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post #21 of 31
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I would like to thank everyone that contributed to my question of a good pellet smoker. I was going to save up and get a yoder, but with all the smokers available, I need to do some more research. I may well end up with one of the other less expansive, that come highly recommended.

Again.........thankyou.

post #22 of 31

I had a Traeger lil Tex Elite for almost 5 years to the day. The last 15 months it really struggled to keep temps up. Then I had this happen Monday night. It was really quite impressive. Just pulled off a pork butt and had some jalapeno poppers on there. Took the pork in and set it on the counter and walked back out. Thought the amount of smoke looked odd. Opened the lid and that set it off. So hot paint on the outside of the Traeger was on fire. I had just cleaned the thing 2 weeks before.

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Now I am in the same position. How long do you expect these to last? I thought 5 years for a Traeger was pretty good. However the GMG and Louisiana grill also have my eye. I have the green light from the spouse.

post #23 of 31
Yeah the PID controllers hold temps rock solid, ordered and placed one on my Traeger from smoke daddy, it does not however produce smoke like a smoker should.
post #24 of 31

Memphis Wood Fired Grill / Smoker. Have one and love it.

 

 

post #25 of 31


I purchased a Blazn' Grand slam, the things built like a tank (189lbs) comes with an upper grate and stainless steel front shelf. Done everything from nuts to butts on it, holds temp like a dream!

 

Give 'em a look.

post #26 of 31

My son-in-law bought a Traeger and sent it back in one month because it would not heat at the high temperatures

that were stated.  He then bought a Yoder and is extremely satisfied with it.  After much research I bought 

a Rec-Tec and like everything about it.  It has a PID controller and holds temperature very well.

post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by Stump Jumper View Post
 


I purchased a Blazn' Grand slam, the things built like a tank (189lbs) comes with an upper grate and stainless steel front shelf. Done everything from nuts to butts on it, holds temp like a dream!

 

Give 'em a look.


I checked their website and videos.  Man, that's a good looking unit.  Love the double wall design idea

post #28 of 31

Right now I am looking at the Traeger Timberline and the Yoder . Both are built like a tank.  The Timberline does have the wifi as the Yoder does not. I am impressed with both of them. 

post #29 of 31
I am a Timberline 850 owner and can tell you first hand this cooker is the real deal. I own and have owned several types of smokers and this baby is near perfect. When they advertise their design emitting clean blue smoke they are flat out telling the truth. This machine has given me the cleanest and best tasting food I have ever cooked. Plus the built in Wifire is a huge plus!
post #30 of 31

Ive been using a Green Mountain Grill and I have had zero problems, only great food.  I'd say its between the Traeger and Yoder.  Unless you're talking Traeger Timberline, which might be better than Yoder, but the regular line stuff is pretty entry level.  I love the GMG, and I use it year round.  I will probably stick with it another year, and then look to upgrade to something like the Timberline or a Rec Tec.  I will have to do a lot more research at that point, but I like the 3 levels of grates on the Timberline.  Looking to go with a larger grill. 

post #31 of 31

I just returned my Traeger to ACE hardware, I noticed the temps would go from 180 up to 377 and mine did this for the whole 2 hours I watched it, Tech support if beyond horrible, I had 4 different tech support people tell me 4 different ways on how I should do a start up on the Traeger and none of them matched each other or what is in the manual or on videos online, since then I went to a lot of different websites looking at Traeger (and others)reviews and even on YELP their location in Oregon had a 2 star rating, good luck if you get one, if not then Happy Smoking...

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