About a month ago, I decided that I would like to purchase a pellet grill and upgrade the ability to smoke food with a fire fueled by wood. Currently, I have an MES 30 which really for me has done a very nice job, but after visiting this forum and listening to the feedback on results, I was hoping to not only raise the level of my skillset but also the quality. When I started to investigate the alternatives in the marketplace based upon price and performance, I found that there were quite a few products that would fit the criteria that I had established. And, after the first few days of looking, I picked a product that I thought would do the job. However, I said to my self: self don't you think that you should really dig deeper and listen to a diverse group of people who already have picked a pellet grill and find out about their experiences? So I did that and I narrowed my search to three outstanding manufacturers: Rec Tec, Blaz n Grill, and Yoder. After this was done, I proceeded to have some discussion with the manufacturers who were kind enough to answer my questions. Just a note, all of these manufacturers provided a sincere interest in my success and from what I have read provide excellent customer service.
So yesterday, I made a decision and ordered a Yoder YS480 with a second shelf, port for running external probes, and the direct grill option. From the beginning of my process of investigation, I originally had picked Yoder as the manufacturer. With further investigation, I then picked Rec Tec. Then I was swayed by Blaz n Grill and had them as number one. Then I came back to Rec Tec. And, lastly, on Wednesday evening I decided to go with Yoder. It is funny because my first instinct was to go with Yoder.
While doing this investigation, I saw things that Rec Tec and Blaz n Grill had that Yoder did not and that is the beauty of free enterprise and a competitive market. As I stated earlier, all three are outstanding.
So I came full circle right back where I started four weeks ago. Please do not misinterpret my comments. I do think that it is highly worthwhile to investigate a marketplace for alternatives if not to affirm that your conviction that the first choice is the correct choice for you. I could have easily gone with the Rec Tec anywhere along this process if I was so inclined to make that decision a week ago. And, I am convinced that choosing a Rec Tec or a Blaz n Grill or a Yoder or a GMG Daniel Boone is a decision that you will not regret.
I am told that my grill will be here sometime next week as it is shipping today. With a little anticipation and also excitement, if a 70 year old guy can get excited anymore, I am eager to venture into a new level of smoking and grilling.
With kind regards,