Hello everyone, been lurking here for a little while and finally decided to join in on the fun and post a thread with some questions. I am in the market for a pellet smoker, my fiance's brother in law owns a traeger lil texas and really enjoy's it. I went to costco the other day and they were doing their roadshow and i saw the model that they sell specifically for costco members, its the lil texas but adds a storage compartment for 699 with free cover.
I decided to come home and research since i was sure there were other pellet smokers out there, i wanted to see what options that i had. I read about a few that I am considering more than the traeger now but I still like the traeger. Here is what i found:
Green mountain Grill Daniel Boone -the new model has wifi controller and i think that is pretty awesome. I live here in Arizona so having the ability to control the grill from inside my house when it is 120 outside is pretty sweet. I also like the fact with the wifi controller you can set up specific cooking profiles for anything you plan to cook, to me this is a great feature. It also seems that GMG is more higher quality than Traeger, but I personally have only seen and felt both grills, never used one.
Blaz'n Grill Works - Grand Slam - This one is made in the USA, and it apparently is higher quality than GMG or Traeger grills. Their website is pretty lack luster and i cant even see if there are any dealers near my area. I like some of the features on this grill such as easy empty ash box and the addition of the front tray and inside shelf for no added cost. Sadly no prices listed for this specific one so i dont even know if it is within my budget.
it is just me and the fiance, so a smaller grill will work for us. Our budget is around 800 but will consider going higher for quality and features. So far my pick is the GMG daniel boone, but is there any others out there i should consider within my budget? Also what are your all's options on the options I have listed?