I had a stick burner for close to 15 years and love it. Last year, I got a Memphis pellet smoker. It is true that you cannot get as much smoke flavor with the pellet smokers. I talked to a couple of pellet manufacturers, and one said a big difference is the amount of bark that gets mixed in with the wood in the pellet. The flavor is much stronger in the bark according to him. Some pellets are almost all wood, no bark, and have less flavor. However, even with the ones with more bark, it is still not as strong as good old fashioned wood. I use an AMPS to add more smoke in my pellet smoker, which helps, but still does not get as strong a flavor.
Thanks for the input. I have been going back and forth between the two for about 3 weeks. I see the beauty in both smokers, however, I agree that the direct grilling is a major plus for the PG500. I really need to concentrate on 1 device. My patio is getting full of grills and smokers. One more question for you Gomex93. Did you make the leap from a stick smoker to the pellet? I understand that the products smoked on the pellets are not as "smokey" tasting as the charcoal/chips type smokers. I'm not talking about the creosote issues, either. Just the general smokey flavor. What's your take?