Pellet Grill Basics

Pellet Grill Basics

ou may have heard about pellet grilling, the latest and greatest craze in the barbecue and grilling scene. Maybe you saw someone using their grill on a social media video. Or you walked past one at a hardware or sporting goods store. Were you thinking to yourself, what exactly is a pellet grill and how do they work? Or you could have thought, how are they different from a gas or charcoal grill? Read on to learn the basics and how simple it is to cook tasty, delicious food on a Country Smokers wood pellet grill.

Pellet grills are so popular because it is ridiculously easy to cook delicious tasting food.

It’s just that simple.

What is a pellet grill?

Pellet grills are outdoor cookers that combine elements of smokers, charcoal grills, gas grills and ovens. They use 100% all-natural food grade hardwood pellets. Hardwood pellets are the fuel source that allows Country Smokers to provide indirect heat (meaning the food isn’t cooked directly over the flame, it is cooked by the radiant heat that circulates throughout the grill, like an oven).

How do pellet grills work?

Wood pellets are poured into a storage container called a hopper. The pellets are then fed into a burn pot by an auger (a rotating device that looks like a drill bit) that is powered by electricity. The wood pellets then ignite and cause a flame which is maintained when more pellets are dropped into the burn pot. The timing of this feed is controlled by the temperature controller. The higher the setting, the shorter the time it takes for the pellets to get fed into the burn pot. Air is brought in by intake fans which blows heat and smoke throughout the smoker.

Much like an oven, pellet grills give you precise temperature control digitally or with a dial, usually ranging from 140°F to 500°F. So, you can cook “low and slow” (cooking at low temperatures for long periods of time can render tougher pieces of meat deliciously tender) or searing hot.

The temperature range allows for multiple cooking choices including smoking, barbecuing, grilling and more! It’s like having a charcoal, gas grill, offset smoker and oven all in one.

Why should I replace my grill with a pellet grill?

Three reasons: flavor, convenience and versatility.


Through the burning of hardwood pellets, everything you cook gets infused with a real wood, smoky flavor. The fan inside the grill forces heat and smoke to circulate over the food while the lid is closed. All that savory wood flavor and aroma gets infused into the food as it cooks. The result is a delicious smoke flavor that enhances, but doesn’t overwhelm, the flavor of the food.


Pellet grills are super easy to use. Plug it in, fill the hopper with pellets, turn it on, set your temperature and let it cook. Come back when the food looks and feels done.


Anything you can cook on a charcoal or gas grill, you can cook on a pellet grill (and then some). Whether you’re craving ribs, burgers, steaks, brisket , pulled pork, pies, pizza - your options are truly endless.

How are wood pellets made?

Most food safe wood pellets are made from 100% all-natural hardwood that is dried and ground into saw dust . They are held together by pressure and heat forming the pellets that are coated and bound by with the wood’s natural lignin. Wood pellets are also known as the easiest fuel to use. They produce less than 1% of ash, so an entire 40-pound bag of pellets will only turn into ½ cup of ash, which makes clean up a breeze. They also provide immense flavor without needing to babysit your food like you would with any other type of outdoor grill or smoker. Since temperatures remain consistent, you can on your food every so often versus having to sit and monitor temperatures like you would have to with a charcoal or a gas grill.

Wood pellets come in a variety of natural flavors and blends including:

  • Hickory
  • Charcoal
  • Maple
  • Pecan
  • Mesquite
  • Alder
  • Oak
  • Apple
  • Cherry

How long do the pellets last in a pellet grill?

Like every road trip when you make sure there’s gas in the truck, your first step is to double check you have more than enough pellets in the hopper. A good rule of thumb is to have 2 LBS of pellets for every hour of smoking low and slow (below 300°F) or 4 LBS for every hour of grilling hot and fast (+ 400°F).

Country Smokers: It’s Just That Simple.

No other grill offers this much flavor, convenience and quality for the price. A Country Smoker Pellet Grill is built to last and is so easy to use you’ll be kicking yourself for not making the jump sooner. No longer do you have to fuss with messy charcoal or bland tasting gas food. You can have tasty, smoky meats and vegetables at an affordable price.