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Sweet Pickles
Member since Mar 2017
189 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I was a little noncommittal about pellet grills so bought a cheap Z grill off Amazon for $350. You get what you pay for but the end product is amazing. Will be upgrading in the next several years.


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The Last Coco
LSU Fan
On the water
Member since Mar 2009
6409 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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That's the main reason I'm going with a pellet. I love my Green Egg, but getting the temp just right, and maintaining it can be a chore.


Have you looked into the Egg Genius or other temp control for the ceramic grills? They're great and effectively allow the same freedom as a pellet grill for the long smokes. If you already have the ceramic grill, I'd go that route in lieu of a whole new smoker but to each his own.

EGG Genius - $240

Flame Boss makes the EGG Genius for BGE and has several other nearly identical units. Other companies are out there too.


greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
5643 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Have you looked into the Egg Genius or other temp control for the ceramic grills? They're great and effectively allow the same freedom as a pellet grill for the long smokes. If you already have the ceramic grill, I'd go that route in lieu of a whole new smoker but to each his own.

EGG Genius - $240

Flame Boss makes the EGG Genius for BGE and has several other nearly identical units. Other companies are out there too.


I had no idea that existed. Nevertheless, I already ordered the pellet. I plan on putting it next to the Egg, on the porch.


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UPGDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I also have a BGE and I like it a lot. However, sometimes it’s a pain messing with setting up the FlameBoss (same as Egg Genius - extra wires for the fan, etc) so I also went with a pellet. I got the stainless Pitts and Spitts 850. Much more surface area than my BGE. Now I just set the temp and let it go. I haven’t cooked on it a lot (just fried some bacon in it for the first cook) but excited for the weekends again.

I really looked hard at the RecTec but wanted to stay American so looked at Mak, Yoder, and P&S. I pulled the trigger on the P&S since its made in Houston and they delivered it to BR.


highpockets
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafayette
Member since Feb 2015
1611 posts

re: Pellet Grills
What brand of pellets do y'all like best?


greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
5643 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I really looked hard at the RecTec but wanted to stay American
Rectec is out of Georgia.

4301 Evans to Locks Rd.
Evans, GA 30809


UPGDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
All parts are made in China. The "showroom" and headquarters is in Georgia but all parts come from China.
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UPGDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I'm interested too. I just went to Home Depot and picked up a bag of Traeger Competition Blend but also interested to see what others think as well.


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Hebed118
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafourche Parish
Member since Jun 2017
109 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I've had good success with the B&B from Academy. The championship blend is a pretty good bang for the buck at $14.99 for a 40lb bag. They do not seem to produce a large amount of ash. Lots of folks swear by Lumberjack, but they are not available locally from what I can tell. I believe Dick's has them for a considerable mark up.


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Hebed118
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafourche Parish
Member since Jun 2017
109 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I really looked hard at the RecTec but wanted to stay American so looked at Mak, Yoder, and P&S. I pulled the trigger on the P&S since its made in Houston and they delivered it to BR.


Good choice :) I would have went this route, but I ended up finding a barely used Mak on Facebook Marketplace


UPGDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Timing is everything with FB marketplace. I liked the stainless Two-Star General by Maks but ended up with P&S since I travel to Houston a bunch and could see it in person. Good find for you.


Hobie101
Member since May 2012
42 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have a pellet grill from Blaz'n Grill Works.
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Claims to be 100% made in the USA.
Had it for 8 years with no problems. It has a sear kit for grilling up to 500deg. Only complaint is that it doesn't move a lot of smoke. I use an A-MAZE-N tube smoker to supplement and it gets the job done.


UPGDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
That's a nice grill. I had not heard of them before. And the price seems reasonable too.


RetiredSaintsLsuFan
LSU Fan
NW Arkansas
Member since Jun 2020
562 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have a Traeger (2013) and a GMG (2015) pellet smoker. Both of these are getting old and I may be looking for another one in a year or so. After having a rotisserie in my GMG I cannot so back to something that does not have this option.


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Barneyrb
Arkansas Fan
NELA
Member since May 2016
3627 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have 2 pellet grills, one here at home and one at the deer camp.

Here at home I have the Blazin grill and for simplicity it works well. Easy to clean and temp regulates well.

At the camp I have a cheap pit boss I bought (non working) from marketplace. The customer service at PB was very good and they sent me the temp controller at no charge to repair it.

The PB does have a feature I really like, you can slide the center section on the deflector back and actually sear a steak with it.

Since repaired I really don't have anything bad to say about either unit. The Blazin uses less pellets and holds temp better for long cooks. Bottom line is both work



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9Fiddy
Louisiana Tech Fan
19th Hole
Member since Jan 2007
58973 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I've had the 590 for about 6 months and love it. Rectec's are solidly built and they have incredible customer service.


I'm torn between this and Green Mountain. My biggest concern is I don't have WiFi at my house as we live too far in the country. Do they also operate off Bluetooth? I'd like to know if I'm spending close to $1,000 I can utilize it to its full potential.


RushHour
East Texas
Member since Dec 2018
57 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Do you not have a wireless router for cell phone/tablet devices? They will not operate on Blutooth.

BluTooth would only allow your phone to connect to the Grill when you are in BluTooth range (less than 50 feet).

WiFi will allow you to be on the golf course in another state and still connect to your grill. The only thing you need is cell service on the phone, an internet connection at your house with a wireless router, and your grill connected wirelessly to your router.


RetiredSaintsLsuFan
LSU Fan
NW Arkansas
Member since Jun 2020
562 posts

re: Pellet Grills
My GMG is wifi capable, but I do not use it. I am the hands on type instead of pushing a few buttons on my phone.


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lsuson
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2013
8392 posts

re: Pellet Grills
My pit boss is awesome. I alternate different wood pellets. Also if you want smoky get a smoke tube as well


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highcotton2
Auburn Fan
Alabama
Member since Feb 2010
7508 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Any suggestions on the best brand?


Best brand or best value?


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