A pellet smoker is a modern version of the traditional wood grills, where tradition and technology come together in a beautiful way. Instead of wooden blocks you use pellets here, these are small wooden sticks made of compressed wood. And instead of having to take care of the fire yourself, this is now done automatically.
With a pellet grills or best pellet grills under $500 you actually have the best of both worlds. You have the cozy fireplace experience, but unlike a normal fireplace, everything is now automated and clean. Instead of maintaining the fire yourself and placing new logs on the fire, the pellet stove will add pellets to the fire to reach the room temperature you want. And because of the very efficient burning of pellets, you have very little clean-up (little ash), no ‘fire odor’, and you have to burn less. You also do not need a large chimney.
Most of the heat is blown out like hot air with a fan. Only a small amount of heat is released via radiation. As a result, the heater itself does not become piping hot, which is without a doubt safer.
In use, a pellet stove is simple: you fill the stove’s reservoir with pellets (once every one to five days, depending on consumption and size of the reservoir), and empty the slider with ash once a week. You also set the temperature that you want, such as with a thermostat, and that’s it.
The fuel, pellets, is sold in bags of 15 kg at around five euros per bag. Pellets come in different levels of quality, with the best pellets giving the most efficient combustion. It is not something you want to save on, always go for the good quality. You get more heat with it, and fewer ashes.
Pellets are made from wood waste, so no trees are felled for it. Unlike oil or gas, it is indeed a renewable energy source (trees can be planted, but gas or oil cannot be produced). And because as much CO2 is released during incineration as the original tree has ever absorbed, pellets are CO2 neutral.
How does a pellet smoker or grills work?
A pellet stove is actually a small boiler where pellets are burned to generate heat. The stove has a storage compartment in which several kilos of pellets are stored. These are then supplied to the combustion chamber by an automatic screw. Faster if we want more heat, slower if we want less.
The pellet stove controls this entire process automatically by means of best advanced electronics. This keeps an eye on everything that is important:
- temperature of the room
- temperature of the combustion
- temperature of the flue gases
- supply of fresh air
- exhaust of smoke
- spreading good heated air to the living space
How does a pellet stove light itself?
When you switch on a top pellet smoker, it will first fill its combustion tray with new pellets. Then he starts blowing very warm air at the bottom of that tray. This heats the pellets so high that they ignite spontaneously. Then the supply of hot air stops, and the stove starts controlling the supply of the pellets and oxygen in order to optimize the combustion.