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Old 09-18-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
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Question Best Pellet Grill

In the market for a pellet grill. Right now iím thinking rec tec. Any others I should consider?
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:08 PM   #2
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:33 PM   #3
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I've cooked on Traegers. Seemed simple, kind of idiot-proof.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:33 PM   #4
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Search pellet grill on here there are a bunch of “which pellet grill threads”...or just buy a Yoder!
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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What is your budget?
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:37 PM   #6
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here we go again....I got a green mountain grill and have been pleased for the price point
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:45 PM   #7
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Just got a camp chef woodwind. Really didn’t need the seer box but what the heck. I love it, cooked a brisket last wk at 250 for 14 hours never even messed with it. Kinda feels like cheating after 30 years of stick burning. Can’t wait to do a pizza.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:51 PM   #8
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If on a budget try the pitboss. I got one of the vertical pitboss smokers and was surprised at how well it cooks. I even messed the auger motor up and they still replaced it under warranty. Has cooked brisket and ribs very well even leaves a smoke ring. Gonna try a pork but this weekend for some pulled pork. I got it on sale at academy for under 300
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:16 PM   #9
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Yoder. Just did this brisket Saturday night. Feels like cheating when you wake up to see something like this...




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Old 09-18-2018, 07:00 PM   #10
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Yoder definitely seems to be the best built with the most features. Of course a little more $$ than the thin sheet metal grills. Definitely depends on the budget.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:04 PM   #11
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What is your budget?
I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:06 PM   #12
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I looked at a bunch but didn't end up getting one.. my big deal was the higher dollar ones didn't look anymore well built was the cheap ones.. there was some differences on the hopper and how they control temp but watching people cook on them they all had the same results which were good and easy.. I'll probably end up getting the cheapest one I can find for when I don't want to or don't have time to baby sit the bge..
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:08 PM   #13
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I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
And when I say higher dollar ones I was comparing $350 to the $900ish ones.. didn't look at any close to your amount..
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:13 PM   #14
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Nothing wrong with rec tec. Got a buddy that has won several contests using his rec tec smokers.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:24 PM   #15
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Nothing wrong with rec tec. Got a buddy that has won several contests using his rec tec smokers.
My buddy has one and it is great. I just oredered one for myself.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:25 PM   #16
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YODER hands down.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:29 PM   #17
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I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
With that budget just get the Yoder and be done. Very heavy duty and no flimsy steel here. And did I mention it puts out some great table fare.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:31 PM   #18
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Yoder. Just did this brisket Saturday night. Feels like cheating when you wake up to see something like this...




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I donít believe Iíve seen a better looking brisket!
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:00 PM   #19
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I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
Isnt the pitts and spitts closer to $3500? Im considering it for my current home build Im doing. Yoder is also in the running.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:30 PM   #20
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My wife has the treager and loves it. Everything has came out great except then beer can chicken. My friend has the Walmart pit boss and cheaper and not much difference. It's what you like. Ever notice that the one that someone owns it always the best. I like my old Webber smoker. Oh yeah it's the best. Lol.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:42 PM   #21
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I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
Get the Yoder YS640 with the sear plates and the heat difusser with the accessdoor. You can cook so many more things with that set up than just smoke.
Been very happy with the sear plates.

Iím not sure the Yoder will smoke and better than the thinner steel ones, but it will for sure last longer.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:55 PM   #22
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Just got my Rec Tec 700 delivered today, put it together in an hour, did the 400 degrees for 1 hour thing and threw on some quail, sausage and zucchini. Loving it. Held temp very well. Well made, solid and heavy. Really, really digging the WiFi with the iPhone app. Can’t imagine this thing not lasting 10 years or more.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:02 PM   #23
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:11 PM   #24
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We've got some nice ones at the Academy where I work in Rockwall, they're probably going to go on sale in a while because of winter.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:20 PM   #25
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Can you control a Yoder with your phone?
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:57 PM   #26
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Not mine. Not sure if thatís an option or not. Pretty much set and forget.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:27 PM   #27
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Can you smoke sausage on any of these pellet grills? Or are they too hot for this? Saw some had the low temp setting of 180* and a “smoke” setting below that but it didn’t have a temp.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:29 PM   #28
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Get the Yoder YS640 with the sear plates and the heat difusser with the accessdoor. You can cook so many more things with that set up than just smoke.
Been very happy with the sear plates.

