Rec Tec has always been known for making advanced Rec Tec wood pellet grills coming in at a higher price. However, some of the popular models come in smaller sizes, like Trailblazer 340 or Bullseye 380. However, compared to their capacities and features, the products in our top ten lists would be better choices. So, among its products, the RecTec Bull 700 is the only one that falls in our Honorable Mentions.
As a part purchaser of your rub recipe, I’m a fan. But I have to disagree about one thing. I recently purchased a Traeger Bronson. Assembly wasn’t more than fifteen minutes, including the optional add-on front shelf And believe me, and I’m no Handy Andy. Counting initial “seasoning” smoking, I’ve smoked over 30 hours on it and haven’t had to empty the ash cup once. The “shutdown” setting totally incinerates any remaining pellets. This has shocked me. Now I won’t debate any of the subjective matters, as they are, well, subjective. But as an objective observation, I can say that I haven’t had to remove a single flake of ash out of the cup. None. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
As we’ve already said temperature control is the key to getting a moist succulent piece of meat. This pellet smoker comes with a built-in thermostatic control with a digital thermometer, so you can exclude any guesswork while barbecuing. If the temperature sensors detect a drop-in temperature they feed more wood pellets into the burner. This allows you to place your meat on the grill and then let the smoker do the work while you relax.
Traeger TFB38TCA Renegade Pellet Grill – Featuring a digital temperature controller, electronic auto-start ignition, and built-in hopper cleanout, this Traeger pellet grill has a few things in common with Camp Chef’s SmokePro XXL. However, the latter outshines it when it comes to cooking space since the Traeger Renegade offers a paltry 380sq. inch rack area.
The inside of its chamber works like a convection oven, which means that there are no cold and hot spots on the grill. This lets the meat be cooked evenly and produces the tastiest food. Unlike other barbecue smokers, this one also has a meat probe. While a temperature display only gives an idea of the inside temperature, a meat probe is the most accurate way to know the temperature of the meat that is being cooked. So you know exactly when to pull the meat off the grill.
Its advanced cooking system comes with a “set and forget” temperature control system that is monitored using its programmable meat probe. Its flame broiler allows for direct and indirect cooking. It has an automatic start up and cool down feature and LG’s proprietary exhaust mechanism for even second tier cooking. Its adjustable temperature can be set from as low as 170 F to 600 F.

It also utilizes the pellets put inside it with utmost efficiency. Its hopper can hold around 18 pounds of pellets, dispensing them automatically throughout the process. The digital thermostat works to ensure that they are not wasted. The smoker-grill can reach temperatures around the range of 500 F without any trouble, which makes this single unit capable of grilling and smoking with ease.
As a part purchaser of your rub recipe, I’m a fan. But I have to disagree about one thing. I recently purchased a Traeger Bronson. Assembly wasn’t more than fifteen minutes, including the optional add-on front shelf And believe me, and I’m no Handy Andy. Counting initial “seasoning” smoking, I’ve smoked over 30 hours on it and haven’t had to empty the ash cup once. The “shutdown” setting totally incinerates any remaining pellets. This has shocked me. Now I won’t debate any of the subjective matters, as they are, well, subjective. But as an objective observation, I can say that I haven’t had to remove a single flake of ash out of the cup. None. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Traeger Junior Elite: The Traeger Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill is another great alternative from a brand name company. However, you’ll find that with only 300 sq. in. of available space it’s quite compact. It does however come with a cover which might offset some of the cost of having to buy a separate meat thermometer if you want to go that route.
Apart from the aforementioned problems, you might face some minor issues like the smoker staying hot for hours in the end even after your cooking is over and it’s turned off? It’s better to check out the backdraft preventing cooling fan for your grill. Although this wouldn’t cause any major issues with your grilling experience, it’s a safety feature that is always worth checking out and fixing.
Complete with a variety of spectacular features, the Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker redefines the whole concept of smoking. At a reasonable price, this smoker gives you more than what you paid for. It offers top technology-rich features that ensure consistent smoking for that great smoky flavor. Plus, many customers – including ourselves – have attested to its durability. This smoker will serve you without failure for a very long time.
The Cadac Roasting Pan for Carri Chef 2 Outdoor Grill is a non-stick, enamel interchangeable cooking surface. With 240 square inch...es of cooking space, this outdoor roasting pan is ideal for large items such as whole chickens, lamb or beef. It can also accommodate bulk items such as potatoes, string beans and other vegetables. This accessory will provide you with many more options when it comes to cooking outdoors. Make a roast on your next camping trip with the Carri Chef 2 roasting pan by Cadac read more
I know, I know, no one likes to read the instruction manual, but even as an expert you see the advantages learning the specific of your grill. Reading the manual is key. Generally, you should not use water to clean the pellet smokers, 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 essential; otherwise, it may read temperatures inaccurately.
With that being said, it’s necessary to understand how much wood pellet would last you and for how long. A 40-pound bag of wood pellets would last you for approximately 24 hours if burned at 250 F. Therefore, if you’re trying to slow-cook a large piece of brisket for 14 hours straight, your 6-9 lb hopper capacity just won’t cut it. You’re going to have to refill it in the middle if you wanted to continue cooking.
Auger Making Weight Noises: It’s usually indicating a problem with the motor that’s responsible for rotating the augers. Under such circumstances, you would be left with no other choice than to replace the motor completely. Since the motors and augers are usually packaged together, this can get quite expensive. In such scenarios, it’s better to let it make noises and run for as long as it would serve you before going to replace it. However, once that problem occurs, you’d often find the auger not feeding the pellets at the expected rate and thus, the desired temperature might not be reached in some cases.

