I currently have a MES40 and I use the Amazen tray to create the smoke desired. I am now looking to upgrade to a Pellet Smoker grill. I started with the Trager but I quickly changed my mind because of the issues. Now i am looking at the Green Mountain Daniel Boone , PelletPro and the Louisiana Grills.
My question is, do all Pellet Grills relay solely on the pellets for the heat source? My MES using the heating element to generate the heat and the pellets are just to provide the smoke. During the process on the MES about three hours in you can let it run out of pellets but continue to finish the meat with the heating element only. most folks on here say that meat (pork) absorbs the smoke during the first 3 hours anyways and no more after that. If I was doing a butt for 8 to 10 hours on a pellet fed smoker I would have to use 10 pounds of pellets each time and we all have seen the cost of these specialty pellets plus shipping $$$$$$$$$$$$.
Could I add a heating element setup to switch to to finish the cook with out pellets? Or is there a smoker out there that already does this?