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Unread 02-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #8

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Originally Posted by Pole D View Post
For those of you that have this smoker, can you please tell me a little about your experience with it?

How much can you cook on it? Cold weather performance? Easy to use? What would be a good price for a slightly used one?
I don't have one, but I have seen them in action. I would say that the capacity that GMDGeek posted it accurate. As far as cold weather, the controller will just feed more pellets to keep the temp up, so it will hold temp fine, but you'll burn more pellets. A welding blanket over the top will help cut down the pellet consumption.

Originally Posted by GMDGeek View Post
From the looks of it I can probably do 3 racks of St. Louis cut ribs flat at a time OR 2 maybe 3 pork shoulders OR 1 brisket. It is not a huge pit by any means. But for a family cook should do nicely. I am looking forward to doing a couple cooks on it and I'll keep everyone posted on how it does.
You're going to want to adjust the way you cook a little. The pellets burn very efficiently so there isn't as much smoke flavor. Most pellet heads cook at a lower temp for the beginning of the cook for the big meats to get more smoke. On the Traeger analog controller that's what the Smoke setting does. I cook at a lower temp for the first couple of hours for butts and briskets on my pellet smoker and then kick the temp up after that.
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