Sifting pellets

Rustytrout58

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I’ve heard people talk about sifting the pellets for dust but what are everyone’s methods for doing so?
 
I don’t sift but I will throw away a few pellets in the bottom of a bag if it’s got a bunch of dust in bottom. Every bag is different based upon how it was handled in shipment and at the store. I have used the Traeger buckets and sifter before and they are pretty nice. It’s another small investment if you run lots of different pellets. If you generally use only a few different flavors of pellet, it’s not too bad. I would say most people stick with a couple flavors 90% of the time.
 
I don’t sift but I will throw away a few pellets in the bottom of a bag if it’s got a bunch of dust in bottom. Every bag is different based upon how it was handled in shipment and at the store. I have used the Traeger buckets and sifter before and they are pretty nice. It’s another small investment if you run lots of different pellets. If you generally use only a few different flavors of pellet, it’s not too bad. I would say most people stick with a couple flavors 90% of the time.

Exactly.. Some bags need it while some dont.
Takes 5min and is it saves possible issues down the track it was worth the time.
 
I’ve heard people talk about sifting the pellets for dust but what are everyone’s methods for doing so?
I use a standard, round sifting pan like prospectors and soil technicians use. I bought on Amazon. It has 1/4” holes and fits over a standard 5 gallon bucket. Scoop or dump pellets into it from my buddies Chacoal storage containers, gently shake and then add pellets to hopper
 
I hadn't thought of that. I can use my fishing bait riddle :ROFLMAO:
 
You could use your brass cleaning media sorter.....

Might be a problem with the lead exposure.

No sifting here.
 
I have been sifting since day 1. I originally used a non Weber pellet, dumped them into the hopper and the pellets looked like saw dust. With all the issues we have had sifting just takes another possible problem out of the equation. 5 gal bucket, 1/4" sifting pan from Amazon and a couple of minutes, done. I sift all the bags before storing the pellets in 5 gal buckets with twist on lids. I might be a little anal. but knock on a wood pellet my EX4 has run flawlessly for months now.
 
I would only sift them if Weber included a sifter and made it part of the directions on use. Nope!
 
I would only sift them if Weber included a sifter and made it part of the directions on use. Nope!
In theory, you are right. However, the amount of pellet dust in each bag varies widely as a function of shipping and handling. Since I store mine in plastic budeez charcoal containers that hold 2 bags each, I prefer to simply sift when I scoop them out on the way to filling the hopper. No real extra effort, but....
 
In theory, you are right. However, the amount of pellet dust in each bag varies widely as a function of shipping and handling. Since I store mine in plastic budeez charcoal containers that hold 2 bags each, I prefer to simply sift when I scoop them out on the way to filling the hopper. No real extra effort, but....
I find that routines are always helpful whether it be your cleaning or sifting or whatever. It just isn’t as big a chore if you are prepared and expecting the activity. Kudos to you.
 
I have been working with Weber for the last month on a fluctuation issue. Pellet dust may be part of my problem. Weber does recommend a deep clean every 20 hours of use to include a vacuum of the pellet chute and hopper. TY for the info on the Traeger sifter. Sorry for digging up an older post. I am sort of new to the forum and I hope this is OK.
 

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