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Unread 12-01-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default The time has come....to upgrade. Traeger vs Rec Tec...HELP!

I have a 22.5 WSM and i love it...but i want to supplement/upgrade to a wood pellet grill.

They are the same price....about the same size (Texas Grill vs Rec Tec)...and i can't decide.

Traeger has a 3 year warranty while Rec Tec has a 6 year warranty. BUT....Traeger has been in business for over 30 years....Rec Tec....I have no idea.

I STRONGLY prefer the look of the Traeger...but from what i'm reading the Rec Tec seems to be built better....

I can't decide!!! PLEASE HELP!??!
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Unread 12-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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I just bought a Louisiana grills one. 3 year warranty and it is made on our shore not china. Looking at the rec tec site it doesn't say where it's made. To me that's a big deal
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Unread 12-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure that by lookin at them, you can tell the barrels are probably made at the same china shop. I have a heavily modified traeger and while I have a way higher top end temp, 200 500 the rec Tec performs just as well.
here is a performance review of the Rec Tec
If your buying it to replace a grill you will be dissatisfied as most pellet owners are. It's easy to make up a direct grilling setup though. Rec Tec also uses stainless parts also where as traeger doesn't.
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I'm pretty sure that by lookin at them, you can tell the barrels are probably made at the same china shop. I have a heavily modified traeger and while I have a way higher top end temp, 200 500 the rec Tec performs just as well.
here is a performance review of the Rec Tec
If your buying it to replace a grill you will be dissatisfied as most pellet owners are. It's easy to make up a direct grilling setup though. Rec Tec also uses stainless parts also where as traeger doesn't.
Thank you for the help. I am not replacing my grill though...I will be primarily using this for smoking.
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and there it is right on the box of the picture of the performance review. lets be a little prouder of our own products. Louisiana grills are made here.!! the price is too comparable to go china http://www.louisiana-grills.com/
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I've owned my Texas for one year now and have used it every week since I bought it last November. Ran it three days straight for a big cook last May without any problems. I bought mine at Costco and for the price point I don't think I could have done better. Probably going to add one more Traeger to my collection but I can't figure out which one.
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and there it is right on the box of the picture of the performance review. lets be a little prouder of our own products. Louisiana grills are made here.!! the price is too comparable to go china http://www.louisiana-grills.com/
Don't know which state your from, but until your president straightens china out that way American products can compete, I myself would buy a grill that is $$$ cheaper. Wait I did. When the American public is pinching pennies and if your like my wife and I, paying $.55 of tax on every $1 you make, you learn to penny pinch. So at thIs state in time, it is what it is, 1 or 1000 sales won't make a difference. Maybe one day! Faith is a powerful thing though.
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Default Question is

Where are the Rec-tech grills made? I still don't know....
And P.S. I like the fact that it doesn't look like every other grill out there. Not sure if red is the best color but.... to each his own.
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I owned a Lil Tex for several years and it gave me good service for what it is--an entry level pellet smoker.
Can't help you with the Rec Tec.

The pellet smoker/grill market has exploded.
Lots of options at every price point.

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BBQ sauce reviews just did a review on the rec tec. I believe he said it was made in china.
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I'm EXACTLY in the same boat looking for an entry level pellet pooper. Thus far,I've been leaning toward the GMG Jim Bowie just based on reviews I've read. I like the look of the Rec Tec but it doesn't have a cover made for it and that bothers me. In fact, it lacks accessories all together. I want something I can cook at home with as well as comps, so space is another thing I've been looking at. My two cents.
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I'd look at the smoke daddy pellet pro..better deal and some better features.

http://pelletprogrill.com/grills.html
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Don't forget to look at GMG (green mountain grills). I hear they have some features that other pellet grills don't have.
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Bah. Old post is old!
What'd you end up buying?
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Have you considered a Yoder?
They seem to be in the price range as the ones you mentioned as far as I can see.

http://www.yodersmokers.com/ys480-pellet-grill.html
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