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CatfishJohn
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Recommend a pellet grill to me

I’m giving myself a pellet grill for a delayed Father’s Day present. I know how they work and that I’d use it a lot. Also know of Traeger, but I keep hearing that while solid, it’s overpriced due to marketing/name brand (someone even called it the Grey Goose of grills which made me laugh).

Anyways, I’ll be cooking everything – ribs, brisket, pork butts, steak/tenderloin, wings, etc. I would also like a searing plate/side burner if good brands have those. I like to sear some meats and I’d like to cook veggies on the side. It doesn’t need to be a huge model, I won’t be cooking for more than 6 people very often.

So knowing those things, which brand and model would you guys suggest?

To recap -

- Want to cook all kinds of meat
- Would like a searing plate/side burner if possible
- Would prefer something with Wifi so I can monitor while at work, etc. (Open to arguments here if you think it’s unnecessary)
- Price point under 2k but under 1,200 if that’s even possible
- Doesn’t need to be huge, usually cook for 6 or less people


CatfishJohn
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Weber SmokeFire EX6 Gen2

Seen this one recommended on websites, but no sear plate. It does get hot enough apparently to sear, but I guess I'd prefer going to a different surface for that.


CatfishJohn
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This Camp Chef Woodwind looks intriguing, never heard of the brand

Has a side attachment for a burner but it costs extra


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tigerlaw
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I love my Camp Chef, especially the control system. Good quality, great value.

My buddy has a Recteq - he loves it, and the bull horn handles are a nice touch

Features that will make your life easier:

1. wifi
2. An access hatch to remove old pellets easily
3. Dual temperature probes


Teufelhunden
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I have a traeger and while it works fine, I just don't find it puts out enough smoke.


CatfishJohn
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Man, I just read about reqtec and it might be the leader in the clubhouse!

I'll keep digging.


lsujro
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I did a bunch of research on these a couple years ago. Rectec and camp chef were top 2 options for me in terms price/quality ratio. However, i ultimately went with a Masterbuilt gravity grill instead. It's charcoal/wood fed instead of pellets, but operates via electronic controller in the same way (and has wifi). I've been really happy with mine so far. The selling point for me was I can easily hit 600-700 degrees on the gravity grill for grilling and searing meats whereas pellet grills are basically just smoking. They'll come in at a lower price point than you are looking at by a wide margin as well.

Any of these 3 will make you happy imo


BallsEleven
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I'll offer something similar to a pellet grill.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series

It is the same concept as a pellet grill but uses charcoal instead. As the name implies, it uses gravity to feed charcoal into a box where you light the charcoal and a fan regulates the temperature. Temp range on them is 150F to over 700F.

I usually go from lighting charcoal to 225 in 7-8 minutes. From there I can get to 700 in about 2 minutes. The hopper holds a full 16lb bag of charcoal. You can add some wood chunks as well if you want a stronger smoke flavor. WIFI and bluetooth are standard on them. If you get the 800 (mid-size) it comes with a griddle that you can switch out with the grates.

In the beginning people didn't like the phone app saying it would disconnect a lot and randomly turn the grill off. They have gone to a new app and I've never had an issue with it.

I also really like it because cleaning it is easy. The entire bottom slides out from the back and you can scrape it out into a trash can and put it back easily.
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Glock17
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I have a recteq 590, and the bullseye. I really like them both. Recteq has really great customer service and the smokers built really well.

Are you wanting to do more grilling or smoking?


CatfishJohn
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quote:

Are you wanting to do more grilling or smoking?



I think probably 50/50 on it, maybe more smoking since I have a gas grill for quick grilling stuff for the kids.
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CatfishJohn
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quote:

I'll offer something similar to a pellet grill.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series

It is the same concept as a pellet grill but uses charcoal instead. As the name implies, it uses gravity to feed charcoal into a box where you light the charcoal and a fan regulates the temperature. Temp range on them is 150F to over 700F.

I usually go from lighting charcoal to 225 in 7-8 minutes. From there I can get to 700 in about 2 minutes. The hopper holds a full 16lb bag of charcoal. You can add some wood chunks as well if you want a stronger smoke flavor. WIFI and bluetooth are standard on them. If you get the 800 (mid-size) it comes with a griddle that you can switch out with the grates.

In the beginning people didn't like the phone app saying it would disconnect a lot and randomly turn the grill off. They have gone to a new app and I've never had an issue with it.

I also really like it because cleaning it is easy. The entire bottom slides out from the back and you can scrape it out into a trash can and put it back easily.


Interesting.

Can it do longer smokes with 1 16 lb bag of coal, like 25-30 hours?


Glock17
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quote:

I think probably 50/50 on it, maybe more smoking since I have a gas grill for quick grilling stuff for the kids.


So IMO the 590 isn't ideal for grilling, but great for smoking. It can grill, and gets to 500 degrees but it'll be in direct heat. The bullseye is great for hot and fast cooks and gets over 700 degrees, but also capable of 200 degrees. That's why I ended up getting both of them.


TheOcean
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Depends on your budget. I used a camp chef for a couple years and then decided to pull the trigger on the rectec. Rectec is a game changer -- much better at holding temp and it's built like a tank. Camp chef will still make great food, though.


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CatfishJohn
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quote:

So IMO the 590 isn't ideal for grilling, but great for smoking. It can grill, and gets to 500 degrees but it'll be in direct heat.



The website says 700 degrees? Is that bullshite?

LINK


Glock17
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quote:

he website says 700 degrees? Is that bullshite?


Just noticed that... I want to say the max temp on the controller is 500, but mine's a couple years old so that might have changed. I know they'll get hotter than the max controller temp. I just use mine at low and slow temps and use the bullseye for the hot cooks


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Jaspermac
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Usually the lack of smoke comes from the pellets


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bayouvette
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Pitt boss is solid.

If you want more smoke get a smoke tube...


tiggerfan02 2021
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Smoke tube is a game changer with any pellet grill.


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Sev09
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CampChef woodwind with a Sidekick propane burner for searing


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oldskule
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RECTEQ model RT700


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