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FertileTurtle 06-20-2021 03:40 PM

Pellet Smoker Grilla grills vs Rectec vs Traeger
Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and have been researching pellet grills. I would really like to purchase one in the next couple of weeks. I thought I had eliminated Traeger but then I read something bad about the grilla grill or rec tec and think maybe I shouldn't eliminate Traeger so quickly.

The 3 grills I have mostly looked at are the RT-590, the Grilla Silverbac Alpha, and the Traeger I had only really looked at the Ironwood 650 (this one is considerably more money with no real additional benefits it seems.

I live in NY, so cold climate cooking will happen, which made the double lined barrel of the Silverbac seem very nice. The iron wood also had double insulated walls. My main question in this category though is since only the bottom of the barrel of a silverback is double lined wouldn't heat still escape from the top? Does the double insulation down low do that much? Or make it better than say a Rec Tec?

RecTec's seemed to be loved by everyone who owns them, but I also wonder if this is partly due to the fact reviews get deleted by the company if they're negative. However I have read a lot of praise here for them as well, so this makes me believe they really are a solid choice. The Rectecs seemed very well built with SS throughout and the ceramic igniter, but GG seem to be built equally solid with SS components almost throughout.

Traeger I have just seen so many mixed reviews and they dont seem to have the customer service of the other two companies, which has made me kind of dismiss this option.

At this point I feel like I've over researched, which has caused me to look outside my initial price point, but I would appreciate some insight from anyone who has experience with these cookers. I'm also open to other cooker ideas. I know these have been discussed, but just wanted to see if the updated wifi in the grilla made it more inline with rectec or some other feature I may be missing has been added recently.

Thanks in advance.

jzadski 06-20-2021 03:52 PM

Welcome to the group J. You made a wise decision in joining. I have an older Rec Tec 680 and have no complaints. The reason for the good reviews in my opinion are it's a great product and great CS. I do most of my cooking in a garage addition and in the winter I use an old bath towel to help insulate and it's worked rather well. They also sell an insulation kit. So Rec Tec would be my vote but, I heard good about Gorilla as well

bowhnter 06-20-2021 03:57 PM

I just purchased a Grilla SB a couple weeks ago. It had initial issues with the Ignitor and fan connectors that were reversed.
My initial contact with CS was by email, and they were responsive, but once I called and talked to a live person, it was resolved in short order.
I can’t really comment on the amount of smoke yet, because I am using PitBoss pellets at the moment. I want to give B&B and Lumber Jack a chance before I issue judgement.
I did just order a smoke tube though.

I thought about the RecTec as well, but after looking at reviews, warranty, Customer service, I chose the Grilla.
I think I would have been happy with either.
Traeger wasn’t really in the running due to reviews.
As well, I did think about the MAK and others, but I just didn’t want to spend double or triple the $.

Chester 06-20-2021 04:16 PM

I hate the gimmicky horns on the Recteq, but it’s a good grill. So is the Grilla though, and now that it has WiFi standard I would lean towards that especially with the insulated body. Traeger quality for a comparable priced machine is just not there.

FertileTurtle 06-20-2021 06:21 PM

Thanks for the replies. Based on what I've heard so far CS is great for both the Grilla and Rec Tec, sounds like ruling out the Traeger was the right move. It seems the Traeger CS is spotty at best and the quality on both other options seemed better to me as well.

Again thanks for the info and welcoming me in. I look forward to any other input as well!

FertileTurtle 06-20-2021 06:23 PM

Also, if you dont mind me asking Mike - what were the initial issues you ran into with the Grilla?

bowhnter 06-20-2021 07:11 PM

Couldn’t get to, or keep any temperature… the Ignitor and fan connectors were reversed. Easy fix.

jzadski 06-20-2021 07:18 PM

That's funny that you hate the horns. Seems like people either love or hate them. Seeing how I got one love them. No matter what your opinion is there is no mistaking them so I guess it's got some marketing merit behind it. Plus they have been on The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal lately :laugh:

Speeed 06-20-2021 07:40 PM

I have the RecTeq RT-700 and truth be told I am not a fan of the horns. At some point I am going to get rid of them and make a straight pull handle.

I did a lot of research and watching youtube before I settled on the RecTeq.
Choices were narrowed down to RecTeq, Camp Chef Woodwind and Grilla Grills.
Have zero regrets about going with the RecTeq. Ive had it since march of 2020. Supposedly their customer service is great but I cant speak to that as I've yet to need them.
It does smoking very well but I'd stop short of calling it a grill. Thats not where it shines.

If searing is a need for you then I'd look at the Camp Chef Woodwind with a sear box.

I didn't even consider Traeger when I was looking. They weren't even in the running.

BuckN BBQ 06-21-2021 10:14 AM

I would disagree with the above statement on not calling it a grill. My kids love pizza off of my RT-700 and if you add the grill grates it sears all meat very well. It's my daily grill and a smoker secondary.

SVTNate 06-21-2021 10:54 AM

I have an RT-590 and I use it a lot. I made baby backs yesterday, and today I'll be making meatballs. It's a great cooker, I am happy with the smoke flavor I get compared to other pellet grills I have used, the WiFi app is great as well.

I'm not a big fan of the horns, but whatever.

Bob C Cue 06-21-2021 12:14 PM

Buy a MAK. Someone had to say it. Lol.

jham0077 06-21-2021 03:08 PM


Originally Posted by Bob C Cue (Post 4487804)
Buy a MAK. Someone had to say it. Lol.

Or build a UDS.....

I got a RT 590, love it. The horns are functional, guess I haven't really judged the all out looks of them. It holds temp great and the wifi works good. My only complaint is some of the alarm options on the app, but I'm picky and petty about things.

FertileTurtle 06-21-2021 04:53 PM

Looking like there are a lot of happy RT owners out there.

Bob, I had looked at the MAK's along with Yoders and Blazn grills, but I was trying not to spend that much. That being said it seems the community, based on the threads I've read since joining, loves MAK as a whole. I just get hung up on how its worth double or even triple (depending on model) of the RT or SB, which seem to be built pretty well with the SS.
I'm not saying I couldn't be swayed though lol.

I also wanted to add the horns on the RT's aren't my favorite either, but it wouldn't be a showstopper. It seems like something that could be swapped out easy enough down the road.

RacrX 06-21-2021 06:36 PM

I still don't understand how the flavor of one center burn pot pellet smoker can vary from any other center burn pot pellet smoker, they all seem to be the same basic setup. I'd be interested to hear!

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