Thanks for the replies!!
Can't speak for other makes of grills but the Louisiana Country Smoker's paddle wheel feed design produces a wide array of performance depending on pellet size.
BBQ Delight pellets are on average 3/4" or less in length. On minimum setting, during the warm weather here lately, the lowest temperature the grill will operate at is 250. Using the Fast Eddy pellets, they average 1" to 1.25" in length, the temp drops to 165. The larger size pellets just don't feed through the wheel as fast. Still not very much smoke however.
Am experimenting with a digital temperature controller, one of those PID "Fuzzy Logic" gadgets. Does pretty good at maintaining temperature. Did have the fire go out a couple of times because the controller was above setpoint and did not feed any pellets for several minutes. Have since re-wired it so the factory timer is in parallel with the controller allowing a minimal pellet feed every so often regardless of temperature setpoint. Am going to add a time delay relay to prevent the controller from over feeding the pellets. The fire department is busy enough!!
All in all, I like the grill but it definitely requires different tactics than the stick burners.
American BBQ Systems model All Star, CS-570 & TG-300 pellet grills, Broilmaster P3, and lastly, Superfast Red Thermapen
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