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tigerpimpbot
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re: Recommend a pellet grill to me
I have a traeger and it does the trick no problem, but my FIL has a req tec which I’ve used and found to be really good.


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Tridentds
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Bought an almost new Pit Boss on Craigslist over a year ago because I wanted to try a pellet grill out. Bad arse pellet grill. I use it at least once or twice a week. This week we used it 3 times. Burnt ends last weekend and this week we cooked hamburgers one night and steaks last night. I have a smoke tube that came with it that I use on long slow cooks.

To be perfectly honest the quality is fine as I keep mine on patio out of the rain and don't move it at all except to clean it. Legs are thin square tube so they don't seem very strong but I don't move it so it doesn't matter to me.

As far as cooking it is pretty sweet. Not Traeger quality for sure but have had no issues at all. I have a pit with firebox that I almost don't fire up anymore. No interest in babysitting a firebox and monitoring temp all day.



greygoose
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RECTEQ model RT700

Gotta agree. I've had gas grills, still have a Green Egg. Got the Recteq 700 a couple of years ago, and I've stopped using the Egg. Built like a tank and I've had no issues with the controller or anything else. I did some fall off the bones ribs last week, routinley do a brisket and a boston butt. Just reversed-seared some ribeyes on Wednesday night. As others have said, if the smoke output isn't enough, get a smoke tube.


FISH N TIGER
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I just purchased the Pit Boss 1600 Elite, I did a good bit of looking at many different ones and decided on this one. Just put it together last night and about to the the initial burn off. I can’t wait to start cooking on it, I’m gonna do a brisket first. Good Luck with your search.


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


1 bag? No. It depends on ambient temp and cook temp but I usually can get 12 hrs out of a bag when doing a brisket. Long enough for me not to have to worry about it while sleeping and I can just refill it when I wake up.


greygoose
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1 bag? No. It depends on ambient temp and cook temp but I usually can get 12 hrs out of a bag when doing a brisket. Long enough for me not to have to worry about it while sleeping and I can just refill it when I wake up.


Can you use natural lump charcoal?


AA7
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Yeah pretty sure you can use any charcoal in it. I think you are also good to throw some wood chunks in there too.


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D844
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Recteq bullseye gets to 749 in riot mode


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Dave_O
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I have a Recteq 590 and I’ve had no problems with it. Can’t speak to other brands because it’s the only pellet grill I’ve owned. The charcoal gravity fed grills also look like a pretty good option, if that’s something you’d be interested in.


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oldskule
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I use my RECTEQ 4-5 nights per week! Had it for 3 years and NO issues whatsoever.

They now make charcoal pellets....

Best cooking device I have ever purchased.


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BallsEleven
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Can you use natural lump charcoal?


Yeah you can. I used it at first but then I found a massive rock at the bottom of my chamber one time. Must have been in one of the bags. After that I’ve used nothing but charcoal so I don’t have to worry about that.


countryboycansurvive
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How does the fire go out once you turn it off and not finish burning the remaining charcoal in the hopper? Is it from a lack of oxygen once the fan is turned off?


xraytiger
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I like my Yoder. New to pellet grills, wanted something easy and the ability to sear as well. I like my egg but haven’t used it since I got the Yoder.


SwampCollie
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I "need" to replace my near daily use Webber Spirit .... RecTeq Bullseye seems to be the most viable 1:1 replacement that retains ability to sear, heats up quick etc. Seems most pellet grills don't necessarily excel here.


If I didn't already have better low & slow smoking options (KJ, KJ Jr, Custom reverse flow stick burner) the Recteq 700 is what I'd get for a "Do All"

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BallsEleven
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How does the fire go out once you turn it off and not finish burning the remaining charcoal in the hopper? Is it from a lack of oxygen once the fan is turned off?


Yes, there are 2 slides that you pull out from the front when you go to light it. Bottom one is the vent going to the fan, the top on is going from the fire box into the chamber in the grill. After you are done, you turn the unit off and put the slides back in. It cuts off enough oxygen and eventually the fire dies.


AlxTgr
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there are 2 slides that you pull out
I am still forgetting to remove those sometimes at start up

Love mine BTW. Word of caution though, if you do a lot of slow cooks, it'd good to crank it up once in a while. I did not, and the first time I tried to do a higher heat chicken deal, the whole damn thing caught on fire.


OU812ME2
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I grill everything on a pitboss 820. It's not the best but it's been working for 3 seasons. I grill at least 3 nights a week and sometimes every night.

I had it go out on me once during an overnight smoke which was probably more on me because I don't clean it out like I should. Now I make sure to vacuum it all out before I do overnight smokes.

I'm sure everyone here is going to scoff, but I grill everything at 300 degrees. It seems to be the sweet spot of grilling. Chicken, pork chops, hamburgers, salmon. It all comes off with nice flavor at 300 and not burned. I'm not one to go overboard with steaks but when we do have them, I cook them the same way. I don't worry about searing or anything. It's good enough for me and my family.

I have a weber kettle and the pitboss and I've done blind taste tests with my family and they ALL liked the pitboss over the weber.


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lsujro
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the whole damn thing caught on fire.


shortened my eyebrows making this mistake. open lid slowly when you get it to 700


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BallsEleven
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I am still forgetting to remove those sometimes at start up


Yeah, I guess they threw that alert into the new app for a reason

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it'd good to crank it up once in a while


No doubt. I try to do a pretty good cleanout if I want to take it above 500. Sometimes I get lazy though and just do smaller 50 degree rises to burn off any grease at the bottom.
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