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Old 09-08-2021, 06:21 AM   #1
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I am close to jumping on the pellet smoker wagon. Is Treager or Rectec really worth the coin compared to Pit Boss and other cheaper brands? What options should I be comparing? I have done most of my smoking in side firebox pits and in the last few years the Ugly Drum Smoker has been my fav just because its as close a set it forget it type smoker I could build/buy at the time. Ribs, brisket, pork butts are my typical smoker items
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:24 AM   #2
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Buy once, cry once....Yoder.
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:29 AM   #3
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I have a Louisiana Pellet grill and a Camp Chef Woodwind 36.

I went back and forth between the RecTec and the Woodwind before deciding on the Woodwind. The Woodwind has a optional side-mounted Sidekick sear/grill station that works remarkably well. I converted the Sidekick station to Natural Gas and use it for reverse searing steaks, burgers, etc. You can swap out the grill/sear box for a pizza oven or griddle as well.

If I had to pick between the Traeger or RecTec I would go with the RecTec.
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:33 AM   #4
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I got the RecTec and love it. But I don't have any experience with anything else.
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:34 AM   #5
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The premium brands are Pitts & Spitts, Rec Tec and Yoder. These are built to be lifetime units and are very heavy duty.

All of the others I have looked at are cheaper, thinner metal and most canít get the temperature high enough to sear. Also watching YouTube some of the other units do not have tight temperature control like the premium models. Iíve seen temp swings as high as 25į on some. Again I can only speak for what I own but the temp never swings more than 2-3į.

My P&S will get the chamber temp to 600į. Not sure about RT & Yoder.

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Old 09-08-2021, 07:07 AM   #6
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Pitts and Spitts is the cats meow.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:19 AM   #7
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The premium brands are Pitts & Spitts, Rec Tec and Yoder. These are built to be lifetime units and are very heavy duty.

All of the others I have looked at are cheaper, thinner metal and most canít get the temperature high enough to sear. Also watching YouTube some of the other units do not have tight temperature control like the premium models. Iíve seen temp swings as high as 25į on some. Again I can only speak for what I own but the temp never swings more than 2-3į.

My P&S will get the chamber temp to 600į. Not sure about RT & Yoder.

Quality of pellets used makes a huge difference as well.


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Old 09-08-2021, 07:21 AM   #8
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I have a green mountain, no complaints sofar. It has no problem getting high temps to sear.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:23 AM   #9
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The premium brands are Pitts & Spitts, Rec Tec and Yoder. These are built to be lifetime units and are very heavy duty.

All of the others I have looked at are cheaper, thinner metal and most canít get the temperature high enough to sear. Also watching YouTube some of the other units do not have tight temperature control like the premium models. Iíve seen temp swings as high as 25į on some. Again I can only speak for what I own but the temp never swings more than 2-3į.

My P&S will get the chamber temp to 600į. Not sure about RT & Yoder.

Quality of pellets used makes a huge difference as well.


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Valid points. My Yoder Iíve gotten to 600-625 before. Iím sure all those you mentioned are around the same with ability to get high temps.

Iíve been a fan of B&B competition pellets
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:29 AM   #10
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I love my Pit Boss. Has the newer controller and WiFi. Have no complaints yet. Will dead a steak or fajitas with no problem with the sear plate open. For $400 on sale, I will take it over the other brands. I went inexpensive the first one as I didn’t know if I would really like cooking on a pellet smoker. May spend a little more next time.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:31 AM   #11
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I have no experience with other pellet smokers, but I love my Rectec 700. Holds 40lbs of pellets. Is very heavy duty
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:32 AM   #12
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:37 AM   #13
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They are all pretty much the same when it comes to burning and smoking pellets.
I have a couple of old traegers. They are cheap and easy to get parts for and repair.
I’m actually on the hunt for another one as we speak.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:45 AM   #14
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I have a GMG Daniel Boone and so far it's been great. I will say GMG is middle of the line when it comes to pellet smokers. Quality of pellets and maintenance go a long way in how your grill performs.

I've mostly used Lumberjack pellets and have had great success with them. I recently tried B&B as I had a hard time finding Lumberjack pellets recently and so far they've been good as well.

