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Hopper Replacement (700 series)

In the case of a difficult to repair, or hard to diagnose issue with a Z Grills 700 series pellet smoker a complete hopper assembly may be provided.

Follow the step by step instructions below to change over the existing hopper assembly with new one.

For Grill Models: 7002B, 700E, 700E-XL

Time: 10-15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Spare Parts (from Z Grills):

  • 700E Hopper Assembly (Even for 7002B grills a 700E hopper will be provided with suitable software)
  • Temperature sensor (if required)

Tools Required:

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Spanner or socket set
  • Scissors, knife or wire snips

Refurbished Hopper
A refurbished replacement hopper assembly may be provided that has been updated to the latest software and is fully tested. The fire-pot may have a light layer of surface rust which is normal even after only operating a few times.

Step 1. Unplug from power

Unplug power

Unplug the grill from power.

Step 2. Loosen bolts

Loosen the 4 bolts that secure the hopper assembly to the drum.

These bolts may be quite tight, so a full size ring spanner, open end spanner or socket wrench may be required instead of using the small spanner supplied with the grill.

Support the hopper while completely removing the bolts.

Step 3. Unplug cable

Grill temp sensor bundle cable up

Unplug the temperature sensor cable (black plug) to be able to fully remove the hopper assembly from the grill.

Step 4. Switch over hopper top

Hopper top nuts

Remove the 4 small screws with nuts on inside of the hopper to remove the top section of the hopper (and lid).

Switch the hopper top over onto the new hopper assembly before installing into the grill drum.

Step 5. Install new hopper assembly

Reverse the above process to install the new hopper assembly into the grill drum.

Step 6. Quick burn-in

If the fire-pot is clean and oily it has never been used, so let the fire burn (any temp setting is ok) for at least 10-15minutes before placing food in the grill.

A full high temperature burn-in is not required.

Z Grills pellets dropping into firepot

If the fire-pot has a light layer of rust (normal after a couple of uses), then no burn-in is required. Just start the grill and use a normal.

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