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This Pit Boss Pellet grill was Very Good in overall performance and has the following:

  • coated-cast iron grates.
  • 270 sq. in. of main cooking area.
  • 120 sq. in. of secondary cooking area.
  • 18 lb. hopper.
  • and 4.33 lb. fuel input rating (per hour).
  • This grill has a claimed temperature range of 180-500 F


The Pit Boss 820FB is part of the Grill test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Grill models like the 820FB are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Indirect cooking: This indicates grill temperature at the smoke or lowest setting, to represent a cooking task where the food requires slow cooking.

Evenness performance: Evenness of heating over the grill's surface at the highest and lowest setting using thermocouples.

Cleaning: How easy it is to clean the ash out of the grill and to remove pellets from the hopper. Most pellet grills require using a shop vacuum to clean the ash out of the grill


Timer Timer If the grill has a temperature gauge to read the temperature inside the pellet grill
Temperature probe Temperature probe If the pellet grill has a temperature probe.
Chimney Chimney If the pellet grill has a chimney or not.
Warranty Warranty How many years the pellet grill is under warranty.
5 yr
Additional features or accessories Additional features or accessories If the pellet grill has a cover, is Wi-Fi capable, bottle opener, Keep warm or Super smoke function, etc.


Exterior dimensions (HxWxD) Exterior dimensions The exterior measurement of the pellet grill with shelves.
51 x 52 x 27
Grates Grates The material of the grates (ex. coated cast iron,etc) on the pellet grill
Coated-cast iron grates
Measured cooking grid area (sq. in.) Measured cooking grid area The main cooking area of the grill rounded to the nearest 5 sq. in.
Secondary cooking grid area (sq. in.) Secondary cooking grid area This is the measured area above the main grate which can also be used for cooking.
Hopper size (lbs.) Hopper size How many pounds the hopper of the pellet grill can hold.
Fuel input ratings (lbs.) Fuel input ratings The pounds of pellets used per hour of use at highest temperature.
Bottom shelf dimensions (LxW, in.) Bottom shelf dimensions The dimensions of the bottom shelf in inches. (W xD).
24 x 15
Shelf space (sq. in.) Shelf space Shelf space rounded to the nearest 5 sq. in.
Claimed temperature range Claimed temperature range The range of temperature from lowest to highest claimed by the manufacturer of the pellet grill
Wheels and casters Wheels and casters Most carts have two wheels or casters on one end and two casters on the other. Other models have just two wheels: you lift one end to move them. Wheels with a full axle are better than those bolted to the frame, which may eventually bend.
2 wheels require some lifting when moving