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What pellet smoker to get ???
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Hey all, going to take the plunge and get a pellet smoker, just wondering if ya'll had some suggestions on which one to get ?? Been looking pretty hard at the pellet pro smoker for $650, regular price was $1,000. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and keep smokin !!
Where'd you see the deal? That is a very very good deal, especially if you are talking about the 969 sq inch model.
Smoking, oh ok i didn't know they had a EBAY store...what ever you way go both great grills imo. It all has to do with what you want in a grill. I did a lot of research into the controllers and the cold smoke setting on the pellet pro is way cool along with the squared lids to fit bigger items such as really big turkeys.
Me, i just want a plug and play version of the uds smoker to go along with my regular uds smoker, $ 360 for a pellet cooker and that controller is perfect for my needs. Basically it's a Pellet Pro Hopper/controller to fit a standard 55 gallon drum.
Well, to me, the Traeger/Rec Tek/GMG/Pellet Pro are pretty much the same machine. They look the same, sound the same, cook the same, they seem to only have some minor tweaks and controller differences between the lines. I would consider that your first tier and price range of options.
Then you get into MAK, Yoder, Fast Eddy's, maybe a few others. These seem to take it up a level but cost a bit more.
I started with a Traeger, it lasted a few weeks. Great smokes but I wanted more space, something bigger. I sold it and ordered a Yoder, I'm waiting for it to arrive still.
I'm biased to Yoder now because it's what I went with, so I think it's the best choice for the money. You will need to see what's best for you, here to answer any questions I can though.
RecTec and Traeger the same? You may have not seen the RecTec in person then. I own a traeger and neighbor has a RecTec and there is no way I would buy another traeger when I can get the RT about the same cost. Lots better smoke flavor, PID temp controller is steady as can be, more room, and built like a tank. And RecTec is really making good deals by throwing in nice accessories.
Not the same name, but pretty similar in construction (shape, layout), sound, temps lows/highs), that's what I meant. Not trying to imply they are the same manufacturer. They do seem to have a great deal in common, from what I've seen. Good to hear you have more real world differences that you can see. Something I may not be able to see online.
It should be here this week. On paper, in video, looks like a champ.
Rec Tek is made in china but QC'd here. Similar to Traeger and GMG. Not sure on the Louisiana, the Yoder is US made. If that matters you are going to pay a slight premium for the USA made product. The china stuff is fine, works okay, but not sure how many years you can get out of one. I wanted to buy one unit and have it last ages, the Yoder seemed the best bet for that with my climate and needs (all four seasons here in Kansas City, MO). MAK is also USA made. The china grills are fine, they will work well, but the USA units seem more robust but at a premium (which I'm okay with).
I love the concept of smoking with pellet grills but when it comes to grilling on one i have a hard time dealing with burning so many expensive food grade pellets to achieve those temps when charcoal will do it much better for pennies. When a buddy of mine got his pellet cooker the first thing he said is that he had to get a good charcoal grill also...couldn't agree more, they make a good pair.
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I have had my Yoder 640 for a month or so now and I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a good pellet smoker. The thing is really amazing and simple to use. Everything that comes off it is fantastic. If you use the Yoder, the maverick 732 and the recipes from this board you can't really go wrong.