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LloydQ
03-09-2018, 04:30 PM
I was very surprised today at HD. I saw a couple of Traeger pellet grills. That is the 1st time I had seen one in person. The larger of the 2 was $800, the smaller was $500.

Not to be insulting to those that own them, but they sure looked flimsy to me, especially for that kind of money.

Blizzard
03-09-2018, 05:24 PM
I agree on the perceived lack of quality. The metal seems pretty thin for the price.

CptKaos
03-09-2018, 05:31 PM
Most of their money is going into making info-mercials the rest goes to salaries and whats left buys more made in china cookers IMO

Larry

Free Mr. Tony
03-09-2018, 06:35 PM
I don't necessarily have a problem with the way they are built, and they work great. With a computer controlled temperature it is not crucial to have thick metal to retain heat. You have a constant fuel source. I will say though that there are better pellet grills to be had for the same money.

The timberline's are definitely not like the rest of their line though. Those are pretty top notch as far as the build goes. Even with those though, probably better available grills at the same price point.

patrickd26
03-09-2018, 07:33 PM
I literally just got home from putting one together for my father-in-law. It's heavy enough that it won't tip over in the wind I think. The hopper was very heavy and solid. Everything else was.... pretty flimsy. It'll be interesting to see how it does because he's planning to keep it outside with a cover. Ouch.

tom b
03-09-2018, 09:38 PM
It will make great food

Dweverett
03-09-2018, 09:43 PM
I don't necessarily have a problem with the way they are built, and they work great. With a computer controlled temperature it is not crucial to have thick metal to retain heat. You have a constant fuel source. I will say though that there are better pellet grills to be had for the same money.

The timberline's are definitely not like the rest of their line though. Those are pretty top notch as far as the build goes. Even with those though, probably better available grills at the same price point.

Totally agree. You can get a similar grill for less or somewhat better construction for similar money but that said, they work well. The computerized design means that the thinner metal has limited impact on performance.

martyleach
03-09-2018, 10:14 PM
I looked at Traeger's and heard enough stories about their augers that break. I saved my money and bought a MAK which is made in Oregon. Awesome cooker with even better Customer Service.

electron_si
03-09-2018, 10:18 PM
They are pretty thin metal but I’ve yet to have a problem with mine. It doesn’t cost too much to run and I’m always happy with the food it turns out.

mrp116
03-09-2018, 10:37 PM
People that run stick burners, haven't done the research and don't really understand pellet grills will think they are flimsy. The reality is that they are flimsy compared to quality stick burners. However, with their built-in electronics, they do not need to be as heavy and thick (solid) to put out a solid product. All cookers have their place, and pellet grills fill a niche in between a wood burner and a kettle.

wahoowad
03-09-2018, 11:54 PM
When I look at a Traeger I am always reminded of growing companies that start to squeeze every penny

Shagbark
03-10-2018, 02:59 AM
Our local Ace Hardware stocks a good selection of Traegers and Green Eggs. Traeger seems to be flooding the market with their product. Just the other day I got a flyer from Cabela’s and they are now selling Traegers in addition to their current line of pellet grills.
Traeger grills do work well and turn out respectable Que.

bschoen
03-10-2018, 07:29 AM
... However, with their built-in electronics, they do not need to be as heavy and thick (solid) to put out a solid product. .

All well and fine. But.

When those pesky N. Koreans set off that upper atmosphere high yield nuke (or we get a well aimed solar mass ejection) over North America and the resulting EMP you guys with the fancy electronics are going to be left in the dark. Those of us who have steadfastly refused to move past the 19th century will still be munching out, scarcely aware that any disturbance has occurred.

So, well, there's that. :heh:

jstrand
03-10-2018, 01:49 PM
I looked at Traeger's and heard enough stories about their augers that break. I saved my money and bought a MAK which is made in Oregon. Awesome cooker with even better Customer Service.

