Most people recommend the Green Mountain Grills smoker for its affordability, despite its plethora of features including Open Flame Technology, which ensures that meats are thoroughly cooked. But what impressed us the most was its Sense-Mate feature. For a budget pick, we were surprised to see that it had some of the most advanced technologies that even the most high-end products use. There’s no denying that you’ll get more than what it’s priced at!
Placed against our Top Pick, this Traeger smoker and grill is a worthy competitor. It offers a variety of useful functions that will allow you to smoke, grill, bake, braise, roast and BBQ anything and everything. It’s definitely worth your money, because if you take care of it properly, it’s going to last you a long time. However, since it’s slightly more expensive than the top pick, we just couldn’t set it at the top of our review.
The Woodwind with Sear Box is the second option that Camp Chef gives you for searing steaks. The Sear Box on the Woodwind is a 16,000 BTU/hr propane fired burner capable of reaching temperatures of 900F. The Sear Box is a searing beast that will give audacious grill marks and caramelized crusts. The downside of the Sear Station is that you need a separate propane tank.
You aren’t limited to basic barbecuing. For us, what really stood out was its ability to deliver pro chef-level cooking even at home. This smoker lets you explore all there is about cooking, letting you braise, grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and BBQ all kinds of food. Using only the best and the purest hardwood pellets, you’re sure to have the juiciest and tastiest meats and vegetables every time you host your outdoor parties. If you think you have to give up quality because of the quantity of foods it can cook, that’s not the case. Quality is maintained whatever it is you’re cooking.
Pellet Pro 680 – As its name implies, this pellet offers 680 square inches of cooking space. But, this still falls short of what the Woodwind has to offer with its included sear box. That being said, Pellet Pro 680 is a serious competitor. It is packed with features such as a precise PID temperature controller, 13-14 gauge steel body, meat probes, variable temperature settings, heat deflector, drip pan and free 100lb bags of pellets.
What we loved most is that it has a trap door to allow burn pot cleaning after every cooking. It lessened our job of cleaning this pellet smoker by 60%. It is more than amazing because from our research we know that a feature like this will cost twice as much as the Camp Chef. Honestly, this has emerged as our key point when we selected this smoker to be the best in our review.
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Time to get down go over the financials. The Camp Chef SmokePro DLX has an MSRP of $699. The side Sear Box goes for $249. The exact model I have costs about as much as a large Kamado, alone. Most kamado grills require a number of accessories on top of the base price of the grill itself. The price point for the Camp Chef is right about middle of the pack among the big names of this type of grill.
The final quality that pushed this grill from “another pellet grill” to the premier grill on my patio is the overall size and stature of the grill itself. These legs are like tree trunks. Thick, sturdy, and built to last. Just ask my husband, Todd. He was wheeling the grill around a corner for me and accidentally set one of the legs down on his toe. Whoops! His toe is fine, but he had many choice words to say about those thick legs. Haha.
Yes, no one likes to read the instruction manual. But there are many advantages of learning the specifics of your grill and reading the manual is key. Generally, you should not use water to clean your pellet smoker, so keep your hose pipe far away. These smokers have digital controllers, a motorized auger, a fan and an igniter rod for the fire pot. These parts will get destroyed if they come into contact with water. You should gently dry scrub the dirt off these parts, making sure not to disassemble any parts. Cleaning the thermostat will also prove to be essential; otherwise, it may read internal temperatures inaccurately.
Renegade Pro is built to suit all your cooking needs; it can cook, braise, broil, char, sear, bake, smoke, roast, grill, and barbecue your food to that “melt-in-the-mouth” perfection. To bring about this versatility, it offers different temperature settings, such as “Hot and Fast” and “Low and Slow” that can be controlled using its Digital Pro Controller.
In between the legs of this giant pellet grill is the nice additional feature in the form of a solid and reasonably sized steel shelf. While this may not be a make or break pellet grill feature, but it is something you will appreciate if you are always looking for where to place your grilling tools during and in between BBQ sessions. Everything from an extra bag of pellets, to your seasoning products, to temperature probes can be tossed on the bottom shelf.
