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Old 07-11-2019, 10:57 PM   #1
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The ranch that I buy my meat from has been telling me for a while now that I need to get a pellet grill.

My cheap propane grill is officially on its last leg. The cover for one of the burners fell onto the burner today.

The ranch has been recommending a Traeger as thatís what they have. After looking online I think the small Tailgater would be plenty for me.

Just wanted to see if anyone else used a pellet grill and has any recommendations.

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Old 07-11-2019, 11:00 PM   #2
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can't stand them.

won a treager in a raffle a few years back and donated it back...

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can't stand them.



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can't get a good sear on a steak or anything else.

do not always want a smoke taste.

you have to store pellets. they absorb moisture like a sponge.

when wet they do not burn well....

the pellets are different wood products that can/will impart their flavors to your meat.

mesquite pellets loaded in the grill and you want something lighter...

wait until the grill malfunctions either on start up or part way through a cook....

get a weber gas or use wood/high grade charcoal in a kettle.
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I really like my Weber gas grill, never tried a pellet burner.
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My buddies pellet pooper was constantly giving him headaches. We would go over for dinner and while we were fixing some railing on the house he was supposed to be finishing up a smoke on a pork butt.

He goes to check on it and doesnt come back. Thing jacked itself way up at the end and got to like 400 because something caught fire or whatever.

Then we went over and were going to eat some grilled chicken. He couldn't get them damn thing past 225. His was a big-ish traeger.

Spend money like that, buy a komodo grill. Things are awesome.
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I wouldn't own one either .... or one of those silly pellet wood stoves.
Don't like gas grills either, can't snuff down the heat.

I'm a big fan of the simple Weber charcoal kettle grill. Best flavor, and if you get flames flaring up, you can shut down the air and put it out.
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Different things for different purposes.

Smoker for low temp and flavor.
Gas grill for higher temp.
Wood stove or pellet stove for heat.
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Maybe I am wrong about what this thing can do. From what I have read it is a smoker but can also grill like a gas bbq.

I have no desire to cook with charcoal I like the set and forget attitude of the pellet grill.

The model I am looking at is $500
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I had a Traeger for years, was happy with it. It was used when I got it and I had to replace a thermostat once. Not a big deal. It is a pain when you forget to check the pellets and it runs out.

PSA, donít let your child run the water hose down the exhaust, it tends to swell up the pellets in the auger. Then you have to bore them out with a hex drill extension.

After it wore out, we bought a green mountain grill for Christmas last year.

Iím happy with the set it and forget it features. Indirect heat of the Traeger takes longer, but doesnít dry out steaks or chicken. Seems like the new one goes higher in temperature. The meat tends is to be more moist.I donít really notice the smoke flavor.

I donít claim to be skilled with a grill, barbecue, charcoal, or whatever. An on switch, thermometer, and a timer are right up my alley.



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Maybe I am wrong about what this thing can do. From what I have read it is a smoker but can also grill like a gas bbq.

I have no desire to cook with charcoal I like the set and forget attitude of the pellet grill.

The model I am looking at is $500
A komodo is charcoal but well worth it. I smoke on mine often and is very much a set it and forget it when you know what your working with. Komodo joe and Grilla Grill makes ones that are very comparable to Big Green Egg. Mines a BGE.

I want a gasser like a solaire at some point but I've been cooking on my BGE exclusively for about 2 years and I still love it. I can cook high at about 1200 for steak but the real shine is at 225 indirect for smoking.

Its not long before you get to 450 degrees on one. I can promise you anyone who is used to a komodo will never tell you they arent worth the money. Pellet grills are hit and miss how much people like them. Gassers have their place for quick grilling. Nothing beats the flavor of good wood charcoal though.

Gasser and a komodo and you have it all covered.
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I had a long winded reply but apparently I didn't hit send.

Here are my bad points.

- Pellet grills are not grills, they suck as grilling but work decently well for smoking. But don't plan on searing steaks or burgers.

- I find they lack smoke flavour and are very limited when it comes to toying with your wood selection... because you need pellets.

- They need electricity to work.

- Treager are cheap but they are built cheap. If I wanted a pellet grill I would opt for a Yoder.

Now the good

- You set it and forget it, they hold temp very well and are fairly fool proof way to achieve good BBQ.

I think of pellet grills in the same light as electric smokers.

So would I buy one? Nah I wouldn't, not my style, takes the fun out of BBQ. Not a replacement for a grill either.




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I had a long winded reply but apparently I didn't hit send.

Here are my bad points.

- Pellet grills are not grills, they suck as grilling but work decently well for smoking. But don't plan on searing steaks or burgers.

- I find they lack smoke flavour and are very limited when it comes to toying with your wood selection... because you need pellets.

- They need electricity to work.

- Treager are cheap but they are built cheap. If I wanted a pellet grill I would opt for a Yoder.

Now the good

- You set it and forget it, they hold temp very well and are fairly fool proof way to achieve good BBQ.

I think of pellet grills in the same light as electric smokers.

So would I buy one? Nah I wouldn't, not my style, takes the fun out of BBQ. Not a replacement for a grill either.




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You were the final straw for me to decide to go komodo over pellet. I havent looked back since. Especially with how often I have some extra wood sitting around and want to smoke a piece of meat. It's crazy how many types of woods I've tried to smoke with which are no way ever going to be available with a pellet grill.

Not to mention, sitting outside and waiting for the grill to heat up is half the fun.
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You were the final straw for me to decide to go komodo over pellet. I havent looked back since. Especially with how often I have some extra wood sitting around and want to smoke a piece of meat. It's crazy how many types of woods I've tried to smoke with which are no way ever going to be available with a pellet grill.



Not to mention, sitting outside and waiting for the grill to heat up is half the fun.


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I'm spoiled with my campfire setup. I don't even like cooking on gas grills anymore....not as much control.

If the firewood is wet or I'm in a hurry, I'll use charcoal in my campfire...seldom though.

I'm a fan of real wood....burning down to coals.
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I'm spoiled with my campfire setup. I don't even like cooking on gas grills anymore....not as much control.

If the firewood is wet or I'm in a hurry, I'll use charcoal in my campfire...seldom though.

I'm a fan of real wood....burning down to coals.
I'll second that. Smells great. Tastes even better
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I'll second that. Smells great. Tastes even better
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Thanks for the tip

Actually I've tried some exotics that are amazing and some that are horrible. Tigerwood is great. Almost like cherry its subtle and smooth. Red gum Eucalyptus is surprising good on chicken. Persimmon is fantastic too. I want to try cumaru because it's got a vanilla kind of smell to it. Supposedly Acacia (aka monkey pod) is supposed to be good as well. Massaranduba and Ipe are horrible. Haven't tried Jatoba or Sapele but I could imagine they'd be okay.

In short I dont think there is a HUGE difference in smoke flavors if they arent real distinct and strong. Apple and cherry arent that much different from each other. Hickory, pecan, and oak are all close to each other but are quite a bit different than the fruit trees.
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I appreciate everyoneís opinion. Iíve done a lot of research and for what I plan on using the grill for I decided to go with the Traeger Tailgater.

Excited for smoked pulled pork tomorrow.


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Isn't that the really short one? If so it would kill my back.

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