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Other than browsing electric and propane upright smokers, I never really checked them out (other than home made trailer and commercial trailers at parties).

 

I got my pellet smoker as a birthday gift after talking for a couple of years about getting an electric. It is basic but nice, does what I need with a reasonable attempt to maintain temperatures.

 

The new Timberline looks pretty nice. I like the 3 racks, WiFi and "cooking profiles" would be nice, but really as it is it is pretty hands off.

 

For a consumer ease of use it looks pretty awesome, a lot of what it has are things I sorta wish I had already in mine. Haven't priced them out, probably more than I would want to spend, but using it on average twice a week could be worth it.

 

I will have to wait about 10-15 years when I have worn out my current one, and by then who knows what will be around.

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I pulled the trigger and bought a Timberline 850.   I had a lil Texas Elite and used it for 4 years.  I really enjoyed it but had to have this new Timberline. While it is expensive it is fun to use.   It is a huge step up from the lil Texas Elite. The super smoke setting really puts the smoke to the meat.  Three racks and wifi control is great.   Tons of small improvements to go along with huge new upgrades.   I am learning to smoke all over again.

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Submariner,

 

How steady does it hold temps?  I cook on a Lil' Texas as well.  does it hold temp on the grill when the wind blows?  I was thinking on doing something very similar to that on my grill, upgrade controller and putting Kao wool on the outside with a 2nd skin. 

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​After about 10 different smokes I can say it only varies about 4 degrees off the set point.  High temp and low temps it is still very exacting.   The wifi control is great. Was cooking pork butts and had to go to the airport to pick up in-laws but having the app on my phone I could monitor the entire process and I even changed temps while I was at the airport.  Was gone about 3 hours and other than missing a few bastings it went great.  I also did a overnight brisket that went extremely well. No issues and I did not check it for over 7 hours.    Traeger really put some effort into this new design.  Everything is first class that I can see.  Even has a way to empty out the hopper through a small side door with ramp.  I really like it.   It has a little buddy Weber with it now as I gave my sister the lil Texas Elite I had.

 

post #5 of 13
Submariner,

Sounds like Traeger is back in the game with a much improve grill.
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​I am happy with it but still learning this new unit.  Cooks much different than my lil Tex elite.   Will take some time to re-perfect my recipes. LOL

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I have never used a pellet smoker. I am looking into getting one. Do Traegers use a lot of electricity?

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bgmorris0,

 

If you can run a 1/2 drill you can run the grill.  The grill uses 300-500 watts when the hot rod is on.  After that is get less.  Some people take it camping and use an inverter to run there grill as well.  Hope this helps.

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"Pellet user" nailed it for electricity usage.  The Timberline uses even less I think as the fan does not run constantly and it is variable speed to help control temperature more closely.  The Super Smoke setting does kick fan speed up to generate more smoke. 

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​I am happy with it but still learning this new unit.  Cooks much different than my lil Tex elite.   Will take some time to re-perfect my recipes. LOL

http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment_reviews_ratings/smoker/traeger-timberline-850-grill

 

Curious if you've done chicken. Max gave this bad marks for chicken saying that the skin did not get crispy... wondering what other's results are...

 

Shocked this thing only got a silver star...

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http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment_reviews_ratings/smoker/traeger-timberline-850-grill

 

Curious if you've done chicken. Max gave this bad marks for chicken saying that the skin did not get crispy... wondering what other's results are...

 

Shocked this thing only got a silver star...

 

If they're not getting crispy skin, it's their technique, not the grill. 

 

http://pelletheads.com/index.php?topic=40070.msg340785#msg340785

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Originally Posted by JeremyJe View Post
 

http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment_reviews_ratings/smoker/traeger-timberline-850-grill

 

Curious if you've done chicken. Max gave this bad marks for chicken saying that the skin did not get crispy... wondering what other's results are...

 

Shocked this thing only got a silver star...


​I completely agree with bregent that if the skin is not crispy it is the operator not the unit.   I can easily get the skin crispy on my smoked/roasted chickens.  The Timberline easily goes to 500 degrees.  

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Congrats on pulling the trigger on the Timberline! I too have an 850 Timberline, but I'm noticing that even on super smoke mode i'm not getting a lot of white smoke. Do you have that issue at all?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. 

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