Anyone have a pellet grill?

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Costco is having their annual deal with Traegar grills. I love smoking/grilling/etc. and have an XL ceramic grill plus a weber kettle on the back porch. The Weber is on its last legs and I have been thinking of replacing it. The small traegar (or equivalent model from another mfr.) looks like a possibilty for my smaller cooking jobs. I like the idea of getting a steady temp control like you can get on the kamado joe and in a quicker (possibly easier) fashion, Before I drop the $ vs. replacing the Weber I am interested in any opinions from users on this board. Thanks in advance for any insight.
 

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Costco is having their annual deal with Traegar grills. I love smoking/grilling/etc. and have an XL ceramic grill plus a weber kettle on the back porch. The Weber is on its last legs and I have been thinking of replacing it. The small traegar (or equivalent model from another mfr.) looks like a possibilty for my smaller cooking jobs. I like the idea of getting a steady temp control like you can get on the kamado joe and in a quicker (possibly easier) fashion, Before I drop the $ vs. replacing the Weber I am interested in any opinions from users on this board. Thanks in advance for any insight.
Do you want it mainly as a grill or a smoker?
 

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In general pellet grills don't impart the best smoke flavor. If you decide to go that direction, I would highly recommend getting a pellet smoker tube to augment your smoke production
 

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In general pellet grills don't impart the best smoke flavor. If you decide to go that direction, I would highly recommend getting a pellet smoker tube to augment your smoke production
I already own one of those. great for smoking things like cheese where heat is not desired. Also good for putting smoke flavor into meat for chili,stews, etc, and/or smaller jobs where I don't want to deal with the ceramic smoker. One of the best devices for people who like to cook outdoors!
 

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Then again, I do all my smoking and grilling on a Webber kettle, so what do I know. :)

Yesterday I smoked some bratwurst and then kicked up my temperatures to grill some salmon and some artichokes...
 

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Here’s a guy reverse searing steaks on the Masterbuilt.


I’ll be replacing a Weber kettle with this.

Interesting link. I think the smaller version would suffice for us. I can understand how an auger would work with pellets but given the differences in size in lump charcoal, I am curious if the auger would work or is there another method for delivering the charcoal from the bin into the grill? I am hoping that you have researched the product given my natural tendency towards laziness.
 

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Then again, I do all my smoking and grilling on a Webber kettle, so what do I know. :)

Yesterday I smoked some bratwurst and then kicked up my temperatures to grill some salmon and some artichokes...
It's hard to beat a Weber. It's an iconic product like a Coleman lantern or Ambassadeur reels. If I replace mine it will be the first time in maybe 40 years I don't have one on the porch. Great product.
 

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It's hard to beat a Weber. It's an iconic product like a Coleman lantern or Ambassadeur reels. If I replace mine it will be the first time in maybe 40 years I don't have one on the porch. Great product.
I’ve loved my Weber, too. The Masterbuilt temperature control will improve consistency of results and help avoid some of the disasters of drunkenness, inattentiveness, and/or distractions that could ruin a perfectly good piece of meat.
 

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I’ve loved my Weber, too. The Masterbuilt temperature control will improve consistency of results and help avoid some of the disasters of drunkenness, inattentiveness, and/or distractions that could ruin a perfectly good piece of meat.
One of the major benefits imo of the Weber is the whole setup and getting the charcoal up to temp gives plenty of time and reason to consume cocktails. If I can drink while attending to other activities it just feels so much better than sitting alone on the sofa drinking gin and tonics. Plus, it creates a minor distraction so the wife can't keep up with how many times I have "refreshed" my glass. :)
 

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I bought the Costco smoker last year. Use it a lot and love it. It's weakness is a solid steak searing but for smoking, it is great.
 

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I have a Traegar and really love it. Cook pretty much anything. Smoked butts, ribs, wings. Grill steak, chops, chicken. Can bake things like pizza but I haven’t tried that yet.
Low maintenance. Fill it with pellets, get it started, then set the temp and go. Not over flames so no flare ups.
However, it only gets 430-450 degrees, if you’re looking for something to hit super high temps for searing, then you may want to look at other solutions.
 

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