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Old 11-12-2011, 08:58 AM
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Anyone bought into this yet? I saw one at the local home improvement store that really caught my eye. Uses hickory pellets and operates much like a pellet stove. You can throttle it down to just smoke for the low and slow or crank up the auger to sear. A little pricey but I guess that's the pricey you pay.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:08 AM
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I was thinking about building something to do cold smoking in. Looks like this grill will do it. When you say "pricy" how much pricy are we talking about?

ETA: never mind, found the prices ... and this pic, complete with tits:


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Old 11-12-2011, 09:13 AM
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Not too bad. The junior is $400 and does everything the bigger ones do, just less surface area. The fabricator in me wants to build something similar out of all the bbQ relics sitting around.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:26 AM
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Just found one on craigslist for $50. Needs to be cleaned up but otherwise said to be in great shape.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:33 AM
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The regulatory mechanism on them isnt the best...all the competition guys I used to hang with when I was competing a lot have all rebuilt theirs. You can google how to do it and it will come up.

Also, the pellets get expensive and you MUST buy theirs. The off brands jam up and arent as good. Also you have to make sure and keep them in a cool dry place otherwise they start to absorb humidity and then jam up.

I would look at one of the Cookshacks or Fast Eddys...main thing is no special pellets to buy.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:43 AM
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I bought one this past spring. I love it. I have cooked everything from biscuits to steaks. I bought the 075 I think. I want to buy the smaller one for camping. They are well built. The customer service at Traeger is great too. You can't go wrong in my opinion.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:09 PM
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I have had one for years, serial #125. I have cooked and/or smoked cheese, steaks, ribs, salmon, deer, vegetables, pizza, etc, etc, etc.. You will not be disappointed. Yes the pellets are a little pricy but there are many flavors to choose from. A turkey marinated in cherry juice and smoked with apple pellets a few hours and then brought up to temp for Tday (1-2 hrs) is soon on the list. You can add a different top (take the traditional bbq lid off) and make it a rack system for more and smaller items if needed. Switch tfire pot covers and go direct or convection cooking. Damn, I may just throw something on today. hmmm
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:07 PM
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check out www.pelletheads.com. i have a junior and i love it. im looking to upgrade but the fast eddy and the mak are too far out of my price range. im leaning towards the green mountain grill daniel boone. once you have cooked on and eaten the bbq off a pellet grill you will never go back, its that good. here is a little traeger pellet pooper porn for y'all

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by andyp262 View Post
check out www.pelletheads.com. i have a junior and i love it. im looking to upgrade but the fast eddy and the mak are too far out of my price range. im leaning towards the green mountain grill daniel boone. once you have cooked on and eaten the bbq off a pellet grill you will never go back, its that good. here is a little traeger pellet pooper porn for y'all

Looks like you got the upgraded controller. How much of an upcharge for that?
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:28 AM
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its an ortech, not a treager, and i got it from ebay new for about $65. ortech is the manufacturer of the traeger digital controller, its cheaper than buying it from traeger and most guys say it runs better. i also burn all different kinds of pellets, right now im using cookingpellets.com's perfect mix which is a mix of hickory, maple, apple, and cherry. contrary to what someone said above, you do not have to burn traeger pellets and there are tons of great food grade pellets out there to try
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:39 AM
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smoked some really nice t bones for dinner last night. meant to take pics but, as with everything that comes off the traeger, it wasnt around long enough for photo ops. lol
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