Hi Craig- Happy New Year to you as well! On the sear box, I don’t use it on any setting other than High. When I am searing I am looking for the highest temperature I can get. I’ve used a laser infrared thermometer to measure the surface heat of my sear box grates and after preheating on high it was at 900 degrees F. If I’m looking for a lower temperature, I typically just use the pellet grill side on the highest heat setting.
4. Temperatures were constantly all over the place. For example, on 70-80 degree days I learned to set my controller at 180 if I wanted to cook at 225-230. It was not uncommon to see temperature swings of +/- 30 degrees. Some Traeger users will tell you "yeah but did you play with the p-settings?" Why? Why would I want to have to constantly adjust a setting to make it hold a temp within +/- 5 degrees. Let's be honest. Most people want to set it and forget it. I fall into that category. This particular problem was so frustrating I went and bought an igrill 2 to monitor the internal smoker temp. As a note to this, I also bought 3 different brand controllers to try and remedy this problem with no success. Beyond frustrating!!
This smoker has cooking area measuring 560 sq. inches, large enough to allow you to smoke food for your friends and family. This is also enough to give you the best grilling experience, as we’ve found after reviewing the top products from Camp Chef. It also has a useful rack where you can keep your smoked food hot while your waiting for your whole meal to come together or that one couple who always arrive late for the party.
With the internal temperature sensor, meat temperature probe, and a digital temperature readout, the PG24 pellet smoker takes the guesswork out of your cooking process. An advanced digital temperature chip gives a more steady smoke and temperature, eliminating large temperature swings and giving a more consistent cooking temperature. The patented Ash Can Cleanout System makes clean up the easiest out there.
Wi-Fi enabled! With the download of an app, you can connect your iPhone or Android device to this little beast via Wi-Fi and control you cooking experience! This means you don’t have to touch… hell… you don’t even have to see your smoker to grill with it: you can be in the next room having fun! Disclaimer: just make sure that the app is compatible with you phone so that you can actually use this feature.
With its many luxurious features, the Rec Tec smoker has taken the smoking game to a whole new level! This smoker does not just cost a pretty penny,s it is worth a pretty penny: the Rec Tec is a feature-rich, durable smoker with a long life that offers a great, consistent cooking experience. I wanted to give this smoker a 6 out of 5! Here’s why we chose this as our Advanced Pick:
Many other features like its automatic control, built in meat probe etc. have made us select this smoker as no 1. And the most amazing fact is the price. In the price range (see the price here), we never thought that we could get all these features and benefits. We have used high end smokers like Rec Tec smokers, but this Camp Chef PG24 can beat all through its performance and affordability.
let me be the first to say, i bought this smoker with the thought of never having to wake up and check a fire through the night. where that's true with this smoker, take into consideration that the hopper holds 18 pounds of pellets and uses about 3 pounds every hour. so make sure you plan accordingly when it comes to smoking meats, obviously put it on at night and set you and alarm to go off just before it runs out of pellets. other than that little problem i had to figure out the hard way, it's a great grill! my cousin thought it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen when we were grilling on it. also, i'd suggest a wireless thermometer (i bought mine from wal mart for about $20) for grilling or smoking. my burgers came out a little dry because i had never used a pellet grill. other than that, pellets are easier and cheaper to find and there's no worry about a flame going out. I love it!
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However, the manufacturers have made the cleaning process very simple in this smoker grill. Basically, there are 2 types of dirt that a user deals with while smoking. Firstly the grease and oil for which, as mentioned earlier, the design of this smoker is done in such a way that all the grease and oil drains out of the system into a bucket. Secondly, there is pellet ash, for which the users are provided with an easy access to the burn pot and there is also a trap door with the help of which the unit can be cleaned without getting into the messy grease and ashes. There is also a knob which you can pull to easily empty all the ash on the can.