Oklahoma Joe Pellet Smoker Error Codes [Full List + Reasons + Solutions]

The most common Oklahoma Joe pellet smoker error codes are ERo, ER1, ER2, ER3, ER4, ER5, ER6, and 18H. Each error code tells you what’s wrong is going on with your smoker so that you can fix it by yourself. 

For example, ERo tells you there is an issue with the control knob position. That means you did power on keeping the control knob in the ON position. 

common Oklahoma Joe pellet smoker error codes

Thus all error codes will appear on your smoker display with a specific issue. So, let’s first have a glance at each error code meaning in the below table. Then we will explore them in detail with their reasons and solutions.  

Oklahoma Joe Smoker Error Codes And Meaning

Error CodeMeaning
ERoError of knob position
ER1Auger error 
ER2Ignitor error 
ER3Fan error
ER4Temperature probe error
ER5Flameout error
ER6Smoker overheating
18HUnwanted unit error
Oklahoma Joe pellet smoker error codes meaning

Oklahoma Joe Pellet Smoker Error Codes [Reasons + Solutions]

In this section, we will explain the error codes reasons and their solution in detail. So, let’s get started…

1. Error Code ER0

This is the ‘control knob position error’. When you turn off the power without putting the control knob in the OFF/shutdown position, Oklahoma Joe error code ER0 will show up.

Solution:

Here’s how you get rid of the error code ER0-

  • Turn the power to your smoker off.
  • Position the control knob in the OFF/Shutdown zone.
  • Turn the smoker power back on.

The error code should no longer be flashing on the display. 

2. Error Code ER1

The Oklahoma Joe error code ER1 is titled. ‘auger error’. This error code is caused by any of these two issues in your smoker’s auger-

  • The auger motor is not detected by the pit control system.
  • A broken auger motor.

Solution:

To get rid of the error code, try the following steps.

  • Turn off the electrical supply to the grill.
  • Remove the Pit Control panel and double-check that all cables are in good condition and are securely attached.
  • Reassemble and try again.

If the error code persists, you should contact Oklahoma Joe’s customer service. For users whose warranty is still active, the manufacturers will service the unit as per need.

3. Error Code ER2

Oklahoma Joe Error Code ER2 is related to the Oklahoma Joe rider DLX ignitor. It flashes on the smoker screen when-

  • There is an ignitor malfunction 
  • The Pit Control system is unable to detect the ignitor

Any one of these two reasons can be behind ER2.

Solution:

You’ll need to do the following things to get rid of the error code.

  • Unplug the grill from the power. 
  • Try removing the Pit Control panel to ensure that all wires are not damaged and are firmly connected. 
  • Reassemble and retry. 

If the error code is still there, get help from customer service.

4. Error Code ER3

When there is something wrong with the combustion fan, error code ER3 will flash on your smoker screen. The following things can be wrong with your smoker if this error code is showing.

  • Pit Control is unable to detect the fan. 
  • Fan motor malfunctioning.

Solution:

This is what you should do when this error code is on display.

  • Turn off the electrical supply to the grill.
  • Remove the Pit Control panel and double-check that all cables are in good condition and are securely attached.
  • Reassemble and try again.

Customer service can help you out if the error persists. Your heater may need servicing.

5. Error Code ER4

Oklahoma Joe temperature probe error or error code ER4 is displayed on your smoker screen when-

  • The temperature probe is not detected by the Pit Control system. 
  • An irregular signal from the temperature probe is detected by the Pit Control system. 
  • The temperature probe is malfunctioning.

Solution:

You should try the following procedure to fix the error code ER4, but if it persists, contacting customer service should be your next step.

  • First, unplug your grill from the power. 
  • Then, remove the pit control panel of your grill. Find out if there are any damaged wires. If you find anyone, replace them and ensure the wires are firmly connected. 
  • Again reassemble the pit control panel and retry. Hopefully, the error won’t pop up anymore in the display.

6. Error Code ER5

Error code ER5 on your Oklahoma Joe pellet smoker shows up when for an extended period of time, the temperature in the cook chamber does not surpass 100°F. This issue can be caused by-

  • A lack of pellets in the hopper.
  • The smoker auger is jammed.
  • An overfilled ash cup and/or firepot. 
  • A temperature probe malfunction. 
  • The ignitor did not start the fire.

Solution:

You’ll need to check a few things to get your smoker running normally again when this error code occurs. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Inspect The Pellet Supply

Check if there are enough pellets in the hopper. If you find there are little pellets, reload it and try again. 

Step 2: Check for Ash Buildup

If your pellet supply is adequate, inspect the firepot for ash buildup. Ash buildup can cover the ignitor, which will prevent the pellets from igniting.

