I'm looking into buying a pellet smoker for myself this Holliday.
what I am looking for is a pellet I can do some low and slo smokin and some high temp steak cookin.
I would say temps from 250 to 450+ would work.
I'm a fairly new owner of the CG Pellet Smoker from Lowes. Mine was $450 at the time and I opted for the extended 3 year Lowes warranty (circuit board COULD go sideways) for $40 bucks that kicks in after the 1 year Mfg warranty. Picked up locally so no S&H. So far, very happy with performance on long smokes. It also has a large cooking surface compared to a Traeger at half the price. If I want seared burgers or steaks I just use the charcoal grill. I also have an electric smoker so have the bases covered I think. IMO it's hard to expect one unit to do ALL things well at an affordable price. I'm glad I added the pellet smoker to the mix though......HTH, Willie
I think Chef Willie gave you the best advice. I currently own a Rec Tec and a Bradley smoker. The Rec Tec will sear but not really effectively. I also own a gas as well as charcoal grill that I use for searing. I'll even smoke 1/2 chickens and before bringing inside will place them on the charcoal grill to chrisp up the skin and add another layer of flavor to the bird.
Two of my good friends cook on pellet grills (one has a Mak and one has a Traeger) so I decided to take the plunge a couple months ago to get a pellet grill I did an enormous amount of research and finally went with a GMG Daniel Boone. Dollar for dollar it is absolutely the best deal out there. Here's my reasoning why I went with GMG.
Digital temp control is just vastly superior to the Trager. I have pure control from 150-500 degrees. My buddy with the Traeger has far less control over his temps. I can get to 500 degrees, he can't. I can control mine by 5 degree increments and he can't. He also mentioned something about the fact that after 375, it will just jump to 425 and he has no way of regulating it between those two temp ranges. There's also just a clear cut difference in the quality of the grills with the little things. GMG has built in temp probe, nicer wheels, low pellet alarm, wifi, etc...
Certainly the Yoder and Mak are built with better quality steel and also have a better warranty. They also have some minor things that are better than the GMG. If they were equivalent price, I would buy one of them. I just couldn't find much other than they are built better and have a better warranty to justify spending another $700+ for either.
Hope that helps :)
Hmmmm, I priced out the MAK's and it was outside my budget but I gave it a hard look. Made up here in the PNW by Americans and my understanding is is it's a top notch set-up. I believe NEPAS has one and, again, my understanding is it's all good. Perhaps a PM to him for a personal response on performance? I personally would go with Rec Tec over GMG after seeing GMG's on display....again, my opinion only. If you can get a MAK for the same as a RT, I'd go that route......best of luck with the decision......Willie