Pit Boss Not Smoking: Troubleshooting Tips And Solutions

If you’re reading this article, chances are your Pit Boss smoker is not producing the delicious, smoky flavor you were hoping for. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many Pit Boss owners have experienced this issue and it can be frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of cooking a meal.

However, before you give up on your smoker, there are several troubleshooting tips and solutions you can try to get it smoking again.

First, it’s important to understand that there are several reasons why your Pit Boss may not be smoking. It could be a problem with the temperature, the pellets, the igniter, or the fuel source.

In this article, we’ll go through each of these potential issues and provide solutions to help you get your smoker back in working order. So, let’s get started and get that delicious smoky flavor back in your food!

Key Takeaways

  • Low smoke production can be caused by various factors including temperature, pellets, igniter, and fuel source.
  • Troubleshooting tips include checking temperature, ensuring vents are open, cleaning the smoker, inspecting pellets, checking the igniter, checking fuel level and quality, experimenting with different types of wood, and adjusting settings.
  • Regular cleaning and maintenance are important for optimal smoke production.
  • Contact customer support for additional troubleshooting or repair/replacement options, providing necessary information such as model and serial number, error messages, symptoms, troubleshooting steps taken, and contact information.

Check the Temperature

You need to grab your trusty thermometer and stick it right into that pit to see if it’s hot enough to smoke some delicious meats. If the temperature is too low, it could be the cause of your pit boss not smoking. Make sure the temperature is at least 225°F before putting any meat in the smoker. If it’s not hot enough, check your fuel source and add more if necessary.

If the temperature is not the issue, it may be a problem with the smoker’s air flow. Make sure the vents are fully open to allow for proper air flow. If the vents are blocked or closed, it could prevent the smoker from getting enough oxygen to create smoke.

Another possible issue could be a dirty smoker. Check to see if there is any build-up of ash or debris that could be blocking the smoker’s air flow.

Sometimes, the issue may simply be with the type of wood used for smoking. Different woods burn at different temperatures and produce different levels of smoke. If you’re using a low-quality wood or one that’s not ideal for smoking, it could be the cause of your pit boss not smoking. Be sure to do your research and choose the right kind of wood for the meat you’re smoking.

With these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to get your pit boss smoking and ready to cook up some delicious meats in no time.

Inspect the Pellets

Check if the pellets are evenly distributed and have no blockages to ensure a smooth flow of smoke. Unevenly distributed pellets can cause hot spots in the grill, leading to uneven cooking. Blockages can also cause the pellets to stop feeding into the fire, resulting in little to no smoke production. To inspect the pellets, first, turn off the grill and unplug it from the power source. Then, remove the hopper cover and check the pellets for any signs of clumping or bridging. If you find any, use a wooden spoon or a pellet scoop to break them apart.

Another thing to consider when inspecting the pellets is their quality. Poor quality pellets can cause problems with the smoker’s performance and lead to reduced smoke production. Below is a table outlining the different types of pellets and their characteristics. Use this table to help you choose the right pellets for your smoker.

Type of Pellet Characteristics
Hardwood Pellets Made from compressed sawdust, produce a clean smoke flavor.
Fruitwood Pellets Made from fruit tree sawdust, produce a sweet and mild smoke flavor.
Mesquite Pellets Made from mesquite wood, produce a strong and bold smoke flavor.
Hickory Pellets Made from hickory wood, produce a strong and savory smoke flavor.

Inspecting the pellets and choosing the right type for your smoker can make a big difference in the quality of smoke produced. Always opt for high-quality pellets that are free from impurities and additives. Taking the time to inspect the pellets will ensure that your smoker is working at its best and producing delicious, smoky meats.

Clean the Smoker

After a long day of smoking meat, it’s important to give your smoker a thorough cleaning to prevent any buildup of ash or grease. If you notice that your pit boss is not smoking properly, it could be due to a dirty smoker.

Start by removing any leftover food debris and ash from the cooking grates, as well as the smoker box. You can use a wire brush or scraper to help loosen any stubborn buildup.

Next, check the smoker’s interior walls and vents for any grease or ash buildup. Wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any residue. Make sure to pay extra attention to the smoker’s heating element, as grease and ash buildup can cause it to malfunction.

Finally, don’t forget to clean the exterior of the smoker. Use a mild soap and water solution to wipe down the outside of your pit boss, and dry it off with a clean cloth. This will not only help keep your smoker looking new, but it will also prevent any buildup of dirt or grime that could potentially affect the smoker’s performance.

By regularly cleaning your smoker, you’ll ensure that it’s always ready to smoke your favorite meats to perfection.

