Giving up on my Traeger

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by generalzod, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. generalzod

    generalzod Newbie

    I was hoping someone could help me out. I have been using a Traeger for a couple of years now but am completely fed up with the complete lack of smoke flavor in anything and everything I cook, so I am looking into buying a Masterbuilt electric. Can anyone tell me if it provides enough smoke? I hate to switch from a Traeger to another with the same issue.

  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't know much about the Traeger. But I know I love the Weber Smokey Mountain. In my opinion it's an easy to use smoker with a short learning curve and you get to use charcoal and wood.

    Be sure to stop into Roll Call and give yourself a proper introduction
  3. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Switching to an mes won't help you as the heat source is the same as your Traeger. You might want to try either a charcoal unit or a stick burner. Your choices will obviously depend on how much damage your wallet can handle.
  4. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What kind of pellets have you used? I'm told their oak is pretty light. Have you tried mixing in some hickory?
  5. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Have you given any thoughts about adding a smoke daddy to your pellet pooper?
  6. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    To address your original question, yes I get plenty of smoke flavor with my MES.
  7. generalzod

    generalzod Newbie

    I have used, pecan, mesquite, and apple. I have tried everything I can think of, including removing the drip pan just in case it was creating a dead-zone. Everything I have cooked turns out perfect smoke. No smoke ring or smoke flavor.

    I haven't looked into them. I'll do some research.

    Great! I'm going to continue looking into one. I'm not too concerned about the visual smoke-ring, so this seems like it might be my best bet.

    Also...I started out years ago on a stick burner and have considered going back, but I have to admit that I really like the convenience of my Traeger.
  8. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    I get plenty of smoke flavor from my MES. However, my brother gets very similar smoke flavor on his traeger. Smoked pizza from his traeger is one of my favorite things. Is it possible you got a bum unit that doesn't burn the pellets adequately? His on the high setting will put out enough smoke to clear us off the patio.
  9. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've got a smoke daddy installed on my MES and my masterbuilt gas smoker. If you need any info I'll be glad to help you out. From what I understand the Traeger works on the same principal as the smoke daddy. You aren't going to get the smoke ring with the traeger. If your food is coming out the way you want it.... I would check and make sure the smoke producing part of the traeger is working properly.
  10. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You could also try getting some 100% flavor wood pellets. The traeger brand pellets are a blend of fuel wood (oak) and flavor wood. There are sites where you can order pellets that are 100% hickory, cherry, etc.
  11. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hey General, I've been using a Traeger for 2 years and never had a problem getting a smoke ring or good smoke flavor with anything I've smoked. I've always gotten compliments from my smokes and the great taste. Here is a pic of a pork roast I did with apple pellets and it might be hard to tell by the pic but I had a good solid smoke ring more then 1/4 inch thick around the whole roast.

    Also, check out Flatbrokes thread and the smoke he's pttin out and the smoke ring on his tri-tip, here's the link:

    Talk to me and maybe I can help you out. Send me a pm with what you've been doing. I'd be more then glad to help you in any way I can.[​IMG]
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thta is something to try before you make the switch.
  13. As DaveNH and Rich said above.
    I get plenty of smoke flavor from my MES but I am sure there is a solution to what you want with what you have. Only difference in theory is you are using pellets as opposed to chips and chunks.
    I do like the MES for convenience, but I also like stick burners that I have used in the past.
    aka Rocky
  14. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would suggest trying for 100% wood. I prefer those very much over the Traeger pellets. Before anybody asks...I don't have any affiliations with Chris other than I have bought his pellets in the past.

    In terms of getting another smoker, you can never have too many! Keep the Traeger and get one you like. I added a Stumps after having a Traeger for about problems with the Traeger just wanted size and the ability to cook without electricity and storms will do that to you ;)
  15. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As Ronp and others have said, my MES 40" gives plenty of smoke flavor.

    However, you have a big investment in your Traeger, and from browsing on SMF there are several happy Traeger owners.

    • Did you call the Traeger Mfg and try to get help?
    I have had a Weber gas grill for 10 years, and called Weber twice for warranty parts. Each time I learned something new about my grill. Ask lots of questions.

    • As already mentioned, make sure everything is working correctly.

    • Do a search a Google search on Traeger, learn everything about your unit that you possibly can.

    Good Luck....
  16. cwb124

    cwb124 Newbie

    I've had my Traeger for over a year now and at times I have been frustrated with the lack of smoke flavor.

    Near my work we have a great BBQ place that serves fantastic brisket. That brisket has smoke flavor throughout every single morsel of every bite. The brisket on my Traeger has never even come close to that amount of smoke flavor and I don't understand why. I have thought about getting an "old school" charcoal smoker and giving that a try. If you look at the traeger forums you will find many people with the same complaint.

    I am very interested in trying those 100% pellets. I had NO idea Traeger pellets were half breed wood.
  17. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    is it pellet fueled? if so try BBQ'ERS DELIGHT pellets. good stuff!
  18. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm... hard to tell from here?
  19. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When yer at the mercy of the folks who make the machine, you risk being limited to their tastes. Get a charcoal burner and save the planet ;{)
  20. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why is that Rich? I have over 1,000 pics on photobucket that shows my smokes and they all are smoked and have good smoked flavors.

    How is the bourbon doing, buddy? Maybe you are not seeing clearly.
    Take care my friend.

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