Originally Posted by JTucker
I would like to jump in here as well. I do not want to highjack Quecop's thread, only add to it. I am also thinking about jumping up to a pellet smoker from an electric (MES). I too had heard about both Rec Tec and Yoder, but these are the only two I've heard about. It is worth asking...are there any other pellet smokers worth looking into, or are these two easily the top 2 brands?
There are certainly other brands worth looking into...there are many quality companies who build pellet smokers these days. IMO, I wouldn't say that Rec Tec and Yoder are necessarily the top 2 brands, although they are becoming very popular, and are both very good products. It kinda depends on how much money you're looking to spend. For less than a thousand to fifteen hundred dollars, there is a wide range of smokers including Traeger, Rec Tec, Yoder, Blaz'n Grillworks, Green Mtn. Grills, Louisiana Grills...I'm probably forgetting some, but these are the ones that come to mind.
If you're willing to spend more, there are some higher end grills that will offer some cool features not available in the above price range: Mak Grills, Fast Eddy By Cookshack, Memphis Grills, DreamWerks...again I'm probably forgetting some.