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Pellet Grill - going to the dark side.

gmacgmac Posts: 1,807
The other day I had a terrible time doing ribs on the Egg. Now let’s be clear, it was all my fault, not the Egg. Got busy with other issues, had a bad time watching the heat. Just a lot of my mistakes. Plus now that my boys are all teenagers, the large doesn’t always keep up. Now, an adjustable rack would solve most of my problems but then I can’t spend too much money. 

Luckily (or unfortunately) for me, a buddy works at a local shop that sells Traeger and Yoders.  So I asked him if there would be any end of summer sales. 

Short story long, I picked up a Yoder 640 at a very reasonable price (for Canada). I’m not gonna walk away from the Egg but I feel like a traitor. Anyone else here able to learn to love both?  Any advice?  

Gmac. 
Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,218
    Give it a whirl. If it doesn’t fit your needs, sell it and move on. 
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 2,018
    I honestly couldn't care less what people are cooking their food on, unless I'm actually eating it (-: No cooker shaming from me. Let us know how you like it and I'd like to see a comparison/contrast for how you feel it performs.
    Stillwater, MN
  • Grillin_beersGrillin_beers Posts: 1,286
    Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of really good looking food come off of pellet smokers on Instagram lately and I’ve considered picking one up.  @MeatChurch uses one and it looks incredible.  I haven’t figured out a way to sell it to the wife yet though. 
    1 large BGE, Spartanburg SC

    My dog thinks I'm a grilling god. 
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,498
    Whatever suits you and your family man.  I'd like to give them a try myself.  
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  • gmacgmac Posts: 1,807
    Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of really good looking food come off of pellet smokers on Instagram lately and I’ve considered picking one up.  @MeatChurch uses one and it looks incredible.  I haven’t figured out a way to sell it to the wife yet though. 
    She is getting new bedroom furniture. That’s how I sold it. 
    Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 2,205
    Oddly enough, I've been looking at Traeger's. I don't think I would use it that much, but I'd like to have one just to mess with.
    Two large BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, FlameBoss 300
    Follow me on Instagram @ hoosier_egger
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,667
    The Yoder forum is just nuts.  Stay away from there on a Friday night.
    Austin, TX
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,424
    For a smoker I think they are fine. But I dunno how much of a smoke profile they give the meat, the results I’ve heard are mixed. If you are trying to use it to replace everything about your egg you will be disappointed. The egg is much more versatile but isn’t the best smoker. It’s good but doesn’t compare to a straight stick burner. Stick burners are very finicky. So I agree with @DoubleEgger give it a whirl and see if you like the results, if not sell it. There are plenty of people that would buy it for probably what you paid for it.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • gmacgmac Posts: 1,807
    For a smoker I think they are fine. But I dunno how much of a smoke profile they give the meat, the results I’ve heard are mixed. If you are trying to use it to replace everything about your egg you will be disappointed. The egg is much more versatile but isn’t the best smoker. It’s good but doesn’t compare to a straight stick burner. Stick burners are very finicky. So I agree with @DoubleEgger give it a whirl and see if you like the results, if not sell it. There are plenty of people that would buy it for probably what you paid for it.
    Completely agree that the Egg has a solid place in the arsenal. And it’s my first and lifelong love...  but when all the deer hunters want me to smoke 20+ lbs of venison sausage or I need to do 6 or 8 racks of ribs I admit that the Egg has its limitations. Trust me, I will sell anything I don’t like but I want to be buried in my Egg. Well, my ashes at least. 
    Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.
  • HoustonEggerHoustonEgger Posts: 546
    I've got a Pitts & Spitts pellet smoker that I use a lot - the pellet smokers are great for easy smoking (low maintenance). It does need more cleanup after a cook then the egg though. Great smoke rings but not exactly the same "wood" flavor you get from an Egg. And certainly not what you get from an offset. 

    One trick I've learned is to buy 100% wood pellets - for example 100% oak wood pellets rather then wood flavored pellets - that seems to help the flavor profile
    Formerly of Houston, TX - Now Located in Bastrop, TX
    I work in the 'que business now (since 2017)

    6 Eggs: (1) XL, (2) Large, (1) Small, (1) Minimax & (1) Mini - Egging since 2007
    Also recently gained: (1) Gas Thing (came with the house), (1) 36" Blackstone Griddle & (1) Pitts & Spitts Pellet Smoker
  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 738
    No shame in adding another cooker.  I’d love to have a pellet smoker. Let us know how it works out. 
    Memphis, TN 
    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, Akorn (still in the box)
  • They seem so pricey in Canada, curious what a good blow out price is vs what I’ve seen solidly in the 2k range 
    Large BGE 2013, Minimax 2018 
    Cedar table
    Burlington, Ontario 
  • BobDangerBobDanger Posts: 197
    I like one to fool around with if I can ever run across a used one cheap. Here on ESVA everting rusts bad...they look pretty thin.
    Eastern Shore Virginia 

    Medium & Mini Max
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,639
    If there was a perfect grill/smoker out there everyone would own one. Each has their own positive/negative. Nothing wrong with trying something new. 
  • BobDangerBobDanger Posts: 197
    I think these new high tec pellet grills favor the cell phone age. 