Just like a charcoal grill you'll have to clean/vacuum out the chamber, and check for grease to prevent grease fires. Also need to make sure the temp. sensor is clean too as that can be the cause of temp swings.

Overall it's been a great investment, especially during the summer time as I don't have to mess with a fire in 100+ degree temps. I can monitor the temps from my phone inside the AC. I tell people I like the pure laziness of it as it's a set it and forget it type thing.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:58 AM   #15
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:59 AM   #16
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I have a Rec Teq 700, and love it. My neighbor has a Traeger and wishes he had a rec teq.
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:25 AM   #17
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Rec Tec. I have the 590 and my only regret is not getting a bigger one. We use it a LOT.
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:33 AM   #18
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:35 AM   #19
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Iíve got three pit boss. 5 year warranty. Found the Austin XL model on sale at Walmart last week for $250. Couldnít pass it up


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Old 09-08-2021, 08:47 AM   #20
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My wife bought me a Traeger 22 Pro Series in July for my birthday.
It is my first pellet smoker so I can't speak from a lot of experience but I like it a lot. It does not have the WiFi Nd Bluetooth but I am fine with that. She paid $550 for it.

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Old 09-08-2021, 09:00 AM   #21
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I started with a Green Mountain because I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the $2000 plus for a P&S or Yoder. After about 18 months I ended up buying a Yoder anyway. I looked at the P&S and the Yoder.

The things that sold me on the Yoder was that it was not welded to the cart, so I could put it in an outdoor kitchen if I wanted, and it had a trap door so that you could direct sear steaks and burgers. It's really nice to smoke the steaks close to temp, then lift off the trap door and get a good sear from the direct flame to get that perfect char on it. I don't think you can go with with either of those 2.

My Green Mountain is for sale. I thought I was going to take it to the ranch, but I'm not going to be smoking a brisket at the ranch. I can always cook it here and take it with me to heat up down there.
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Old 09-08-2021, 09:09 AM   #22
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I got the RecTec and love it. But I don't have any experience with anything else.
^^^ I was where you are a month ago. I chose the RecTeq 590. It is a substantial unit that I believe will last a long time. Two things pushed me to RecTeq over Traeger - the 5-yr RecTeq warranty and their customer service. I've contacted them 3 times and their response had been quick and helpful. We had a power blip and I couldn't get my grill reconnected to Wifi. They called me back at 7 pm and walked me through it. I'm impressed and the ribs and steak have been superb. Hoping to cook a pork butt and some chicken soon. It is the smaller unit but I did 6 ribeyes on it and 3 racks of ribs another time. It will do 2 turkeys which I will so enjoy at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I'm certain the >$1K units people buy would be awesome, they were just not in my budget.
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Old 09-08-2021, 02:34 PM   #23
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The premium brands are Pitts & Spitts, Rec Tec and Yoder. These are built to be lifetime units and are very heavy duty.

All of the others I have looked at are cheaper, thinner metal and most canít get the temperature high enough to sear. Also watching YouTube some of the other units do not have tight temperature control like the premium models. Iíve seen temp swings as high as 25į on some. Again I can only speak for what I own but the temp never swings more than 2-3į.

My P&S will get the chamber temp to 600į. Not sure about RT & Yoder.

Quality of pellets used makes a huge difference as well.


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You can't go wrong with any of the 3 mentioned here.
I have the Recteq 700 and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have never had mine over 565 degrees, but haven't tried to push it past that either...

