Hot Spots

Experiencing hot spots? We'll let you know what is normal and what might be causing increased hot spots in your grill.

Why Does My Grill Have Hot Spots?

Just like every cooking method, your grill may have some mild hot spots--this is totally normal. Generally speaking, hot spots will center around areas with increased air flow, near the grill chimney or near the back vents of the grill.

What Causes Extreme Hot Spots?

Because hot spots are caused by a disruption in airflow, extreme hot spots are usually caused by improper cooking or issues with internal grill components.

  • Extra Large Pans
    • Using baking sheets or large pans that cover the majority of the bottom grill grate will disrupt airflow. All pans should leave at least one inch open on all sides to allow for proper airflow.
  • Drip Tray Coverings
    • If you are using aluminum foil to cover your trip tray, make sure the foil does not go over the edge of the tray. This can obstruct the grill’s airflow.
    • Aluminum foil can have folds that collect grease. These grease pools maintain a high heat, creating hot spots. Clean your grill and make sure your foil covering does not have any wrinkles where grease can pool.
  • Heat Baffle
    • While the grill is cool and unplugged, check for any damage to the heat baffle (located under the drip tray and above the firepot). The heat baffle helps defuses the fire’s heat throughout the grill. If your heat baffle is damaged, contact Customer Service.
  • Firepot
    • While the grill is cool and unplugged, check the firepot for a buildup of ash, holes, rusted areas, or any other damage. Clean the firepot of extra pellets and ash. If there is damage to the firepot, contact Customer Service.