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How do Z Grills smokers work?

Z Grills pellets smokers are easy to use, but what fuel source do they use and how do they control the temperature? Check out these answers and more below.

What provides the heat?
Z Grills pellet smokers use wood pellets as the fuel that is burnt to provide heat for cooking. They do not work (no heat) without wood pellets.

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What is electricity used for?
Electricity is used to run the controller, fan (air flow feeding the fire), auger motor (to feed pellets) and the ignition rod (to light the pellets during startup).
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Once the fire is established, Z Grills use very little electricity.
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Can they operate without wood pellets?
No. Z Grills pellet smokers use wood pellets as the fuel that is burnt to provide heat for cooking. They do not work (no heat) without wood pellets.
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Do the pellets need to be emptied out after each cook?
No, the wood pellets can remain in the hopper between cooks. Each time the Z Grills pellet smoker is used it will feed only as many pellets into the fire-pot as required to maintain the desired temperature.

If not using the grill for an extended period it is a good idea to clean them out and run the grill empty. Click here to learn more about wood pellets.
What does the controller do?
The digital controller monitors the temperature inside the grill and turns the auger motor on and off to deliver just the right amount of wood pellets into the fire pot to reach and then maintain the set temperature.

Z Grills pellets smokers in Australia use controllers with PID control logic, which is a special algorithm that more accurately controls the temperature. Click here to learn more about the controller operation
Do they require gas?
No, Z Grills do not use any gas.

Z Grills pellets smokers use wood pellets as the fuel that is burnt to provide heat for cooking. Click here to learn more about wood pellets.
What is the maximum cooking temperature?
The maximum normal operating temperature is 232ºC. It takes about 4 minutes for the fire to be establishes, and then about 15-20minutes to reach above 200ºC.

Temperatures of up to 300ºC can be reach for searing on a BBQ plate or skillet by removing the grease tray.
What can be cooked on a Z Grills smoker?
Cook an amazing range of food from low n slow favourites like brisket, pulled pork and beef ribs through to pizza, bread, roast pork with crackling and of course snags come out amazing too!

With a cast iron bbq plate or skillet, bacon and eggs, rissoles or sautéed onion can be done just like on a normal BBQ.

Z Grills owners often use their grill so much more than a traditional BBQ because it opens up so many more possibilities.

Brisket, ribs, pulled pork – mouth watering!
Wood fired pizzas – delicious!
Roast port with cracking – you bet!
Snags – better than your gas barbie!
Cheese cake – you serious?? Of course you can!
The possibilities are endless.

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