How to Use a Pellet Smoker Grill

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  June 4, 2022

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How to use a pellet smoker

Here are some tips on how to use your pellet smoker after you’ve bought it:

  • Maintenance is key. It’s important that you keep the smoker clean as a build-up of debris and grease can negatively affect the flavor of your food in the long run. Make sure to invest in a cover to help protect it from the elements when not in use and prolong its lifespan.
  • Avoid opening the lid while cooking. This will cause the smoke to leak out and compromise not only the temperature but the meat’s flavor.
  • Put safety first. Don’t expose the smoker to rain, check all the components before you use it and don’t let the cords get wet.
  • Keep in mind that you’ll have to replace some of the smoker’s components every now and then, like the gasket for example.
  • The pellets should be stored properly in a dry and cool place away from moisture. Make sure they never get damp or wet, as that’ll render them useless.
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.