Pretty tough to beat a MAK, or a Memphis when it comes to pellet grills.

jsperk
03-10-2018, 03:10 PM
All well and fine. But.

When those pesky N. Koreans set off that upper atmosphere high yield nuke (or we get a well aimed solar mass ejection) over North America and the resulting EMP you guys with the fancy electronics are going to be left in the dark. Those of us who have steadfastly refused to move past the 19th century will still be munching out, scarcely aware that any disturbance has occurred.

So, well, there's that. :heh:

Or have one each lol.

dshaffes
03-11-2018, 08:36 PM
I own a Traeger Pro 22 and it works really well. The temp holds steady, it creates sweet blue smoke, and produces outstanding BBQ.

bproffer
03-12-2018, 09:54 AM
The Traeger is great for what it is, an entry level pellet cooker (other than the Timberline). This is a pretty good read about Jeremy Andrus and his vision for Traeger.

Forbes interview with Traegers new owner (https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestreptalks/2017/10/22/jeremy-andrus-found-success-with-skullcandy-now-he-hopes-to-do-it-again-with-traeger-grills/#35e2074d17ea)

PnkPanther
03-12-2018, 11:05 AM
Not everyone wants to dump thousands into a grill.

I know more than one happy Traeger owner. I did chuckle when one (arrogant douche) tried to imply I couldn't afford one

BBQchef33
03-12-2018, 12:37 PM
thats exactly why i dont have one.. I wanted one for a while and when i finally met one in person, I felt like the metal was just to thin and wasnt the quality I expected. Seemed more along the lines of a charbroil.

LloydQ
03-13-2018, 10:37 AM
I was very surprised today at HD. I saw a couple of Traeger pellet grills. That is the 1st time I had seen one in person. The larger of the 2 was $800, the smaller was $500.

Not to be insulting to those that own them, but they sure looked flimsy to me, especially for that kind of money.

I was cmpletely wrong on the Traeger pricing. My apologies. The larger was $900 and the smaller was $700.

Rib Rub
03-13-2018, 10:46 AM
I have to agree with you. I had to grab something in HD last weekend and walked by the BBQ section and seen the same two grills. They looked like junk. You can get a way better pellet smoker for $800 bucks. Luckily though they had pellets there and saved me a trip as I was heading to get pellets also on that trip. I will add, Traeger has better grills, I don’t know why these are the ones they chose for a box store?

OEF5
03-13-2018, 11:00 AM
They are getting a brand name posting on Instagram every few days. Eva Shokey cooks on one which I'm sure she got through a sponsorship deal with Cabela's and just raves about it.

I have a char griller grill with the side fire box, and while it turns out great food, it's a better grill than a smoker, my UDS' are better smokers.

OklaDustDevil
03-13-2018, 12:29 PM
My neighbor has a Traeger and absolutely LOVES it. He's a bit of a chef so I trust his judgement about equipment, cooking methods, and food quality. But every time I tried to check one out, at CostCo, or the mall displays, or wherever, I just couldn't get over the thinness of the metal and the grates inside. So in the end I kept using my stickburners until Traeger's patents expired and other companies joined the fray using thicker materials. Ended up with a Mak 1-star, which I love.

I fully acknowledge that with the electronics, etc., maybe thickness or substantiality doesn't really matter for a pellet smoker. And the Traegers may be fantastic pellet smokers, even better than my Mak. Maybe I really missed out on pellet convenience for years. But I know myself well enough to know that every time I fired it up or used it, every time I walked out and saw it, every time I touched it or lifted the lid, the thinness and lightness would make me feel bad.

Maybe it comes from using quality stickburners for 25+ years, but at least IMHO there is a tactile aspect to smoking and grilling with quality equipment -- not necessarily expensive, but quality -- that is inextricably intertwined with how I experience and enjoy the process.

rwalters
03-13-2018, 12:40 PM
My neighbor has a Traeger and absolutely LOVES it. He's a bit of a chef so I trust his judgement about equipment, cooking methods, and food quality. But every time I tried to check one out, at CostCo, or the mall displays, or wherever, I just couldn't get over the thinness of the metal and the grates inside. So in the end I kept using my stickburners until Traeger's patents expired and other companies joined the fray using thicker materials. Ended up with a Mak 1-star, which I love.

