With the Somerset IV your outdoor cooking options With the Somerset IV your outdoor cooking options are endless. This is one of the most versatile home outdoor cookers available giving you the opportunity to cook anything from grilled burgers to pancakes or hot artisan pizza. As Camp Chef’s largest stove the Somerset IV offers plenty of cooking space ...  More + Product Details Close

RT 700 offers a Front Folding Shelf and has its own set of meat probe to monitor meat temperature while the grill smoke is infusing with the meat. Its Stainless Steel body protects it from rust and the colors from cracking or peeling. With its built-in WiFi-enabled control, coupled with Rec Tec’s proprietary PID algorithm, you will have control over your cooking process remotely using your wireless devices.


The Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill was chosen as our sixth choice because it lacked some features found in our Top 5 picks, especially when it came to cooking flexibility. While it does offer an impressive 6-in-1 cooking experience, it lacks an auto shut-off feature, which makes it less of a “set it an forget it” kind of smoker. The grill is rather heavy, at an overall weight of 146lbs. It’s also more expensive than the rest, even though it offers similar (even less) features. It’s a decent choice if flavor is the only thing you’re looking for.

I was surprised at the low amount of smoke that you see with pellet smokers. They do however still produce smoke (more so at lower temps), it is just a cleaner smoke. You wont get the billowing of smoke that you see with stick burners. Once I adjusted to it, I am able to produce the same quality of product as I can on my stick burner but with a lot less effort.
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.
Wood pellets that are tailored for pellet stoves or fireplaces usually contain tree barks and binding agents such as glue. When used in pellet smokers, these wood chips can expel some harmful chemical substances infused with the food. But since the dawn of Traeger pellet smokers, different manufacturers have been producing food-grade wood pellets to be used in pellet smokers.
The Camp Chef Woodwind SG model has a 22 pound hopper, 811 square inches of cooking space (more than the REC TEC), a chute that allows you to easily remove your pellets from the hopper for changing flavors, and 2 full-size cooking racks. It also has a knob on the left side that allows you to pull the flame deflector out of the way so the fire can shoot up closer to the rack giving you the ability to get a little char on something. As if this is not enough, it comes standard with a propane searbox attached to the right side where you can sear steaks, burgers, chicken, whatever you like, at around 900°F.

This burnished bronze 60,000-BTU propane barbeque gas grill has 666 square inches of total cooking space. It features four stainle...ss steel straight burner tubes, a stainless steel side burner, two cast iron enameled cooking grates, four steel enameled heat tents, a steel wire-enameled warming rack, a bronze metallic lid assembly with a double-wall liner to retain heat, cast aluminum end caps for stability, a temperature gauge with a decor ring and an electronic start push-button ignition. read more


While the Traeger Lil-Tex does offer similar features as our top pick, such as a digital LED temperature control system and an auto-dispensing auger, there was one missing feature which we thought was necessary. This product has a smaller grilling area and lacks a removable upper rack, which gives you less grilling and prep space. I should mention that the unit does come in a bigger 700 square inch version for $200 more, as well as a smaller version that costs less. If this smoker is too big or too small for you, there are always other options available. Compared to our top pick, it’s also more expensive despite offering similar specs. Aside from that, this is a very efficient and reliable smoker – might even have been the best if our top pick wasn’t available on the market.
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.
All pellet smokers accumulate ash, which must be removed at some point to allow for good combustion in the burner pot. This task can be messy and cumbersome but the Woodwind pellet grill makes cleaning so much easier with its Ash Cleanout System. The ash removal lever is found under the firepot, and all you have to do is simply pull it to clean out your pellet grill.
Another “set it and forget it” pellet grill, the Camp Chef allows you to set the temperature controls for up to a range of 500 degrees F, and leave it to do the regulating. With its efficient auto-dispensing pellet hopper and digital temperature controls, the pellet grill sets, maintains and adjusts the desired temperature for even cooking each time. With consistent and fuss-free temperature control, you’ll sure to have the most perfectly grilled foods.

This is a wood pellet-fueled grill which is used to cook meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables for BBQs and outdoor parties. It is housed on a wheeled cart, and the component parts are a pellet hopper, main grill, and a side searing box which is fueled by propane. Its primary mission is to cook BBQ food with traditional wood infused flavors, but it has controls make it easier to control temperatures and cooking times than normal wood smoke grills. A basic version which does not have the sear box is available.

