I’ve produced on specific Louisiana Grills and my comparison articles. I hope I can teach you something new, enjoy!

Louisiana Grills FAQ
The Louisiana Grills pellet grill/smoker range is focused on being a mid-range/premium offering of products, with several models featuring extensive use of stainless steel and other premium features such as WiFi and PID control panels: Images – Louisiana-grills.com

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What’s The Cheapest Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill?

The cheapest Louisiana pellet grill is currently the Black Label 800 retailing for just under $900. However, if you are looking for purely a pellet smoker the 7-Series Vertical Pellet Smoker comes in at $800 and provides a much larger cooking area, but it obviously has no grilling capabilities.

What’s The Most Expensive Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill?

The most expensive Louisiana Grills pellet grill/smoker is the full-stainless steel free-standing Estate 860C which retails for $3,000. However, this particular model is using the older time-based control panels and is likely to be updated soon with improved features/specification.

What’s The Smallest Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill?

The current smallest Louisiana Grills pellet grill is the Black Label 800 providing a total cooking area of 809 square inches, with 520 sq.in over the main cooking grate with a further 289 sq.in provided by an upper smoking/warming rack.

What’s The Largest Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill?

The largest horizontal pellet grill/smoker from Louisiana Grills is actually a tie between the Founders Premier 1200 and the Founders Legacy 1200, both providing a total cooking area of 1,205 square inches. However, the more affordable Black Label 1200 is not far behind providing a total cooking area of 1,180 square inches. Though, if you are looking purely for a pellet smoker then the most affordable and largest cooking area is found on the 7-Series Vertical Pellet Smoker providing a massive total cooking area of 1,979 square inches.

Which Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill Get’s The Hottest?

Every Louisiana Grills pellet grill has a 600-degree maximum temperature setting, going from the previous generation LG900C2 up to the latest models in the Black Label and Founders Series. Furthermore, all Louisiana Grills come with a slide-plate flame broiler for direct-flame access which will provide surface grate temperatures over 600 degrees. Louisiana Grills claims up to 1,000 degrees, however realistically, the grate surface temperature will be around 700 degrees, potentially a bit more.

What’s The Warranty On Louisiana Grills Pellet Grills?

All Louisiana Grills pellet grills come with a 5-year warranty which covers the steel parts and the electrical components. However, you need to be aware that rust/oxidations of the steel parts, hence the paint finish is not covered under the warranty, just when the steel components are structurally compromised. This is a standard warranty term with all carbon steel based pellet grills.

Where Are Louisiana Grills Pellet Grills Made?

While the Louisiana Grills brand and their parent company Danson’s Inc are a US-based company, Louisiana Grills pellet grills are currently manufactured in China. As Louisiana Grills pellet grills are targeted at the mid-range section of the pellet grill market, the lower overseas manufacturing costs are the only means possible to offer these pellet grills at their respective price points.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Portable Pellet Grills?

Unlike their sibling brand Pit Boss, Louisiana Grills do not currently offer a portable pellet grill. At some point, we may see a portable Louisiana Grills pellet grill based on a similar design to the portable Pit Boss pellet grills. However, at this point, there is no information available on such new portable models.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Vertical Pellet Smokers?

Currently, Louisiana Grills offer just one vertical pellet smoker the 7-Series Vertical Pellet Smoker. Offering a significant cooking area of 1,979 square inches over 6 racks. Being purely a pellet smoker the maximum temperature is not as high as the horizontal pellet grills/smokers at just 420 degrees. However, for those who already own a suitable gas grill for instance and are just looking to get better flavour into their food, a vertical pellet smoker can provide a lot of value.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Built-In Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Louisiana Grills do currently produce one built-in pellet grill/smoker for an outdoor kitchen, the Estate 860BI. Being made from 304-grade stainless steel that is very impressive for its price point just over $2,200. However, the Estate 860BI features the previous generation time-based control panel. Therefore, I expect that sooner rather than later the Estate 860BI is going to be updated with the more modern control panels found on the Black Label and Founders Series grills.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Pellet/Gas Combo Pellet Grills?

