Ready for the Winter Grill Season? Perfect Cooking with the Perfect Temperature

Pellet grill

Precise temperature control is essential for many key technologies, including several aspects of our daily lives.

Pt-RTDs from Heraeus Nexensos have been used in pyrolytic ovens and home appliance applications for many years. A relatively new application for Pt sensors is monitoring the temperature of wood pellet cooking grills and meat, directly influencing the cooking experience and taste.

Pellet grills typically operate over a temperature range of 150 °F to 550 °F (about 65 °C to 290 °C), with an optimal range of 200 to 350 °F (about 95 to 180 °C) for most grilled items. A desire to properly sear meat is pushing manufacturers to offer units with maximum grill temperatures of 400 °C and higher.

To delivery uniform temperatures and ensure safe operation some grill models monitor not only the cooking chamber, but also the higher temperatures produced in the combustion chamber.

A reliable temperature control not only guarantees safe operation, but also maximizes the performance of the grill and the taste of the grilled food.

How does a pellet grill work and why is precision temperature monitoring required?

  • The fuel source is uniform-sized hardwood pellets. A motor-driven auger feeds the pellets into a firebox
  • A combustion fan ensures adequate air supply and promotes even temperature distribution
  • A platinum temperature sensor provides grill temperature data to a digital temperature controller
  • The controller manages the internal temperature by controlling the fuel and air flow to the firebox, ensuring the grill maintains the set-point temperature
  • Remote monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • The venturi-style firebox creates the ultimate wood-burning fire, circulating pure hardwood smoke and flavor throughout the grill
  • Pellet grills offer the fast pre-heat of gas grills with the aroma and taste of charcoal, without the wait

Many pellet grills utilize additional sensor probes to measure internal meat temperature. Accurate, real-time temperature measurement used with available apps provides easy remote monitoring, resulting in the highest food quality, aroma, and taste.

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Medium Temperature Sensors

The pellet grill application benefits from the typical advantages of Pt-RTDs, such as a wide operating temperature range, high accuracy over the full measuring range spanning from room temperature to several hundred °C, low signal drift, and long sensor life.

In the rare case that a replacement sensor is needed, the standardized DIN signal of the RTDs ensures easy sensor availability and replacement without any accuracy or performance loss.

The Perfect Match - Heraeus Nexensos Sensors for Medium and High Temperature Range

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