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post #101 of 109
Seasoned it today and played with temps. Need to be patient while waiting for temp to come down after pellets ignite. But held temp very well. Assembly was a breeze.
post #102 of 109

I see today they have it for $399 {5/18/16} I'm get one and maybe get rid of the  Masterbuild..

post #103 of 109
Been reading a lot of these posts and I am considering buying one. i currently do all of my smoking on a Webber kettle with good success. Our gas grill recently bit the dust and I was considering one of these as a replacemenT. I have used my neighbors Transfer occassionally not enuff to truly rate it. Does the temp overshoot that many have mentioned is that a characteristic of the Transfer as well?

How common is the auger problems some have mentioned? Menards currently has it on sale for $399 and I was thinking about pulling the trigger. Or should I pay the extra for the Teager?
post #104 of 109
I just purchased a 820d. The setup was easy. Just finished the first burn. Thinking about doing a chicken for first pass so I don't screw up anything too expensive. First time smoking and this thread really helped me make my mind up on which to get
post #105 of 109
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Originally Posted by Ron Burgundy View Post

So I would guess nobody has used the pellets yet either?  I'll be giving them a shot.  $20 for 40 lbs.
I used the pit boss competition blend and really enjoy them. Stay away from traeger pellets....they are junk.
post #106 of 109
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Originally Posted by SN95GT50 View Post

Been reading a lot of these posts and I am considering buying one. i currently do all of my smoking on a Webber kettle with good success. Our gas grill recently bit the dust and I was considering one of these as a replacemenT. I have used my neighbors Transfer occassionally not enuff to truly rate it. Does the temp overshoot that many have mentioned is that a characteristic of the Transfer as well?

How common is the auger problems some have mentioned? Menards currently has it on sale for $399 and I was thinking about pulling the trigger. Or should I pay the extra for the Teager?
I wouldn't buy a traeger. My dad has one. The first year he had it he replaced the fan twice. I don't think the quality is quite there.
post #107 of 109
I've used the competition pellets and the Apple both are excellent. The price is also superb 21.40 for 40#s is great. Traeger pellets are 18.99 for 20 #s. I have the hickory but haven't used them yet. I have a 20 gallon shop vac and an old 6 gallon one. I have a new filter I'm going to put in the small vac and use it exclusively for changing the flavors of the pellets. I've used 1 bag of competition blend and 1 Apple so far. I've got COPD and the set it and forget it is just what I needed. I've done chicken thighs breasts pork roasts pork ribs chops and my favorite smoked catfish. Haven't done any beef except cooking burgers on the open flame. I absolutely love this grill half the price of a comparably sized traeger.
post #108 of 109
I bought my Pit Boss in April from Rural King. It was the deluxe model for the same price Menards had the standard grill for. I picked up a bag of the competition blend pellets from Menards for a little over $20. I've been buying the Lumberjack brand pellets from Rural king, a 20# bag is $9.99 and I like the flavor. There is a learning curve but once you get it figured out it does a pretty good job. I enjoy that its a grill and a smoker and will never own anything else. When I'm grilling and I have time I like to smoke whatever I'm cooking first. I just leave it on the smoke setting on P4 for an hour or so then crank it up to 350 to finish it off. Best hamburgers, pork chops, chicken I've ever cooked. I smoked a 10.5 lb brisket on P2 setting which hovered around 200. Took about 17 hours but was worth it!
The only issue I've had is that the screws holding the legs on kept coming loose, even with the lock washers. I ended up getting 16 bolts that were 1/4-20, 1 inch long and 16 locknuts. I snugged them down nice and tight and will never have to worry about loose legs again.
I would recommend getting one of these smokers and play around with it and learn how to control the heat. Once you have it figured out you'll have a smoker/grill for years.
post #109 of 109
Have recently had some issues with my pit boss. The plate that the auger motor sits on was twisted and making some interesting sounds. And the board went at the same time. Have to give a big thanks to Susan at pit boss for the Tec support and very fast service on sending the new parts out!!! Within 4 days had the pit up and running!!
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