Check the Igniter

It’s imperative to ensure that the igniter is functioning properly, as it can greatly affect the smoker’s performance. The igniter is responsible for starting the fire and keeping it going. If the igniter is not working, the smoker will not be able to produce smoke or maintain the desired temperature. That’s why it’s important to check the igniter regularly and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

To help you understand the importance of the igniter, here’s a table that shows the difference between a smoker with a working igniter and one without:

Working Igniter Non-Working Igniter
Consistent smoke production No smoke production
Maintains consistent temperature Temperature fluctuations
Easy to start and use Difficult to start and use

As you can see, a working igniter is crucial for producing smoke and maintaining a consistent temperature. Without it, you’ll have a hard time getting your smoker to work properly.

To ensure that your igniter is working properly, you should check it regularly for any signs of wear and tear. If you notice any issues, you should troubleshoot them immediately. This will help you avoid any smoking mishaps and ensure that you get the best results from your smoker. So, don’t forget to check the igniter before each use and take care of any issues that arise.

Check the Fuel Source

Make sure that you have enough fuel to keep your smoker running smoothly and producing mouth-watering barbecue. One of the most common reasons why pit bosses stop smoking is because the fuel source has run out.

Check your fuel level and make sure it is adequate to run the smoker for the desired amount of time. If you’re using wood pellets, make sure they’re not damp or wet as this can affect the performance of your smoker.

Another thing to consider when checking the fuel source is the quality of the fuel being used. Low-quality fuel can cause inconsistent smoking, poor flavor, and clogs in the smoker’s auger. Make sure to use high-quality pellets or wood chips that are specifically designed for smoking.

It’s also important to note that different types of wood will produce different flavors, so experiment with different varieties to find the one that best suits your taste.

If you’ve checked the fuel level and quality but your pit boss is still not smoking properly, try cleaning the fuel source and the smoker’s auger. A dirty or clogged auger can cause inconsistent feeding of the pellets or chips, resulting in poor smoking performance.

Regular cleaning of the fuel source and auger will help to ensure that your smoker is running smoothly and producing delicious barbecue every time.

Adjust the Settings

Now that you’ve checked the fuel source and ensured that there are no issues with the smoker’s fuel supply, it’s time to look into the settings of the pit boss. Adjusting the settings may be the next step in troubleshooting your smoker’s lack of smoke production.

First, check the temperature settings. If the temperature is too low, it could be preventing the wood pellets from igniting and producing smoke. Increase the temperature and see if that improves the smoke production.

If the temperature is already high enough, check the airflow settings. If the airflow is restricted, it could be preventing the smoker from producing smoke. Adjust the airflow accordingly and see if that improves the smoke production.

If adjusting the temperature and airflow settings does not improve the smoke production, try adjusting the auger settings. The auger is responsible for feeding the wood pellets into the smoker. If the auger is not feeding enough pellets, it could be causing a lack of smoke production. Adjust the auger settings to increase the pellet feed and see if that improves the smoke production.

By adjusting the settings of your pit boss smoker, you may be able to troubleshoot and solve the issue of not enough smoke production. Remember to check the temperature, airflow, and auger settings to ensure that everything is set up correctly. With some adjustments, you’ll be back to smoking delicious meats in no time.

Contact Customer Support

If you’re still experiencing issues with your smoker’s smoke production after adjusting the settings, consider reaching out to customer support for assistance. They are there to help you troubleshoot the problem and find a solution that works for you. Before you contact them, it’s a good idea to gather some information about your smoker and the issue you’re experiencing. Use the table below to make note of the information you’ll need to provide when you contact customer support.

Information Notes
Model and serial number You can find this information on the smoker or in the user manual
Error messages If your smoker is displaying any error messages, write them down
Symptoms Describe the issue you’re experiencing in as much detail as possible
Troubleshooting steps taken Make note of any steps you’ve already taken to try to resolve the issue
Contact information Provide your name, email address, phone number, and any other relevant contact information

Once you have all of the necessary information, you can contact customer support by phone or email. Be prepared to describe the issue you’re experiencing and provide the information you gathered in the table above. The customer support representative may ask you to perform additional troubleshooting steps or provide more information about the smoker. They may also suggest sending the smoker in for repair or replacement if the issue cannot be resolved over the phone or email.

Remember that customer support is there to help you, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re still experiencing issues with your smoker’s smoke production. By working together, you can troubleshoot the problem and find a solution that allows you to enjoy perfectly smoked meats and other dishes.


So, you’ve tried firing up your Pit Boss smoker and it’s just not smoking. Don’t worry, there are several reasons why this might be happening and several troubleshooting tips to try before calling customer support.

First, make sure to check the temperature and inspect the pellets to ensure they’re not expired or damaged.

Then, clean the smoker and check the igniter and fuel source.

If all else fails, adjust the settings and give it another try.

If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact customer support for further assistance. With a little bit of patience and persistence, you’ll be smoking up a storm in no time!