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A lot of you are excited about our hardwood smoking pellets and want to learn more about what they are and how to use them. If this is your first time playing around with smoking pellets, we know that it can feel overwhelming at first to understand how it all works. With this handy info, you won’t be caught off guard when your nosy neighbor catches a whiff of your tasty grilling, decides he’s the expert because he has one more smoker than you do, and peeks over the fence to tell you so.

What is a grilling pellet?

Grilling pellets are biofuels made from compressed sawdust, and that’s it! No fillers or glues necessary. As the sawdust particles get pressurized, a natural organic polymer known as lignen is released and acts as a binder to hold things together. Lignens are what are one of the things responsible for keeping plants rigid and woody. Our grilling pellets are a blend of maple, hickory, and cherry hardwoods.

Are all wood pellets the same?

No way! When shopping for wood pellets, be aware that not all pellets are created equal. Wood pellets used in a pellet stove for home heating are generally made from soft woods and may contain other biomass scrap. This type of wood pellet was probably not created in a food safe environment and it will taste bad too! Always look for food safe, hardwood pellets to cook with.

What kind of grill can you use pellets in?

Hardwood grilling pellets can be used in any type of pellet grill. Pellet grills are also sometimes called an offset smoker or pellet smoker.

Major pellet grilling brands include Traeger, Pit Boss, Yoder Smokers, Rec Tec, Weber, Camp Chef, Masterbuilt, and Green Mountain Grills.

What is a pellet grill?

Pellet grills are outdoor cookers that use hardwood pellets as the fuel source to cook and flavor your food. They are like the perfect combination of a convection oven and a smoker.

What is the difference between pellet grills and charcoal or gas grills?

The main difference here is the type of fuel consumed. Wood pellets, charcoal briquettes, or propane. They all have have their own signature style and flavor to offer to your food and it is up to you to figure out which one you jive with. One important note – pellet grills are dependent on electricity so are not a good option for mobile cooking adventures.

How do pellet grills work?

Wood pellets are poured into your grill’s hopper. From there, the pellets are fed through a rotating auger and into the grill’s cooking chamber. This is where the pellets are burned and fans send the smoke and hot air into the main part of the grill to cook and flavor your food. Most pellet grills have temperature and smoke control settings so you can maintain a constant temperature, just like an oven.

Can Wildwood Grilling Pellets be used in any type of pellet grill?

You betcha!

Try some of our favorite pellet smoked recipes!