Pit Boss 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 Pit Boss focused FAQ page, discussing questions about what features/capabilities the current range of Pit Boss pellet grills/smokers offer. For instance, which Pit Boss 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 Pit Boss models and my comparison/vs articles. I hope I can teach you something new, enjoy!

Pit Boss FAQ
Pit Boss produces a fairly expansive range of budget to mid-range pellet grills/smokers which are well known for their direct-flame grilling performance: Images – Pitboss-grills.com

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What’s The Cheapest Pit Boss Pellet Grill?

Currently, the cheapest Pit Boss horizontal pellet grill/smoker is the PB440 Deluxe for under $350. The cheapest Pit Boss vertical pellet smoker is the 3-Series models, commonly found for under $500.

What’s The Most Expensive Pit Boss Pellet Grill?

As Pit Boss is a budget/mid-range focused brand, for the pellet grill world on average Pit Boss pellet grills are not generally regarded as ‘expensive’. However, the most expensive Pit Boss currently is the Gen 2 Pro Series 1600 for around $900 at Lowes.

What’s The Smallest Pit Boss Pellet Grill?

Currently, the smallest Pit Boss pellet grill is the Tabletop 150 providing a total cooking area of 256 sq.in. The next size up is the Portable pellet grill offering 387 sq.in of cooking area and folding legs.

What’s The Largest Pit Boss Pellet Grill?

The largest Pit Boss overall is the Platinum Series Lockhart which is the combination of a horizontal pellet grill with a vertical smoking cabinet on top providing a total cooking area of 2,136 sq.in. In terms of the largest purely horizontal Pit Boss pellet grill that honour goes to the Gen 2 Pro Series 1600, providing a total cooking area of 1,598 sq.in. The largest Pit Boss vertical pellet smokers are the 7-Series providing a total cooking area of 1,853 sq.in.

Which Pit Boss Grill Get’s The Hottest?

The highest temperature setting found on any Pit Boss pellet grill is currently 500 degrees. The good news is that this 500-degree temperature setting is found even on the smallest/cheapest Pit Boss pellet grills such as the PB440 Deluxe for under $350. However, many (not all) Pit Boss pellet grills also come with direct-flame searing for higher grilling temperatures, more details here.

What’s The Warranty On Pit Boss Pellet Grills?

The Pit Boss Warranty period of 5 years is currently one of the longest warranty terms on the market today. However, it should be noted that oxidation (rust)/paint finish is not covered under the warranty period unless the structural integrity of the grill is compromised. Though this is a standard part of warranty terms of conditions for other pellet grill brands.

Where Are Pit Boss Grills Made?

While the Pit Boss brand and their parent company Dansons Inc are US-based company, Pit Boss pellet grills are currently manufactured in China. As Pit Boss pellet grills are targeted at the budget end 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 Pit Boss Produce Portable Pellet Grills?

Yes, Pit Boss offers several portable pellet grills starting with their Tabletop 150. There are also three larger portable pellet grills with folding legs, namely the Portable, Sportsman Portable and R-Series. The Portable and Sportsman Portable are essential the same portable pellet grills, they just feature a different paint finish/color scheme. The R-Series is the original portable Pit Boss pellet grill. A little more expensive than the other Pit Boss portable pellet grills, however, it offers the largest cooking area of 512 sq.in along with an analogue temperature gauge mounted in the lid.

Does Pit Boss Produce Vertical Pellet Smokers?

Yes, Pit Boss currently produces the largest range of vertical pellet smokers on the market. The smallest range is the 3-Series, followed by the Pro Series (4-Series), Copperhead 5-Series and finally the 7-Series. There are several different styles available from the standard copper finish to the black and orange Sportsman paint finish. The latest model of Pit Boss vertical pellet smoker range is the Platinum Series Brunswick. The Brunswick is also the most advanced Pit Boss vertical pellet smoker featuring the PID/WiFi control panel found on the Platinum Range pellet grills.

Does Pit Boss Produce Built-In Pellet Grills/Smokers?

As yet, Pit Boss has not yet produced any built-in pellet grills/smokers for outdoor kitchens. As outdoor kitchen pellet grills are general luxury products which is not the value segment that Pit Boss currently focuses on. Its unlikely we will see a built-in pellet grill from Pit Boss any time soon.

Does Pit Boss Produce Pellet/Gas Combo Pellet Grills?

