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Pellet Grill Consumption Chart: How Long Do Pellets Last?

By Pellet Grill Pros March 04, 2022 0 comments

The consumption of wood chips is among the many crucial details you should know when using a pellet grill. But for a newbie cook like you, is there a way to know the specifics of this process? The short answer is yes. In this post, let our resident chefs give you a quick overview of how pellet consumption works. 

Pellet Grill Consumption Chart 

Temperature Set Point

Pellet Weight

Cooking Minutes

200°F

0.70 lbs

94.92 min

300°F

1.20 lbs

55.0 min

400°F

1.83 lbs

39.69 min


Average Pellet Consumption of Grills Per Hour 

As you can see in the chart above, the pellet consumption of your grill plays around 1 to 2 pounds per hour. However, this measurement is only accurate when you set the temperature around 200 to 400 degrees during the cooking process. 

If you plan to cook meat at over 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the pellet consumption rate can increase by over 3 lbs per hour or more. 

Although most grill owners follow these general estimations, keep in mind that many factors can affect how your grill consumes pellets. These circumstances include the internal meat temperatures, environmental variables, cookware insulation, and many more. 

If you’re still unsure, our resident chefs recommend checking the manufacturer’s manual. Typically, you’ll find a chart section of recommended pellet load per temperature point.

Remember, each grill has different construction and features that may affect how pellets are processed during the grilling sessions. 

Cost of Wood Pellet vs. Propane Grill

It’s no secret that wood pellets and propane grills have been compared by cooking enthusiasts time and time again. Why? Because these cooking chambers are both cost-effective and efficient.

However, did you know that the cost of propane cost over 26 percent higher than wood pellets? Although propane grills are cheaper, refueling them can be expensive in the long run.

Different markets and demands can influence the prices of buying, using, and maintaining a propane grill [1]. In the long run, using wood pellets for cooking will cost you less because of their low maintenance constructions, heat-efficient features, and safer components. 

Grill Brands and Average Pellet Consumption 

Pit Boss Pellet Grill Burn Rate

    If you plan on cooking meat low and slow, one of the best grills that’ll cost you less pellet consumption is Pit Boss. As long as your grill’s temperature is set below 400 degrees, expect it to burn at least one pound of pellet per hour. 

    But if your Pit Boss grill is quite old, there could be slight changes in its pellet-burning process. As you know, older models often don’t have digital sensors and probes, so your old Pit Boss Grill may burn an unnecessary amount of pellets. 

    To lessen the chances of this from happening, our cooking experts recommend cleaning the grill regularly. With less ash buildup and grease, your unit may heat up faster and not waste wood pellets loaded in the hopper.

    Traeger Pellet Grill Consumption Rate

      First, check the specs of your Traeger pellet grill. If the label says it can carry around 20 pounds of pellets at a time, then it’ll take six to twenty hours of cooking time before you have to refill it again. But of course, this estimation still depends on the level of heat you’ve set for your grill. 

      Camp Chef Pellet Grill Consumption Rate 

        If your Camp Chef pellet grill is sized around 24-inches, expect it to burn pellets at a rate of 3 lbs per hour. However, this pellet measurement may change if your grill is in cooler temperatures. 

        FAQ 

        1. How long does 9kg of pellets last?

          A 9kg of pellets will last 20 hours long if your grill’s temperature is set low to at least 150 degrees. For higher temperatures and long heat exposure, the most consumption it can take is 10 hours. However, the type of meat you’re cooking can also affect these pellet rate estimations.

          2. Do Traeger grills use a lot of pellets?

            No, Traeger grills don’t use a lot of pellets. In fact, these grill selections consume a similar amount of pellets as other typical brands in the market. On average, your Traeger grill will consume one to three pounds of pellets per hour, depending on the heat range you’ve set. 

            Conclusion 

            Admit it or not, the pellet grill consumption chart is just a general guideline that may change over time. Remember that these estimations can be affected by the meat type, weather conditions, and grill insulation. Since many manufacturers introduce different technology in their grills, our resident cooking experts still recommend checking your unit’s manual. 


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