Traeger BBQ 155.01 Tailgater – While portable pellet grills from Camp Chef’s SmokePro line come on wheels, this Traeger model is even more convenient with its folding legs and compact size that fits in the back of a trunk. You can travel with it easily as it only weighs about 61 lbs. However, it a much smaller unit with only 305 sq. inches of grilling surface area and has fewer features compared to the SmokePro SGX.
The souped up Ortech style, notched dial controller not only provides thermostatic, set it and forget it cooking, but also has a dual LED readout that toggles between your set cooking temp and internal meat temp monitored by a stainless steel meat probe included with the unit. In addition to notched temp settings of 175F to 400F degrees, the controller has "Shutdown", "Feed", "High", "Lo Smoke", and "Hi Smoke" options. Our temperature tests indicated Lo Smoke temp is about 175 and Hi Smoke about 210. So what's the big difference between 175 and lo smoke, and 225 and hi smoke? Camp Chef says there are slight differences in the settings, mostly in the auger timing. In the 2 smoke settings the auger allows pellets to smolder more than burn.
Igniter: An igniting rod, heated up to a red hot level, ignites wood pellets as they fall inside the firebox. A cooling fan blows air into the pellet smoker from behind the pellet auger to prevent heat backdraft, while the fan underneath the firebox fans the flame – distributing heat evenly throughout the smoker. This heat is used to smoke and slow cook food in the smoker to give it the best flavors possible.
When it comes to smoking at home for friends and family with ease, you cannot help but arrange a smoker that has a huge cooking area for plenty of foods. Besides, smoking meat takes time. With all this in mind, Camp chef SmokerPro comes with an astounding 429 square inches of cooking area. Use as much space as you need when you need more meat to smoke for parties or family gatherings.