Iím not sure the Yoder will smoke and better than the thinner steel ones, but it will for sure last longer.
Whatís with all of the wires? Seems a bit complicated?
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:33 PM   #29
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We love our Rec Tec. Really dig the stainless steel. Yoder was out of my price range.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:51 PM   #30
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Can you smoke sausage on any of these pellet grills? Or are they too hot for this? Saw some had the low temp setting of 180* and a “smoke” setting below that but it didn’t have a temp.
Not sure on cold smoking but doing a slight cook/smoke works well. We just made summer sausage out of my mule deer last week on my buddy’s Rec Tec and it turned out incredible. It makes it nice when you can go from quartering your deer to smoking the summer sausage same day. Can’t beat it!
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:52 PM   #31
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I got a Trager a month or so ago and absolutely love it. I know it doesn’t get much recognition as other brands but, it does everything I need it to and cook on it about 4-5 nights a week. I like the versatility of being able to cook a brisket or cook burgers. I’m sure at this point they are all pretty good and can’t go wrong with any of em.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:58 PM   #32
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:35 PM   #33
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Whatís with all of the wires? Seems a bit complicated?
Itís a thermometer set up. Monitor the pit and meat temp.
It isnít part of the smoker, I added it.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:59 PM   #34
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I'd like to keep in under $2000. Anyone have a pitts & spitts?
Dang, you should be able to buy a couple good ones. Maybe a few modest priced ones.

Hahaha.



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Old 09-19-2018, 08:42 PM   #35
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Honestly... I have a traeger and wish I would have went with a better brand. Iíve had issues with it keeping a close temp no matter the pellet type or cleanliness. Given your budget Iíd go higher end.

Food still turns out awesome, but with the babysitting Iíd rather have a stick smoker. Just my observations in my experiences.


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Old 09-19-2018, 09:07 PM   #36
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Just buy the Pitts and Spitts. The smaller one is $1749 and I imagine it will last over 30 years like the stick burner of theirs I have.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:40 PM   #37
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Isnt the pitts and spitts closer to $3500? Im considering it for my current home build Im doing. Yoder is also in the running.


The Maverick 1250 I looked at was $2199. It was a couple hundred more to add the sear plate and WiFi.


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Old 09-19-2018, 09:41 PM   #38
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With that budget just get the Yoder and be done. Very heavy duty and no flimsy steel here. And did I mention it puts out some great table fare.


Pitts & sports is just as heavy if not more. Made in Houston, TX.


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Old 09-20-2018, 06:28 AM   #39
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:32 AM   #40
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After reading previous pellet grill threads and research I'm going to get Pitts and Spitts. Very heavy build, like yoder. 2 guys at work are getting as well after looking at them in Weatherford
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:24 AM   #41
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I have 2 RecTec’s (big and small)
Extremely well built with thicker metal than all cheap ones.
They all function the same, they all will break eventually, had my bigger one for 5 years.
The reason to buy a recTec is the Warranty, you make a call and they send you parts, you need help on a Sunday and they answer the phone to trouble shoot.
Anything with an Electronic board and Heat in Texas is going to have an issue...
It’s all about the Warranty and Customer Service.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:36 AM   #42
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:37 PM   #43
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Bought a Pitboss Austin XL today. I looked around at a lot of pellet grills Alanís was about to get a PitBoss Eliptical 24, but my wife reminded me that ďsize does matterĒ. So I got the Austin WL that has 1000 sq/in of cooking surface.
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I cant decide between that yoder 640 or 1500. 1500 may be overkill for me.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:50 PM   #46
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The Yoder 640 is what I’d get if money were no object.
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I cant decide between that yoder 640 or 1500. 1500 may be overkill for me.
I will help you decide...get the big one! I have a YS 640 and have never filled it all the way up. It will cook 6 pork butts but if I didnít mind spending $4K (FYI I do and could never justify it) I would get the 1500. That thing is a beast and it looks awesome!

No matter what brand you get sign up for the emails at ATBBQ.com. Chec Tom cooks some amazing food and most of the time it is on a Yoder.
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