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Traeger Durability? Help with my decision!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by shlongstar, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Hello All,

    It's been a LONG time since I've posted here.  I've been smoking meats still... just not enough time to read the forum and post stuff! 

    I wanna get a new smoker for reasons below, and I'm looking at the Traeger Texas (BBQ075) at Costco Roadshows for $799.

    Does anybody have an idea of how DURABLE these are, and if they'll last me a while?  $799 is a lot of money to invest, and I wanna make sure it lasts a long time.


    I currently have a used WSM 18.5" and a GOSM.  Absolutely LOVE the WSM, but it doesn't quite fit as much food as I'd like.

    I would like something with more room because I'm considering cooking for much larger parties, and catering for fun (just family and friends for now).

    I also want something EASY to use because I have two kids now and can't babysit a smoker, and would like to keep any setup/cleanup to a minimum.

    So my options are either a new WSM 22, a second WSM 18.5, or the Traeger.

    What do you guys think?
  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    WSM 22.5. You already know how good the WSM's are, just go for the bigger one.
  3. unionguynw

    unionguynw Smoke Blower

    I've had my Traeger for over 2 years now with no problems and I use it about an average of 3-4 times a month.  I always vaccuum out my fire pot and the bottom of the Traeger before each session.  I have heard of people burming out their ignitor rods from leaving too much ash in the pot.  Keep them dry and clean and you should be ok.
  4. unionguy- is your Traeger one of the newer China-made models?

    Thanks for the input!
  5. unionguynw

    unionguynw Smoke Blower

    [quote name="shlongstar" url="/forum/thread/103668/traeger-durability-help-with-my-decision#post_599171"]
    unionguy- is your Traeger one of the newer China-made models?

    Thanks for the input!

    Yes, unfortunately. Didn't know till a while after I had it.
  6. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

  7. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I've had my Traeger into my 6th year now and I'm totally happy with it still.... Traeger says they are still made with the same materials as the older ones and should be every bit as good... I know people that have the new ones and they seem to be the same as mine.... For ease of smoking, flavor, cleaning, and versatility you can not beat a Traeger!!!!! Best money I ever spent!!!!  If and when this one ever dies I will buy another!!!!  But it's not even close to retirement yet!!!  [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011
  8. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    The two local shops here just stopped selling them and is going with the Green Mountain Grill one instead. They said they are just a better built product that added a few things that make it a better grill for the same price. They did point out the rod breaking as one of the things that the GMG doesnt seem to have a problem with. I have not used either but the GMG did seem a little better build when i looked at them side by side.
  9. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I haven't personally seen a GMG but I just watched their video about them and it seems to be a complete copy of the Traeger system.... It looked ok but the guy doing the talking aggravated the hell out of me... If he said "I think not" one more time I was gonna shoot my computer!!!!    [​IMG]     lmao   [​IMG]