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Old 12-05-2008, 05:27 AM
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Treager Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker

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Anyone have one of these? How do you like it?
I'm thinking this will be a new addition to my patio this spring but i wanted to get some opinions from anyone who knows anything about them.
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Maybe it's just me Clay but I prefer a regular wood fired smoker. I've had mine for years and it just works. One thing I would like to do though is make a removable gas burner. Once I smoke the heck out of something for a couple of hours it doesn't need anymore smoke, just needs to sit around 225 for another 4 to 6 hours. A removable gas burner in the fire box would take care of that. I just get tired of tending it with charcoal for hours after it's already well smoked.

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Well...... since they are made here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, you knew I'd have to chime in!!!!

I personally don't have one (prefer fire grilling) but probably 50% of the people I know do have one. They absolutely love them!!!!! You can even cook your take and bake pizza on them! And my brother Brian takes his camping (little gen to run it).

The only and I mean only issue I have ever heard of was an issue with the auger (sp) and that is only from one person. But the customer service of Traeger is awesome and the problem was resolved quickly!

I'd even say you wouldn't have to wait till Spring, up here in the NW, Traegers and grills are used year-round.
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Well...... since they are made here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, you knew I'd have to chime in!!!!

I personally don't have one (prefer fire grilling) but probably 50% of the people I know do have one. They absolutely love them!!!!! You can even cook your take and bake pizza on them! And my brother Brian takes his camping (little gen to run it).

The only and I mean only issue I have ever heard of was an issue with the auger (sp) and that is only from one person. But the customer service of Traeger is awesome and the problem was resolved quickly!

I'd even say you wouldn't have to wait till Spring, up here in the NW, Traegers and grills are used year-round.

Good to hear. Thats what i was looking for.
I would have to wait till spring because of the price tag on these gewels. The texas elite model is what i'm eyeballin and its 1,100 bucks!
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Maybe it's just me Clay but I prefer a regular wood fired smoker. I've had mine for years and it just works. One thing I would like to do though is make a removable gas burner. Once I smoke the heck out of something for a couple of hours it doesn't need anymore smoke, just needs to sit around 225 for another 4 to 6 hours. A removable gas burner in the fire box would take care of that. I just get tired of tending it with charcoal for hours after it's already well smoked.

Ken....
This is real wood - it just comes in a bag rather than having to cut it, cure it, split it,.... I heat my house with a pellet stove - oak pellets - also just put a pettel stove in my shop so i am sold on the idea for that. The beauty i can see with this as a smoker, it has a temp coltrol so you set it at 200 or whatever temp you want to smoke at and leav it. My wood smoker has to me babysat and that is a pain sometimes.
I absolutely love cooking on wood...burgers steaks, brauts...etc. But i detest having to build the fire and wait for it to burn down to a good coal bed for grilling. I stopped buying charcoal and will not use propane - no flavor at all - so i'm thinking this would be the best of both world...the speed of a propane grill to start and the wood cooked flavor i love. Theres nothing better than a good ribeye steak cooked with Oak or Pecan.
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Is it the lil tex elite? They do have a rebate going right now and one of the stores here always has sales like $200 off. Let me know exactly which one and maybe I can keep a lookout for ya. Shipping might be a bit, but might be a lot less than you'd spend buying down there.
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yes thats the one. Lil tex elite. I havent seen prices here local yet - Ace true value hardware carries them so i will go look this weekend i think but i just saw a few internet retailers prices. It seems they sell an add on digital temperature adjustment control for like 110 bucks and that would be a must have. And a grill cover...i saw a package deal for all this and it was like 1100.00...shipping was 75 bucks to anywhere in the US.
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That one doesnt say if it has the digital temp controler.

Heres a bundle pack for right at 1000 bucks.
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I looked into one of those. For the price, I stayed away.

The *BEST* small smoker I've purchased for doing hams/ribs is this.

The Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series Propane Gas Smoker

It only uses a corner of my porch and doesn't use up all of my hickory or apple wood! It can keep a constant 200-225 degrees. I think the model I bought is a bit larger.
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