Use only 100% food grade wood pellets. They are available in mesquite, hickory, oak and fruitwood 20 lb. bags. For warranty validation, you must use approved hardwood barbecue pellets.

Do not use pellets designed for furnaces. It is critical to use only pellets rated for food consumption. Heating pellets are chemically treated, imbued with oil, emitting smoke dangerous for consumption. For tastier results, pellets should be flavored and clean burning.

The pellets need to remain dry so they will not swell and clog the auger.

Forget what you have been told about soaking wood before smoking. With Cookshack smokers, wood pellets need to be put in dry. In fact, wet pellets will jam the auger motor.

Gas and charcoal are great for grilling, where there is plenty of air circulation. They are not good for smoking in an enclosed environment such as a smoker. Stick to honest-to-goodness real wood chunks or pellets for best results. Click here for a comparison.

We have electric smoker ovens and pellet-fired smokers for home and commercial use as well as a complete line of barbecue saucespice blends, smoking woods, cookbooksgear and accessories.

We have great units for home use:Cookshack Products

 Our PG1000i does not get hot on the outside, so children and pets are safe. The heat stays on the inside, thanks to the 850° F Spin-Glas® insulation sandwiched between the inner and outer walls in top and sides.

Break In or season your grill before you cook your first load of meat. Let the pellet grill smoke without meat for a minimum of 1 hour at 400ºF before you do any cooking for consumption.

  1. Fill the pellet hopper with pellets provided by Cookshack.
  2. Plug your grill into a power source.
  3. Flip the power switch to the ON position.
    • Always be sure the fire diffuser is in place over the fire pot before turning the power switch to the on position.
    • Leave doors open when igniting. Close when you see flames from the pot.
  4. Use the arrows to set the temperature to 400ºF.
  5. For the first cook, it will take several minutes for the pellets to drop into the fire pot.
  6. Once the grill is above 400°F, brush the grill with oil to season.
  7. Let pellet cooker run for at least 1 hour.

There are several options for purchasing a pellet grill. Call Cookshack at 1-800-423-0698order online or visit a dealer in selected areas.

We recommend using your grill in your garage or outside on a driveway or patio; the smoke is aromatic and delightful outside, but not so great permeating your drapes. They are great for installing in an outdoor kitchen.