I fully acknowledge that with the electronics, etc., maybe thickness or substantiality doesn't really matter for a pellet smoker. And the Traegers may be fantastic pellet smokers, even better than my Mak. Maybe I really missed out on pellet convenience for years. But I know myself well enough to know that every time I fired it up or used it, every time I walked out and saw it, every time I touched it or lifted the lid, the thinness and lightness would make me feel bad.

Maybe it comes from using quality stickburners for 25+ years, but at least IMHO there is a tactile aspect to smoking and grilling with quality equipment -- not necessarily expensive, but quality -- that is inextricably intertwined with how I experience and enjoy the process.


My mind thinks identical to yours... kind of scary ;)

KORND4WG X
03-13-2018, 12:45 PM
My neighbor has a Traeger and absolutely LOVES it. He's a bit of a chef so I trust his judgement about equipment, cooking methods, and food quality. But every time I tried to check one out, at CostCo, or the mall displays, or wherever, I just couldn't get over the thinness of the metal and the grates inside. So in the end I kept using my stickburners until Traeger's patents expired and other companies joined the fray using thicker materials. Ended up with a Mak 1-star, which I love.

I fully acknowledge that with the electronics, etc., maybe thickness or substantiality doesn't really matter for a pellet smoker. And the Traegers may be fantastic pellet smokers, even better than my Mak. Maybe I really missed out on pellet convenience for years. But I know myself well enough to know that every time I fired it up or used it, every time I walked out and saw it, every time I touched it or lifted the lid, the thinness and lightness would make me feel bad.

Maybe it comes from using quality stickburners for 25+ years, but at least IMHO there is a tactile aspect to smoking and grilling with quality equipment -- not necessarily expensive, but quality -- that is inextricably intertwined with how I experience and enjoy the process.

Eloquently stated :thumb:

solarcabin1
03-13-2018, 04:44 PM
I was very surprised today at HD. I saw a couple of Traeger pellet grills. That is the 1st time I had seen one in person. The larger of the 2 was $800, the smaller was $500.

Not to be insulting to those that own them, but they sure looked flimsy to me, especially for that kind of money.
We have had three traegers for three years and haven't had any issues as of yet. That's the only pellet stove we have owned so I have nothing to compare them to but so far so good. I know of six other people with them and no issues that I know of..

Rusty Kettle
03-13-2018, 05:06 PM
I had one one for awhile. Sold it and regret it. I am going to get another one. Traeger customer service can't be beat. They walked me through how to get a heavier smoke flavor. Seriously top notch quality and service. No rust after 4 years of hard use. Yes it has thinner metal but it did not rot out. The temps do not stay steady. Not a big deal. It feeds the fire pellets and stops when it gets to temp then waits for it to drop so far then kicks in again. Slight learning curve. Good entry pellet grill and very durable.
Takes about 10 mins to get to temp and get cooking.

Seriously you don't need to drop a ton of money for a good pellet grill. Traeger is great. I only sold mine to get my 270 smokers sumo. I need one for week night cooking. Probably get a tailgater.

wahoowad
03-13-2018, 05:54 PM
There was a Forbes magazine article last year about Traeger being sold to venture capitalists. I think it said they fired everybody except 4 people and moved the business to another location. They are putting tons of effort into marketing via social media so there are tons of influential people on social media posting about their cooking with it every day. Right now they own like 70% of the pellet cooker market and i’m curious if that is rising or falling given the increased competition.

As far as I am concerned they all are almost the same, with the major differences being a single feature that one maker offers that others don’t have. So not a lot of differentiation, just a little bit. The technology looks rudimentary - maybe high tech for a grill or smoker - but still rudimentary given the state of technology today. I’m expecting the industry to continue to grow and evolve. Many diehard don’t want the electronics or wireless or ease of set it and forget, but the average consumer will and that is who Traeger is marketing to.

