Originally Posted by Tim24
Thanks for the info. Yeah, the guy says it's a Lil texas elite, but it's probably a century. I can't tell if they are virtually the same, or if the century is a lesser quality since ithe looks like it's made for Costco. Thanks again!
You're very Welcome sir, that is the only model I could find that looks the same, I am finding out that model's and names can change yet the product remains the same, a very small difference so it is not identical competition in most cases I think, it's all about marketing and giving the retailers some uniqueness regarding the product.
I am using the MES 30 below in my comments and I have learned a whole lot really fast about that mess, takes extreme homework, like doing a background on a political figure hehehe
It may be have been sold by a Texas reseller and they wanted a unique name and be the same model as the Century, I have seen that a lot since I entered the realm of pellets, propane and electric, insane amount of research to get all the variables in order so you are informed well.
I would not be so quick as to say it is a lesser grade, not sure that Manufacturer has a bargain line from what I saw, it seems it is one model made one way, so I do not think that you have a "economy" version there, brands like this, even Costco sells the same "model" as the retailers, they just have a better price from volume purchasing, I am sure they would have been under the retailers by a bit, hard to say how much, but they do run cheaper than your average retailer "if they have it", people wait for stuff to hit that place and it is gone in hours and "if they stock it", which could vary, but then if you could not get it local you would go to the bank on shipping for one of those
So I think you got a good deal there if that is what you are after, in my case I was after electric, already been using a char grill for years, on my second one hehehe.
I could not find another retail listing for it, that was the only one and it took a few different search quotes to land that one, but every time I do this I read, and I look at the features and looking at hundreds of posts, I am not that familiar with pellet smokers, I have the little AMNPS I am going to use in my MES 30, and now that I am really looking into it now, I can see there are very nice applications for use of pellets with my char grill, have not used pellets before and waiting to see if their is a notable taste difference, I do not think it will be to be honest, and if it is, then I will cut small long strips of hardwood and lay them across the pellets in the AMNPS long ways with the burn, if I need to, that should fix that.
My Char Grill is pretty much the same thing as that without electronics, I try to stay away from electronics, just more headaches later and I checked the parts and they are pricey, plus with the remote digital in oven temp probes, who needs it, right around 50 bucks you can get a dual probe remote thermometer, and you can have stove temp, and follow the temp on 2 diff roasts, birds, steaks etc at the same time, wireless, bluetooth and infrared LOL
So I am sticking with the simple.
But that is a heck of a deal, you're getting over $200 off without inflation increase, they probably still make the electronics for that, buy a extra one when you can and store so when it does die you are ready and can save your meat !
And you will LOVE that, I use wood and charcoal in the char grill (down there in comments) and it is virtually the same and it has been amazing for me, there is not too much you cannot do especially using the side burner for real slow cooking and smoking
If you got the cash, make the dash, sounds like a good deal, if it was near me and I had the cash I might get it as well lol, but no worries, I just crawled in the electric smoker world hehehe, I can wait, not sure it would benefit me and I am running out of back yard
I like the way that thing looks, it is sleek and stylish, and looks like it is built tight, my char grill is tight, I can put the charcoal or wood out whether I am using the side burner or as a grill, I love the cast iron grates on it, very nice and it has that secondary rack in the top like that one you have your eyes on does also.
And I would be willing to bet you could probably use charcoal or wood in that as well so you would still be able to play with different smoke and heat generators anyway, damn, you got me excited
If I had seen that when I first shopped for one I would have wanted it, but I would have never been able to pay over $700, I got the char grill I have on sale, the first one probably 20 years ago at least, the last one maybe 5-7 years I think, my memory is not dependable, that is why I keep receipts hehehe, I got the second the same way, with the side burner, mine does not have the frt tray in front of the main grill, I did not want it, but it has the side rack, got it for under 120 bucks with a memorial day and my vet discount again at lowes.
I love it, you get that, you will love it too