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tke_swamprat
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Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
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re: Pellet Grills
I like Lumberjack but like previously stated, hard to get around here. Dicks used to run some sales online. I started using the blend from Sams after I ran out of lumberjack. They burn really well.


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wiltznucs
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Apollo Beach, FL
Member since Sep 2005
8594 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I’ve had the RecTeq 700 for a little over two years now.

I’ll be honest, it’s had some problems. It really struggles to get hot. By that I mean over 450°. My unit will take nearly an hour to reach for 450; to this day I have never got over 500°. So for grilling it leaves a lot to be desired. Searing just isn’t an option.

To their credit, the customer service is solid. I’ve had to replace the internal temperature probe, bend the fan bracket to get more airflow, replace the main control board and most recently replace the igniter. All of which cost me nothing. The WiFi has never worked properly either. We gave up on that.

We bought them direct from RecTeq in a group purchase which saved us a lot of money. Mine appears to be the dud of the group. The others who got them have been thrilled with theirs.

As a smoker, it has worked perfectly. As a grill, I’d rather have propane. Lots of issues. When I replace it I’ll be buying the Yoder.
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highcotton2
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Alabama
Member since Feb 2010
7508 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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All parts are made in China. The "showroom" and headquarters is in Georgia but all parts come from China.


Lots of USA based companies cannot compete on their on merits so they have to try to gain a market edge and unfortunately most times this edge is being able to sell cheaper. Majority of people only want low cost and do not really figure in build quaiity. There are a few pellet grills that are made in the USA but of course they cost more. In reality being made in the USA does not always translate to being a better product. But it does guarantee that you are not supporting a Communist regime that is hell bent on destroying your country.


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highcotton2
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Alabama
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re: Pellet Grills
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I ended up finding a barely used Mak on Facebook Marketplace



Mak is a great company that makes some great grills. I have dealt with them several times over the years and when you call them with a question you actually talk to a human being and most times with one of the owners. They will go out of their way to help you with any issue you are having. I have two of their smokers and one of them has had over 2 tons of pellets run through it. The digital controller they designed is second to none. They are not for everyone because they are expensive. But if you are at a point in life where you can afford to support a family owned American business they are an excellent choice. They even named the business after the first letter of their kids names. Mat, Alex, and Kal.

Mak grills


Hebed118
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re: Pellet Grills
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Mak is a great company that makes some great grills. I have dealt with them several times over the years and when you call them with a question you actually talk to a human being and most times with one of the owners. They will go out of their way to help you with any issue you are having. I have two of their smokers and one of them has had over 2 tons of pellets run through it. The digital controller they designed is second to none. They are not for everyone because they are expensive. But if you are at a point in life where you can afford to support a family owned American business they are an excellent choice. They even named the business after the first letter of their kids names. Mat, Alex, and Kal.


Agree with all of your points! This is the only grill/smoker on my patio now. It has replaced everything else I've owned. Another great point about Mak is majority of their new innovations/upgrades are backwards compatible! Also, I find it produces more smoke than any other I've run across. Again, the price of entry is not for everyone, but for someone looking at the premium market, I'd have it at the top of my list along with a VERY few others.


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RushHour
East Texas
Member since Dec 2018
57 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Man this sucks. The WiFi system had a relatively recent update that made it work much better from my understanding. Like your friends mine doesn't break a sweat getting up to 500-550.

Yoder 640 does seem like a great upgrade. I really like the fact that they can be setup to grill directly over an open flame. True sear capability just isn't possible with a normal pellet grill, even with grill grates at 550.


UPGDude
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Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2021
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Thats one of the reason I bought the Pitt and Spitts. They make an optional drip pan with a "trap door" that allows you to sear directly over the flame pot. I have not tried it yet so I'll see this evening. I really considered the Yoder but I wanted something all stainless. I did not want to touch up the Yoder as they recommended.


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PlantSaver
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mrcoon
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Louisiana
Member since Jul 2019
141 posts

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Sorry to tell you this, but they are made in China.

Go to 2:25 in the video LINK


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JDPndahizzy
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JDP
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2297 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I just bought a ZGrill a few weeks ago on sale for $447. Absolutely love it. It's not the best or most expensive but it serves my purpose. I've used it 10-12 times already since memorial day sale.
This is the one I bought..


