Know about Traegers reputation, has anyone used the Brinkmann from Home Depot ? Its $200 cheaper and seems quite similar. Any advice ? Worth the chance ?
I am not sure about either of these pellet grills I cannot speak for them. However, I own a Green Mountain Grill and I absolutely love it! As with all things you get what you pay for! I can highly recommend Green Mountain Grills. I have been putting out some tremendous food off of this baby! I would highly reccomend that you do yourself a favor and look into them if you are thinking of purchasing a pellet grill!
First off...I don't own a pellet smoker. What follows is my unqualified opinion:
It does look similar. However, the Brinkman name does not bring quality to mind. This could be another cheap knock off. Basically, they use inferior components or metal that looks the same but does not last nor act the same as their more expensive competitors. This is why Brinkman is branded "ECB" meaning "El Cheapo Brinkman."
If initial budget is the number one issue then consideration should be given to Brinkman, but if life time cost is considered you may want to shop around.
I have had no issues with the GMG It has been very easy to use and it controls the temperature very well, produces a great smoke! I honesty think it is the easiest smoker that I have ever used. You just set the temp and make sure the pellet hopper is filled...It truly is just that easy to use. The grill is great. I cannot speak for their customer service yet because I have not had to use it yet, but from what I have seen their customer service is excellent based on what I have seen on other forums. It is without a doubt a fun grill to use!
Traeger Pellet Grills are made in China, as well as Green Mountain Grills & Brinkman
The similarities kinda stop there!
IMHO...GMG has a higher quality controller and better quality control over production
For the few extra bucks, the GMG is a better buy
The Brinkman is poor quality at best, and may even sour you on using a pellet grill
The Traeger is good enough quality to get started, but will leave you wanting more features
I own a Traeger Texas(Clone) and immediately upgraded the controller & installed a rope seal on the lid.
It gets the job done, and I do not expect it to last forever
Lots of guys are disappointed at the lack of smoke flavor in their food.
Pellet Grills Do Not smoke like a traditional stick burner. As the pellets burn more efficiently, to produce heat, the produce less smoke. It's just the nature of the beast
Yes I have used the Uncle Jeds pellets made by Earth Sense Energy Systems in Dale, Wisconsin. They are a large Green Mountain Grill dealer here in northeastern Wisconsin. I have used their mesquite, hickory, and apple pellets and they are all wonderful. I have also used the Green Mountain pellets too. So far out of all the pellets that I have used I enjoy the apple pellets the most. They make a wonderful ham, are very excellent for smoking salmon and chicken too.
Todd, I actually dont have a pellet smoker yet. I have a cheap offset and made up my mind to get a pellet grill a while ago. Traeger is pretty well the only grill in abundance up here. I was looking at them but a Lil tex Elite is a $1000 in Ontario. My son is in a hockey tourney in Michigan in Oct so I started checking prices in the US. The same Traeger is only $650 !! The more I researched the forums though,the less inclined I was to buy Traeger, and the better GMG looked. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a GMG DB, and the dealer I've talked to sells the 28lb GMG pellets for $15. So I guess I'd be smart to fill my van with those.
The GMG pellets are oak based, says so on the website. The ones Todd sells are 100% whatever he says they are. I don't know if it matters much when burning them vs. using them to make smoke. Todd probably has some more insight on that subject.
My brother InLaw from Wisconsin owns a GMG grill. Do you know if any of your wonderful products will produce smoke inside the grill?
I can give Todd's pellets a big recommendation. Nothing like using 100% pellets. I own a Yoder YS 640 and have used Todd's new Tubular product with GREAT results. Don't see any reason it wouldn't work in the GMG.