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Help me out Ladies & Gents.
My old grill went kaput.
Been thinking about a pellet grill for a while now.
Obviously the Traeger brand comes to mind but there are many others out there.
Any thoughts & recommendations to confuse me further?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 06:19:41 am »
Grilled pellets?

Doesn't sound too appetizing. What kinda marinade do you use for pellets?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 08:29:02 am »
The nice thing about those Traegers is that you “set it and forget it”.  They maintain temp and smoke and there’s a variety of pellets out there. 

I just picked up my first offset smoker, Oklahoma Joes “Highland” model from Lowes.  Seasoned it and took my first crack at it on the 4th.  Smoked 6 tri tips with coal and hickory and they came out fantastic.  Didn’t have to tend the hotbox much (easy boys), and cooked them for about 2.5 hours. 

I’m pretty happy with it so far and it’s built very well.  The thing weighs a ton!  Takes two people to get the box out of a truck (or one clever little Mexican dude).  I assembled it myself, but it would’ve been much easier with two people.  The metal wheels can probably leave rust stains on a deck, so that is something to look out for. 

Maybe someone here who has some experience with the Traeger can chime in?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 08:58:57 am »
Grilled pellets?

Doesn't sound too appetizing. What kinda marinade do you use for pellets?
Funny Conrad. Very funny.
I’m thinking of using maple pellets. They should already be flavored with maple syrup marinade, right?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 09:07:23 am »
The nice thing about those Traegers is that you “set it and forget it”.  They maintain temp and smoke and there’s a variety of pellets out there. 

I just picked up my first offset smoker, Oklahoma Joes “Highland” model from Lowes.  Seasoned it and took my first crack at it on the 4th.  Smoked 6 tri tips with coal and hickory and they came out fantastic.  Didn’t have to tend the hotbox much (easy boys), and cooked them for about 2.5 hours. 

I’m pretty happy with it so far and it’s built very well.  The thing weighs a ton!  Takes two people to get the box out of a truck (or one clever little Mexican dude).  I assembled it myself, but it would’ve been much easier with two people.  The metal wheels can probably leave rust stains on a deck, so that is something to look out for. 

Maybe someone here who has some experience with the Traeger can chime in?

You will probably need 2, but a grill pad will protect your deck from any marks from the grill.



I just replaced my New Braunfels offset smoker that I’ve had for almost 20 years. It finally rusted thru earlier in the spring. I bought the Oklahoma Joes offset smoker with the gas grill and stove burner on the right side. So far it is my all time favorite grill.

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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 09:32:58 am »
Yeah, me too- I have those same questions. Thinking about buying a pellet smoker and looking for one that works well, and is a good value with the works well being paramount.

Traeger brand looks promising but so does the Pit Boss.

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My old grill went kaput.
Been thinking about a pellet grill for a while now.
Obviously the Traeger brand comes to mind but there are many others out there.
Any thoughts & recommendations to confuse me further?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 06:41:46 pm »
Lots of good information at "amazingribs.com".....Many different types  of smokers tested. I've been seriously looking at Yoder's and Rec-Tec.. Good luck with your search..

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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 06:50:14 am »
Mmmmmmm, ribs...

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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2018, 08:40:30 am »
Haven't pulled the trigger yet. Rec Tec is definitely in the running if I can get past the premium. I understand quality doesn't come cheap, though.
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2018, 08:56:06 am »
You never said what your needs are. Are you going to smoke or grill or both?
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2018, 11:26:54 am »
 I plan on being able to do both with the same machine.  I want to put the emphasis on smoking, though.
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2018, 10:25:52 pm »
I'm gonna throw a stone in the bush here.......

What happened to cooking meat on an open flame fire? :popcorn:
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2018, 12:29:57 pm »
I'm gonna throw a stone in the bush here.......

What happened to cooking meat on an open flame fire? :popcorn:

Assuming your question is sincere (might be joking -- I wouldn't know) open flame fires aren't conducive to smoking or  grilling either, as the "fire" is inconsistently hot. Coals are what is needed; these provide the direct heat you're looking for.

And when you're smoking meat, you want it low and slow. I keep my Weber Smoky Mountain smoker at around 200 deg. F., and I've had a pork shoulder in the thing for up to 14 hours. Yields a good quarter inch of bark, and smoky flavor throughout the meat.
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2018, 05:39:29 pm »
 Seriously considering the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX.  The reviews look promising and YouTube did a comparison with a Traeger and it appeared to me it kicked butt.
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Re: To pellet grill or not to pellet grill...That is the question.
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2018, 06:10:59 pm »
Is this useless if the power goes out?
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