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Grill fires

If there is currently a grill fire

  • Don't panic.
  • Unplug the grill.
  • Move the grill away from other flammable objects.
  • Keep the lid closed on both the grill and hopper.
  • DO NOT use water or flour to put out the fire. Just wait for the fire to burn out.

Why did my grill catch on fire?

After the fire has gone out and the grill has cooled off, try to determine the type of fire that just occurred. Understanding the type of fire goes a long way when learning how to prevent this from happening in the future.

Grease Fire

Grease fires typically start on the drip tray and spread from there. Here are a few tips to help you avoid grease fires:

  • Ensure your grill is always cleaned thoroughly. See Grill maintenance for thorough cleaning steps.
    • We recommend not exceeding 20 hours of cook time between cleanings.
    • If you are cooking with greasier foods, such as bacon, you may need to clean more often.
  • Keep an eye out for grease pooling.
    • Grease should flow smoothly down the drip tray and into the grease bucket or grease tray.
    • “Grease pooling” refers to an area where grease gathers instead of flowing out into the proper channels. This can be caused by a few different things:
      • Improper placement of the drip tray or drip tray liner.
      • Tinfoil that is not flush to the drip tray.
      • Dirty or damaged drip tray.
      • Dirty or damaged grease trough.

Pellet Fire

Pellet fires are caused by a large buildup of pellets in the firepot. If there is no fire in the firepot, the pellets will continue to feed and may eventually overflow. A pellet fire occurs when all these pellets in and around the firepot ignite. Here are some tips to help you avoid pellet fires:

  • If the grill ever shuts itself off, always double-check the fire pot to ensure it is not overflowing with pellets or ash before starting the grill.
  • Always ensure you are using the proper start-up procedure for your grill. An improper start-up can affect the cook even hours in.
  • Always make sure your pellets are stored in an airtight container such as our pellet storage bucket.

Insulation Blankets

Insulation Blankets are a great way to help your grill maintain temp in colder climates. However, Insulation Blankets are not meant to be used year-round.

We recommend only using an Insulation Blanket when the ambient temperature is 30° F (-1°C) or lower. Insulation blankets should also only be used when the grill's temperature is set to 350 degrees or lower. If you are planning a cook in temperatures above freezing, or a cook that requires the grill be set higher than 350 degrees, remove the insulation blanket, as this could cause damage to the grill and the blanket, and in some cases, fire.

What Now?

So you've had a grill fire, what now? Can you still use your grill? Will your warranty cover any repairs?

Typically, grill fire damage is not covered under warranty. That said, grill fires usually don't render a grill unusable. In rare cases where fire damage prevents a grill from functioning, you may purchase replacement parts. If you are unsure what needs to be replaced, or if you have additional questions about the warranty, feel free to call Customer Service.