What is the P-Setting?
The P-setting only impacts temperatures when you are using the SMOKE setting on the grill.
cooking at any other set point besides SMOKE, the P-setting has no impact on temperature. To
determine whether a particular grill has P-settings, you can go to the manual for that unit
and look at the image of the control board. It will say “P” SET on the control board.
The default P-setting is P-4. On this setting, while using the SMOKE setting, the grill
feed pellets for 18 seconds and pause for 115 seconds. In most instances, you will want to
keep the P-setting on the default.
Raising the P-setting to P-5, P-6, or P-7 increases the pause time for the auger. It will
lower the temperature of the SMOKE setting and can create more smoke since the pellets will
smolder longer before another batch of pellets feeds in and the fire reignites. BE CAUTIOUS:
raising the P-setting too high can cause the fire to die out completely. The pellets will
continue to feed but with no flame the pellets will pile up in the firepot. On a grill that
has the igniter relighting feature, this would most likely cause a large fire when the
igniter comes back on.
Lowering the P-setting to P-3, P-2, P-1, or P-0 will decrease the pause time for the auger
and raise the temperature in the SMOKE setting. Lowering the P-setting can also minimize
temperature swings in the SMOKE setting.