Getting to Know Pellet’s SureTemp™ Controller

Getting to Know Pellets SureTemp Controller 

If you’re new to Pellet braaiing, you’re probably looking at your Pellet’s SureTemp™ Controller and thinking… where do I even get started!? 

Well, you’re in the right place! 

The Oakford Pellet Grill and Smoker brings a ton of exciting new features to the table, and with this in-depth guide, you’ll be pulling off legendary wood-smoked braaiing in no time. In this article, you’ll learn about: 

  • The button layout on the Pellet’s digital controller 
  • Oakford’s three pre-set cooking modes 
  • How you can take the guesswork out of braaiing by pairing the Pellet with your smartphone. 

SureTemp Controller Button Layout

First things first, let’s walk through each button on your Pellet’s SureTemp Controller.


At the top right is the Power button, which simply put, turns the Pellet on and off. 

Below it, you’ll find the Play/Pause button, which you’ll press to either begin the ignition process or pause a program that you’re already running. 

Moving to the left, we have the Temperature Unit toggle, which conveniently switches your Oakford’s temperature scale between Celsius and Fahrenheit. 

Followed by the Mode button, which lets you cycle between your Pellet’s three pre-set operating modes (psst… more on those later). 

Moving down to the bottom row, we have the Probe toggle, which lets you cycle through up to 4 different meat probes at once. 

To the right of that is the Timer button, which you can use to set a cooking timer right there at the braai. 

And finally, we have the Prime button, which moves pellets through the auger. 

You can also use the Prime button to clear pellets from the auger when switching out pellet flavours. For example, if you wanted to change from Hickory to Apple hardwood pellets, you would use the Prime button to clear out the remaining Hickory pellets from the auger. 

Simple enough, right? Let’s talk cooking modes.

Oakfords 3 Pre-set Cooking Modes

Every Pellet comes programmed with three pre-set cooking modes: Smoke Mode, Grill Mode, and Warm Mode.


Cooking on Smoke Mode automatically sets your braai to 107.2 degrees Celsius, and is optimal for slow-smoking large cuts of meat for an extended period of time. To initiate Smoke Mode, press the Mode button once, then press Play.


Grill Mode is designed for more traditional braaiing purposes, automatically setting your Pellet to a HIGH heat setting, or 287 degrees Celcius – perfect for steaks, burgers, and most standard fare. To initiate Grill Mode, press the Mode button twice, then press Play.


Finally, we have Warm Mode, which is pre-set to 82 degrees Celsius and is specifically used to keep food warm after it’s finished braaiing. To initiate warm Mode, press the Mode button three times, then press Play. 

But what if you don’t want to manually check that your food’s done cooking? What if you could set a target internal temperature that, once hit, automatically switches your Pellet to Warm mode? 

Well, that’s the beauty of NEX-fi technology.

Pair Your Pellet with Your Smartphone to Unlock its Full Braaiing Potential.

By pairing your Pellet with the Nexgrill app, you can sync probes, set timers, and track temperature – all from your smartphone! To pair your Pellet: 

  1. Open the Nexgrill app on your iOS or Android device
  2. Click the red plus button to search for grills
  3.  Select your grills once it’s found 

From there, you can enter your Pellet’s remote dashboard where you can select pre-set cooking modes, preheat to custom temperatures, and even track your food’s internal temperature while it cooks! 

Then, as promised, once Probe 1 hits the target temperature of your choosing, like magic, your Pellet will automatically switch to Warm mode. Now, how cool is that?

Just Like That, Youre a Pellet Braaiing Pro!

So, how’d we do? We hope this tutorial helps you feel more confident and in command of your Oakford Pellet Grill and Smoker. And if for some reason it didn’t, just do what you do with a really nice brisket… give it time! After a few cookouts, you’ll be the one giving us tips. 

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