Yes, Pit Boss currently produced the widest range of pellet/gas combo pellet grills on the market. The Pit Boss combo range features several Pro Series, Charleston and Navigator models with very similar specifications, along with the Sportsman and PB1230. The best Pit Boss pellet/gas combo pellet grill is the KC Combo under the Platinum Series. The reason being the KC Combo features a PID/WiFi control panel which is not currently found on the other pellet/gas combo grills.

Does Pit Boss Produce Stainless Steel Pellet Grills/Smokers?

While Pit Boss does use stainless steel for some components such as the handles and side shelves on some of their pellet grills, they are yet to produce a pellet grill that more extensively uses stainless steel. As stainless steel is an expensive material using it would push up the price of the Pit Boss pellet grills out of their value/budget segment. That’s not to say Pit Boss would never produce a stainless steel pellet grill, but its not currently very likely.

Does Pit Boss Produce Twin-Wall Insulated Pellet Grills/Smokers?

To my knowledge Pit Boss are not currently using twin-wall insulated construction in any of their horizontal pellet grills. Therefore, it means that without an insulated blanket Pit Boss pellet grills are mainly suited to warm weather use. However, the Pit Boss vertical pellet smokers do feature twin-wall construction with insulation.

Do Pit Boss Grills Come With WiFi/App Support?

The majority of the Pit Boss pellet grill/vertical pellet smoker range does not feature WiFi/App support. The first models to feature App support (SmokeIT) were the KC Combo and Lockhart as part of the Platinum Series. However, the first generation of these models only featured Bluetooth and not WiFi connectivity, meaning they were only suitable for short-range communication with the Pit Boss SmokeIT app.

However, the Platinum Series models have been since upgraded with WiFi functionality. Furthermore, the Pit Boss Gen2 Pro Series has now been released which also features full WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity. Its likely Pit Boss is going to be releasing more WiFi-enabled models soon.

Do Pit Boss Grills Come With PID Control Panels?

As of right now, the only Pit Boss pellet grills/smokers which utilize PID algorithms for more accurate temperature control are models within the Platinum Series and Gen 2 Pro Series ranges. Within the Platinum range that includes the Lockhart, KC Combo and the vertical pellet smoker the Brunswick. In the Gen 2 Pro Series that includes the 850, 1150 and 1600.

Do Pit Boss Grills Offer Direct-Flame Access?

Yes, the majority of the range of Pit Boss pellet grills comes with direct flame access to raise grate temperatures over the maximum of 500 degrees which can be set on the control pane. Now, Pit Boss states 1,000 degrees is achievable, however, that’s overly optimistic and temperatures around 650-700 degrees at the grate should be expected. Those temperatures are still hot enough to get an excellent sear on your meat, fish and vegetables.

It appears all models currently on the Pit Boss website come with direct flame access. However, as I discuss in my article on budget Pit Boss grills previously some of the entry-level grills did not come with the feature. If you are not sure if a Pit Boss pellet grills come with direct-flame access look for the sliding grease tray with gaps to let the flames through.

Do Pit Boss Grills Offer Easy Ash Clean Out?

To clean the ash out of the majority of the Pit Boss range requires the removal of the cooking grates, grease tray and heat deflector to get into the base of the pellet grill with a shop vac. However, the Gen 2 Pro Series and Platinum Series models such as the Lockhart and Laredo do feature an easy ash cleanout system.

Do Pit Boss Grills Come With A Hopper Pellet Dump?

All of the models within the Pit Boss Gen 2 Pro Series and Platinum Series feature a pellet hopper clean-out/dump door for changing pellets or emptying the hopper before storage. There are a few other models such as the Navigator 1150 which also have the pellet hopper cleanout feature, however, its not commonly found on older legacy Pit Boss pellet grills.

Pit Boss Features FAQ

Porcelain Coated Cast-Iron Grates

Pit Boss 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 Pit Boss 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.

The majority of the Pit Boss pellet grill/smoker range come with porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates, even some of the portable pellet grills. However, the Tabletop 150 does not come with cast-iron grates to keep the weight down. Furthermore, some of the older generation budget Pit Boss pellet grills came with wire racks.

What Is SmokeIT?

SmokeIT is simply the brand name Pit Boss has chosen to describe their smartphone app which can communicate with Pit Boss 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.

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