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Old 10-12-2018, 01:47 AM   #16
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I’ve had 1 or 2 flameouts on my grill before adding my Savannah stoker. IMO with the basic timed pellet controller it’s only a matter of time until a flameout happens. That controller just can’t account for anything like wind ambient temp etc. If traeger added a simple PID controller they would be way ahead of the game on their lower end models. The Savannah stoker on my unit makes it so much better. I run +\- 5 degrees as the norm regardless of rain snow etc.

And I agree that traeger over markets. It’s too much. They are trying to create a household brand but they have some issues that are tough to overcome. The timberline problems need to be corrected. That’s a fundamentally excellent smoker but the price point and known flaws are attracting a lot of poor reviews.

I will say that their customer service is excellent though. I had a pellet bind that seemed to strip some gears in my auger. They had an auger motor in the mail after 10 mins on the phone.
Traeger Lil Tex Elite / SS V4 Controller / Thermoworks MK4 Thermapen, DOT, Smoke, Thermopop
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:43 AM   #17
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I've been happy with mine. As said, not near the smoke profile of a stick burner, but convenience is hard to beat when I don't have time to watch the stick burner. Also nice can go off and leave and monitor food temp and adjust grill temp remotely. i do find the double wall is a big improvement in holding temp in cold weather. I've had no problems, but I do clean it thoroughly periodically. Not saying others may not be better, but didn't have many options close by.
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