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Pellet Grill

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by spectra, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Ok looking to replace my old and tired gas grill. Thinking of going the way of the pellet grill and wondering who has one and what you think of them? Also brand would be helpful:cool:

    Thanks!
     
  2. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    I have had a Traeger, worked great but pricy for the amount of grill space. But then again it's almost idiot proof for smoking.
     
  3. varminthunter1

    varminthunter1 South Seattle, WA Member

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    Treager lil tex from Costco. Amazing. jerky, smoked salmon, chicken, thanksgiving Turkey.
    I`m in love. Everything tastes better. Veggies too!
     
  4. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    What temps can you get up to on the Traeger?

    I have been looking at the Green mountain grills as temps can get up to 500 I think with the controller they have.

    I have a Weber Smokey Mountain for doing over night cooks and whatever else I want to throw into it. But would like a kind of all in one if I can find it.
     
  5. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    Louisianna grilles. Traegers are made in China now and the quality has gone down.
     
  6. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    That is what I was thinking on the traeger. Would like a US made product if I can find one a decent price.
     
  7. Starship

    Starship NE Portland Active Member

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    I have the Green Mountain Daniel Boone and the Davy Crockett (new tailgater grill, fits in the motorhome).
    The DC is fairly new but have had the DB for 3 years. Cook everything on it: Smoke meat, cook veggies, pizza, bake cobblers. You name it and it can be done. Will cook from 150 to 500 degrees so you can do just about anything you want on it. The temp controller is digital and works in 5 degree increments. Comes with a food probe for watching internal temps of meats as they cook.

    Has a hopper fan that keeps any fire from back burning into the hopper of pellets. Also has turbo mode (whatever they call it) that the grill watches the outside temp and if drops below 40 degrees then it burns pellets faster in order to better maintain the internal temp.

    I cook on this thing year round: nice hot sunny summer days and the Supreme Commander has pictures of me with my spatula and a background of snow. Pellet cookers are more expensive than gas or charcoal but if you use them they are definitely worth it.
     
  8. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Yes have been looking at the Daniel Boon at a local store on sale for 650 right now. Need to look around and see what prices are.

    I do love my Weber but trying to remember when to buy charcoal is getting old. Every memorial day HD has it on sale and need to stock up almost 20lbs to smoke a few butts overnight plus the wood. Also can not make a pizza on it:)

    And yes I BBQ all year long as it is under cover so rain is not an issue.
     
  9. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Get a Weber and use charcoal and chunks of mesquite... Your meat wont get any better!
     
  10. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Traeger. I can smoke at around 120 and get as high as 480 degrees.

    Free recipe:
    Take preformed or form them yourself hamburger patties. Start with one. Top with smoked Gouda cheese, crushed garlic, diced hard salami, BBQ sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Top with another patty and press the edges down all the way around to seal in the goods. Smoke on the Traeger for about 4 hours. Turn up to high to finish them off. Let rest for about 15 or 20 minutes and garnish with your favorite toppings.
     
  11. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I have a Weber Bullet now. Works great but want something the wife can use also. She does need to cook every once in a while:D
     
  12. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    Traeger lil' tex elite.

    I really like it.

    Brisket, bacon, pizza, veggies, chicken, brauts, burgers... It's the most forgiving and accommodating grille I've ever had.
     
  13. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Treagers do a great job but if it's for your wife for a quick job get her a propane grill..........
     
  14. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    These guys are out of Dallas, Oregon: http://www.makgrills.com/. There is also a company in Dallas that makes grills for a California company. Don't know if it's these same guys with their own brand or not.
     
  15. ChiefBoatsret

    ChiefBoatsret Seattle New Member

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    I have the Green Mountain Daniel Boone and use it all year round and it has been trouble free going on two years. From cheap to expensive they all work pretty much the same, it is the controllers that make the difference. Go to Pelletheads.com for lots of good info on buying and using pellet grills.
     
  16. Blackcobra

    Blackcobra Camas Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Love my Traeger for smoking, but it doesn't get hot enough for steaks.
     
  17. mjn

    mjn Tri-Cities, Wa Active Member

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    I've also heard about the quality of todays Traegers vs the older ones.
    The research I've done has led me to Rec Tec grills. A bit on the spendy side, but the customer comments speak volumes.

    http://www.rectecgrills.com/learn-more/
     
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    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    Gonna jump in here after the dust has settled with my freshly minted .02 cents. Since the popularity of pellet poopers has really taken off in the past 10 years the market has been flooded with a host of makes and models. The Traegars were one of the first pellet cookers introduced to the public for home and later commercial applications. The Mt. Angel company did a great job of marketing and their sales soared.
    I believe, IMHO and my experience, these folks are the John Browning of pellet cookers. Made in the USA.

    http://www.cookshack.com/Products-for-Home-Use
     
  20. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Personally I prefer the versatility of a separate smoker and grill. I do A LOT of smoking and BBqing and like to pre-smoke some meats and then grill. Also I can use chips/chunks of wood in the smoker if I want as well as pellets. I could not do most of what I do now with one of the pellet only style units.
     
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