Recteq now has a 1250 that will supposedly reach up to 700 degrees.
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Old 09-08-2021, 02:38 PM   #24
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Rec tec and don’t look back.
I had a camp chef. Now have a rec tec 700 and it’s a MUCH better grill
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Old 09-08-2021, 03:28 PM   #25
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Pit boss with the sliding grate for cooking steaks.
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Old 09-08-2021, 03:33 PM   #26
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I bought my Yoder in 2017 and it hasn't had a single issue. I would buy another in a heartbeat (but don't see why I would ever have to)
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Old 09-08-2021, 03:35 PM   #27
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Lone star grillz just released one, they make an awesome product!
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:49 PM   #28
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I started off with a pitboss, and it worked ok for the price. I have since upgraded to the Rec Tec 700 and love it. The rec Tec hold temps spot on vs 75 degree temp swings with the pitboss. Rec Tec is also build much much better and the customer service is amazing. I have a couple buddies with treager. I will say this, the only thing a treager and Rec Tec have in common is price, other than that the treager is just like a cheap pitboss. All that being said if your not wanting to spend the coin for a premium grill my old pitboss still puts out good food at the ranch where it’s new home is.
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:51 PM   #29
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:19 PM   #30
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This is my Rec Tec 590 with a 18 lb. brisket. Works great for the last 1.5 years.

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I’m in the Yoder club, buy once and cry once. I had a Pitboss and it was ok but it started falling apart after 3 years of use so I upgraded. Wish I would have just spent the money the first time around but I tried to save a few bucks and it actually ended up costing me money.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:23 PM   #32
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RecTec 700…..6 year warranty
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2300 and 2700 is a lot of money, but looks like a great grill..
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Old 09-09-2021, 01:10 PM   #34
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Lone Star Grillz new pellet grill looks sweettttt. They aren't cheap, but they're built like a tank.
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Old 09-09-2021, 01:57 PM   #35
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I started with a Green Mountain because I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the $2000 plus for a P&S or Yoder. After about 18 months I ended up buying a Yoder anyway. I looked at the P&S and the Yoder.

The things that sold me on the Yoder was that it was not welded to the cart, so I could put it in an outdoor kitchen if I wanted, and it had a trap door so that you could direct sear steaks and burgers. It's really nice to smoke the steaks close to temp, then lift off the trap door and get a good sear from the direct flame to get that perfect char on it. I don't think you can go with with either of those 2.

My Green Mountain is for sale. I thought I was going to take it to the ranch, but I'm not going to be smoking a brisket at the ranch. I can always cook it here and take it with me to heat up down there.

FWIW you can get a trap door drip tray with the Pitts & Spitts. Thatís what I have in mine for the same reason you mentioned.


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Old 09-09-2021, 01:59 PM   #36
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I love my Pit Boss Pro Series. I am sure the way more money ones are better quality but this one is just fine.
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:02 PM   #37
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Any fans of the Camp Chef? Thinking of getting the woodwind 36; I like the side accessories a lot such as the added burner and pizza oven.
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Any fans of the Camp Chef? Thinking of getting the woodwind 36; I like the side accessories a lot such as the added burner and pizza oven.
Thats what I went with and like it thus far.

I have read on some bbq forums that some have had success attaching the sidekick to other brand pellet smokers.
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Any fans of the Camp Chef? Thinking of getting the woodwind 36; I like the side accessories a lot such as the added burner and pizza oven.
I have the woodind 24 and really like it. I use it at least once a week. No complaints.
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:48 PM   #41
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Just purchased the Pitboss Platinum Laredo 1000. I had the Cabela's pellet grill for the last 3 years and had a lot of issues. Mainly because I did not treat it well.
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:14 AM   #42
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That wasnít available yet when I bought mine, or atleast I couldnít find any info about it.
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:59 AM   #43
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I will offer up some input as I have some experience with a couple of the brands. I too was in your shoes 18 months ago, did a lot of research and cooked on several, looked at some used models and went with the RecTec 700 for several reasons. One thing I think is important is good WIFI at your house so consider that point for sure. My 700 will stayed hooked up all the time and I can start it from anywhere and adjust temps with a few swipes on my phone, plus track all my cooks with the two probes. I do like there are no extra steps if the power or internet goes out, it reconnects by itself once restored.

I fell the RecTec is a lifetime unit from what I have seen in 18 months and a lot of cooking, easy clean up and easy to operate and holds a lot of pellets, some cookers only hold 18-20# and at 1.1-1.5# burn rate per hour, you might need to refill. I like the fact I can turn it on remotely, monitor it and basically cook from afar and not have to babysit it and worry if it's doing its' job. I have no reservations of putting meat on and cooking overnight without checking it. The smoker works as advertised.