Now comes the best part about pellet smokers: they can conveniently do all these three. Coming with a large cooking space and a lid, the top rated pellet smokers would allow you to keep them open or closed, depending on what results you are looking for. With a dedicated space for putting your charcoal, you can use it as a charcoal grill, smoker or a barbecue. Or you can use it like a kitchen oven using the direct fire from the firepot. Finally, it does what it was made for – pellet smoking. Using small hardwood pellets running over the firepot in a corner, this smoker uses a fan to distribute the heat and smoke throughout the grilling area. This indirect heat ensures that the food is slow-cooked and smoked over long periods of time.
Set it and forget it. It does not require you to stay while the food is being cooked as you can set a timer and temperature so you can do other things, like prepare the side dishes or drink beer with friends while the grill is doing its job. Most pellet grills use electronic controls to regulate the grilling according to your preferences. You have a choice to choose the level of smoke aside from choosing your desired temperature.
It is my understanding that the lo/hi smoke settings are special settings that are engineered to produce more smoke than on the normal settings while still maintaining the set temperature. I can tell you from using the Woodwind that the Hi Smoke setting produces more smoke than most other pellet grills I have used and maintains 225°F at the same time. The Lo Smoke setting maintains about 180°F while producing plenty of smoke.

The Traeger Pellet Grill BBQ155.01 19.5K BTU Pellet Grill is one of the most trusted pellet smoker grill available in the market, and you can pick this one if you are looking for a large wood-pellet grill. It has dimensions of 44” x 19”, which come together to give you a cooking area of 836 square inches. This area is sufficient for holding 16 rib racks, 40 burgers or 12 chickens at once without any difficulty! The Trager Pellet Grill comes with an electronic auto-start feature, which runs on regular 110V AC household current. The users only need to press a switch to ignite the grill.


Have you reviewed at all the Grilla Silverbac? If so, does it not make your list because it isn’t as good a quality as those you have picked? I mean, when I look online for reviews of those who have bought them I haven’t found anyone disappointed with theirs, but perhaps they haven’t been out as long to have a track record? I’m so confused at this point as to which to buy with PID or no PID (some say smoke does better without one), thickness of metal, etc.
One of Camp Chef’s latest innovations, the SmokePro SG was developed based on customer feedback of previous pellet grills. As a result, it offers everything you would love in a pellet grill. From a smart smoke technology that gives you full control over cooking temperature that ranges between 160F and 500F, to Camp Chef’s very own patented ash cleanout system, this grill has it all. It is also the only other model aside from the SGX model to feature slide and grill technology.
With a massive 700 square inches of primary grilling space, this grill impressed us when compared to other Pit Boss grills we reviewed. Its size is large enough to cook for large groups of people. It features a Flame Broiler that uses slide-plates which allow for direct flame grilling, which means you get an even cast-iron cooking each time. If the 700 square inches isn’t enough, you can make use of the additional upper cooking rack space. The racks are made of porcelain-coated cast iron for optimum grilling as well as easier maintenance.

Now, the best pellet grills come with more advanced features like auto-ignition using igniting rods, Wi-Fi Support, automatic turn on/off, and much more. One of the key safety features added by pellet smokers (designed by Green Mountain Grills), is a cooling fan to cool off the grill after it has been turned off. Even the shape of the body has been changed to have peaked lids so that it can accommodate turkeys and other kinds of roasts. Some come with multiple levels of racks for warming and cooling.

