I live in Toronto, Canada and I've decided to try my hand at some real BBQ and have settled on a pellet smoker.
My local hardware store and a large BBQ store near my work both sell Traeger. I was looking at the Deluxe model since my wife gave it an OK based on looks. I was about to buy this unit for $1,300. All the dealer was willing to do was throw in one bag of pellets and a generic cover.
My issue is that I've heard that since they moved manufacturing to China, the build quality has gone down. Also, when I read Blogs people rant and rave about their MAK smokers. The price online for a MAK 1-star was just over $1,000. I'm just worried that if something goes wrong with a MAK, where would I turn for help as there are no dealers in Canada that I can see.
Any suggestions? I'll looking to smoke lots of chicken, ribs, brisket and veggies. I have NG 5 year old webber to cook steaks, so I don't need it for high temp cooking. Thanks in advance.