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Loup
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re: Pellet Grills
I have had a pit boss for over a year and I was unhappy with how hot it would get for sears. For something like a burger when you opened it to flip or put it on the grill it would just be getting back to temp when it was time to remove. Nothing really got a sear i was happy with. I recently purchased the Rec Tec (TM) Bullseye B380 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker and am happy as a dog with two dongs over it. Gets to 750 degrees with the lid closed and 600 or so with it open.

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lsugrad35
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Jambalaya capital of the world
Member since Feb 2007
2893 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Got a camp chef arriving tomorrow. My first time with a pellet grill. I'm pretty excited about it.


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lsuson
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I have a pit boss 820 and love it


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Joe Cigar
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Breaux Bridge
Member since Mar 2021
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Yep the Rec Tec Bullseye is amazing. It will seer the hell out of a ribeye at +700 degrees.


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mrcoon
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Jul 2019
141 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have been researching grills for over 2 months now. There are so many it is hard to choose. I have three on my mind though that I think are worth the asking price.

It seems like the competition guys like Green Mountain Grills and they are a good value for what you get. Heavier steel than most of the mainstream grills. They run on 12 volts too which can add versilitilty. The are very efficient at burning pellets. It can hold a steady 180 degrees and below temp for making jerky and sausage. This is something a lot pellet grills are not good at apparently, especially the smaller ones. The usefulness and addons make it a value.

Smoke Daddy Inc. makes the Pellet Pro which has some made in the USA parts and has a 7 year warranty. It seems to be worth the $1000 price tag for the larger grill. The body is 13ga steel and the lid is real stainless. The internals are also heavy steel. It is also very highly regarded by professional cooks. They have a lot of aftermarket parts that work on other grills including cold smoke infusers. They give you 60 lbs of pellets with the grill. Good at super low temps as well as very high temps. Great customer support. Family owned.

Then there is Camp Chef Woodwind which has the side box that would be extremely useful for me. I don't think the construction is worth the price tag though, and I already have 3 different camp stoves. However, they have a very nice PID controller that is supposed to deliver very good smoke flavor. The rack system is very nice as well. Good at holding very low temps for sausage an jerky as well. They make jerky/sausage smoking specific racks. The value comes back in this thing with what you can do with it. The weak point seems to be steak searing on the grill itself in stock form, but that is what the side box and grill grates are for.

Traeger seems to be an absolute ripoff in all aspects after just doing a little research. It seems to be fit for the Yeti everything guys.

That said, I think I want the Camp Chef and Pellet Pro. I can't choose. The Pellet Pro would be an easy choice if I didn't have a good completely out of the weather place to store it. I think the Camp Chef would need a nice covered area to last for many years as it is not built as well as the Pellet Pro.


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Buzzed
Alabama Fan
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Member since Nov 2020
449 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I grill steaks and sear more than I smoke currently. Which would be the best for searing a ribeye and cooking some burgers as a priority but flexible enough to smoke? I'd probably smoke more if I had a pellet.



That’s just about all I cook. Have had a pit boss for over a year, and see no reason to change brands, and wouldn’t unless there’s a better open flame option elsewhere.
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You can cook burgers in less than 20 minutes or smoke them for an hour or more. Cook ribeyes several time a month as well. Max Temps (depending on when the dome was last cleaned) can get up to 700.

I don’t think you can really go wrong, but with the other brands my main concern was searing and how fast it can cook if I’m in a hurry.



AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Pellet Grills
Any of you all fooled with the charcoal gravity grills? Those interest me for some reason.


Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
13958 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Any of you all fooled with the charcoal gravity grills? Those interest me for some reason.


I got a masterbuilt 560 for $150 this past February from Walmart when they were clearing out the old version. They updated the firebox, switches, and charcoal grate for 2021. I spent about another $100 on mods like the charcoal grate and a vent control. I’ve run a wide range of sticks, electrics, and pellets. I’ve been very impressed with this 560. It’s not the best materials, but the price was perfect for me. I think it needs to run about $300 and that would be the sweet spot.

The 800 with the griddle is a killer deal too. I expect to see a lot of other companies releasing competitors, chargriller already has one.
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AlxTgr
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Rust
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I've had the 590 for about 6 months and love it.


Same. Stainless and zero issues


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