I purchased my Lil Tex Elite at a Costco Roadshow a year ago. I use it constantly. My grandson cannot wait to come to "Papa's Restaurant", a name he made up. He said he gets the best food ever at Papa's. He was asked to choose a place to go for his 7th birthday dinner a few weeks ago and he said, "Papa's". When told that he should pick a restaurant, he said there is no restaurant that has food as good as Papa's. (He's right)
I am getting a greasy drip line on my deck all along the front side of the grill. I called Traeger and they told me that I should use over cleaner about evey 10 smoking sessions to prevent this. That's frustrating because my Traeger is on my deck and I cannot get it to the grassy area; that's where he said to clean it by spraying it with oven cleaner and hosing it off. I am having second thoughts about my purchase, though I love the food that comes off of the grill. I did not envision this type of maintenance. It also seems to me that using chemicals in the grill and getting water in there is not a good idea, and I don't want it on my deck.
The best move I've made since getting it is the purchase of a temperature probe with a remote. No more guessing on medium-rare. It's perfect each time. IMHO, it should be standard gear, but what do I know. Until I found this forum, it was trial & error cooking. Everyone may already have one or may have the good old doneness instincts that I lack. lol
Thanks to all for sharing so much great stuff!