Hello everyone. I'm decided to dip my toe in the pellet smoker world so I'm in the market for a pellet smoker. After doing some research and taking my budget into consideration i'm trying to decide between the rec tec & the yoder y640. The yoder is a "little" bit more money. I just called my closest local yoder deal ~2.5 hours away and it looks like the Y640 is going for $1299. + Tax Thats not much more than the rec tec (if you have it shipped). The question still having it shipped will be worth the cost they are asking to ship it (225). I asked him if it would fit in little prius (he said he used to have one) and he doubts it will which means i'll have to borrow my fathers truck and when you take into account gas/time
It doesn't seem like anything will be built like the yoder :). It seems like its a tank (eventhough i haven't seen one in person). And i like that its built in the US. One thing i heard awhile back is that the yoders seem to burn a lot o fuel though i don't know how true this is. I also like it has a max of 600F.
From what i've read the Rec Tec while not as well built as the yoder still is very well built. I really do like the 6 year warranty. Also if i buy it through amazon i can use my amazon store card to get financing :). While the design of the rec tec is similar to Traeger hopefully it doesn't come with the problems (built in the same factory wtih a different paint).
Ok my final concern is about pellet grils in general is fuel cost. There is one local place i can find pellets (traeger) which sell for about $17 for a 20 pound bag. The question is how long, in general, does a 20 pound bag last you. I know it depends on what temp your cooking at and ect.. but i'm just saying in general. I've also heard for high temp grilling 450 & above you don't get much smoke flavor out of a pellet grill which i think means you might as well grilled it on a gas grill :).
anyways any help and advice would be appreciated...