As is the case with all Camp Chef pellet grills, this one has a large 18lb hopper that provides enough fuel for hours of slow cooking or days worth of grilling endeavors. While this might seem like a long time to wait around before you can try out the new pellet flavor of the month, the SmokePro LUX ensures you do not have to. A hopper cleanout is put in place to allow you to change out pellets at any given time.
Hi Jeff I also recently purchased the woodwind and have not been as lucky as you with performance. I was get wild temp swings +/- 40 degrees which they initially attributed to damp pellets. They sent me new ones and still the same issue. They then sent me a new burn cup as mine had a longer holder for the hot rod which was forcing pellets to the side. My temp swings are now only about 20 on both sides however I noticed the middle of the grill when measured with maverick is about 20 degrees hotter than the controller. Do you get the same temp readings?
I bought the Woodwind and can't say enough good about how much I am enjoying it! Big props to whoever engineered this bad boy. Just last weekend alone I made wings, pizza (both a take and bake and one from scratch), ribs for four families and a couple dessert pizzas. The process is so easy and I'm not worried about the results. My neighbor buddies looked on in envy at how sweet of a setup it is!
If you’ve ever wanted an 8 in 1 wood pellet grill that you can just “set and forget”, then this grill makes a perfect unit for you. It was the best smoker we’ve used in terms of hassle-free use which is why it had to be one of our top picks. Digitally-controlled, this smoker ignites the unit and uses a Smart Smoke Technology™ to heat it up from 160 to 450 degrees F. This pellet smoker comes with 513 square inch grilling area, plus a 2nd cooking rack! While it doesn’t have any auto/one-touch cleanup system, its auto-shutdown feature makes it worth the value.
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.
Enhance your back patio cookout with our revolutionary new SmokePro SG pellet grill featuring Slide and Grill Technology. Switch s...eamlessly between Indirect and Direct Flame mode to achieve 2 delicious flavor profiles all on 1 capable grill. Slow cook your favorite cut of beef or slide the grill knob and toss a few burgers on for some direct wood-fired grilling. The new SmokePro SG features a taller cook chamber with additional rack space as well as a larger capacity hopper for increased cooking space and eliminating the need to top off your grill with pellets mid-cook. Stocked with the patented Ash Cleanout System, stable temperature regulation, and dual meat probes, the SmokePro SG is the only pellet grill you need to achieve wood-fired flavor. Color: Bronze. read more
If cleaning after your mess is what you dread most when it comes to grilling, that won’t be a problem with the SmokePro XXL. Whether it is cleaning grease or ash, this pellet smoker was designed with low-maintenance in mind. It has Camp Chef’s grease management system with an included steel bucket to prevent spillage on the floor. And, you just need to open a lever to rid the firepot of ashes – no removable ashtray to fidget with or resorting to a vacuum cleaner.

The SmokePro SG is one of the lucky two pellet grills to feature Camp Chef’s relatively new Slide & Grill technology. As we stated earlier, this innovative technology allows you to switch from low heat smoking mode to direct flaming on high heat for serious grilling business. You can make this transition through the simple pull of a knob. This combined with the more-than-generous cooking space of the SmokePro SG means you can cook a ton of food in one go. A word of caution though – make sure to clean the drip tray thoroughly before opening up the firebox for direct heat access. This will prevent fat in the drip tray from reacting with the open fire and literally send your food up in flames.
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!!
Well, so are your friends, neighbors and family members. With the Woodwind wood fire pellet grill, mediocre grilling can be a thin...g of the past. Put the bland chicken and burnt steak behind you, and become the grill master you were born to be. With digital temperature control, the Woodwind does all the work for you. All you have to do is turn it on, set the temperature, and let it work while you play. Which means no more babysitting. The Woodwind doesn't just make grilling easier it also makes it more delicious. The Woodwind is fueled by premium hardwood pellets to generate heat and smoke, infusing your food with a savory wood fire taste that'll make your taste buds sing. With grill temperature settings from 160°F to 500°F and the included Sear Box that reaches up to 900°F, you can achieve perfect results, whether you're grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, braising, barbecuing, or even searing. And when you're finished cooking, cleanup is a breeze with our patented Ash Cleanout system. Discover the heavenly taste of a wood fire pellet grill with the Woodwind. Buy now to begin your journey to grill mastery. Color: Stainless Steel. read more

Beef: For ground beef items such as patties and pies, the ideal temperature would be 250 F. If trying to smoke some steak, we’d suggest 225 F. For both these temperatures, the food should be allowed to cook for around 1 hour to 1 and a half, depending on your preferred doneness. Alternately, for steaks, you can reduce the temperature further, increasing the cooking time for more tender but less juicy results.
Its digital-control, centrally placed oven gives you accurate cooking temperatures from 170 F to 600 F. The probe interface included can be programmed to cook and control the temperature with high precision. A steady burning flame is maintained by air forced into the chamber by the fan with the help of an electric ignition. The flowing air creates abundant convectional heat to bring out the best flavor of your grilled food.
Got my Camp Chef Smoke Pro SE four days ago. My son and I put it together, it is a two person job because it's heavy. Seasoned it and smoked two chickens that turned out awesome! Today I have hamburgers on. Smoking on low smoke for half an hour, take them off and crank it to 450 put em back on and grill till done. Easy to use. Very happy so far. Just hoping it holds up!
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