Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: August 11, 2022

The Pit Boss smoker is a quality meat smoker and is recommended by professionals from around the globe.

These meat smoking professionals have put this basic guide together to assist you when using the pit boss smoker.

Summary of the Key Findings

  • Pit Boss smokers are very easy to use.
  • The initial priming process is simplistic to use.
  • The Pit Boss smoker has some ingenious features.

The Pit Boss smoker may look intimidating at first, but there is no need to be concerned.

This article will assist you with a start and end process while informing you of the correct wood pellets to use.

How To Prepare The Smoker

Close up image of a smoker with closed lid

Ensure that you have access to a power outlet as the grill will require 110v to operate.

Connect the smoker to this outlet and switch the smoker on to test the components.

After the smoker has been switched on, you should hear the Adler motor start turning and the draft fan blowing; this will mean that the smoker is functioning.

Switch the smoker off again and fill the hopper with good-quality wood pellets; now, you are ready to prime the smoker [1].

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Priming The Pit Boss Smoker

Inside and outside of a Pitboss pellet grill

The priming procedure is a very important step that will need to be done on all new smokers and if the smoker has run out of fuel/pellets from the hopper.

If the Adler tunnel is empty, it can not supply pellets to the firepot, and the igniter rod will switch off.

Here is how to prime the Pit Boss Smoker:

  1.   Switch on the smoker by pushing the 'on' button; the igniter timing cycle will appear on the display screen.
  2.  Push and hold in the prime button on the display.  Holding the prime button will give the Alder system a boost in speed and deliver the pellets to the firepot. Hold the prime button in until you hear the pellets trickle into the firepot.  Release the button, and the prime cycle will continue for 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. When the smoker is fired-up, you will hear a turbulent sound similar to a mini jet engine; this signifies that the fire has ignited and is intensifying [2].

The Initial Burn Cycle

Holding the lid of a grill to open and close

The impurities must be burnt off on any new smoker, and the paint will need to be heat cured.

When the smoker leaves the factory, it still has some machining oils, which must be burned off.

The Initial burn is an important step to be completed before the first smoke:

  1.     Switch the smoker on and run through the priming cycle.
  2.     Turn the smoker temperature to 450°F and close the lid. Allow the smoker to heat up and run for 25 to 30 minutes.

You will notice smoke coming out from the smoker; this is the impurities burning off and the paint curing.

After 25 to 30 minutes, select your desired smoking temperature, and now you are ready to start smoking [3].


How To Start The Pit Boss Smoker

The interface of the Pitboss grill with buttons and screens

Leaving the lid open, press the start button, and you will hear the draft fan switch on.

Take a closer look to see if the Auger is feeding pellets into the firepot; if pellets are not being fed, use the prime button to speed up the feed rate.

The igniter rod will be turning red hot and should start igniting the wood pellets, and within 2 minutes, you should see smoke starting to rise out from the smoker.

Give the smoker an additional 5 minutes to fill the firepot and get the pellets smoldering.

If you are adding water to the smoker for this cook, this is the ideal time to add it.

Remember to add hot water as cold water will drop the smoker’s temperature.

Close the lid, select the ideal temperature for the smoke you want, and let the smoker come up to temperature.

Depending on the selected temperature, this should take between 5 to 10 minutes.

Once the temperature is reached, place the meat in the smoker and set your smoking plan into motion.

Switching The Pit Boss Smoker Off

After removing the meat from the smoker, leave the lid open and turn the temperature down to its lowest setting.

Now will be a good time to clean the grates with a grill brush and remove the small burnt pieces of meat.

It is much easier to clean while the smoker is still warm and will save you time doing a deep clean.

When you have given the grates a quick once over, close the lid and switch the smoker off but do not unplug it from the mains.

Even though the smoker has been turned off, the draft fan will continue to turn and blow air into the fire pot to burn off the remaining fuel, resulting in easier cleaning and less ash build-up.

The fan will stay running for 7 to 10 minutes, and then the smoker will turn itself completely off [4].

Heating Probe Inputs

The Pit Boss smoker has two heat probe inputs on the PB820D and four inputs on the pro series.

The probes can be run through the holes at the back of the smoker and directly to the meat on the grates.

The probes are plugged in at the display board, and the temperatures are displayed on the screen.

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Close up image top view of holding wood pellets

It is recommended to use the Pit Boss all-natural Barbeque wood pellets for this smoker.  Pit Boss has a large variety of pellets for all your smoking needs. These pellets are available in 20lb and 40lb bags [5].

The Pit boss All Natural Barbeque wood pellet flavors are:

  •       Classic Blend Hardwood
  •       Hickory Blend Hardwood
  •       Cherry Blend Hardwood
  •       Competition Blend Hardwood
  •       Apple Hardwood Blend
  •       Fruitwood Blend
  •       Mesquite Hardwood Blend


Overall, the Pit Boss smoker is a smoker that is easy to use and is recommended by meat-smoking professionals. Specifically the Pit Boss 700FB.

The initial priming procedure is easy; remember to do an initial burn before starting your first smoke.

The Pit Boss smoker has clever features like leaving the draft fan running to let the last bit of pellets burn off.

By following the basic guide in this article, the Pit Boss smoker will be a pleasure to use.


  1. https://barbecuebible.com/2020/12/25/18-pellet-grill-tips-for-beginners/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm1qgl1breU
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm1qgl1breU
  4. https://pitboss-grills.com/pages/faq
  5. https://pitboss-grills.com/collections/fuel
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