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starting a camp chef pellet grill

How to Start a Camp Chef Pellet Grill

Learn Step by step how to start a camp chef pellet grill the right way. From loading the hopper to putting on your food, we've got you covered with these step by step instructions
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Smoked


  • Camp Chef Pellet Grill
  • Grill Brush


  • 1 Bag Wood Pellets


  • Fill your hopper with pellets.
    filling camp chef hopper with pellets
  • Plug in and turn the power switch to "ON", keeping the lid open. Set the dial to "Feed". This will start the auger turning and bring the pellets towards the firepot.  If the auger is completely empty, this can take about 5-7 minutes to fill the auger.
    starting camp chef pellet grill
  • Once you or see pellets going into the fire pot you can switch your temperature dial to your chosen temperature for the food you are cooking.
    pellets going into fire pot of camp chef pellet grill
  • Once you hear a torchy burning sound and the pellet grill starts producing a lot of smoke, you can close the lid.
    camp chef pellet grill making a lot of smoke
  • Wait about 10-25 minutes for the grill to come up to temperature.
    camp chef pellet grill
  • While you are waiting, make sure you’ve got the grease trap in place and the grease bucket hanging to catch any grease that comes out during the cook
    grease bucket on camp chef pellet grill
  • Put your grates on. Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates.  Then apply a little bit of cooking oil for your food.
  • If you want to use DIRECT HEAT, pull the knob on the left side by the control panel OUT to remove the heat deflector shield.
    pulling knob on camp chef pellet grill for direct heat
  • Once the grill is at your desired temperature, put your food on!



Video courtesy of Hidden Heights Farm
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