Picked up a Traeger Junior for a good price at a Costco Road Show. Looked at the "suitcase" portable model and just did not feel like the cooking area was big enough. Loved the size though: it looked like one of the very few that might actually fit in my front storage compartment.
Figured the Junior was the sweet spot between size and portability. I need something I can lift in/out of the back of a 4x4 truck to take camping. Sportsmans Warehouse sells this model with a bundled 400W inverter so you can power it of a battery when boondocking (I already had such an inverter so it was good to know this would run it). From what I understand the draw during startup is 300W and drops to 50W once the burner is lit.
First thing, during the initial burn in, I discovered how awful the design of the pellet hopper is when I ran it out of pellets with pellets remaining in the hopper. I have now added sloped walls to the 3 sides of the hopper that did not have them. A bit of galvanized tin and aluminum duct tape fixed *that* problem.
My next mod was to install nutserts and knobs for the leg mounts. Traeger sells a model called the Tailgater which is a Junior with folding legs. With folded legs it can sit on a table. Well with my knob mounted legs... I can just remove the legs to do the same thing.
Dittos on the Pelletheads - Index
Have not found the controller to bother me yet, but I just may not know any better. So far everything I have cooked has come out well. It added a nice extra to the bacon one morning.
I have seen a mod to add an inside liner to help hold heat better. This seems like a VERY good idea and I may give it a try sometime. I may also put bigger wheels on it so it rolls better but the jury is still out whether I need this mod or not.