Pellets burn cleaner, pretty simple. It's food grade wood pellet, no creosote taste. The majority of pellets, aside from gourmet pure pellets are made from a base of the most prevalent pellet from their region. Traegers are mostly alder in the northwest. I get outstanding flavor from mine all the time. Smoker bias and brand bashing are common in bbq, we all know that. It helps people deal with cognitive dissonance.
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