Originally Posted by 71-South
Luckily, this happened today when I was getting ready to foil the three picnics and two butts anyway...
Temp started dropping , but I could tell that the paddle wheel was still going fine (it's less "buzzy" when it's jammed.) I couldn't hear the pellets dropping into the chute, though. Cleared out most of the pellets from the hopper and could plainly see that the pellets were going right into the paddle wheel like they should and getting dropped.
Pulled the meat, pulled the grates, pulled the flavor shield thingy. No pellets in the burn box.
Put on a fireman's glove that a friend gave me and pulled the burn box away from the side of the chamber.
Stuck a kitchen knife up into the chute and wiggled it around a bit and WHOOSH! A whole load of pellets came pouring out of the chute.
Somehow they got stuck up in the chute and wouldn't let any more through. The paddle wheel was happily dispensing them, though, so there must be some sort of reservoir up there that I can't see.
How the hell am I supposed to avoid this?
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