When it comes to finding the right grill for you and your families needs the options can seem endless.
There are a lot of different grill styles, types and brands out there.. but which one is for you?
In this review I will look at the Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Grill and I will try to give you the best overview of the unit that I can. I will explain the main features, specifications and some things that I personally like and also dislike about it.
The Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Grill comes with 820 square inches of total cooking space. Its a big grill for big cookouts. The space is split up between the main cooking grates and the warming rack.
This grill was built for stability and is great for backyard barbecues and get togethers.
It is a grill that is easy to clean and use, you can control your heat with a dial and monitor it with the built in thermometer.
About Pit Boss
Pit Boss Grills was founded back in 1999 as a subsidiary of Dansons, Inc.
The company was founded by a father-son trio, Dan Thiessen and his two sons, Jeff and Jordan.
Pit Boss Grills is a company that is known for its quality grills and the craftsmanship put into them. They are a tough and durable brand that is well respected in the grilling community.
Pit Boss Grills are creative and made with customers in mind, they range from smaller portable grills that can be used during tailgates and away games as well as bigger, more permanent models for get togethers in the backyard.
Since it was founded the company has grown to have the reputation of having the best value per square inch in the grill market.
- 1Dimensions: 21.7 x 45.7 x 24.4 in (fully assembled)
- 2Cooking Space: 820 square inches
- 3Cooking Grids: Porcelain coated wire
- 4Hopper Capacity: 10 pounds
- 5Material: 16 gauge heavy duty stainless steel
- 6Temperature range: 170 to 500 degrees
- 7Ignition: Auto-ignition
- 8Weight: 146 pounds
Ease of Setup
Like many grills, the Pit Boss 820 Deluxe can be difficult to set up. It’s best to set aside time to assemble the grill before you intend to use it.
If you are a complete beginner please keep in mind that when assembling this grill (or anything for that matter) following the instruction manual can eliminate a lot of stress and confusion.
The instruction manual with the 820 is easy to follow and will get you through the entire set up. You should set aside 1 - 2 hours to set up this unit. Or 5 or 6 beers.
Ease of Use
This particular smoker seems like a breeze to use. After you assemble it, which may be a bit difficult for some, the rest is simple.
You can ignite it with ease thanks to the auto-ignition and fill it with pellets simply and safely. After it’s ready to go you can easily control the heat and enjoy yourself while grilling your food.
Once your done cooking cleaning up is as simple as ever. All you have to do is your simple regular maintenance and empty the grease rack bucket.
Then you’re ready for the next time you want to grill.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning the Pit Boss 820 is very easy.
One of the things that makes cleaning it so easy is the grease rack bucket. Any excess grease from your foods drains into the grease bucket and is one reason that the grill stays so neat.
Keep in mind however that you do still need to keep the grease rack clean, you can do this by simply placing aluminum foil on it.
There are some pretty simple tools that you can use to clean your grill and keep it clean. Use steel brushes to clean your grill grates and regular dish soap and a washcloth to clean the rackets.
Cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of the Pit Boss 820 is simple and easy.
The Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Grill is a grill that was made for stability. While this does mean that moving it around can be a bit hard, it makes for a pretty durable grill.
It has a very heavy duty undercarriage and a shelf that adds to the stability of the grill. The grill is made of 16 gauge steel, which provides a strength that lasts.
The warranty on the Pit Boss 820 is a limited 5 year warranty. Please keep in mind that the one year limited warranty does not extend to cover issues that are caused by things such as:
- 2Modifications, adjustments, or repairs that were unauthorized
- 3Normal wear and tear
- 4Use of improper wood pellets
- 5Lack of necessary proper maintenance
For more details see the Pit Boss warranty.
From the Manufacturer
Do You Get Value For Money?
One big question when it comes to deciding if a grill is good for you is determining if it’s a good value.
I can’t speak for everyone but this grill seems like a good value smoker grill to me.
You get temperature control that is simple and easy, meaning you can relax more and enjoy your get togethers without as much worry.
You also get a nice sized cooking space that allows you to not only cook your food but also keep it warm with ease.
What I Liked
What I Didn't Like
Overall the Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Grill is a pretty great grill. You get an excellent value for a great price.
You can easily control your heat with a dial and monitor it on the lid. This grill was built with stability in mind and seems to be a very stable and excellently made grill.
With there are a few downsides, such as the need for a power outlet and lack of prep space, there are plenty of upsides to the grill. It has auto-ignition and is a great unit for backyard get togethers.
Some of the best things about this particular grill are the ease of clean up, which is one of the worst chores by far, and it’s controllability.
If you want a sturdy, easy to clean grill that is simple to use, this is a great one for you.