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RecTec RT-340

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by Colton Adams, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

    Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with the RecTec Trailblazer RT-340? I'm looking to get my first pellet grill. I had been looking at a $299 Member's Mark Pellet Grill from Sam's Club but the reviews make it seem like it breaks very often.

    $600 is really my limit. Is the RecTec Trailblazer the ONE I should be looking at and getting? Or is there something else out there that I should be looking at?
     
  2. ross77

    ross77 Smoking Fanatic

    It's a little on the small side but RecTec is a good brand with excellent customer support.
     
  3. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

    Yea, but it's just 2 of us. And I'll never feed a huge group of people.
     
  4. ross77

    ross77 Smoking Fanatic

    You should be good to go then.
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Maybe one of the guys, with a better memory, will chime in but...I seem to remember a recent post were the concensus was the Little Rec Tech was cheaply made and inferior to its big brothers. Help me out Gentlemen...JJ
     
  6. ross77

    ross77 Smoking Fanatic

  7. retfr8flyr

    retfr8flyr Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you're looking for small, I have heard good things about the GMG Davy Crockett. There a few bad reviews but mostly good ones.
     
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  9. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

    I'm not necessarily looking for small...just something that won't break the bank. And the Trailblazer at $600 is what I'm comfortable going up to. It just seems as if people think RecTec is a great company and better than Traeger. Yoder is way out of my range.

    The GMG Davy Crockett seems like a good grill. But seems as if RecTec really stands by their products. But not sure it's worth the $600 price tag, especially as a first pellet grill. I've been reading up and everything for a few months now and just don't know what direction I should go.
     
  10. retfr8flyr

    retfr8flyr Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  11. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

  12. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

    Is having a smoke stack really important?
     
  13. ross77

    ross77 Smoking Fanatic

    I was in your shoes a couple years ago and decided to spend a little more money to get the pellet smoker I really wanted. I prefer to just buy once and be done.

    The Camp Chef is fine and many like them but you’re going to get a better controller, stainless steel and a ceramic ignitor with the RecTec.
     
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  14. Colton Adams

    Colton Adams Newbie

    Thanks Ross. I'll probably go with the RecTec. Is a smoke stack essential? Read somewhere that people wouldn't buy the Trailblazer because it doesn't have a smoke stack.
     
  15. ross77

    ross77 Smoking Fanatic

    The only issue would be rain possibly getting in during a cook but they sell stainless vents if you think it would be a concern.
     
  16. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    JJ is this the post you were referring:

    https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/rec-tec-bullseye-d-o-a.278290/

    Chris
     
  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes Chris, thanks. I did not realize they had two small portable smokers. I thought the Trailblazer was just tweaked, for the worst, and renamed ...JJ
     
  18. garmp

    garmp Newbie

    I have the Rec Tec Mini, which is the predecessor to the one the OP was thinking about and love it!!!! If trying to decide between it and a Pitboss or whatever, go the extra mile and get the Rec Tec.
    I had mine about a year and a have and it started tripping the circuit breaker. Called Rec Tec and was told the ignitor rod was bad. They asked to verify my info, name, address, etc, and said they would send one out. Told me where to find the installation instructions and if I had any problem to call them back and they'd walk me through it.
    I told them again that it was out of warranty and they still said no charge.
    I said the only thing better than their product was their service!
    For what it's worth.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  19. cord

    cord Newbie

    Can you fit a whole brisket on a 340? I've looked around and can't seem to see a picture.