I spent time on a Yoder as well, a cooking buddy has one and I was able to use it quite a bit. It too is well built but his and the one I looked at used (very little use) was already having paint chipping and flaking off and they include a can of touch up paint with the purchase. I did not like the damper system on it for smoke control, just seemed to be in the way and would not work well in my set up. Also, his Yoder has a lot of trouble re-establishing connections when power or internet is interrupted. He has tried to remedy that to no avail.

I looked hard at the Pitts & Spitts but one issue was the thickness of the metal and I explained my theory in another post about it being a heat sink. It is very well built but pricey for sure.

One thing I will add is that I have no use for a smoker to get over 350 degrees for any of my cooking. I use it as a smoker, not a sear type grill. I have cast iron for steaks and a Primo XL for charcoal. I rarely even get it up to 325, it usually sits at 225-250.

If you are looking at the RecTec, I would advise the 700 over the 590, even for a small family. I initially was going to purchase the 590 and bit the bullet on the 700 as I knew I would use the extra space and I am very glad I did. Also, If you go RecTec, there is a guy building extra racks that slide out that are pretty nice and simple to install. The only other advice I would give is to make sure you have a dedicated space, out of the weather to store it due to the electronics and pellets. I keep mine on a patio with no issues, it has a dedicated space and plug. I don't think any of these grills with this level of electronics and controllers fare well in the weather.
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Old 09-10-2021, 01:14 PM   #44
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I have had Masterbuilt, Bradley and Green Mountain Grill. When I bought my Green Mountain Grill, I chose it after reading many Traeger comparisons. That being said, I always had trouble with quality construction and terrible temp control. I ended up either setting them on the curb or selling them. I bought a RecTeq Bully 700 last summer and added a Recteq Bullseye, 380 a few months ago. BY FAR, my best choices ever! Putting it together, I was impressed each step of the way with the quality and thought that went in to it. Temp control is bullet proof , making each cook perfect and easy. My only regret is that I didn’t buy one sooner! Highly recommend and a customer for life! If you are a Facebooker, do a search there for some of the Rec Teq groups and you will find very active groups for input and recipes.
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Old 09-10-2021, 04:49 PM   #45
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Cool.....a thread I havent seen before.
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Actually have the Rectec (before the "q") RT-700 Bull, on the competition cart with the smoke box and it is AWESOME! I can do everything from smoking butter and cheese at 180, to cranking it up to 225 for three pork shoulders and two serious briskets- at the same time. Lots of real estate on that sucker.

Personally, I'm not sold on it's ability to sear meat (burgers or steaks), and I have the searing grates, but I honestly don't think there's a pellet smoker replacement for a good old fashioned gas (or charcoal) grill for searing steaks or burgers.

I do like to throw some ribeyes on the rectec for about 90 mins at the lowest super smoke setting before finishing with a nice sear on a hot gas Weber.

Controlling/monitoring my cook from work through the wifi is righteous too.

YMMV, but I don't think you can do better than the Rectec(q).
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Actually have the Rectec (before the "q") RT-700 Bull, on the competition cart with the smoke box and it is AWESOME! I can do everything from smoking butter and cheese at 180, to cranking it up to 225 for three pork shoulders and two serious briskets- at the same time. Lots of real estate on that sucker.

Personally, I'm not sold on it's ability to sear meat (burgers or steaks), and I have the searing grates, but I honestly don't think there's a pellet smoker replacement for a good old fashioned gas (or charcoal) grill for searing steaks or burgers.

I do like to throw some ribeyes on the rectec for about 90 mins at the lowest super smoke setting before finishing with a nice sear on a hot gas Weber.

Controlling/monitoring my cook from work through the wifi is righteous too.

YMMV, but I don't think you can do better than the Rectec(q).
We havenít been a fan of the reverse sear, but I havenít tried it the way you mentioned.
However, cooking them fast (>530į) on the grill grates have been awesome.
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:38 AM   #49
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My traeger has been smoking strong for over 3 years now. If I were to buy another Iíd go with a lone star grillz pellet smoker. Family owned and operated around the Conroe area and can ship anywhere.
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