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Old 10-03-2022, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Considering a Traeger pellet smoker

I've always been a stick burner but considering making the change for ease of set it and forget it. Can anyone talk me out or into it?

Either way what smoker would you recommend? My budget is about $2000 but has a lot of wiggle room if needed. It doesn't need to be portable.

If suggesting a stick burner add another suggestion for quick grill when I don't want to wait for coals to get ready. Or will I need a 2nd gas grill.for those? I don't want 2 which is why I'm looking at pellet to begin with.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:06 PM   #2
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Look into Recteq, I've had mine for 2 yrs and absolutely love it.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:07 PM   #3
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I have never been good at BBQ but after getting a Recteq a few years ago I am now a master at brisket, burnt ends, pork loin and smoked salmon. I love my RT-700!


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Old 10-03-2022, 04:07 PM   #4
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Going down this route too and everything has me pointing to the Recteq.
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Recteq if I had it to do all over again. Pits and Spitts if it is in you price range
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:17 PM   #6
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Rectec over Traeger all day. Yoder or Pitts n Spits for higher end
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:43 PM   #7
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Russia, China, California electricity going cost $20 to cook a brisket. Power grid failure, cyber attack, global warming. Trees are free man stick to the stick ok? Once everything goes California and no one can afford to cook bbq in their ez bake ovens they won’t be able to cook a squirrel and you’ll be smoking possum up like a king.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:46 PM   #8
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Rectec over Traeger all day. Yoder or Pitts n Spits for higher end
You will be happy with any of these.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:52 PM   #9
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I just bought a Even Embers at TSC for $199 on sale for deer camp and honestly can't tell a **** bit of difference in it and my Traeger.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:58 PM   #10
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I have the Traeger pro 575. It doesnít put out a lot of smoke. Other than that itís easy to use.


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Love my Recteq 700.
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:29 PM   #12
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Rectec over Traeger all day. Yoder or Pitts n Spits for higher end
^^^^^This. I bought a rectec for my son a number of years ago when he bought his first house. He uses the heck out of it and it is still going strong. I have the Pitts and Spitts and it has been flawless for the nearly 4 years Ive owned it.

I just got an email from P&S regarding a hybrid pit they are selling now that is a pellet grill and stickburner. You might check it out......I didnt see the price on it though.
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:30 PM   #13
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We have a Rectec and it's great. But the ignitor rod apparently died last night after 7 months. So there's that.
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:33 PM   #14
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I have a treager and did a brisket today. Set it on 225 at 8, wrapped it at 1 pm, and took it off at 4 pm. Only checked on it twice other than wrapping it. It's resting now...

Highly recommend a pellet smoker. I can't recommend another brand as I have never had anything other than my traeger, but I can tell you my next pellet grill will be a yoder one day. I have had my Traeger for 10 years, never had an issue.
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:37 PM   #15
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Green Mountain pellet smoker and grill bought two of them loved the first one i use at camp
then bought the second for home use. cannot go wrong for the money .
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We have a Rectec and it's great. But the ignitor rod apparently died last night after 7 months. So there's that.
It should be covered under warranty
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:45 PM   #17
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From what I have read, Treager used to be pretty high quality but was sold and went down hill. The founder is now with Pit Boss and they're pretty great. We got a Pit Boss for my Dad recently and its awesome. Super easy to use and the price is amazing compared to others.
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Interesting yall are saying RecTec. All my research is saying it's too close to choose.
https://www.bbqguys.com/bbq-learning...teq-vs-traeger

I was leaning toward the Traeger Ironwood 650 or 885 since I can pick the up easily at HD. Guess I'll research RecTec more now for their equivalent.
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It should be covered under warranty

It is... I was just annoyed to figure it was out yesterday when I walked out with dinner.
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Old 10-03-2022, 06:11 PM   #20
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It is... I was just annoyed to figure it was out yesterday when I walked out with dinner.
I bet so.

Have you talked to customer service yet? Just curious how much of a hassle that might be if I have any issues.
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DO NOT spend $2k on a Traeger of any model. If you have that budget or a little more look at Pitts & Spitts, RecTec or Yoder.


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^^^^^This. I bought a rectec for my son a number of years ago when he bought his first house. He uses the heck out of it and it is still going strong. I have the Pitts and Spitts and it has been flawless for the nearly 4 years Ive owned it.

I just got an email from P&S regarding a hybrid pit they are selling now that is a pellet grill and stickburner. You might check it out......I didnt see the price on it though.

