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#413244 - 07/06/15 07:18 PM Question for the BBQ experts
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Anybody here have an opinion or any experience with pellet grills? I found this Green Mountain grill while reading a post on another forum about bbqs. It looks to be the perfect form factor for me, incredibly versitile, and has an acceptable price tag. I won't pay stoopid $$$ for a BGE.

I've spoken briefly to one person that's use one of its larger cousins for a while and he seems happy with it both as a smoker and for grilling.

Sounds almost too good to be true.
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#413258 - 07/07/15 12:19 AM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
I'm no expert. There are many Traeger grills here in the PNW. Reports from friends indicate high satisfaction, but not really high enough heat for all grilling demands. I've always wanted one for hassle free smoking and BBQ. I've also heard that there is important variation among thermostats.

It's probably worth a shot since it meets your needs so well.
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#413264 - 07/07/15 12:00 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
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I have a couple friends who love their Traegers. I almost bought one, but I refuse to buy something that will live outdoor, and is not stainless steel. Traeger was built in the US, but no longer. Now they are made in China. Cheap and tinny in comparison.

I'm looking at a smoker now. Saw one at the local Sam's Club. Stainless steel, Bluetooth. .. Under 400 bucks.
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#413269 - 07/07/15 01:56 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: tomtuttle]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By tomtuttle
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It's probably worth a shot since it meets your needs so well.

Simply put and true. Unless its absolutely horrible, it is going to be a big improvement over what I have now.

The reviews this thing gets are all very, very good.

The guy I talked to has both a Traeger and a GMG. He thinks the GMG is a lot better.

Michael. I did not realize how far pellet burners have come. I always thought they were just for the wood stove crowd: a fancy way to burn sawdust to make heat.
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#413282 - 07/07/15 04:31 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
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Registered: 07/23/04
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I just started to experiment with smoking things….for eating anyway. I love it, and am sold on that process. They ain’t just for smoking salmon anymore! My buddy has been smoking cheese, and I kinda like it too.

For the fourth, I decided to try smoking some pork ribs with a dry rub. Had to use one of those aluminum pie pans, and fill it with wood chips soaked in water and then placed on the burners of my gas grill. It worked, OK, but dang….what a PITA. But oh-boy, those were the best tasting ribs I’ve ever cooked. So now I’m sold. I’m gunna buy a smoker.

That GMG looks like a better grill than the Treagers. That is unless you can find one of the old ones built in the US. A friend has one of the originals, and it’s a friggin beast. Must weigh about 300 pounds. He can cook a whole turkey on it, it’s so big.
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#413283 - 07/07/15 04:38 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
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I'm considering moving to a state that will allow me to experiment with smoking different things, too.
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#413285 - 07/07/15 06:30 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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I can help you relocate to WA, Mark.

Those GMG products really do look great - agree with Mike's assessment wrt Traeger. Do want.
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#413286 - 07/07/15 06:49 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: MarkSJohnson]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
You stay outta this Mark. You already got me in trouble with the resident Klingon over duct tape. mad

Michael. I hear you on the quality of Chinese product thing, but... I have a 10 year old Kettle Q I picked up for $25 that's still going strong There is not a spot of rust on the powder coated steel and the grill, which looks as flimsy as they get, also never rusted through. The metal on it appears to be fatiguing from the constant heat cool cycles, so the grill is gradually sagging.

I've been buying a locally produced double smoked cheddar for the last couple of years and damn is it good! I'd love to try to make my own out of a good 5 year old cheddar though.

Believe it or not, you can fit a 16 lb. turkey in that little tailgater. shocked

I love the idea that you can program cooking profiles into this thing and monitor them through your phone.
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#413287 - 07/07/15 06:51 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
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#413299 - 07/07/15 10:42 PM Re: Question for the BBQ experts [Re: fredk]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4043
Loc: Up yonder
Hey Mark, my state is cool with herb now.... Lots of things to take pictures of too...

My buddy just smoked some blue cheese. I haven't tried it yet. Kinda scared to.

I absolutely love a slow smoke cooked brisket. Probably my favorite read meat.

Another friend smoked an elk tenderloin a couple weeks ago.... Man that thing was good.

Ya, I gotta get one. I'm making myself hungry.
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