traeger has lots of problems, bad corporate philosophy, bad customer service, poor temp control, on n on. reading old posts here, i saw many complaints about lack of smoke taste too. this has been bothering me. i paid $400 to get smoke taste n wasn't getting it. i finally got todd's tube n filled it with his hickory pellets. got it going with a charcoal starter cube because i couldn't get the torch to work. when it was going good i put it in the traeger at around 180 with some chicken thighs i got on sale. i started low to test the tube. WOW! BEST CHICKEN EVER ! this was my 27th smoke n the very first one that gave me what i wanted. real smoke flavor. if you are unfortunate enow to own a traeger, you need to get a tube right now. the difference in taste is like night n day.