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#1 thegreenman

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 05:29 PM

Pros cons tips and all other input welcome. Convince me one way of the other
http://www.traegergr...A.html#start=14

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 05:47 PM

About now I would take anything I could get. I know that doesn't help you out but right now, I'm a beggar.


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:02 PM

I've had the Rec Tec Mini in mind for a while ...

http://www.rectecgri...t-grill-rt-300/

Could happen later this year ...
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:58 PM

Tregs are good rigs
13/16 steel I believe?

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:54 AM

A friend of mine has a Green Mountain Grill - http://greenmountaingrills.com

I don't have a ton of experience with the ones you're looking at but my friend did a ton of research before buying and thought the GMG was the way to go. Apparently the guy who created it was a Traeger guy for years but had some issues with it, so he built the GMG to overcome what he saw were weaknesses in the Trager. I know one of the upgrades was adding a fan to prevent backburn up the auger.

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 10:39 AM

GM's are pellet grills

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:09 PM

A friend of mine has a Green Mountain Grill - http://greenmountaingrills.com

I don't have a ton of experience with the ones you're looking at but my friend did a ton of research before buying and thought the GMG was the way to go. Apparently the guy who created it was a Traeger guy for years but had some issues with it, so he built the GMG to overcome ,

 

Thanks, gonna check these out too, and compare both, there is a dealer right near me.

 

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:20 PM

GM's are pellet grills

so are Traegers



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:36 PM

I own Traeger Texas but modified it pretty heavily not much Traeger left. Aside from some temp swing unit worked great. Just  wanted more temp c ontrol. Here the new units have fixed the major temp issue.


I've had the Rec Tec Mini in mind for a while ...

http://www.rectecgri...t-grill-rt-300/

Could happen later this year ...

 Love the Rec Tech excellent unit also like Yoder.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:38 PM

 Love the Rec Tech excellent unit also like Yoder.

 

I swoon over Malcolm's Yoder each YT video, LOL ...

 

The REC TEC seems like a good fit for me, since I don't need much real estate on the grate ...


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:52 PM

Those Yoders look amazing  :drooling: , but alas outside my budget. 



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:26 PM

Yeah Grant i love watching Malcom work his magic on that Yoder.

You will love that REC TECH they rock great pid control excellent heat and smoke retention just a great unit.


Those Yoders look amazing  :drooling: , but alas outside my budget. 

Hell yeah keep hoping i'll hit the lottery then Yoder's for everyone haha  :)


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 01:44 PM

Pros cons tips and all other input welcome. Convince me one way of the other
http://www.traegergr...A.html#start=14

 

That Traeger costs $750 right?  For that amount of money I would spend $400 on a Weber Smokey Mountain and then another $150 on an iQ temp controller.  You'd have nearly TWICE the cooking surface (380"/2 on the Traeger versus 726"/2 on the Weber), no need to ever buy or find pellets and pretty much the exact same setup and control as you'd have with the Traeger for $100 less.  You could save the other $150 and do without the temp controller too - the Weber holds temps pretty solid once you've figured her out.  

 

The one main pro I see on the Traeger that the WSM does not have is the handy grease drain.  Also the Traeger would be better for burgers/grilling, but I have grills for grilling and a smoker for smoking.  The combo units don't do great at either in my experience.

 

A friend recently put down about 4k on a pit by Klose out of Texas (iirc).  About 4k inches of cooking space in 3 different areas, mounted on a single axle trailer.  The thing is an awesome amount of bbq smoking steel.  Maybe one of these days...  :)


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:30 PM

I looked at the Green Mountain today, The Daniel Boon without Wifi is on sale for $549.00

It seems very well made, with heavy gauge steel throughout. Couldn't find any real faults with it based on appearance. It's larger than I though it would be, with loads of room on the grill.

I like that the dealer is 5 minutes away from my house, and they sell the pellets and accessories. I tried to look at a Traeger, but there were none in stock anywhere nearby, and I'm not buying it without looking it over first. 

still deciding. 



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Posted 02 October 2016 - 03:47 PM

Dig around YouTube real good,most cookers have reviews,tips,tricks and mods for easy viewing
https://www.youtube....in Daniel Boon


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 02:53 AM

I own Traeger Texas but modified it pretty heavily not much Traeger left. Aside from some temp swing unit worked great. Just  wanted more temp c ontrol. Here the new units have fixed the major temp issue.

 Love the Rec Tech excellent unit also like Yoder.


do you have a thread or something? im curious as to what you did here.

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 05:27 PM

do you have a thread or something? im curious as to what you did here.

haha not sure but will put together my full upgrade list for ya :)   Mine work amazing. Killer rotisserie  pid control, upgraded hopper igniter Baby's been JACKED  :hell:


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 05:31 PM

I watched an infomercial on the Traeger Elite Renegade. :lol: Found it funny, nothing against the grill. But what they called grilling was not grilling. It's a smoker powered by convection. Also I noted they never showed the electric cord or mentioned it was electric. Just that you don't need to mess with coals, wood, or propane. But they never said it was electric or showed that cord in the yard running up to it. Would take away from the BBQ angle I guess.



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Posted 04 October 2016 - 05:37 PM

The positive of pellet smoking is that you have you have a tiny fire, that means the fire can burn hot-hot the whole time, all the while being low-temp at the grate ...

It's a great platform for home smoking, honestly, and why you see Raichlen rocking a Bradley on Project Smoke ...

Where people go wrong, is skipping the water in the puck catcher. They lose the humidity which helps with smoking, and run hot for creating a pile of still-burning pucks ...

I'm totally considering adding a pellet-smoker to the armada ... the science is behind them.
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Posted 04 October 2016 - 05:40 PM

i always wondered why they didnt put infared shit on some of these pellet grills... what with then needing an outlet in the first place?
maby infared cookers are shit though, idk.




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