As far as temperature regulation, that's not an issue with either of the smokers that nomad_archer suggested. Both the Masterbuilt gravity feed, and WSM with BBQ Guru are thermostatically controlled. Cleaning up ash is going to be about the same for any smoker that uses wood (sticks, pellets, charcoal) as a fuel source.The charcoal its having to clean it up and adjustments to regulate temperature. Am I mistaken about having to keep adjusting venting for it?
Although some folks might use them, you certainly don't need a vacuum and I've never used one on my pellet grills. On my CampChef I just used a handheld dustpan and broom. On the Memphis, ash drops into an ash pan. I probably clean ash and grease out of the Memphis every 5 or 6 cooks and it takes about 5-10 minutes.Which will require a vacuum in many cases and that is to much for me to even consider
I converted a wsm18 to propane and it works great. https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/heres-my-rig.287752/#post-1964518Vertical due to both the size and capacity. Horizontal large pellet ones are very expensive and just starting out I donr want to spend that much money.
As far as pellet brands yes that's all I've seen. I do like the copperheads but I do see alot of issues with the controller going g bad and then going on fire.
I said the same thing when I was looking for a pellet smoker. I wish I would have spent the money on the Rec Tec Bull to begin with. Instead I bought a Traeger (it was a POS) then bought a GMG (much better than a Traeger but still had issues) Then finally the Rec Tec. I believe that Rec Tec offers some type of financing with low interest rate. Good Luck with you decisionI'm the same way I am willing to spend the money on a good product I just dont have 1200 for a rec tec. I have been doing tons of research like when I buy anything else. I like the idea of a vertical more plus they are a little cheaper. I do like the Copperheads but keep seeing on groups about then going on fire which makes me a little nervous. Cant really make up my mind on another solid pellet smoker. The propane ones I have seen are decent but have some mixed reviews. I just donr want to make a poor choice. The more I read the more confused on which type or product is better
If my local costco still had any I am really leaning towards the Louisiana Grill 7 since it's the same as the Pit Boss 7 and for $479 I thinks it's a fair price with not too many issues.I said the same thing when I was looking for a pellet smoker. I wish I would have spent the money on the Rec Tec Bull to begin with. Instead I bought a Traeger (it was a POS) then bought a GMG (much better than a Traeger but still had issues) Then finally the Rec Tec. I believe that Rec Tec offers some type of financing with low interest rate. Good Luck with you decision
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