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Old 04-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #16
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I've got both a Traeger and a UDS. The UDS rarely gets used anymore while the Traeger gets put to work 3-4 nights a week. It's really nice to be able to turn it on and off quickly. If I only want a 20-30 minute cook I can fire up the traeger and not have to worry about it coming up to temp, cooling back down, wasting fuel etc.

The quality of food which comes off of it is in line with what my UDS has put out and it has given me the ability to cook with smoke on a much more regular basis.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #17
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Stick Burner........that is if you want. Great BBQ
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #18
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Pellets are 100% wood.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:53 AM   #19
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It's a great hybrid.. I work a lot, it's nice to be able to hit some burgers with a little smoke then crank the heat up and finish em off quickly. I still own a gas grill and a performer. It's a tool in the aresonel. I’ve never had better chicken thighs than I’ve had off my pellet pooper. J
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #20
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I have a Treager and a Jambo. Both have their places and enjoy them both. The deal with the wife was to sell the Treager when I got the offset. I just couldn't do it. It is one of my children!

They don't suck as they have won in many comps.

Best advice I can give you is befriend someone who has one and do a cook with them. Taste the food, then you decide.
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i have also conciderd one. But thy can't guarantee that there is 100% wood . So i didn't do it
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:41 PM   #22
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Sure! Switch to a pellet grill, but do some research first about capacity/size that you might want and check out pellet cooking forums and reviews.

We use two pellet grills in comps, one for the first time a few weeks ago. We won backyard GC, cooking three meats on two pellet grills. All a pellet grill is to me is a different method of delivering heat & smoke to meat, which is the foundation of outdoor cooking. Nothing wrong with a little technology to help maintain even temps. I like the fact that pellet grills have very little ash waste to deal with and are a good means of recycling a byproduct that might otherwise not be used.

For the record, I have gotten calls cooking on a WSM, a Performer and now a pellet grill. Its the cook, not the cooker.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:50 PM   #23
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i have also conciderd one. But thy can't guarantee that there is 100% wood . So i didn't do it
Can you explain this? If you use pellets made for BBQ use, not heating pellets, they are 100% wood. BBQr's Delight, Bear Mountain, Cookin' pellets, and several others all make 100% wood pellets for BBQ use.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:51 PM   #24
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It depends on what your goal is.

I have a UDS and have a buddy that has a Traeger. Both of us love our smokers. Both of us can set it and forget it. Both of us have done long cooks (14+ hours).

He has a faster startup time than I do.

Mine costs 1/10th of what he paid for his.

I am partial to the smoke flavor I get from the UDS and have a little more control of that than he does (something he likes about the UDS).

I use a Weber ketttle to cook high heat. He can use his Traeger.

I have more cooking area with the 2nd grate.

His is prettier than mine.

it's up to you, but I just couldn't pull the trigger on a Traeger once I got use to my UDS. I have seen a few great deals, but I am partial to the money in my pocket as I didn't see a big benefit to upgrading(?) to a Traeger. Since my buddy has a Traeger, he can't justify building a UDS. We both just cook for our families, and small get togethers, so we don't need anything larger.
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There are a lot of pellet smokers being used every weekend by some of the top teams in the nation.
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Pellets are 100% wood.

Technically you may be right, but we all know that it isn't the same.
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There are a lot of pellet smokers being used every weekend by some of the top teams in the nation.
And in a lot of backyards Mine is heating up right now to cook lunch.
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Technically you may be right, but we all know that it isn't the same.
What isn't the same? Wood is wood. It all comes from trees.
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As long as the pellets are cooking/BBQ'ing pellets vs. home heating pellets, they are made of wood.

From BBQr's Delight webpage:

Pellets are a unique form of natural wood. When pellets are made, all of the air within the cellular structure of the wood is evacuated, thus concentrating the wood into a very dense form, much denser than the natural tree. As compared to other wood flavor enhancers, pellets will yield a more intense smoke more quickly which seals the food, locking in natural moisture and adding smoke flavor exactly when it’s needed.

Since pellets have been processed from sawdust by pressure which generates heat, any contaminants present in the wood are eliminated. This process produces a sterile smoking wood product of consistent quality. Pellets are easy to use since you do not soak in water prior to use. It’s easy to blend wood flavors with pellets and easily repeat successful cooking results.


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not all pellets are 100% wood, some have fillers

also, some pellets are not 100% the wood they say they are. Some have other wood mixed in for filler. Some have ash in them, with the hickory etc

You have to read the bag
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