Step 3: Look for Auger Jam

After making sure your firepot is clean, look for an auger jam. Many possible circumstances can cause an auger jam.

The use of moist or disintegrating pellets, leaving pellets in the system between uses, or failing to run the shutdown process properly are the common causes. 

After trying all these steps if the error code is still there, contact Oklahoma Joe’s customer service.

7. Error Code ER6

A lot of times your smoker’s cooking system is overheated for an extended time which isn’t good for the unit. That’s when Oklahoma Joe Error Code ER6 shows up. The reasons why your cooking system may overheat are-

  • Excess gasoline inside the unit. 
  • Grease the fire inside of your smoker. Cleaning your grill regularly will help prevent grease fires. 
  • The temperature probe of your smoker is malfunctioning.

Solution:

The Pit Control of your smoker will automatically initiate a shutdown burn if it detects overheating over an extended period of time.

If there is an excessive amount of heat or fire, close the grill lid immediately, push the power button, and wait for the grill to cool fully. After making sure that the heater is cool enough, do the following-

  • Remove the ash cup and empty the excess ashes.
  • Remove the heat baffle and the grates.
  • Check the firepot visually to make sure it’s empty; if it isn’t, use a shop vacuum to clear it out.
  • Clean up the grease channels and inspect the bottom of the cook chamber for any blocked grease drain openings.
  • Reassemble everything and try again.

Hopefully, the error code will stop flashing at this point. Contact customer support if not.

8. Error Code 18H

Leaving your unit unattended for too long causes error code 18H.

Solution:

You need to turn the power to your smoker off, turn the control knob to the off position, and turn the smoker back on to get rid of this error code.

FAQs:

What is the auger on a pellet stove?

The auger is a motorized device that transports pellets from the hopper to the burn pot. It looks like a long screw. The temperature of the stove is determined by the auger’s speed.

Do you have to burn-in a pellet grill?

It’s vital to do a burn-off (also known as “burn-in”) before firing up your pellet grill for the first time to get rid of any remaining machine-packing oils in the grill body. 

What meat can you smoke in 3 hours?

BEEF. Depending on the type of beef you’ve got in the smoker, your cooking time will vary. Tenderloin normally takes 3 hours, whereas beef brisket can take up to 20 hours (but it’s well worth it).

Should I oil the outside of my smoker?

We need to add oil to the outside of the smoker before we heat it. This technique may seem strange at first, but it, like our stove grates, helps to prevent rust.

How far away should a smoker be from the house?

Keeping the smoker at least 10 feet away from your house is a good idea.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to get rid of all the Oklahoma Joe Pellet smoker error codes, hopefully, you won’t face any issues in the future.

Leave us a comment if you have any questions. You’ll hear from us soon.

11 thoughts on “Oklahoma Joe Pellet Smoker Error Codes [Full List + Reasons + Solutions]”

    • Hi Charles

      It might not. Er4 shows duo to-1. The temperature probe is not detected by the Pit Control system.
      2. An irregular signal from the temperature probe is detected by the Pit Control system.
      3. The temperature probe is malfunctioning.

      Thanks

      Reply
  1. Tried to start my Oklahoma Joe’s pellet grill after winter storage. I had dumped all pellets last fall. The auger still had pellets in it. Upon start up auger was laboring to turn and would not spin. And would bang and growl when it did turn a bit. Left an ER5 code. Took apart defuser and clean out burn pot and cycled auger cleaning old pellets out of uger tube. To get it to cycle had to turn off switch and turn to smoke many times to clear. It would be nice if they had a manual auger switch to clear the tube for storage.

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  2. We have had our Oklahoma Joe pellet smoker for a little over a year and last month we got a Er2 alarm and we have replaced the ignitor twice . It will run 1 time and then it’s like the ignitor burns out and before we can use it again we had to replace the ignitor again. Please help!!

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    • Hi Lisa

      Oklahoma Joe Error Code ER2 flashes on the smoker screen when-

      1. There is an ignitor malfunction

      2. The Pit Control system is unable to detect the ignitor

      Any one of these two reasons can be behind ER2.

      As you have replaced the igniter, now check the pit control system & fix it by following the solution given below-

      Solution:

      1. Unplug the grill from the power.

      2. Try removing the Pit Control panel to ensure that all wires are not damaged and are firmly connected.

      3. Reassemble and retry.

      Hopefully, you will get the solution.

      Well, if the error code is still there, get help from the Oklahoma customer support center.

      Wish you all the best.

      Reply
  3. We just got this home and the 1st time we try to use it we are getting ER7. Cannot find the code anywhere in the owners manual, online, or on the website. Any ideas?

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    • Hi Dickson

      As there is no error code like ER7 in the manual but your display is showing this er, it would be wise to contact the Oklahoma customer support center about the issue.

      Wish you all the best.

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