Rib Rub
03-13-2018, 07:21 PM
My neighbor has a Traeger and absolutely LOVES it. He's a bit of a chef so I trust his judgement about equipment, cooking methods, and food quality. But every time I tried to check one out, at CostCo, or the mall displays, or wherever, I just couldn't get over the thinness of the metal and the grates inside. So in the end I kept using my stickburners until Traeger's patents expired and other companies joined the fray using thicker materials. Ended up with a Mak 1-star, which I love.

I fully acknowledge that with the electronics, etc., maybe thickness or substantiality doesn't really matter for a pellet smoker. And the Traegers may be fantastic pellet smokers, even better than my Mak. Maybe I really missed out on pellet convenience for years. But I know myself well enough to know that every time I fired it up or used it, every time I walked out and saw it, every time I touched it or lifted the lid, the thinness and lightness would make me feel bad.

Maybe it comes from using quality stickburners for 25+ years, but at least IMHO there is a tactile aspect to smoking and grilling with quality equipment -- not necessarily expensive, but quality -- that is inextricably intertwined with how I experience and enjoy the process.Check out a RecTec or a Yoder. I paid a $1000 for my Camp Chef Woodwind and it is a pretty solid grill. It also has a sear box on it, not to mention quite a few little features that won me over vs the TRagger. I have been pretty happy with it. For the extra $500 or so I would have gotten the Yoder if I had know about it. Going to upgrade to the Yoder this summer and just keep the Woodwind for and extra grill for parties and doing side dishes.

I will also add that Traeger did an infomercial with a grill and was a good unit which came with allot of extras like a cover and pellets etc... It was also around the $899 price tag. Was a much better grill than the ones they have in HD.

Richard_
03-13-2018, 08:33 PM
I looked at Traeger's and heard enough stories about their augers that break. I saved my money and bought a MAK which is made in Oregon. Awesome cooker with even better Customer Service.

MAK is made in my home town , definitely a quality cooker , but for what I've spent on my 2 Craigslist Treagers , I have zero complaints !

Atlantaegger
03-13-2018, 08:50 PM
If you decide, Costco seems to have the best price plus extras over anywhere else.

solarcabin1
03-15-2018, 03:44 PM
I had one one for awhile. Sold it and regret it. I am going to get another one. Traeger customer service can't be beat. They walked me through how to get a heavier smoke flavor. Seriously top notch quality and service. No rust after 4 years of hard use. Yes it has thinner metal but it did not rot out. The temps do not stay steady. Not a big deal. It feeds the fire pellets and stops when it gets to temp then waits for it to drop so far then kicks in again. Slight learning curve. Good entry pellet grill and very durable.
Takes about 10 mins to get to temp and get cooking.

Seriously you don't need to drop a ton of money for a good pellet grill. Traeger is great. I only sold mine to get my 270 smokers sumo. I need one for week night cooking. Probably get a tailgater.
We have a couple of tailgaters and a pro22 but I enjoy the tailgaters the most. They can cook for 6 or more people with no problem. The temp on ours are well regulated

solarcabin1
03-15-2018, 03:46 PM
Check out a RecTec or a Yoder. I paid a $1000 for my Camp Chef Woodwind and it is a pretty solid grill. It also has a sear box on it, not to mention quite a few little features that won me over vs the TRagger. I have been pretty happy with it. For the extra $500 or so I would have gotten the Yoder if I had know about it. Going to upgrade to the Yoder this summer and just keep the Woodwind for and extra grill for parties and doing side dishes.

I will also add that Traeger did an infomercial with a grill and was a good unit which came with allot of extras like a cover and pellets etc... It was also around the $899 price tag. Was a much better grill than the ones they have in HD.
Maybe HD ordered them to spec. That's why they are so thin. Not sure just saying