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Old 03-29-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

Do you have one? Are you happy with it?
Im looking at replacing an old Weber charcoal grill with something nicer and was reading a bit about pellet grills that use wood pellets and indirect heat (I think).
Was looking at the Traeger models.
Thanks in advance for any info you could share.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:15 AM   #2
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I don't own one Kelly. But a good friend of mine does and he can't say enough good things about Traeger.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

Aside from the high cost of the unit, I don't think I've never heard a bad thing said about Traeger.

One comment I would have is that if you use exotic or uncommonly used smoke woods, unless you can find a source for them in hard pellet form, you will have to give them up as Traeger only offers the most common/mainstream smoke woods in pellet form.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:39 AM   #4
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

Only bad thing I have heard is that the metal is a bit thin. Other then that Ive heard great things about them.
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Kelly, I bought my first Traeger in 1994, the Texas BBQ 075. I still have it. I picked up another Texas BBQ for my parents in 96 and they still have theirs. My best friend owns 3 of em and in 2006 I picked up a newer Texas because I wanted the auto start feature. Needless to say I love em. I worked in the retail construction trades for 15 years, started out in fireplaces, BBQ's, etc. PM me with any questions you have Bro.

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I never heard of them, but I do know it took a big adjustment for me to change from charcoal to gas. It makes me wonder if it kicks out the same kind of flavor as charcoal does?
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

Kevin how long do the 20lb bags last on the smoke setting?
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

I have two Traegers and if the CFO would allow me I'd buy a third. The best pellet smoker/grill out there IMO.





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Kevin how long do the 20lb bags last on the smoke setting?
Aaron, You can get an average of about 30 hours of cooking time with each 20 pound bag of pellets, that's equal to at least 10 cookouts. On Smoke setting (180 degrees) you will use about one half to two-thirds of a pound per hour (it depends on what pellet wood you're using, 30 to 40 hours is my best guess from experience). On Medium (300 degrees) you will use about 1 pound per hour. And on High setting (425 degrees) you will use about 2 pounds per hour.
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Kelly, I bought my first Traeger in 1994, the Texas BBQ 075. I still have it. I picked up another Texas BBQ for my parents in 96 and they still have theirs. My best friend owns 3 of em and in 2006 I picked up a newer Texas because I wanted the auto start feature. Needless to say I love em. I worked in the retail construction trades for 15 years, started out in fireplaces, BBQ's, etc. PM me with any questions you have Bro.

The Texas model was the one I was most interested in. Its looking more and more like Im going to bite the bullet and get one.
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Thanks again folks for the great info
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Thanks Kevin! I want to get a grill made by http://www.bbqpits.com but its hard to find wood and to store it here in Cincinnati. We do have a store here that sells Traeger.
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The Texas model was the one I was most interested in. Its looking more and more like Im going to bite the bullet and get one.
Thanks, Kelly.
Because of you and this thread it looks like I am on the fast track to get myself a Traeger.


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Old 03-30-2011, 10:20 AM   #14
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Thanks, Kelly.
Because of you and this thread it looks like I am on the fast track to get myself a Traeger.


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I wonder if we can get a discount if we buy 2?
EDIT: well, it appears discounts wont apply for 2. I called 5 places.
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Should we start a group buy?
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:39 AM   #16
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

I found all the local places that are Traeger retailers dont carry the Texas model in stock but rather they are ordered as needed. Just called Traeger and they verified they have them available in both their Northern & Southern California warehouses so ETA's are minimal.
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Default Re: Looking for opinions on a pellet grill

I never heard of this style grill until right now. Pretty cool. For those who want to know more: http://www.traegergrills.com
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You will love the Traeger!! We have been using a Lil Tex for several years as our chicken cooker for our competition BBQ team. After seeing it my brother bought an 075 and loves it as well.

Here is a GREAT source for good quality pellets. They make all the difference in the world:

http://www.cookinpellets.com
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