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

Z Grills Pellet Grills/Smokers FAQ
Z Grills has developed a pretty comprehensive range of budget/affordable pellet grills/smokers and is now offering pellet grills with PID temperature controllers too: Image – ZGrills.com

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What’s The Cheapest Z Grills Pellet Grill?

Currently, the cheapest Z Grill is the 5502H pellet grill for under $350.

What’s The Most Expensive Z Grills Pellet Grill?

The most expensive Z Grill is currently the 700D3 pellet grill for just under under $800.

What’s The Smallest Z Grills Pellet Grill?

The smallest pellet grill in the Z Grills range is currently the 450A pellet grill providing a total cooking area of 459 sq.in with 331 sq.in provided by the main cooking grate with a further 128 sq.in by an upper smoking/warming rack. However, note I’ve not stated the 450A is currently the cheapest pellet grill, that’s the 5502H which provides a larger cooking area 553 sq.in and is also fitted with a superior PID control panel. Hence, the 5502H is the much better deal.

What’s The Largest Z Grills Pellet Grill?

The 1000 Series are the largest Z Grills overall, offered with either a black, silver or bronze finish and either a lower cabinet or lower storage shelf. The 1000 Series Z Grills provide a total cooking area of 1,056 sq.in, with 428 square inches at the cooking grate and 374 sq.in and 274 sq.in provided by two upper smoking racks.

However, the 700 Series actually have the larger main cooking grate at 504 sq.in, but a smaller total cooking area of 697 sq.in as just one additional upper smoking rack is provided at 193 sq.in. Hence, if you want the largest grilling area on a Z Grill the 700 Series provides more space. However, if you are primarily interested in smoking meat (low and slow) than the 1000 Series is going to provide you with more cooking area.

Which Z Grills Pellet Grill Get’s The Hottest?

All Z Grills, even those with the latest PID control panels have a maximum temperature setting of 450 degrees. There are some Z Grills models (600 Series) which do have direct-flame access under the centre of the cooking grate. Z Grills state that up to 750 degrees can be achieved over grate when direct-flame access is used. However, personally, I believe the temperature will more likely be around 600 to 650 degrees.

What’s The Warranty On Z Grills Pellet Grills?

Z Grills offer a 30-day returns policy due to defects in manufacturing or workmanship of the pellet grill. A warranty term of 3 years appears to currently be standard across the entire Z Grills range. As with other pellet grill manufacturers, the paint/finish of the pellet grills will not be covered under the warranty terms.

Where Are Z Grills Pellet Grills Made?

As Z Grills are a budget orientated brand all their pellet grills are manufactured in China to enable them to offer some of the cheapest pellet grills on the market today. The parent company of Z Grills also manufacturers pellet grills and components for other brands.

Does Z Grills Produce Portable Pellet Grills?

While the Z Grills 450A is definitely a very compact and lightweight pellet grill at 84lbs it is not a truly portable pellet grill in the sense that the legs fold, which they don’t on the 450A. As portable pellet grills are growing in popularity for camping, tailgating and RV trips I do expect that Z Grills are working on a dedicated portable pellet grill.

Does Z Grills Produce Vertical Pellet Smokers?

Not currently, even though Z Grills has a very extensive range of horizontal pellet grill/smokers they are yet to produce a dedicated vertical pellet smoker.

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

No, Z Grills is firmly a budget/value-oriented brand, and built-in pellet grills/smokers for outdoor kitchens are more the realm of premium/luxury pellet grills. However, Grilla Grills did launch a built-in version of their popular Silverbac pellet grill for built-in kitchens. As Z Grills sell a similar model (700 Series), they may choose to offer this model for budget/DIY built-in outdoor kitchen projects.

Does Z Grills Produce Pellet/Gas Combo Pellet Grills?

No, Z Grills does not currently offer any combination pellet/gas grills. As of this moment, the only three brands offering pellet/gas combo grills is Pit Boss, Camp Chef and Cuisinart.

Does Z Grills Produce Stainless Steel Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Z Grills do not currently produce a full-stainless steel pellet grill, and as they are a budget-focused brand, I wouldn’t expect a full-stainless steel pellet grill from Z Grills anytime soon. However, Z Grills do use stainless steel on their pellet grills for the hopper and grill lids (7002F2 Pellet Grill), but that’s about it. I’m also not sure what grade of stainless steel is used or its gauge.

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

It currently appears that only the 700D2 (Black Finish) and 700D3 (Stainless Steel Finish) have any form of dual/twin-wall insulated construction in the Z Grills range. An additional layer of galvanized steel sits in the bottom of the burn chamber which will help to deflect more of the heat up towards the cooking grates and will also reduce pellet consumption. However, on other Z Grills for use in cooler/cold weather, their insulated blanket is recommended.

Do Z Grills Come With WiFi/App Support?

As of yet, no Z Grill comes with WiFi/App support. However, when using the Z Grills Comparison page, ‘WiFi Controlled’ is a featured option. Hence it certainly appears that Z Grills are aware that potential customers are looking for the feature. Therefore, its likely that Z Grills are going to be launching pellet grills/smokers with WiFi functionality relatively soon.

Do Z Grills Come With PID Control Panels?

Yes, for 2021 Z Grills introduced their first range of PID controlled pellet grills for more accurate temperature control. However, I should note that Z Grills have opted for their PID control panels to be set at 25-degree increments. PID technology generally enables a pellet grill to hold its temperature to within 5-degrees of the set temperature. Hence, many pellet grill manufacturers when implementing PID enable 5-degree increments in temperature settings. It’s not clear if and when Z Grills will offer 5-degree temperature increments. However, the introduction of more accurate PID controllers is a welcome addition in any case.

Do Z Grills Offer Direct-Flame Access?

Yes, the Z Grills 600D comes with direct-flame access under the centre of the cooking grate which will provide grilling/searing temperatures around 600-650 degrees. Unfortunately, the larger models in the 700 Series and 1000 Series do not currently come with direct-flame access.

Do Z Grills Offer Easy Ash Clean Out?

Yes, but only the Z Grills 1000 Series models come with an ash cleanout draw which can be pulled out from the back of the grill. Foil can be placed in the draw for each ash cleanout or a shop vac can be used, once the ash is cold.

Do Z Grills Grills Come With A Hopper Pellet Dump?

Only the latest models in the 700 Series come with a hopper pellet dump feature such as the Z Grills 7002F2.

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A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.

Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.

A to Z List of The Best BBQ Wood Pellets

A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.

In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.