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OT, pellet grill advice

posterposter Posts: 824
Before i get completely flamed for talking about pellet grills here. I am not expecting something to be more versatile or "better" in  anyway then my egg. I am here to ask if anyone has or has had experience with GMG davey crockett or other similar sized pellet grill. The reason I ask is i am looking for a simple solution for the weekend camp. I love the idea of setting a temp and forgetting about it for a good while, all in a small package. Its also something my wife or kid could start without open flames. Camp often finds me off in the boat, exploring, or just plain getting some work done. The size of the davey crockett makes it portable and also a bonus is it can run off 12v so can plug right into solar. I can even take it on the odd camping trip. I was about to pull the trigger, then seen quite a few reviews of bad circuit boards or temp sensors throwing temps way out of wack making it unreliable. It may be older models or like anything else, the only ones reviewing are the ones that are having problems. Thats why im here, to see if anyone owns one or another similar brand (portable size or close) and what they think of it?

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  • epcotisbestepcotisbest Posts: 2,157
    Recteq RT-340. Love it. Since getting this thing last year I have used my other grills maybe a handful of times. The pellet grill is so easy to use and the RT-340 has folding legs to make transport easy and probably easy to to set up on a picnic table at camp.
    Can't speak for the GMG, but the Recteq is fantastic. Food comes out fantastic, moist, tender and juicy and the temp setting reaches desired temp fast, and then stays rock steady through the entire cook. I have done everything from thighs to ribs to brisket and all came out fantastic.


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 23,378
    Found this tread that I posted last spring thru the forum search function:

    Re: OT My son (married and a one year old) wants a pellet grill ($700-800 top spend); inputs welcome OT  

    There are a few more there that should help independent of anything else.
    BTW- he really enjoys the REC-TEC he bought and it does crank out some great Q.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,804
    I can't help too much for size but I asked for recommendations for a pellet grill for a friend over on the BBQ Brethren last year. The overall consensus was either a Recteq or Grilla. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,921
    I had a GMG for a few years, I had no issues with it.  The flavor it produced was not overly impressive, but not bad.  I sold it a few years ago.  It was a decent grill.  I have since bought a Weber Smokefire and that is an incredible grill.  They stumbled out of the gate and let the public beta test, but has since been resolved.  The flavor is great, and the open/non deflector configuration is an awesome configuration to get better smoke flavor from a pellet grill.  I now use it over my eggs to sear and grill steaks.  I can only speak for these two pellet grills as I have never owned the others.

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  •  I cook every Saturday at my son’s store.  He sells a number of different grills and I often cook on a Traeger.  My thoughts are it is very easy to cook on.  The app on your phone is excellent and the food comes out perfectly cooked, juicy and moist.  The downside is a very weak smoke profile.  I know a guy with a Rectec last year and he swears by it.  There are lots of teams on the circuit now using pellet grills so there is a huge following.  Most competitions have turned into a rub and sauce show with smoke profiles becoming much less important.  
    Southeast Louisiana
    2 Larges, 1 XL, Rockin W Smokers gravity fed unit
    Go Tigahas!!!
  • butt_juicebutt_juice Posts: 126
    I'd be very cautious about leaving any heat source unattended when out in the woods, especially if you are camping/cooking in any national forest areas. I couldn't imagine being the source of blame for a wildfire. 
    South Central Kansas
    Instagram: @midwest_voyager
  • butt_juicebutt_juice Posts: 126
     I cook every Saturday at my son’s store.  He sells a number of different grills and I often cook on a Traeger.  My thoughts are it is very easy to cook on.  The app on your phone is excellent and the food comes out perfectly cooked, juicy and moist.  The downside is a very weak smoke profile.  I know a guy with a Rectec last year and he swears by it.  There are lots of teams on the circuit now using pellet grills so there is a huge following.  Most competitions have turned into a rub and sauce show with smoke profiles becoming much less important.  
    Do you achieve much of a smoke ring with your egg? I have been smoking on mine for 5 years and can not achieve a smoke ring. I maintain nice consistent temps and excellent flavor in my bbq'd meats, but never can get that ring to form. 
    South Central Kansas
    Instagram: @midwest_voyager
  • posterposter Posts: 824
    I'd be very cautious about leaving any heat source unattended when out in the woods, especially if you are camping/cooking in any national forest areas. I couldn't imagine being the source of blame for a wildfire. 
    Ya, if need be I would leave it in the middle of the gravel driveway. My biggest concern would be a bear tipping it over. Looking at this a little harder, I still like the GMG Davey Crockett the best for the size, but I am still worried about the controller. The Grilla grills seam really nice and better suited for the cold too. Recteq also seems to have some favourable reviews. Damn, this is a tough one
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,921
    My gmg never controller issues, but I had the Daniel Boone model. 

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • MayberryMayberry Posts: 705
    I've had an Egg of some sort for 10 years and I'll never be without a ceramic kamado cooker.  But, I sold my KJ Jr a few weeks ago and bought a Rec Tec 590.  I absolutely love it.  Best combination of grills I've ever had between my Large Egg and RecTec.  Great food, amazingly consistent, very simple.  I can start the RecTec via wifi when I leave the grocery store and it's fully heated before I get home.  That's pretty awesome.  You won't have that while camping, but it's extremely easy to start, and my wife can cut it on and adjust the temp with ease.  Customer service is amazing.  I never thought I'd find service that competes with, or even beats, BGE.  But Rec Tec's customer service is some of the best I've ever seen with any product.  If you are getting a pellet grill for your use, I say go with the Rec Tec 340 and don't look back.  
    Athens, GA
    Large BGE and a Kamado Joe Jr.  Perfect pairing!
  • ewyllinsewyllins Posts: 454
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,421
    I have a Cookshack FEC 120 pellet smoker. It's a little big to justify for home use, but its nice to be able to cook one butt or sixteen. It will cook lightly loaded or 150# pork.
    Once you understand how to cook with it in order to produce a good smoke profile, it really does a good job flavor wise.
    I really enjoy having it.
    It would be nice to have pellet grill also.
    Birmingham, AL
  • @butt_juice I get excellent smoke rings.  There are a few tricks that help: don’t be shy with smoking wood, I use chunks usually pecan and cherry.  Put the protein on the egg cold, you can also spritz to keep the meat damp for the first few hours on the egg.  If all else fails add a little celery seed to your rub it promotes ring formation.


    Southeast Louisiana
    2 Larges, 1 XL, Rockin W Smokers gravity fed unit
    Go Tigahas!!!
  • EGoldsteinEGoldstein Posts: 34
    I have the Rec Tec RT-360.  Absolutely love it.  RecTec’s are all built with all stainless steel construction and built like a tank.  Customer service is second to none.   They do daily YouTube videos and lots more.  I had a few pellet grills, but Rec Tec has been the best.
    Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
  • EGoldsteinEGoldstein Posts: 34
    I meant the RT-340, not 360.
    Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
  • posterposter Posts: 824
    Thanks everyone. I was most interested in the Grilla and Recteq, but looks like there is no more shipping to Canada at the moment. Settled on the GMG Davey Crockett, which is still 3-4 weeks out. Just in time for fishing opener 
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