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I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:09 pm
by Aces67
I have a pit boss but it has a mind of its own. Some days it cooks great others the fire dies completely or it gets so hot that you have huge flames everywhere.

I’ve contacted their CS numerous times and they have no clue what’s wrong.

So off I go.

I’m looking at a camp chef because they cleanup so much easier.


Thoughts?

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:25 pm
by astrohip
Aces67 wrote:I’m looking at a camp chef because they cleanup so much easier.

I'm happy with my Camp Chef Woodwind. Love the ash dump, which makes cleanup a non-issue.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:34 pm
by OldUsedParts
I am happy with my Pit Boss but I probably don't use it but ?maybe? 5 or 6 times a year,HOWEVER, if I should have need to buy another one, I think I'd go with a Rec Tec just for a change and I've heard great things about them. :dont: :laughing7: :lol: :D

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:38 pm
by Aces67
astrohip wrote:
Aces67 wrote:I’m looking at a camp chef because they cleanup so much easier.

I'm happy with my Camp Chef Woodwind. Love the ash dump, which makes cleanup a non-issue.


How smoky does your food taste? The only bad things I’m seeing about camp chef say the food isn’t very smoky.

The food on my Pit Boss tastes amazing, the grill just won’t cook consistently.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:47 pm
by OldUsedParts
I always give "ANY" meat at least an hour to even 2hours on the Smoke setting, depending on the meat choice.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:08 pm
by astrohip
Aces67 wrote:How smoky does your food taste? The only bad things I’m seeing about camp chef say the food isn’t very smoky.

Like BBQ should :cheers: .

It's plenty smoky. I wrap many items halfway thru (eg Brisket), and the smoke & bark is fantastic at the end. I always have some nice clean smoke coming out the vent for the first hour or two. Or more.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:40 pm
by spacetrucker
sure have been seeing good things about the gravity feed charcoal burner... might look at those; then when you cool off you can give time and thought to your pellet cooker, fix it and have the best of both? :idea: :dont: :salut:

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:26 am
by roaniecowpony
Aces67 wrote:I have a pit boss but it has a mind of its own. Some days it cooks great others the fire dies completely or it gets so hot that you have huge flames everywhere.

I’ve contacted their CS numerous times and they have no clue what’s wrong.

So off I go.

I’m looking at a camp chef because they cleanup so much easier.


Thoughts?


I got a Rectec Bull in December. I've cooked on it about 2-3 times a week since. Brisket, butt, ribs, fish, smoked cheese. I love it. It hasn't missed a beat. Just about all stainless steel construction except the door and cart. Highly recommend. I'm coming from a stick burner & 2 komados. A pellet grill isn't going to replace my charcoal grills for steaks, but many other things are much nicer.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:31 pm
by Danny243
I cooked on a char-grilled offset smoker for 18 years, still have it. I just got the camp chef woodwind WiFi 24 and I am beyond happy with it. To get into the smoke debate, yes there is plenty of smoke flavor and bark from the pellet smoker. No it is not as intense as the offset smoker, but there is an advantage to that, because the pellet cooker gives off all clean smoke and there is never a bitter, tongue numbing flavor that bark or green wood gives. It is consistently delicious. You can theoretically run for 20 hours without adding fuel and you can check the meat and ambient temperature from anywhere. My first two cooks were reverse reared ribeye caps finished in cast iron with butter and smoked brisket point Franklin’s style. They were unbelievably good. I’ve done some more steaks, pork belly, and a couple of pork picnic roasts as well, all came out deeeelicious.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:30 am
by astrohip
Danny243 wrote:I cooked on a char-grilled offset smoker for 18 years, still have it. I just got the camp chef woodwind WiFi 24 and I am beyond happy with it. To get into the smoke debate, yes there is plenty of smoke flavor and bark from the pellet smoker. No it is not as intense as the offset smoker, but there is an advantage to that, because the pellet cooker gives off all clean smoke and there is never a bitter, tongue numbing flavor that bark or green wood gives. It is consistently delicious. You can theoretically run for 20 hours without adding fuel and you can check the meat and ambient temperature from anywhere. My first two cooks were reverse reared ribeye caps finished in cast iron with butter and smoked brisket point Franklin’s style. They were unbelievably good. I’ve done some more steaks, pork belly, and a couple of pork picnic roasts as well, all came out deeeelicious.

I have a similar unit, the Woodwind, with the attached Sear Box (for those reverse sears you mention... mmm mmm good!), but no wifi (wasn't available at the time). I love it. I've used stickburners (offset box), WSM, and more. This Camp Chef gives the most consistent smokes, superb flavor, plenty of bark/smoke. I often do a 16 hour brisket, only having to reload once (just to be safe; it can probably go that long on a single hopper).

I love the two built-in temp probes, the easy ash cleaning system, the built-in grease drip catch. Just a well designed unit.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:00 am
by Cincojoe
Aces67 wrote:I have a pit boss but it has a mind of its own. Some days it cooks great others the fire dies completely or it gets so hot that you have huge flames everywhere.

I’ve contacted their CS numerous times and they have no clue what’s wrong.

So off I go.

I’m looking at a camp chef because they cleanup so much easier.


Thoughts?


RecTec RT-700.

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:14 pm
by Usa man
Smokin brothers. Made in good ol USA. Best customer service and heavy :cheers:

Re: I need a new pellet grill. Which brand should I go with?

Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:26 pm
by bkeaver
Usa man wrote:Smokin brothers. Made in good ol USA. Best customer service and heavy :cheers:
Thanks for this. I have never heard of them before reading this post. I went to their site to check them out and ended up chatting with Jason there. He informed me that they are working on bringing wifi to their units which is a feature I need as I don't always sit and babysit my cooks.

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