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Old 04-15-2021, 03:24 PM   #1
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Looking at getting a pellet grill. Never had one, don't know much about them, not wanting to spend more than 500 on my first one.

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Old 04-15-2021, 03:28 PM   #2
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I’ve got a pit boss and absolutely love it
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:30 PM   #3
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Pit Boss Vertical. Tons of space.

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Old 04-15-2021, 03:37 PM   #4
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^^^^THIS^^^^ My Pit Boss has been great!
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:41 PM   #5
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Agreed with the Pit Boss. Had one for years. They keep improving on them too.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:01 PM   #6
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:03 PM   #7
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Pit Boss Vertical. Tons of space.

I second, this. I use mine 3 times a week and she runs like a champ going on a year and half and only issue was thermostat, $7 replacement.


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Old 04-15-2021, 04:06 PM   #8
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:20 PM   #9
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I've tried them all and you can't go wrong with the Cuisinart or Pit Boss pellet grills at Walmart but the best pellet smoker for the $$ is the Even Embers pellet smoker sold at Tractor Supply for $299. It's actually thicker and heavier than the Pit Boss smoker and $100 less and very highly rated:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...t-smoker-grill
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:29 PM   #10
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Another vote for Pit Boss
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:45 PM   #11
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I really like green mountain grill . Was 499 .
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:26 PM   #12
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I'm a pitboss fan here, on my second one. Only reason I'm on a second one is because I gave the 1st one away to a buddy (he let me and my family vacation in his coastal home for free for over a week and wouldn't take any money), and because I wanted a bigger one!

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Old 04-15-2021, 07:31 PM   #13
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I'm a pitboss fan here, on my second one. Only reason I'm on a second one is because I gave the 1st one away to a buddy (he let me and my family vacation in his coastal home for free for over a week and wouldn't take any money), and because I wanted a bigger one!

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Only regret with mine is Iím starting to think I should have picked up the vertical instead for more room.


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Old 04-15-2021, 07:39 PM   #14
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Pit boss 850 at Lowes. This one has WiFi included Same basic model Academy sells but with WiFi

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Pit-Boss-Pr...1&gclsrc=3p.ds
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:32 AM   #15
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Pit boss 850 at Lowes. This one has WiFi included Same basic model Academy sells but with WiFi

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Pit-Boss-Pr...1&gclsrc=3p.ds


I have last years model of this with the bronze lid and no WiFi. I love it
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:49 AM   #16
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Pit Boss. Also do yourself a favor and buy the Amaze N Tube accessory. Not the same as firing up the stick smoker, but I love the ease of it all.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:52 AM   #17
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I second, this. I use mine 3 times a week and she runs like a champ going on a year and half and only issue was thermostat, $7 replacement.


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Which thermostat did you get? I think mine is having issues.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:02 PM   #18
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Which thermostat did you get? I think mine is having issues.


Whatís it doing?


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Old 04-16-2021, 12:11 PM   #19
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:18 PM   #20
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Getting a code saying it loses connection or something like that.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:28 PM   #21
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I'll throw in another vote for a Pit Boss. I have had mine a couple of years now and it's been real good. It sure is convenient and easy. I've cooked lots of good meals on mine.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:34 PM   #22
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I've tried them all and you can't go wrong with the Cuisinart or Pit Boss pellet grills at Walmart but the best pellet smoker for the $$ is the Even Embers pellet smoker sold at Tractor Supply for $299. It's actually thicker and heavier than the Pit Boss smoker and $100 less and very highly rated:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...t-smoker-grill
How hot can you get the Even Embers grill?
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:18 PM   #23
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Which thermostat did you get? I think mine is having issues.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08BJ...b_b_asin_title

This one was recommended by pit boss forum. Went ahead and did warranty claim as well and got that one for backup too.


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Old 04-16-2021, 02:30 PM   #24
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Just buy one and be done. Rec Tec.


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Old 04-17-2021, 12:29 PM   #25
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Another vote for pit boss. I’ve had one for 5 years now and the only issues I’ve had with it was my fault. I just purchased the 1150 pro from Lowes and it is far superior to my last one. It’s a little out of your $500 price range but I highly recommend it.
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:37 PM   #26
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:48 PM   #27
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Checkout camp chef, Iíve got their small portable one that has done well. I think I paid $350 but itís pretty small.


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Old 04-17-2021, 01:15 PM   #28
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I bought a Pit Boss 820d about 5 years ago. It cooks great. I really like the sliding sear grate that allows you to crank up the heat to sear steaks.

I did modify mine though.
The temperature swung more than I was happy with, so I added a Savannah Stoker controller. Once tuned, the temp doesnít swing 5*.
It also has some nifty features.
I also added a folding shelf and a rod attached to the sear plate to make opening/closing it easy.
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Old 04-17-2021, 02:02 PM   #29
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Got a pit boss last Summer. You won’t regret it. Wish I had gotten one sooner. Like said above...the newer models now have wireless controls and sear plate rod and removable ash tray. Very easy and consistent.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:59 AM   #30
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How hot can you get the Even Embers grill?
The Even Embers grill gets up to 450F I believe.
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Old 04-21-2021, 11:02 AM   #31
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Be careful on the Pit Boss wifi controllers. They are having a lot of connectivity issues.
https://www.pitbossforum.com/threads...ty-issues.697/
Hopefully you guys are getting the ones that actually work. I have one of the Wifi versions from Lowe's at my office and it has the same issues and it takes nearly an hour to get to 300F due to the PID controller. I left a message and sent numerous emails since last October and still haven't heard back and on their website it shows my ticket as open. I finally got a hold of someone and they said they don't have any parts in stock and won't for another 3 months so return it to the store.
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Old 04-21-2021, 11:18 AM   #32
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I have a Green Mountain Daniel Boone I bought 3-4 years ago.

