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greygoose
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Pellet Grills
I'm about to jump on the bandwagon and get a pellet grill. Any suggestions on the best brand? I've been looking at Traeger and Rec-Tec.


Glock17
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Pellet Grills
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Rec-Tec.


I've had the 590 for about 6 months and love it. Rectec's are solidly built and they have incredible customer service. I've heard to much negative about the Traegers.


SpillwayRoyalty
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Member since Nov 2019
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re: Pellet Grills
I have two different size Traegers, when they are working they are idiot proof. But they are picky about needing fresh pellets and clean the auger out if you don't use it regularly. I have no experience with Rec-Tec


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Duckhammer_77
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Member since Nov 2016
2004 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Buddy has a Traeger, loves it, has it running almost every weekend. He made this cracklin cornbread on it that had the wood oven flavor - talk about awesome.


lsufan1971
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Take a look at the Masterbuilt gravity charcoal grill\Smoker. I have the 560. I added a Fireboard 2 controller and upgrade fan. It is an amazing grill with the mods. You get the best of both worlds in my opinion. The ease of controlling the fire and temp and get the charcoal\smoke flavor.


Loup
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Ferriday
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re: Pellet Grills
Rec-Tec is the gold standard. I have a pit boss because I'm poor. I've been very happy with it.


greygoose
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Member since Aug 2013
5881 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Buddy has a Traeger, loves it, has it running almost every weekend. He made this cracklin cornbread on it that had the wood oven flavor - talk about awesome.

I have two friends with pellet grills. One just got the biggest Traeger they make. The other friend got a Camp Chef. I respect both of their opinions, but since they got different brands, it made me want to do some in depth homework. The Rec-Tec does seem better made, and their reviews are very good, but it's a brand I never heard of before I started looking.


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duckaholic25
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Member since Nov 2010
153 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Don't rule out the camp chef woodwind. Mine is over a year old with heavy use and zero problems. Get the sear box and it will cook the best steak you ever ate!


Tbonepatron
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: Pellet Grills
I got a Traeger ~ 3 years ago and it’s not lived up to my expectations. It’s finicky on temp control and I have to clean out the fire box every other cook or else it’ll either flare up or flame out after 30 min. Sometimes it will get up to 450 and put a half-decent seat on a steak, sometimes it won’t.

Don’t get me wrong, it’ll cook a hell of a brisket, but once you throw in all the extras like the collapsible table and cover, I’d expect a little better quality for a $1000 smoky oven.



SwampBooty
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Sulphur, LA
Member since Sep 2015
578 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have Daniel Boone GMG. Disappointed in WiFi capabilities as the range is minimal at best. I would not hesitate to spend extra couple hundred on reqtec if I did it again.


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Glock17
Chicago Cubs Fan
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20730 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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It’s finicky on temp control


I've heard that complaint about Traeger's often.

I've been pleased with the consistency of the temps with the rectec. It'll hold temp 98% of the time a couple of degrees plus or minus of where you set it.


LSU_postman
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2005
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re: Pellet Grills
I am not saying Traeger's arent great. My friend has one and enjoys it. Another option is a Masterbuilt electric smoker.

1)Set temp
2) Set time
3) Add wood
4) profit

Holds temps Great. Can be paired with a wireless thermometer. If you want the grill effect..just apply to a traditional grill after the smoke to add some char or some BBQ sauce to the protein of your choice and then sear on the gas grill to caramelize

No regrets about it so far.


GhostofLesticleMiles
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re: Pellet Grills
Rec Tec All day everyday! All 304SS construction. No sheet metal with high temp coating. Researched endlessly, settled on the Rec-Tec due to warranty and materials it's constructed of.


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Hud0326
Member since Dec 2019
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Rec Tec seems to be the best. I have a Silverbac from Grilla Grills and love it. Much better quality than Traeger. Made in USA and free delivery


tke_swamprat
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7836 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have a Camp chef. Love it. Works well. But if you like a lot of smoke flavor, an Egg or barrel smoker is better.

If money was no option, I’d get a Rec-Tec.

But I use my Weber kettle more than my pellet grill. If I’m grilling, I’m lighting some charcoal.


greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
5881 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Another option is a Masterbuilt electric smoker.
I have another friend that just got a Masterbuilt charcoal. I already have a Green Egg, so pellet seems to be the next big thing, considering how easy it's supposed to be to control the temp AND get the smoke.


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greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
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I have a Camp chef. Love it. Works well. But if you like a lot of smoke flavor, an Egg or barrel smoker is better.
Ok, your post sent up a red flag. Are you saying I won't get copious amounts of smoke from a pellet grill? Also, does the pellet grill allow you get a nice bark on a brisket or butt, just like a traditional smoker?


LSUintheNW
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Here and there
Member since Aug 2009
32743 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I got a Traeger ~ 3 years ago and it’s not lived up to my expectations. It’s finicky on temp control and I have to clean out the fire box every other cook or else it’ll either flare up or flame out after 30 min.


Sounds like you got a lemon, that sucks.

I've had mine 5 years and the blower fan just went out. 25 buck fix.

But I've never had issues with temp control or the flame going out though.

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Sometimes it will get up to 450 and put a half-decent seat on a steak, sometimes it won’t.


Fyi, traegers are not for steaks.

I use the searer on my gas grill that heats up to 800°.


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Loup
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Ferriday
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re: Pellet Grills
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Are you saying I won't get copious amounts of smoke from a pellet grill?


I don't. I use a pellet tube on mine to help out. I like a heavy smoke, though.


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nopants
US Space Force Fan
Luling, La
Member since Aug 2006
659 posts

re: Pellet Grills
our Yoder YS640S is a beast, love it. So much thicker metal and better build quality than the lower end ones. Also, the built-in fireboard is great. https://www.yodersmokers.com/pellet/the-ys640s-pellet-grill/


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