RecTeq Deck Boss 590 vs Camp Chef Woodwind SS24

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masssmoke

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so, I am considering the Deck Boss 590 from RecTeq and also the Camp Chef Woodwind SS 24. I have heard only good things about ReqTeq and was about to make the purchase. But what I hate about my current smoker, a Pit Boss is the clean out where you need to take the grill grates and heat shields off and then clean out the fire pit and ash. It is a dirty job and in my current smoker I do that just about for every use to avoid flame outs. The Camp Chef has a bottom ash collector that looks way easier to clean out. But if the RecTeq is better in all other ways I'd put up with continuing to have to clean it out the way I am today as it looks like the RecTeq doesn't have any type of ash clean out besides disassembly and vacuum or scrape and scoop to clean it. Anyone have any experience with the Camp Chef and is it that much easier to clean? Thanks for any insights.
 
My CampChef has the bottom cleanout and it is nice.
Just need to make sure you bang it hard enough so ash doesn't hang up and not fall.
Happened once, and when out shortly after it was started.
 
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My CampChef has the bottom cleanout and it is nice.
Just need to make sure you bang it hard enough so ash doesn't hang up and not fall.
Happened once, and when out shortly after it was started.
thanks, how do you like the smoker overall? does it hold temp well and is it well made?
 
The Camp Chef has a bottom ash collector that looks way easier to clean out. But if the RecTeq is better in all other ways I'd put up with continuing to have to clean it out the way I am today as it looks like the RecTeq doesn't have any type of ash clean out besides disassembly and vacuum or scrape and scoop to clean it. Anyone have any experience with the Camp Chef and is it that much easier to clean? Thanks for any insights.
I have a Woodwind 24. The ash cleanout advertised is nothing more than marketing hype. I do like my Woodwind and have used it for about 3 years now. However, just like every other pellet grill out there, the ash buildup needs to be vacuumed out about every 3 or 4 cooks. The ONLY thing my ash collector cup catches is some partially burned pellets left over from when you turn the grill off. The inside of the barrel is covered with about 1/2 " of ash all over the inside and about halfway up the curved sides. If the ash cleanout is the only thing pointing to the CC, you better go with the RecTeq.
 
thanks, how do you like the smoker overall? does it hold temp well and is it well made?
I have the older one and it does leak a lot of smoke. No seals around the door.

I have an aftermarket controller (Savannah Stoker) that holds temps a lot better than the original controller.

As for smoke, like other pellet smokers, it is lite.

That said, newer have some improvements and probably better than the one I have.
 
I have a brand that you didn't ask about , but unlike most pellet grills , it's a breeze to clean .
All it takes is a brush and a scraper .
This pic is after a 10 hour brisket cook .
This is the next day when I went to clean it . Close to 20 pounds of B&B pellets .
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I've had it since July of 2021 and have NEVER needed a shop vac to clean it .
The burn pot burns clean on shut down , and the ash falls into a tray that pulls out and gets dumped . The stuff left in the bottom gets scraped into those slots , and into the same pan .
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Just commenting because ALL pellet grills don't need a shop vac to clean them .
 
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As said, the Camp Chef cleanout only dumps what is in the firepot, giving you an empty firepot each cook but it still needs to be disassembled and cleaned out on occasion to get the ash that is blown out of it by the fan during a cook. I probably don't disassemble mine and do a thorough clean as often as I should, but it still keeps on chugging along no matter.

It also has the pellet hopper dump chute, which a lot of pellet grills do not have, and that makes emptying the hopper a breeze if you want to change the pellets out for a different wood flavor.
 
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