Hi all, I been smoking food for years in a cheap propane box I got from Amazon and mastered it (the best one can do) but after seeing my sister set her Treager pellet grill and cook a pork butt for 8 hours perfectly, I decided to give a pellet grill a go. So, I bought a ZGrills 700e because of the reviews, word of mouth and the shear fact it's a Treager clone. It arrived and I assembled it in no time. I'm very happy with this grill. It's well made, well thought out and YEP it's exactly like my sisters with a different name. One thing I noticed (not unlike my sisters) is the temp. swings. 20-30 usually over. That's ok if your doing chicken, pork or beef but when I spent 5 days and $3,000 to catch the best salmon in Alaska I'd like my temp to be spot-on.
I just purchased one of these PID controllers from smokedaddy, hooked it up and I get spot-on temp but zero smoke or smoke flavor. Is it true that I have to sacrifice smoke and flavor for temp control? The bird up top was on my smoker for 4 hours and tasted more like soot than smoke. Am I doing something wrong or is there something I can do to increase the flavor WITHOUT a pellet tube or cold smoker?