If I was to do it over again, I don't think I would buy a GMG brand, too many issues with it.

I think the bigger question you should add to your inquiry is based on a person’s review, how long have they owned the grill they are providing a review on.
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Old 04-21-2021, 11:19 AM   #33
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Be careful on the Pit Boss wifi controllers. They are having a lot of connectivity issues.
https://www.pitbossforum.com/threads...ty-issues.697/
Hopefully you guys are getting the ones that actually work. I have one of the Wifi versions from Lowe's at my office and it has the same issues and it takes nearly an hour to get to 300F due to the PID controller. I left a message and sent numerous emails since last October and still haven't heard back and on their website it shows my ticket as open. I finally got a hold of someone and they said they don't have any parts in stock and won't for another 3 months so return it to the store.
I assume you're letting it go through its start up stage before then setting the temp? Also, have you tried setting it to 400+ and then once it hits or goes above 300 backing it down to 300? I set mine way above what I need and it climbs much faster then I back it down to what I want.

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Old 04-26-2021, 08:29 AM   #34
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Okay, here is my problem. I think the temp sensor is out of whack. In this pic, I have the control set to 180 degrees. I put my thermometer in to see what the difference is. As you can see, the control panel is at 170ish and the box already over 200. On this unit, 180 is as low as you can set it.
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Old 04-26-2021, 10:46 AM   #35
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Over 30 posts on this thread and not single post about manbuns, skinny jeans, or 6.5CMs... what is this place coming to??


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Old 04-26-2021, 11:26 AM   #36
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We have 2 RecTeqs and could not be happier. The Bull, 700 is around 1200. 00 but we also added it’s little sister, the Bullseye, 380. It’s under 400.00. It’s a kettle type grill but is fed by pellets too.
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:52 AM   #37
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Anyone mess with the Z grills?

Lots of good reviews
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Old 04-26-2021, 12:38 PM   #38
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Pit Boss Austin XL. They run about $500
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Old 07-09-2021, 04:43 PM   #39
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How many of yall have a wifi pitboss that works? I was about to buy one till i saw all the negative reviews on them not connecting and not heating up very fast.
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Old 07-09-2021, 04:49 PM   #40
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I've tried them all and you can't go wrong with the Cuisinart or Pit Boss pellet grills at Walmart but the best pellet smoker for the $$ is the Even Embers pellet smoker sold at Tractor Supply for $299. It's actually thicker and heavier than the Pit Boss smoker and $100 less and very highly rated:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...t-smoker-grill
I caught one of these on sale for $249 and snagged it for the deer lease. Haven't had a chance to take it down and use it yet. Looking forward to trying it
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Old 07-09-2021, 04:54 PM   #41
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Recteq. Get the RT700.

Tad over 500 but well worth it.
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Old 07-09-2021, 05:14 PM   #42
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Anyone mess with the Z grills?

Lots of good reviews

We have one and we love it

Have not had any real issues that make us hate it
The temp does not hold consistent but I donít really care
Only 5-7 degrees off from the setting we have it on

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Old 07-09-2021, 05:28 PM   #43
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Which z grill do you have? They are way higher rated on lowes and HD sites than the pit boss. I like the idea of the wifi control, just not sure i need it
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:40 PM   #44
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Find a good used green mountain grills I have 3 and not one has had an issue yet
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:51 PM   #45
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Wow no love to the Traeger? I can’t say how a Pit Boss or any others do since I’ve only had the one Traeger and not that long either, but it has been great. Super easy to use and makes smoking meat as easy as boiling water.
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:11 PM   #46
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Wow no love to the Traeger? I canít say how a Pit Boss or any others do since Iíve only had the one Traeger and not that long either, but it has been great. Super easy to use and makes smoking meat as easy as boiling water.
Show me a Traeger under $500 like the op was asking about. Never seen one that price.
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:15 PM   #47
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Show me a Traeger under $500 like the op was asking about. Never seen one that price.
You are correct. My bad on that one.
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Old 07-10-2021, 01:00 AM   #48
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Anyone mess with the Z grills?

Lots of good reviews

I bought a Z grills based off of the extremely high reviews. I've only had it a couple weeks but I've used it several times and I'm really happy with it. They supposedly were originally building grills for Traeger and decided to start making their own.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Z-GRILLS...002B/315044162

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Old 07-10-2021, 07:01 AM   #49
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I just got a traeger 780 pro, but it was 1,000 bucks. My buddy had some 40 percent off cards so i used one of those and it was right at 600 shipped to the house. Cant wait to use it
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Old 07-10-2021, 08:48 AM   #50
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I have a GMG Daniel Boone 4 years old no issues used around 30 cooks for sale or trade.250.00$ or trade for weber grill or some welding on my big pit
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