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Old 05-28-2016, 06:06 PM   #1
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Traeger?????

Have tried every method known to man, including custom wood smokers.

Ready to try a Traeger.

BUT WHICH MODEL? There are apparently about a dozen! Plus, apparently there have been some late changes for the better, and want to make sure I don't get the older ones.

Any thoughts? I know there are some pros on here!!!
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:56 PM   #2
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Traeger Pros and Cons:

Pro: Wood Fired BBQ, Grill, and Convection Oven. Makes a frozen pizza taste artisan!

Cons:
The controller is awful. An aftermarket PID controller such as a Savannah Stoker is a must! I hated my Traeger until I got a SS.
Thin steel and not insulated. An insulating blanket is a must to conserve pellets
Not enough smoke flavor which is a common complaint with wood pellet grills. Solution to this is to install a Big Daddy Cold Smoke generator which does what it is supposed to do...its makes food magically delicious.

If you can afford it consider a Fast Eddy, Yoder or a Louisiana grill. They are better made than a Traeger.

BTW, I own a Traeger and didn't know much about pellet grills then. The Savannah Stoker and Big Daddy Cold Smoke Generator made it functional.

Couple of places to research pelletgrills:
Pelletheads - Index

BBQ "bible" website: amazingribs.com

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:17 PM   #3
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I got the small Traeger for my 5er and love it make awesome ribs, pork, chicken etc.

But was a pain in the arse to load in and out of my front compartment.

Today I purchased a green mountain grill Davy Crockett which will know occupy my 5er as its a little smaller and lighter. Haven't cooked on it but like the wifi option and ability to monitor it on my smartphone.

I will probably fire it up tomorrow if all goes well the traeger will become my at home smoker.

Temp control is tough in cold weather so the thermal blanket may get added this winter.


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Old 05-28-2016, 11:39 PM   #4
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I also have a gmg davey Crocket and am on my second year with it. We love it and it lives in the truck during the warmer season so has been pulled out for various reasons even when not camping. Simple, great flavor, and consistent cooking
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:30 AM   #5
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Don't discount a Backwoods smoke. They make one half the size of mine (fired up right now). Doesn't need electricity like a pellet pooper.Click image for larger version

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I also have a gmg davey Crocket and am on my second year with it. We love it and it lives in the truck during the warmer season so has been pulled out for various reasons even when not camping. Simple, great flavor, and consistent cooking
X2 on the Davy Crockett. Great results, easy to use. We do almost all out cooking on ours when camping. Last weekend did two racks of baby backs. Then followed up with some chocolate chip cookies for desert. Our friends have the portable greater and are now getting the Davy Crockett, it's larger and easier to use. Definitely check out pelletheads.com, lots of great info.
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After 1 shot at it the wifi deal is horrible doesn't even remotely work on the GMG cooks good but app and connectivity isn't worth more than spit.


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I went into overload researching all these.

I finally today pulled the trigger on a REC TEC Mini............ (dunno if it will fit in camper, but it folds up, might try it)........

Thanks for the responses. I bet most of them work well..........sort of like Ram/Chevy/Ford!
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Don't discount a Backwoods smoke. They make one half the size of mine (fired up right now). Doesn't need electricity like a pellet pooper.Attachment 109427
Good choice in Smoker and Ford Superduty!!
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I have had best of luck with my Traeger. Purchased in the fall of 2014. Since then, I haven't cooked a turkey or chicken in an oven. Absolutely love homemade pizza on this grill. I tend to use it more as a grill then using the smoke setting. However, I have done both.


One key to using a traeger is not lifting the lid every few minutes like we all tend to do with a regular BBQ.


My turkey's always turn out nice & golden & juicy!
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