Pellet Smoker as a grill to?

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by mrudi, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    No benefit??? - that's a tough argument to win
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Twenty-five degree swings don't matter much at 225°F+ or searing a Steak...BUT...Low and Slow smoke cured Sausage or Fish at 150 to 170° with a 25° swing and you got garbage. So there is a benefit to 5° control. Just up to the individual to decide their needs and budget...JJ
     
  3. mrudi

    mrudi Newbie

    Ok, here is a very minor small point but I'm thinking an exposed grease bucket could be an issue.  I have dogs and although I'm sure I can keep them out of the bucket while I'm present, I know them enough that as soon as I go inside they will be all over it making a mess of themselves.  Was wondering if anyone else has had to deal with that.  Feels kind a stupid to exclude a grill for that (and a lot of them at that) but it is something I'm concerned about.
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I agree...There are stories of just such a thing happening. My Dog never left my side when cooking or eating and sits quietly. But leave a plate unattended and in reach to get a drink or other...The food will be gone in seconds!

    I would be concerned with getting the food in and not the drip bucket so I see an enclosed grease system as a benefit. Yes I could have better control over my dog but the neighbors dogs would by a problem and grease still drips awhile after the food is removed so the deck would be a mess if I removed the bucket before going in with the food...JJ
     
  5. mrudi

    mrudi Newbie

    As I review all these grills I have noticed some have chimneys and some don't.  I haven't read anywhere about the benefits or advantages of having one or not.  Anyone know if there is any advantage/disadvantage?  Or do all the smoke exhaust systems work the same regardless?
     
  6. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    I really think a chimney is more for looks. A vent is a vent. Pellet grills have a combustion fan that pushes the air and smoke out of the pit. Some vent with a stack, some don't.
     
  7. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Sure, JJ, for that particular application it may be valid. But I would not use a pellet grill for those anyway. For one thing, very few can get below 180, and those that do get very touchy when set that low. 

    A blanket statement that you need +/-5 is misleading. For BBQ it doesn't matter. Now I'm sure there is a limit, but I've made plenty of great BBQ on my Camp Chef which normally fluctuated +/- 25. I now have a Memphis which is usually runs around +/- 2, and the food is no better. 

    Again, my point is that avoiding grills that can't maintain +/- 5 degrees will eliminate some very good grills, including the Kuma.  
     
  8. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Based on my personal experience, there is no benefit. What is your personal experience?
     
  9. My dogs have gotten the grease bucket a few times. For the most part they leave it alone when I cooking. When the grill cools down I store it inside. I also line it with aluminum foil and empty it fairly often.
    If you have yard dogs or leave a food crazy dog outside alone with it for long periods then it could be an issue.
     
  10. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    Based on my experience, the friends who were pellet grill owners, and I would imagine a good deal of the pellet grill owners (one who has already reponded to you) - yes their is a benefit.

    Try adding something constructive instead of picking other's posts apart
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2016
  11. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    Huge benefit to PID controllers IMO. I bought a RT and won a Traeger a few weeks later. Used both and gave my mom the Traeger. No comparison in regards to temp swings.
     
  12. jayace

    jayace Smoke Blower

    I'm in the same boat as you, looking for pellet grill to do smoking and grilling. What are your thoughts on Louisiana Grills? I'm looking at the CS570. Certainly not up in the price range of the Rec Tec but better than most of the units in the big box stores.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
  13. mrudi

    mrudi Newbie

    Jayace - there are way more experienced folks here than me to ask any questions on what types of grills are best.  I'm a newbie myself.  What I am learning though is a pellet grill is great for smoking but grilling is probably not their strong suit.  If you do grill with them what I have learned (on line - not in real life experience) is you need access to the open flame (ie drip pan needs to be removed or have some holes to let direct heat through) and probably a set of grillgrates.  Good luck hunting.
     
  14. That is the great thing about the PG500 is that it has an open flame all of the time for grilling. It is a smaller area! 3-4 rib eyes or 8 or so smaller chicken thighs. Not enough for a large family but works great for me and the wife.
     
  15. jayace

    jayace Smoke Blower

    That is a good looking grill. I little out if my price range though I'm afraid. I'm looking to stay in the $1k or less area.
     
  16. jayace

    jayace Smoke Blower

    I'm leaning more towards an LG700. Got a line on a one-time-use demo from a local dealer and he's giving me a great price and including front and side shelves as well. Hoping to go see it this weekend.
     
  17. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Not sure why you are getting so upset. I'm simply disagreeing with a single comment you made, not picking apart your post. Have you never had someone disagree with you in a discussion forum before?  And my post wasn't constructive only because it did not agree with you?

    >and I would imagine a good deal of the pellet grill owners (one who has already reponded to you)

    Not sure which 'one' you are referring to - I didn't see anyone else respond prior to this. 
     
  18. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    Look a few posts up

    "Twenty-five degree swings don't matter much at 225°F+ or searing a Steak...BUT...Low and Slow smoke cured Sausage or Fish at 150 to 170° with a 25° swing and you got garbage. So there is a benefit to 5° control. Just up to the individual to decide their needs and budget...JJ"
     
  19. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    and this one

    Huge benefit to PID controllers IMO. I bought a RT and won a Traeger a few weeks later. Used both and gave my mom the Traeger. No comparison in regards to temp swings.
     
  20. Sorry for jumping in a few days late. I have a Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie (Larger pellet smoker) and many times I crank it up to 450 and throw some burgers and dogs on it.  I have made pizzas seared on it (though not as good a grill sear), grilled a few steaks and other things on there.  If I want more smoke I use my AMPS.  

    For the drippings bucket, I have gone and replaces it with a funnel and a piece of tubing going into a old milk jug.  This way it is easy to replace/clean up after a smoke and it allows for extra capacity with it comes those extra juicy briskets.  There have been a few smokes where the brisket juices have overflowed my bucket , but has yet to over flow a milk jug.
     

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