I am new to pellet grills, which is the best one?

WallySegap

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My son has the CampChef Woodwind with the sidekick and likes it. Also having an issue with rust on the front even though he keeps it covered and only a year old +/-.
 

Matthaias

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I live next to a Home Depot so Traeger for me. I got it to make summer sausage and smoke bigger cuts of meat. Smoked venison burgers are really good on it.
 

Mike D Texas

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Prices are anywhere from reasonable to OMG! What is your budget and what are your goals?

Lots of good points made so far. There’s a lot to consider depending on your conditions and wants/needs.


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BDRam16

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I have a PitBoss and so far it’s been a great unit. Does have the option to open the sear plate in the middle for a “direct flame” but it would only be the middle 1/3 of the grille. Doing a backstrap at 225* until rare and then opening the sear plate for a nice char on each side has been the absolute best medium rare deer steaks I’ve ever had.
 

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I got one from zgrills with their Halloween surprise thing. It’s not super fancy but price was good and seems to work well enough for me. If you want a basic one I’d recommend it, more bells and whistles I’d look elsewhere, or the higher end models which I don’t have.
 

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I too have a zgrill. Not fancy but works great. I like using the competition blend pellets. I get the ones at tractor supply.

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doc holiday13

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Do any of these pellet grills sear? I do a fair amount of searing for fish, sous vide, and we like char on our smoked wings..I run a propane grill and box smoker now..haven't been able to find a brand that will take the place of these 2.

RecTeq makes a small pellet grill thats geared at being more of a grill than a smoker. It can get up to 750ish degrees but can also smoke stuff.

Its about the same size as the classic webber charcoal round grate grill. I wanna says its about $400
 

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I have the 590 as well. I picked it up after having a lemon of a green mt grill. I did a job for a guy that had the 700 and asked him how he liked it. He said it was great , but wished he had gone with the 590 , as the 700 is almost too big unless yer always hosting parties cooking large amounts of food.
 

Leibhart1

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Love my pit boss and haven’t had any issues in 3-1/2 years


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NorthIDHunter

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After a ton of research and spending $1200 if I had to do it again I’d go to Costco and get a $700 Traeger Silverton.
I got the older Costco Silverton from a co-worker for $50 and it has been pretty great so far. It does seam to ash quite a bit, but it may be the pellets I am using. I have seen a few comments made that since the vent is on the back and down low, that the smoke flavor is a bit better than those that have the vent on the top
 

RS3579

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I have a Recteq 590. I’m very happy with the performance. I highly recommend them.
 

Dshore

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I have a Recteq 590 as well. Love the simplicity! However there are times when you cant beat the heat from a piping hot Charcoal webber.
 

5MilesBack

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I had a Pit Boss and didn't like it. I slow-cooked a 1/2 brisket and it used an entire 20lb bag of pellets in 8 hours at 225, and the brisket came out gray in color. I just bought a Masterbuilt 560 gravity charcoal smoker/grill when Amazon had it on sale for $397. Smoked some racks of ribs for four hours and they came out great. Very easy to use, and charcoal & wood is cheaper than the pellets and lasts longer.
 

LCsmith

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I bought a Traeger on marketplace for half of the sticker price so I would say it was worth that. Another tip if you are a deal hunter like myself, at the end of summer/fall I found a display model pit boss for more than 50% off at Lowe's.
 

Beefmanne

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I can’t recommend Yoders enough, best pellet smoker I’ve seen. Not as good of a grill, but I have a friend that runs a Mac pellet grill that works similar to a charcoal grill.
 

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