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Old 06-27-2019, 07:10 AM   #1
somebody shut me the fark up.

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Default Pellet Cookers-Fad or Future

Has it been decided yet? I enjoyed my pellet adventure, but honestly don’t miss it much.
Pellet grills have been around a long time now. There’s just something romantic about those YouTube videos of Carolina Pitmasters shoveling coals under a whole hog that you don’t get pushing a button and Dialing in a temp.

I think the answer is both
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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I would say the genie could no longer be put back in the bottle once Walmart started selling them.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:22 AM   #3
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I hope that pellets never ever replace stick burners or any live fire cooking method. Tending a fire is cooking with love / tuning a temp and filling a hopper is cooking with lust
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:42 AM   #4
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Pellets aren’t going anywhere but they definitely aren’t replacing charcoal or wood. That’s crazy talk. If anything is going away it’s gas but that’s going to be a while. Automation in general will be becoming more popular and reliable though.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:56 AM   #5
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It's like propane grills. A lot of people replaced their charcoal kettle with a gas grill. More people have grills as a result.

Pellet poopers are the same. Same guys replace, others jump in who have never before.

Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:10 AM   #6
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I love my MAK. I love my Primo. I love my WSM. I want to get a gravity fed. I want to get a stick burner. I want to get......
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:27 AM   #7
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The technology is superior and getting better all the time. Pellet cookers are here to stay.

But CD's, DVD's, BlueRay, MP3 etc. still hasn't "replaced" vinyl for the die-hards. That's the way this story will go IMHO.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:28 AM   #8
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Fad or future?


That being said though, I agree with Brent, they will replace a TON of gassers in the future. Convenient as gas with better flavor and more options, they’re a winner!

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Old 06-27-2019, 08:30 AM   #9
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I think pellet smokers are a gateway drug.

I started with the Traeger because it was cheap and easy...then I found all you FARKERs, spent about $1,500 on new equipment and trashed the Traeger!
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:32 AM   #10
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I currently have an Old Country Pecos for smoking, and a Weber kettle for grilling. I would like to add a pellet pooper and UDC to the lineup at some point for the set it and forget it convenience those times I don't have 4-12+ hours to dedicate to running the Pecos, however I feel that I will ALWAYS have an offset stick burner in my lineup.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:45 AM   #11
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As much as I love managing a fire, the pellet still has it's place in my home. Sometimes sleep is more important when you can still get a pretty good outcome. Pellets are here to stay, but they'll never replace wood. But, that's not really their intention either. It's just convenience.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:21 AM   #12
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I see pellets killing the kamado grills. Kamado fad is over.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:45 AM   #13
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Depends. It was only a FAD for me. Can’t replicate the flavor of drum or stick.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:01 AM   #14
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I think it will be both. They are everywhere. Even a local electronics store near me has a bbq section with Green Eggs and Treager grills. The reason I got my PitBoss is because I wanted a grill that my wife could start to replace the gasser that was rusted out, and I enjoy smoking too. That sold me on the idea, and then I got a christmas gift from my wife and dad (dad transported the grill in his truck and bought me a couple bags of pellets). I have had a few disappointments and learning experiences, but I like the convenience, and the versatility of cooking the best. My copperhead purchase was due to peer pressure from you Brick-Cheap-Seak guys. I gave in. Anyway, it is not my only way to cook, but it is filling in the time that I spend shuffling kids, homework, and all my family stuff. I still have a couple of other types of cookers though, to prepare me for retirement in 80 years...give or take 20 or 30
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:05 AM   #15
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I must have missed it. When did you sell your Davy Crockett?
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