No, even though their sibling brand Pit Boss produces several pellet/gas combo pellet grills. Will we see a Louisiana Grills pellet/gas combo pellet grill in the future? I think this one is pretty likely, though its not clear when it will happen at the moment.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Stainless Steel Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Yes, Louisiana Grills produce two full-stainless steel pellet grills the Estate 860BI and the Estate 860C. However, Louisiana Grills also produce several pellet grills with extensive use of stainless steel, while not full-stainless steel pellet grills. For instance, the Elite 800 and the Elite 800 Deluxe feature stainless steel grill lids, shelves and cabinet doors. The Founders Series Legacy 800 and Legacy 1200 both feature stainless steel grill lids and full stainless steel cooking chambers.

Does Louisiana Grills Produce Twin-Wall Insulated Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Yes, several Louisiana Grills models come with twin-wall/double-wall construction to provide better cold-weather performance and reduced pellet consumption. The previous generation stainless steel grills such as the Estate 860BI and the Estate 860C do feature dual-wall stainless steel lids. However, the best examples are the latest Founders Series Legacy 800 and Legacy 1200. These models feature a full twin-wall cooking chamber with 304-grade stainless steel lining.

Do Louisiana Grills Come With WiFi/App Support?

Yes, several of the latest Louisiana Grills come with WiFi/App support, or as Louisiana Grills brands the feature ‘SmokeIT’. Of the Louisiana Grills range, all of the Black Label and Founders Series models come with WiFi/SmokeIT support. However, previous-generation models such as 900C2, Elite and Estate models do not currently come with WiFi/SmokeIT support. Therefore, I expect that these premium models are going to be replaced/upgraded shortly.

Do Louisiana Grills Come With PID Control Panels?

Yes, quite a few (but not all) of the Louisiana Grills range come with control panels using PID technology for more accurate temperature control. Essentially, any Louisiana Grills pellet grill which comes with SmokeIT support also features a control panel running a PID algorithm. Therefore, in the Louisiana Grills range that includes all of the Black Label and Founders Series models currently. None of the Elite or Estate models is currently fitted with a PID control panel.

Do Louisiana Grills Offer Direct-Flame Access?

Yes, all Louisiana Grills pellet grills offer direct-flame access for higher searing temperatures at the grate above the pellet firepot. Louisiana Grills marketing claims temperatures ‘up to 1,000 degrees‘, realistically the temperature will be around 700 degrees which is still sufficient for a good sear. However, there are differences between how the feature is controlled on older and newer models.

For instance, on the previous generation 900C2 to turn direct-flame access on an off you had to lift up the cooking grates to slide the grease tray slots open and closed. While it worked sufficiently, but it wasn’t that user friendly, especially if you had your hands full or the grates are already hot but you forgot to open up the grease tray slots. The more modern Black Label and Founder Series Premier and Legacy models have a handle on the outside of the grill to enable/disable direct-flame access, hence a much better method to provide access to the feature.

Do Louisiana Grills Offer Easy Ash Clean Out?

No, on all Louisiana Grills currently to clean out the pellet ash you need to remove the cooking grates, grease tray, heat deflector and get a shop vac in there to clean out the ash once the grill is cool.

Do Louisiana Grills Grills Come With A Hopper Pellet Dump?

Yes, well, some models do come with a pellet hopper dump feature to change pellets or for the proper storage of pellets when not in use in a plastic container. All of the Black Label and Founders Series models have the ‘Hopper Cleanout System’. While the feature is promoted on the Louisiana Grills website for the Black Label models, strangely the feature is not mentioned in the sales literature for the higher specification Founders Series, but these models do indeed have the feature, I’ve seen it 🙂

Louisiana Grills Features FAQ

Porcelain Coated Cast-Iron Grates

Louisiana Grills are well known for their above-average grilling/searing performance in the pellet grill world due to their inclusion of direct flame access on most of their pellet grills. However, the other reason Louisiana Grills pellet grills provide above-average grilling/searing performance is due to their use of porcelain-coated cast-iron grates. Cast-iron grates hold onto their heat much better than thin wire racks and can provide good sear marks.

What Is SmokeIT?

SmokeIT is simply the brand name Louisiana Grills has chosen to describe their smartphone app which can communicate with their pellet grills fitted with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Through the SmokeIT app its possible to view the current temperature inside the pellet grill and to set a new temperature, along with various timers. When meat probes are used with the control panel its also possible to monitor the internal temperature of the meat from your smartphone. SmokeIT is the same App used for Pit Boss pellet grills, with both Pit Boss and Louisiana Grills being subsidiaries of their parent company Danson LLC.

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