Cleaning up after grilling is every cook’s dreaded part of the process, but this pellet grill simplifies that. Its warming rack comes with a patented ash-catcher system, the Ash Can Cleanout System, that allows for an easier cleanup of the unit. Additionally, it also features a grease drip disposal system that comes with a bucket. You won’t have to waste precious time cleaning up afterward!


The initial design by Mr. Traeger consisted of a “classic” drum barrel shaped grill design with a chimney on top. Instead of the firebox, the grill contained a pellet hopper. It used a fan to distribute the heat evenly over the pellets. Unlike the modern pellet grills, the original design didn’t include any auto-ignition features and the pellets had to be lit manually.
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.

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The Camp Chef PG24S uses three cleanup and maintenance systems. The Ash Cup Clean Out System collects leftover ash in a cup for easy cleanup. The Grease Management System instantly drains grease into a bucket for easy disposal. Finally, the Pellet Purge System helps you clean out pellets from your auger with ease. Cleaning up has never been so easy.

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.
The flame broiler uses a digitally controlled burn system. Its Digital Control Center lets you set the temperature ranging from 170F to 600F with ease. The desired temperature is set and maintained through an electric auto-start and fan-forced air mechanism. These, in addition, give that flavorful smoky taste to all of your foods. The auger automatically feeds pellets into the smoker, so you can pretty much let it take care of everything.
The Silverbac and the Silverbac original models of the Grilla Grills come with a good build. It has a stainless steel burn grate and a stainless steel firebox with a rugged exterior. It is painted with a high-temperature powder coating on a heavy-duty steel body. The seams are welded, caulked and powder coated for a three-layer weather resistance. Its lid and all the internal components are made of stainless steel, greatly improving this product’s life.

The Camp Chef Smoker Pro Pellet Grill and Smoker is the perfect starter grill. This smoker is packed with extras that will allow the novice to cook like a pro. It offers a large cooking space of over 560 cubic inches. The removable upper racks and square back allows for greater room for cooking. It has digital controls that are one of the most striking features of this grill & smoker by Camp Chef. Do you know someone who isn’t the best cook? Someone who needs all the help they can get in the kitchen or on the grill?
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.
Camp Chef's Woodwind Pellet Smoker is a quality smoker and super searing grill wrapped up in one. Though often referred to as pellet grills, most are smokers with limited grilling capability at best. In 2017 Camp Chef introduced their optional LP gas Sear Box which can be added onto all of their current SmokePro Pellet Smokers. Woodwind is a package deal that comes standard with the Sear Box and sells for about $50 less than a SmokePro with the optional Sear Box. Woodwind also has heavier legs than Smoke Pro models, a lower storage shelf and a stainless steel lid and firepot. Additionally, the integrated meat probe port is located higher in the smoke chamber so the probe wire doesn't get as hot enabling it to last longer. Going forward, Camp Chef intends to make the meat probe port location and stainless steel firepots standard on all models. Otherwise Woodwind is identical to their popular Smoke Pro DLX, which we tested and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal. Scroll down for our review of the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX.
Hey Jeff- thanks for the super job on the review of the CC Woodwind. I saw the video when it first came out- thot THAT would be a great grill someday and filed it mentally. SOMEday is here and I’ve looked everywhere and couldn’t find the “smoke god guy grill!” Then I just stumbled onto your blogs of reviews and reading your entire piece- I said THAT’s the one I want!! And when I clicked on buy now… and BAM!!! up pops the “smoke god guy!!!” Haha!!! Must be the one to get- double confirmation!!

Did or should I say tried a pork butt the next. The temp control went bonkers. At 225 the temp went less than 190 and up to 312. I switched to hi smoke. The smoke produced was beyond a lot it was crazy. I shut it down and finished the pork butt in the oven. Here is the good part. I am sure the controller is defective and called Camp Chef. They figured the probes were bad but just in case sent a controller with the probes no questions asked. Things should be fine for the weekend. Excellent customer service


Apart from the replacement parts for a pellet smoker, there are also certain accessories that one can use to increase the range of its usefulness as well as improve its performance. A user can attach a griddle attachment to a pellet grill to use it as a flat top griddle, or use a hopper extender to increase the pellet hopper capacity; there is an attachment for every purpose to suit all of your needs. Let’s take a look at the types of accessories commonly found:

This pellet grill has been designed for those who want the convenience of heating up their gas grill quickly. Though gas grills heat up very fast, they are not the best choice as far as palatable flavor is concerned. However, Louisiana Pellet Grill can light up very fast and get your food ready in 30 minutes. The food quality produced by a pellet grill burning pure, natural hardwood cannot be achieved by any charcoal or gas grill. Hence, Louisiana Pellet Grill provides a great flavor to your steaks, burgers and it smokes.
Everyone has a different standard when it comes to features. Some individuals will enjoy a modest grill without a million tech features, while others will want the best and brightest tech on the market. Of course, many will fall somewhere in between. Some of the features to keep an eye on that will make grilling easier include Wi-Fi, programmable meat probes, and direct grilling options.

