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Old 06-21-2021, 07:11 PM   #16
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Default Pellet Smoker Grilla grills vs Rectec vs Traeger

I don’t think pot location affects Smoke flavor in any measurable way. I do think temp swings and draft levels make up all/most of the differences between pellet cookers which is admittedly small. Pellets composition also contributes a small difference. Just my $0.02


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Old 06-21-2021, 10:21 PM   #17
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I've owned an older traeger, a 2016 GMG, and just bought a grilla grill silverback AT and I like the grilla the best. No issues so far, and just like any other pellet smoker good bbq. With a set and forget smoker. Not heavy on smoke but still good. I went with it due to the cart and it is awesome to move around.
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Old 06-21-2021, 11:16 PM   #18
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I don’t think pot location affects Smoke flavor in any measurable way. I do think temp swings and draft levels make up all/most of the differences between pellet cookers which is admittedly small. Pellets composition also contributes a small difference. Just my $0.02


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The only reason I mention the pot location is that it seems like all the center ones can't give you the offset-like convection of, say, a Yoder with the fire pot on the left and the stack to the right. The center ones just seem to fill the chamber with smoke and heat with no real flow pattern.
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Old 06-22-2021, 06:30 AM   #19
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We got our RT590 a little over two yrs ago snd we love it. I have also found RecTec’s customer service to be great as well, having used it for a cosmetic issues that I caused.

As far as the Mak, I’m sure it’s a great pellet grill.

But like the original poster, I had a hard time justifying that kind of coin for a pellet grill, as I like variety and prefer the taste of food smoked over wood and charcoal, when time permits. Typically this means my WSM or Kamado Joe with either a FireBoard or a BBQ Guru controller. Prefer steaks seared on cast iron in my Kamado, or better yet, on my Otto Wilde.

I use the pellet smoker now for convenience.

The horns bother me a lot less than dropping 2k on a pellet grill would have, knowing how O cook and my family’s tasted.

So pellet grill, of the original poster’s choices, I’d pick the RecTec.
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:17 AM   #20
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I lost my love for Traeger when their support went downhill and they started patenting stuff they didn't create then suing the creators (WiFi on a pellet grill).

There are a lot of great pellet grills on the market and in my experience all of the major brands are capable of putting out great food. The cook has more value than the cooker. It's about choosing what features you find value in and reviewing the construction to anticipate how long you hope it will last, then learning the grill. All of the grills mentioned will likely be fine smokers for ease and simplicity. None of the 3 will probably perform very well for searing and high temp grilling with no direct grilling solution. My experience with Traegers was that at 400-450 degrees it took a crazy long time to get to 400+ and when cooking things like burgers it took a long time to recover back to grilling temps every time you flipped them or opened the lid to check on them.
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Old 06-22-2021, 01:14 PM   #21
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I am also looking at pellet grills and was leaning to RecTec until I saw it was made it China. Any thoughts on best US built pellet grill?
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Old 06-22-2021, 01:43 PM   #22
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Any thoughts on best US built pellet grill?
You've got several great choices. I'm pleased with my Outlaw. Others are fans of MAK, Yoder, Blaz'n Grill Works, Pitts & Spitts, Cookshack, Assassin, etc. Lone Star Grillz has just come out with a unit that may be the best of them all.

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Old 06-22-2021, 02:29 PM   #23
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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.
I think the horns are fantastic. However if I had small children or grandchildren I would be afraid they might poke their eyes out.
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Old 06-22-2021, 03:28 PM   #24
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Get the RT 590 you will love it!
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Old 06-22-2021, 05:16 PM   #25
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I researched on pellet grills for a very long time and have decided on the Char Griller 980, just a matter of finding one now, they been sold out forever. I think the combo of convenience and wood/charcoal flavor will be hard to beat.
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I researched on pellet grills for a very long time and have decided on the Char Griller 980, just a matter of finding one now, they been sold out forever. I think the combo of convenience and wood/charcoal flavor will be hard to beat.


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Good choice!

Now that I've decided, I'm really wanting to get one. I live in the Kansas City area, lots of Lowes and Menards around, all sold out for a couple of weeks. Hopefully they will show up soon, I'd like to pickup if possible, avoid shipping cost and possible damage.
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:37 PM   #28
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The only reason I mention the pot location is that it seems like all the center ones can't give you the offset-like convection of, say, a Yoder with the fire pot on the left and the stack to the right. The center ones just seem to fill the chamber with smoke and heat with no real flow pattern.
I would disagree that having an offset pot has any real advantages with regard to the final product.
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Old 06-22-2021, 09:53 PM   #29
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I have the recteq RT-700 and love it. It quickly became my go to cooker. It’s a very well built smoker. I can’t speak for Grilla, but I can say that comparably speaking, the recteq is better built than any of the Traegers I’ve seen. Customer service is unbeatable as well. I did a TON of research and when I finally pulled the trigger I was a bit nervous because I was strictly going by stuff I read and YouTube videos I watched. That nervousness was immediately gone when the cooker arrived and I saw the quality first hand that I read about.
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The only reason I mention the pot location is that it seems like all the center ones can't give you the offset-like convection of, say, a Yoder with the fire pot on the left and the stack to the right. The center ones just seem to fill the chamber with smoke and heat with no real flow pattern.

That’s an interesting idea. You’ve given me something to think about. [emoji1303]


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