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Old 04-12-2018, 05:21 PM   #31
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Will be interesting to see where this pellet cooker thread goes! Personally, I have owned and cooked on a good number of cookers (gas, charcoal, wood and pellet), some being pretty nice. Out of all of them, my MAK has been my overall favorite :)
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:26 PM   #32
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I have been looking at the Pit Boss Austin XL. Anyone here have one or know anything about it?
I can tell you one thing, I looked it up and watched a quick video on you tube and I can tell by looking at the slider to make that a direct cooking grill that it is made by Louisiana grills. I really like that feature allot and it is identical to the same one on the Louisiana grills. The Austin XL has quite a few nice features I like. One I mentioned, also like the pellet dump which is on my Camp Chef, not to mention it has allot room. Mine is a bit smaller where I can get 3 racks on my Camp Chef, but that is about max. I have done two racks and a Boston butt and again I was pretty well maxed. That room will come in handy. The only other thing you really want to find out is if it has any big temp swings. Better grade pellets can help with that, but I am guessing that grill is made by Louisiana grills and they are a pretty good grill. I think you will be pretty happy with that grill.

I am certainly no expert on pellet grills, but some things I have learned since I bought mine is, you want all the room you can get for your dollar. Stainless steel firebox, a quick pellet dump and the option for easy direct and indirect cooking and the Pit Boss Austin XL seems to have all that and some.

It is going to be interesting in the next few years at how these grills evolve. They are light years better than even a year ago. These new options are probably going to put the gas grill industry out of business in the next 5 years. I myself have not touched my gas grill in months.

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Old 04-12-2018, 07:38 PM   #33
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The BOOM is caused by the un burnt gasses igniting.
When on the low, or smoke setting, the pellets are smoldering. Turning up the temp, causes the auger to feed more pellets on to already smoldering pellets, creating un burnt gasses. When the pellets finally ignite, the gasses also ignite, causing a explosion.

This is more likely to happen on start up if you leave the lid closed. I always open to lid during start up.
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Had a yoder 640 for a year and liked it. Now have a Memphis Elite and like it. Owned and cooked on stick burners, high end gassers, kamados, and gravity feed...I am a pellet convert these days!


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It is going to be interesting in the next few years at how these grills evolve. They are light years better than even a year ago. These new options are probably going to put the gas grill industry out of business in the next 5 years. I myself have not touched my gas grill in months.

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I 100% agree with this. I believe this will be the future eventually. The main thing I like about pellet cookers is consistency in the outcome. Recipes I feel depend on that.
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I can tell you one thing, I looked it up and watched a quick video on you tube and I can tell by looking at the slider to make that a direct cooking grill that it is made by Louisiana grills. I really like that feature allot and it is identical to the same one on the Louisiana grills. The Austin XL has quite a few nice features I like. One I mentioned, also like the pellet dump which is on my Camp Chef, not to mention it has allot room. Mine is a bit smaller where I can get 3 racks on my Camp Chef, but that is about max. I have done two racks and a Boston butt and again I was pretty well maxed. That room will come in handy. The only other thing you really want to find out is if it has any big temp swings. Better grade pellets can help with that, but I am guessing that grill is made by Louisiana grills and they are a pretty good grill. I think you will be pretty happy with that grill.

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Yes This is a product affiliated with Louisiana Grills. The user manual has Louisiana Grill on it, along with Pit Boss.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:59 AM   #37
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Had a yoder 640 for a year and liked it. Now have a Memphis Elite and like it. Owned and cooked on stick burners, high end gassers, kamados, and gravity feed...I am a pellet convert these days!


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what made you go with the Memphis elite? I like to duel feed in the Memphis so you can do two flavors at once. I would think it be hard to walk away from the Yoder!
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It is going to be interesting in the next few years at how these grills evolve. They are light years better than even a year ago. These new options are probably going to put the gas grill industry out of business in the next 5 years. I myself have not touched my gas grill in months.
It will certainly be interesting to see. I don't think it will put the gasser industry out (especially if HD keeps selling $150-$200 options), but I think it will definitely take a bit of market share for those willing to spend $500 on a grill. You also have to remember, not everybody wants to smoke everything like we do. I, personally, still use my Weber a ton. Also, reliability is still very much up in the air on a lot of these new pellets. A Weber will last you 20+ years if cared for properly. If my GMG lasts me half that I'll be shocked.

However, I could be very much wrong. If Traeger or one of the others can create a brand like Yeti or UA, anything can take off.
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It will certainly be interesting to see. I don't think it will put the gasser industry out (especially if HD keeps selling $150-$200 options), but I think it will definitely take a bit of market share for those willing to spend $500 on a grill. You also have to remember, not everybody wants to smoke everything like we do. I, personally, still use my Weber a ton. Also, reliability is still very much up in the air on a lot of these new pellets. A Weber will last you 20+ years if cared for properly. If my GMG lasts me half that I'll be shocked.

However, I could be very much wrong. If Traeger or one of the others can create a brand like Yeti or UA, anything can take off.
I am still waiting to see a pellet grill bearing the name WEBER! Unless I have missed it, but what is holding Weber back from making a pellet grill?
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I was loading a bag of pellets in my pellet cooker that was already hot, all I heard was the pellets going into the hopper, suddenly I felt something hitting my feet, I had touched the corner of the bag to the hot grill, and a big hole opened up spilling the pellets out which I did not notice because of the sound from the pellets I was putting in the hopper. Like I said sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself, although I admit there were a few swear words mixed in under my breath.
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I am still waiting to see a pellet grill bearing the name WEBER! Unless I have missed it, but what is holding Weber back from making a pellet grill?
They make a lot of fantastic products. They may be the best selling grill brand out there? Maybe they just wanted to keep out? Maybe they are preparing a super-grill that is pellet powered?
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They make a lot of fantastic products. They may be the best selling grill brand out there? Maybe they just wanted to keep out? Maybe they are preparing a super-grill that is pellet powered?
Honestly I’m surprised they haven’t come up with a COS by now too. Could you imagine a porcelain enamel offset lol
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Pellet Grills are here to stay and are really versatile. But we've really only used ours for smoking or at roasting temps. If we are going to grill we almost always reverse sear and then do a quick finish on the gas grill. My GMG has been reliable and when I had trouble with the WiFi, they sent me a new controller with an external antenna and problem was solved. Their app and firmware and product continues to evolve. Their controller is rock solid and allows for plenty of smoke even pushing 300F. It's also one of the better buys for the feature set.
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Pellet Grills are here to stay and are really versatile. But we've really only used ours for smoking or at roasting temps. If we are going to grill we almost always reverse sear and then do a quick finish on the gas grill. My GMG has been reliable and when I had trouble with the WiFi, they sent me a new controller with an external antenna and problem was solved. Their app and firmware and product continues to evolve. Their controller is rock solid and allows for plenty of smoke even pushing 300F. It's also one of the better buys for the feature set.
And many pellet smokers out now can grill over direct flame. Unfortunately GMG doesn’t have that yet but it’s becoming quite common.
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