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"Enjoy special pricing on the remaining stock of our pro-PC grills, some with minor cosmetic blemishes. With this sleek pellet gri...ll, all cooking is at your fingertips. Digital controls make it very easy to set up a 5 hour smoke for a brisket or set it at 350 to bake a cake. This is truly an outdoor cooking center. No more wood chip add-ons to a charcoal or gas grill, this pellet system will allow you to smoke, sear, or bake with perfection every time. With critical surfaces coated with porcelain enamel, rust is a thing of the past. The porcelain enamel coating literally puts a coating of glass over the steel with a durable, easy-to-clean glossy finish."Temperature range 180-650 fHopper capacity 23 Lbs.Grill cooking area 718 sq. In.Grill grid porcelain enamel finishConstruction material: Steel, porcelain enamel, powder coatingAssembly required: YesOrigin: ChinaProduct dimensions: 52"W x 45"H x 32"DWarranty: 1-Year read more
The rest of the product we reviewed offered 6-in-1 features, but this one surprised us with its 8-in-1 cooking versatility. If an efficient smoker that can do multiple things is what you’re after, then there’s no need to look further. This could just be your top choice! The pit Boss Pellet Grill with Flame Broiler cooks almost all kinds of food with 100% genuine wood pellets. Talk about quality and quantity!
When reviewing pellet smokers, we’ve gone through over 1000 different user reviews to get an accurate understanding of how useful the products have been to them. With that primary data in hand, we did an extensive online research on 65 products from 17 different brands popular brands. In fact, we even looked into three less known brands as well, but they failed to stand out. We left no stone unturned.
Let’s talk about an inherent flaw with pellet smokers. All they do is smoke. Can’t cook burgers, brats or dogs on them, right? That’s wrong, Wrong, WRONGGGGG! Well first off, don’t cook brats over high heat. You’re better off cooking them in a smoker than a ripping hot grill, but that’s another story. But I get it with steaks and burgers and such. You can do more than smoke on this bad boy! This grill has an optional Sear Box:
The grill offers one of the best sear boxes on the market. It can reach up to 900 degrees F giving your food a crisp and perfect sear. The 16,000 BTU stainless steel burner also contains a built-in ignition. The sear box offers grill masters another state of the art tool in their arsenal. While the sear box is an awesome feature, it bumps up the price compared to the PG24.

We are going to take the guesswork out of it for you. Here at Grills Forever we have seared, smoked and grilled on grill after grill so you can have the latest information on what smokers are the best pellet smoker grills. These best pellet smokers can sear and cook the most delicious foods, they are easy to control and convenient to use. We took all these features and more into consideration while compiling the top 10 wood pellet smoker review.


The initial design by Mr. Traeger consisted of a “classic” drum barrel shaped grill design with a chimney on top. Instead of the firebox, the grill contained a pellet hopper. It used a fan to distribute the heat evenly over the pellets. Unlike the modern pellet grills, the original design didn’t include any auto-ignition features and the pellets had to be lit manually.
This Cal Flame Charcoal Grill features sturdy 304 This Cal Flame Charcoal Grill features sturdy 304 grade Stainless Steel construction 800 sq. in. of cooking area including the warming rack and 4 exclusive heavy duty V-patterned grates that are removable. An adjustable charcoal tray height lets you determine just the right level of heat and a built-in hood ...  More + Product Details Close
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
This grill has a modern heating mechanism that adds to the convenience of using it. When the igniter is turned on, it heats the pellets that feed the fire pot via the auger. This auger  creates a heat shield with the induction pan that evenly heats the surface as per the settings and ensures that the meat is thoroughly cooked. For efficient temperature management, this pellet smoker grill has a Digital Pro Controller that can be used to alter the temperature or keep it consistent while cooking as desired. The controller has a detector that keeps track of the number of pallets fed to the fire pot. There are also manual controls that can be used for setting the temperature to high, smoke and medium as desired.

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.
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