    Just through the the meat in, add pellets and cook from yer iPhone. Life’s much easer from yer couch.
    Eastern Shore Virginia 

    Medium & Mini Max
  • JerseyEggerJerseyEgger Posts: 314
    Bother I'm on the egghead forum and I don't even have an egg - A
    I just ordered a Masterbuilt electric smoker because I'm in an apartment - A
    The esmoker will hold me over until im back in a house and can have an egg again - A
    So enjoy the pellet smoker or whatever unit you decide to get - A

    Just make sure you post pics of your first cook - A
    -Eddie
  • HubHub Posts: 706
    Last year I saw a TV show of competition cooking including Johnny Trigg.  When asked about his competition Trigg stated "I noticed one guy is cooking with pellets.  Whenever I see a pellet cooker I know I am going to win."
    Beautiful and lovely Villa Rica, Georgia
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 1,726
    I like my green mountain grill, cranks out good food. 



    Enjoy your new egg sidekick

    John - SLC, UT

    2 XLs, Large, Medium, MM, and Mini

  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 398
    edited October 9
    Make sure and hook up with Seth at Lumberjack pellets!  We buy his pellets by the ton, and they are true hardwood flavors, and not just flavored sawdust like Traeger!

    Land of OZ-Hays Kansas

    BGE XL++Flameboss 300 WiFi++Blackstone 36"++Custom Gravity Feed cabinet smoker++2 Weber Kettles

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,303
    Congrats and welcome to the dark side. I got a Pro 34 about a year ago and never looked back; use it more than my BGE.  Last weekend at Dickson's Toronto Eggfest and Toronto Smoke Show we cooked on Pro 34 + KJ Classic, funny I was still wearing my perennial BGE apron! 

    canuckland
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 127
    Not all pellet grills are 'set it and forget it'. Wife got me a new model Traeger called Silverton. Not the typical round Traeger. This one looks more like a 'standard bbq'

    No matter what it looks like,,,,its the 'new' model that directs the grease better to prevent flare ups.

    I am still new to the pellet game (and LOVE my egg) and so far I have had 2 cooks that at the 3-4 hour mark I suddenly got the 3 alarm smoke show with flames all around the drip pan. I guess the 'new' design still needs some work.


    As far as Egg vs pellet: I will always pick the Egg first for a steak, tritip and so far I like ribs off the Egg better too.

    Once I get the Traeger figured out and solve my grease flow issue I'll use it for low and slow when I'm feeling lazy.. I have a lot of friends with these and I am the only one that owns an egg. They insist you can sear, HA! they don't know what searing is. 

    Getting it keep the low temps (250 and below takes a little doing. Once it has settled it does keep within the +-15* they say it will. 

    I think it's going to be a good grill, like said before, there is an application for all types. XL BGE, Weber Q200, Traeger and a Santa Maria grill are in the backyard, still have to figure out a way to sneak in a stick burner!

    Side note, sift the pellets before they go in the box. This will help prevent clumping and has been stated as possibly adding to my excessive smoke & flame issue. 

    Going to check into the all natural wood pellets as stated above.

    Traeger results:







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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,050
    My wife got me a Traeger for Fathers Day this year. I really like it. It definitely does not replace my eggs but it does have its place and I use it quite a bit. And as stated above, a searing machine it is not.

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  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,962
    shtgunal3 said:
    My wife got me a Traeger for Fathers Day this year. I really like it. It definitely does not replace my eggs but it does have its place and I use it quite a bit. And as stated above, a searing machine it is not.
    Do yourself a favor and invest in some Grill Grates. Thank me later. That goes for anyone who is using a pellet cooker unless its a Memphis. 
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,122
    I think a Smobot would have solved most of your issues. The Grill Grates work extremely well, highly recommend them for gassers. Don't feel bad about cooking on something other than an egg. Most of my cooks are on a Weber kettle.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,706
    The food off a pellet grill will eat. 

    After a buddy had hell with his Treager, I wouldn't own the brand. Lots of flare ups and runaway temps. They sent him 2 replacements controls, replacement circuit board, replacement hoppers and auger, a whole new smoker, another new smoker with the upgraded side box. The warranty was good but they all had the same issues. He got rid of it and went with a Camp Chef and hasn't had any issues. 
    Aledo, Texas
    Large BGE
    KJ Jr.

    Exodus 12:9 KJV
    Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

  • jlawjlaw Posts: 16
    I also added a YS640 to the fleet about a year ago and did find after a few months that each grill finds its place and will switch back and forth depending on cook. It’s great for an early morning startup on a low and slow (push start and come back in 20 minutes). I agree with @pgprescott, get the Grill Grates and the two piece diffuser door. Easiest reverse sear I’ve ever done even with the Kamado Joe 2 piece deflectors.
    Newton KS
    MBGE, Large Joe, Weber gasser, YS640
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,424
    I went to BBQ's Galore the other day and looked at their Green Mountain Davy Crockett. That might be a cool little smoker to take camping.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

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