Okay, I am looking at getting a Traeger Pellet Grill.. which promises to serve as a BBQ, grill and smoker, using wood pellets/chips that are fed into the ash bin where there is an auto-igniter.
It claims to provide all 3 types of devices and do all 3 well. It smokes at 100 to 180 degrees, it BBQ's at 225 and up and grills at up to 425, all using a precise digital controller and a convection fan. All indirect heat. Supposedly it has all the convenience of gas with the taste and smoke of charcoal.. but, no flare ups and a well designed drip channel with grease catch bucket.
They offer pellets at about $1 a pound with free shipping. The pellets cost more than charcoal or gas and the grills are a bit pricey.. but, they seem like they are a great solution for serious grill and smoker enthusiasts. They come in a wide variety; hickory, mesquite alder, maple, cherry, oak, apple, pecan, etc.. they even have a garlic flavored pellet and a grapevine pellet.
It almost seems too good to be true.
I found a good amount of details at traegeroutlet.com
My questions are:
- Does anyone have any experience with these grills? Any drawbacks?
- Does anyone know of a better pellet grill than the Traegers?
- Does anyone know where to find some great values in quality pellet grills?
Any input or insight would be greatly appreciated.