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Advice on pellets

shaneyb72

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So I’m sitting here waiting for my RT-700 to arrive on Thursday! And I just realized that I am going to need some pellets if I’m going to fire this thing up.
I definitely would’ve assumed all pellets are the same. But I remember reading differently when I was researching pellet smokers. It seems as though some pellets are better than others.
Any suggestions? Any to avoid?
The other day at Cabelas I noticed they sold Traeger pellets for $19/20lbs and then Cabelas brand for $10/20lbs. That’s a big difference! But are either even worth a crap?

Thanks all!
 

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I have 2 Traegers and use Traeger pellets, Pit Boss, Cabellas...not much difference with same woods. I like some of the Traeger blends better (Signature and Gourmet), but that's just me. Pit Boss Competition yielded much more ash after when I cleaned out grill when bag was done (about a dozen cooks). I say try stuff and see what you like.

Hope that helps.
 

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I don't own a pellet burner but I use pellets for with my AMNPS tray to provide smoke.

With that said my approach in your shoes would be to buy the cheapest well workign pellets i could find to burn as fuel (Pit Boss Competition Blend at most walmart and lowes is like $16/40lbs).
I would then get an A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker tube (AMNPS tube) and load the best 100% pellets or personal combos u wanna make to provide best smoke flavor.

This way u have cheap wood for heat and some smoke and good pellets for good smoke flavor.

I believe Cabela's brand is rebranded Lumber Jack pellets and Lumber Jack pellets are amazing and my favorite. Lumberjack will give you 100% of the pellet on the label unless it states otherwise as being a blend.
Other brands of pellets give u like max 30% of the wood on the label and then 70% less expensive and more readily available wood, so like Hickory would be 30% Hickory and like 70% Oak or Alder, etc.
 

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Lumber jack pellets are probably the best pellet along with cooking pellet brand. I also like BBQ delight pellets. Stay away from traeger and pitboss they produce a lot of ash and the traeger uses oils to produce flavor. I also have a Rec Teq bull. You will love it it’s a great smoker compared to the traeger and GMG I had before it. Good luck
 

Brian Trommater

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If you Sam's club member I been real happy with the smokehouse pellets and less than $15 for 40 lbs.
 

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When I got my pellet grill, I asked my son what to buy, I didn't care about the expense! He immediately answered "Lumberjack is the BEST!" so I ordered a 40# bag from Amazon and never looked back! They work wonderfully and produce great smoke! If you got the best, why mess around with the rest?? $39.99 for 40 lbs.
 

shaneyb72

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I believe Cabela's brand is rebranded Lumber Jack pellets and Lumber Jack pellets are amazing and my favorite. Lumberjack will give you 100% of the pellet on the label unless it states otherwise as being a blend.
This is very interesting! At that price, I may have to try them. Anyone else ever heard this about the Cabela’s pellets?
 

mike243

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Pops I sure would like to sell you pellets at that price lol, we pay $8.88 for a 20lbs bag at rural king, sorry everybody cant find 1 local like some of us, skip the oil laced pellets imo. I would much rather burn pitboss pellets that oil laced pellets.
 

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If you have a rural king in your area lumberjack pellets are $9 a bag. I believe cabellas and bass pro shop pellets are made by lumberjack as well
 

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Lumberjack has a great reputation and seems to be the consensus. I use Cookin' Pellets and like them. Be sure you get a pellet that is not full of fillers or flavoring. If it claims to be hickory then it should say 100% hickory, not hickory and alder or hickory and something else. Here is a link. Shipping is included and UPS delivers boxed, one bag per box, not on a pallet. They sometimes run discounts...

 

tallbm

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Lumberjack has a great reputation and seems to be the consensus. I use Cookin' Pellets and like them. Be sure you get a pellet that is not full of fillers or flavoring. If it claims to be hickory then it should say 100% hickory, not hickory and alder or hickory and something else. Here is a link. Shipping is included and UPS delivers boxed, one bag per box, not on a pallet. They sometimes run discounts...

To second what Blues1 says, you will see bags that say 100% Hardwood which is NOT the same as 100% of the type of wood you are looking for like Hickory. 100% Hardwood is often an indicator of a plend where 30% Hickoery and 70% Oak IS 100% Hardwood just NOT 100% Hickory hahaha.
This is one reason why 1-2 brands like Lumberjack and Cookin' Pellets are so highly regarded. They will clearly tell you if you are buying a blend AND the wood they use produces the best results.... probably because it's 100% of the wood on the label and they don't seem to try and cut corners in any way that I can tell.
 

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The lumberjack for $39.99/40# does seem quite high. I pay $9.99/20# when not on sale
 

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The lumberjack for $39.99/40# does seem quite high. I pay $9.99/20# when not on sale
Dick's Sporting Goods also has Lumberjack in stores and an order to store option. Not as low as $9.99 but is in between that and high end prices.
 

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Lumberjack has a great reputation and seems to be the consensus. I use Cookin' Pellets and like them. Be sure you get a pellet that is not full of fillers or flavoring. If it claims to be hickory then it should say 100% hickory, not hickory and alder or hickory and something else. Here is a link. Shipping is included and UPS delivers boxed, one bag per box, not on a pallet. They sometimes run discounts...

Important note, shipping is NOT included when you buy direct from Cookin Pellets. Sure wish it was though as $22 shipped for a 40lb back of perfect blend sure would be nice.
 

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When I got my pellet grill, I asked my son what to buy, I didn't care about the expense! He immediately answered "Lumberjack is the BEST!" so I ordered a 40# bag from Amazon and never looked back! They work wonderfully and produce great smoke! If you got the best, why mess around with the rest?? $39.99 for 40 lbs.
In Iowa we get them for $16 40lb bag at Norbys. Look around for a true value hw store or ACE and see if they carry Lumberjack locally for you.
 

mike243

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I think the Aces around here are Traeger dealers
 

Blues1

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Important note, shipping is NOT included when you buy direct from Cookin Pellets. Sure wish it was though as $22 shipped for a 40lb back of perfect blend sure would be nice.
When you buy the bulk mix and match, shipping is included. Individual bags, you are correct, shipping not included. I got the mix and match to try different ones.
 

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