Pitts & Spitts Hybrid

$5k for the carbon steel
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We have a Rectec and it's great. But the ignitor rod apparently died last night after 7 months. So there's that.

Thatís not uncommon. Itís a good idea to keep a spare on hand.

BUT Iím a pinch you can use a propane torch to get the pellets going and once they get to smoldering they will take off on their own. The hot rod shuts off after a certain temperature anyway.


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Old 10-03-2022, 09:12 PM   #24
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Pit Boss for $600 and save your $1400 for something fun.
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Old 10-03-2022, 09:27 PM   #25
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I bought a 1150 Pitboss awhile back and it cooks great chicken and decent ribs. Every brisket and beef plate ribs Iíve cooked looked good and were tender but had zero smoke ring. I put the cover on it and just went back to my ASF stick burner for cooking these days. I wouldnít overlook a PitBoss though, I have yet to have any issues with mine and I cooked a lot on it to give it a fair shot.
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Old 10-03-2022, 09:57 PM   #26
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We love our RecTec. I researched the crap out of these things before we bought the RecTec. It's awesome!
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:00 PM   #27
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Checkout UDS, its a set it and forget it and much cheaper. It will take a couple of smokes to learn the new drum but a whole lot cheaper. I've been using the UDS's for 10-12 years now, cant beat it for the price, even if you buy one ready to go. A DIY can be made up for less that 100.00 and it churns out brisket/pork just as good
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I switched from traeger to Pitt boss. PB is much better


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Traegar makes a decent smoker, I had one for a few years then upgraded to a Yoder
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Recteq 1250, itís a beast!


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Old 10-04-2022, 01:36 AM   #31
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Yall convinced me, going with Rectec 700.

Can get it cheaper than the traeger equivalent.
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We love our RecTec. I researched the crap out of these things before we bought the RecTec. It's awesome!
X2. We love our 590! Buy the grill grates. Excellent sear on steaks
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:40 AM   #33
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Yall convinced me, going with Rectec 700.

Can get it cheaper than the traeger equivalent.
I have not regretted my choice. Get the seat plates. You will thank me.

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Old 10-04-2022, 07:42 AM   #34
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You can’t go wrong with a pellet grill, they all pretty much do the same thing.
Traeger parts are super easy to get on Amazon if you have any problems.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:05 AM   #35
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:32 AM   #36
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:14 AM   #37
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No love for Camp Chef? I have and enjoy the Camp Chef WoodWind smoker. Wifi compatible, and I like the ‘sidekick’ burner and all the accessories that go with it.
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:25 AM   #38
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I have a ironwood 885. I can cook the entire thanksgiving dinner for 20 on it. I can cook a pizza or a pie if I don’t want to heat the house up. I have been doing cookies and bread a lot lately. In addition to the meats listed above, I have done prime ribs and tenderloin. Both do much better than the stick burner.
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:17 AM   #39
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I had nothing but issues with my Traeger. Finally got tired of fixing it. I will never waste money on a Traeger again
Went to Recteq and have not looked back. Love it
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:39 AM   #40
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Old country gravity fed with a controller/fan set up falls into that price range. Slightly more work than a pellet, but that is just adding wood chunks every 30 minutes. Once you wrap (not worried about smoke any longer) you dont have to babysit at all.

Mine will run 16+ hours on one hopper of charcoal and hold temp to +/- 1 degree.
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:05 AM   #41
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Great tasting brisket from my RT 590. I don`t cook pork butts on it for pulled pork though. It just doesn`t give it enough smoke flavor for me. I still use the old stick burner for that. Best of both worlds.

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I like my Traeger but have not had anything else to compare it to. I am a newby but it it works very well.

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Old 10-04-2022, 11:28 AM   #43
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I'm not a "pro" but I will weigh in with my experience. If you like smoked meat, there is no beating a stick burner. The results aren't even comparable. The "bark" on a pellet grill brisket is a joke. Maybe it is better with supplemental smoke added? I'm sure yall will post pics of beautiful bark off a pellet grill but i am sharing my personal experience. As far as grilling on a pellet grill, they are pretty convenient. The downside is that I like to cook over direct fire, not in a box heated by fire. So the direct fire in most pellet grills is coming out of 3-4" hole. I can do 2 to 3 burger patties at a time or 2 smallish steaks. Results are better if you do one burger at a time or one steak.

