So I bought a Traeger from Costco... when it worked the food was great. But the pellets kept bridging in the hopper on the grate and the fire going out. I know ->take the grate out, but I shouldn't have to modify a grill to make it work! I contacted customer service and was told I should "agitate" the pellets in the hopper every 45 minutes. I bought a pellet grill so I wouldn't have to babysit! Back to Costco. So I found the Woodwind and it looks like a winner.... I really like the sear box as well. I cook steaks as often as smoking Tri-tip. The other grill I like is the Rec-Tec - It's a bit bigger, which I like, plus it looks to be built like a tank. Down side is while it starts at the same price... shipping drives it to a couple of hundred more than the Woodwind. Searing takes additional parts and may not work as well as the Sear Box. Really leaning Woodwind for price and sear box, but wanted to hear from the group.