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Old 06-26-2013, 05:35 PM   #16
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personally, i have 3 pits for 3 different uses

UDS imo puts the best cooked over coals flavor on meats.
BBQ vault can hold the most meat and is a fuel miser when cooked dry
Traeger 075 with pid homebrew auber controller, its by far the easiest and gets the most use at home. i grilled some burgers direct flame last night, gonna grill some dry brined ribeyes tonight. literally at home i only use my pellet cooker unless i wanna play with some charchal.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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I have pellet, charcoal and woodburners. I like each one for what they do.
Wouldn't trade any of them off.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #18
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love my GMG pellet pooper :) spend less on pellets than i used to on charcoal .
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #19
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Trick question because a pellet smoker can not grill steaks so are you just using it as a smoker or do you need it to also be a grill? (whatever you buy that is).
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:42 PM   #20
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I have both and use them for different things. As Mark notes above my pellet doesn't do a good job of searing, so anything which needs direct heat goes onto the kettle. Anything which goes indirect goes onto the pellet.

One of the things benefits of the pellet cooker that I don't think gets enough attention is it's use for short cooks 15-20 minutes. Often times setting up the kettle or drum, waiting for the temp to stabilize etc. takes longer than the cook will take. With the pellet I flip the switch, it heats up faster than my oven, I toss on the food, cook and when I'm done I pull it off. No waiting for the fire to die down and no waste. It's a nice way to add some smoke to foods you might not normally take the time to.
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Trick question because a pellet smoker can not grill steaks .
says who ? many can . way too much false info spread around about pellet grills .
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:09 PM   #23
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As you can see from my signature I have Stick Burners, Eggs, a Large Cabinet Cooker but no pellet smoker so I can not speak to them. I like each cooker and use them at different times for different things. The cookers that get the most use are the Eggs. Not because I like them the best but because they are quick to fire up. They can cook low and slow or hot and fast. They are great for pizza and baking bread and are quick to use after a long days work.

When smoking larger quantities of meat I would say that my Spicewine is my favorite cooker. It holds rock solid temps for long periods of time. It allows me to get sleep while it cooks away and turns out top notch product.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:23 PM   #24
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Trick question because a pellet smoker can not grill steaks so are you just using it as a smoker or do you need it to also be a grill? (whatever you buy that is).
Really?

Memphis Pro at 500 degrees with Grillgrates...



Memphis Pro at 600, no grill grates...



It all depends on what you buy. The FEC-100 is just a smoker, but smoker/grills like the Memphis Pro, the FE-500 and the Yoder (and probably some others) do a great job grilling, too.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:56 PM   #25
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gotta love the bbq pitmasters where Johnnie Trigg says "pellet grills are for beginners . they impart no smoke flavor into the meat " . that was the one where he was given a pork belly to cook and said "what the hell is a pork belly ?"

this was a hot and fast (300*) brisket foiled after 4 hrs ....



and a stuffed pork tenderloin after 4- 4 1/2ish total cook time



total time fire tending = 0 :)
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:03 PM   #26
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Stick for serious smokin, Charcoal / stick for grilling, Pellet for easy combo grill with light smoke
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:23 PM   #27
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Pellets are super easy... light smoke profile.... but I love my Backwoods!
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #28
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^+1 Woo hoo wood! We love our stickburner and it doesn't take near as much time to fire up as you would think (30min). We also have a canister style charcoal cooker that we use when we're looking for a faster cook, or hotter temps. Never used a pellet cooker and probably never will but that is just us
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I have pellet, charcoal and woodburners. I like each one for what they do.
Wouldn't trade any of them off.
She nailed it. My feelings exactly.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #30
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I have 2 Traeger pellet grills, and 3 charcoal units - Akorn, UDS, and mini wsm. I love the Traegers and I find the smokiness in the pellet grills to be smoother than the charcoal units. With that said, I also like my charcoal units with my favorite being the mini wsm. You can't go wrong with either. As for pellet cost, I get mine (Bear Mountain) for $10 per 20lb bag.
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