I need some opinions Brethern. The guy that bought my holland grill today expressed interest in a trade for my smoker. He is trying to sell a 2yr old Traeger Lil' Tex Elite on CL for $500, comes with cover and front shelf. He offered me his grill and a TBD value of cash. Am I crazy for considering this? I realy like mine, but we have a 4 year old and 9 month old twins, so free time comes at a premium. What are your thoughts? Would I be making a mistake with the Traeger? Being a newbie to smoking, I think I'd get more out of the Traeger then mine. Thought and opinions greatly appreciated.
09-22-2013 03:48 PM
Pellet grills require electricity IMO it is an electric smoker, Pellets are propitiatory fuel you can't run down to the local store to but a sack full like you can with charcoal. If it was me I'd build a UDS pretty much set & forget for the most part so you would have more free time with your curtain climbers and more free cash to spoil 'em rotten
Brian in Maine
09-22-2013 03:55 PM
I had a Bandera that sat pretty much unused for 2 years because I couldn't dedicate the time to use it. My BBQ life vastly improved after I got my 1st WSM. There are some people that love pellet poopers, and you may be one. Go with your gut.
PS If you like strong smoke taste I have heard that the pellet grill would not be good for you.
09-22-2013 03:55 PM
Kids will be grown and gone (and you'll be broke) in a flash. Hang on to your good toys. Steel, coal and wood will be there after your kiddos have your credit cards at college. Electronics will be shot by then. Quality never goes out of style
09-22-2013 06:01 PM
That cooker is sweet. I wouldn't even consider the trade but, that's just my 2 cents.
09-22-2013 06:06 PM
I have an offset and a traeger. I got my traeger (Texas Elite) with a cover and front shelf on CL for $600 so a Lil Tex seems high to me. That being said, you can find a treater whenever. I would keep what you got.
09-22-2013 06:11 PM
Thanks for all the input. Leaning towards nit making the trade.
09-22-2013 06:16 PM
You lost me at Buckeys ;)
09-22-2013 08:51 PM
a lil' tex can be had at a costco road show for that price, warrantied, with the best return policy in. the. world.
hell no. i frankly think the chargriller pellet grill, roughly same size, at lowe's, is better made than the traeger. i owned the texas for two years.
his trager for the grill in the picture? again, hell no.
09-22-2013 10:19 PM
if it were a Traeger that was made here, i might be tempted. and i really don't care for them in the first place.
BUT from what i have heard and read about the new ones that are made in China, well that temptation is far away in a safe place. YMMV
09-22-2013 10:23 PM
Keep what ya got. That is unique and the Traeger is dime a dozen.
09-22-2013 10:32 PM
09-22-2013 10:37 PM
I'm a buckeye fan so I'd keep that beauty and paint it scarlet and grey!
09-22-2013 10:41 PM
Keep that Santa Maria! Pick up a WSM or do the UDS.
09-23-2013 09:18 AM
Thanks for all the follow up. As far as I know, it was built in the US. I not going to do the trade. To hard to give the ol girl away.