It's not like you won't get smoke flavor using a pellet. I get a smoke ring on my burgers when I use the traeger...
With all of the foiling we do now its not a big difference.... We foil buts a little later to develop a "better" bark. We can cook a brisket straight through with no wrap and its perfect, not over smoked.
Backwoods Party, Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie, UDS, junior traeger