The only place it wins is convenience.
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:35 AM   #44
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I'm not a "pro" but I will weigh in with my experience. If you like smoked meat, there is no beating a stick burner. The results aren't even comparable. The "bark" on a pellet grill brisket is a joke. Maybe it is better with supplemental smoke added? I'm sure yall will post pics of beautiful bark off a pellet grill but i am sharing my personal experience. As far as grilling on a pellet grill, they are pretty convenient. The downside is that I like to cook over direct fire, not in a box heated by fire. So the direct fire in most pellet grills is coming out of 3-4" hole. I can do 2 to 3 burger patties at a time or 2 smallish steaks. Results are better if you do one burger at a time or one steak.

The only place it wins is convenience.
Look into a Recteq Bullseye for grilling. It is dang good for anything grilled. It will get north of 500 in a matter of minutes.
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:37 AM   #45
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I'll ad that I can do a better brisket on my big stick burner but for the convenience and extra sleep, I cook on my Recteq RT-700 every time I do a brisket at home. No complaints at all at my house.
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:42 AM   #46
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I would not get rid of the offset as it will outperform any pellet grill. However, Pellet Grills are nice and easy to use. I have both an offset and a Pit Boss pellet grill and use both depending on what I am smoking and what I have going on. Below are my thoughts

-Offset smoker will put out better barbecue, period. Especially beef. For pork, chicken, etc... The pellet grill does a fantastic job, and is probably too close to tell the difference.

-Pellet Grills do not put out the same amount or kind of smoke and I think this is the biggest reason that the offset is still supreme.

-Pellet grills are super easy, and nice when you have a lot going on, or want to cook overnight and still be able to sleep. I also use mine as an outdoor oven often times. Chicken wings at 350 for 45 minutes and tossed in buffalo sauce are delicious.

The main takeaway is pellet grills are a tool with a purpose. Don't view them as a do all smoker as you will be disappointed. The ease that they offer is too great to ignore, especially since it will mean you are cooking more than you would otherwise. As popular as they are getting, I don't think it is too far off that they figure out how to get the right kind and amount of smoke to truly do offset quality food, but it just isn't there yet.
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:15 PM   #47
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I've had my Yoder since 2017 and neve had a lick of trouble out of it.

I'm happy to tell anyone that is considering getting a pellet smoker, the only regret you will have is that you didn't buy one sooner.
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I see your big into the new famous DAD HOBBY! Backyard grilling
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:29 PM   #49
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I'm not a "pro" but I will weigh in with my experience. If you like smoked meat, there is no beating a stick burner. The results aren't even comparable. The "bark" on a pellet grill brisket is a joke. Maybe it is better with supplemental smoke added? I'm sure yall will post pics of beautiful bark off a pellet grill but i am sharing my personal experience. As far as grilling on a pellet grill, they are pretty convenient. The downside is that I like to cook over direct fire, not in a box heated by fire. So the direct fire in most pellet grills is coming out of 3-4" hole. I can do 2 to 3 burger patties at a time or 2 smallish steaks. Results are better if you do one burger at a time or one steak.

The only place it wins is convenience.
This is my experience as well. It convenient for grilling during the week but doesn't compare taste wise to actually cooking over hot wood coals.
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:32 PM   #50
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I would not get rid of the offset as it will outperform any pellet grill. However, Pellet Grills are nice and easy to use. I have both an offset and a Pit Boss pellet grill and use both depending on what I am smoking and what I have going on. Below are my thoughts

-Offset smoker will put out better barbecue, period. Especially beef. For pork, chicken, etc... The pellet grill does a fantastic job, and is probably too close to tell the difference.

-Pellet Grills do not put out the same amount or kind of smoke and I think this is the biggest reason that the offset is still supreme.

-Pellet grills are super easy, and nice when you have a lot going on, or want to cook overnight and still be able to sleep. I also use mine as an outdoor oven often times. Chicken wings at 350 for 45 minutes and tossed in buffalo sauce are delicious.

The main takeaway is pellet grills are a tool with a purpose. Don't view them as a do all smoker as you will be disappointed. The ease that they offer is too great to ignore, especially since it will mean you are cooking more than you would otherwise. As popular as they are getting, I don't think it is too far off that they figure out how to get the right kind and amount of smoke to truly do offset quality food, but it just isn't there yet.
This
I have 2 that I use exclusively for Texas Twinkies. I prefer an offset for everything else.

OP I don't think you can go wrong with any of the mainstream ones. Pit Boss ReqTeq Traeger, etc.
Every brand will have horror stories
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