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Old 05-20-2018, 02:01 PM
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Default Treager Grills - ditching the smoker and egg

I picked one up this weekend and all I can say is WOW. Definitely does not have the learning curve of the Vision (BGE style). Made some so my best wings and ribs on my first cook. Myself and the family was blown away.

I am really thinking about ditching the Vision and electric smoker. It was extremely hand off and being able to adjust the temperature so quickly is great. I threw the ribs on and left on the boat for 3-4 hours. Came back to a great smoke ring and maybe 45 minutes before we were ready to eat, I turned it up and it gave a pretty damn good bark. I splashed some OJ on them one time and they were still moist.

Am I crazy to get rid of the smoker and Vision grill?

Anybody have a favorite recipe on the Treager
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I can't comment on ditching what you have but I bought a Traeger about 1.5 years ago. I love mine.
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Just make sure you don’t let it sit with pellets loaded in it in humid weather.

Never can have too many grills. Keep them all.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Just make sure you don’t let it sit with pellets loaded in it in humid weather.

Never can have too many grills. Keep them all.

I read about that and cleaned out the hopper. We still have the Wilmington Grill and thats not going anywhere but I dont have room for all of it. I may regret it but I don't see myself using the Vision or the electric smoker again.
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Don’t get trapped into buying treager pellets. There are other sources of food grade pellets that are much less expensive and work just as well. Think of it like a printer and ink situation. I have both a treager and a GMG. I get my pellets from a plant that makes both food grade and furnace fuel pellets. 40# bag was around $7 last time bought them. If you want a specific “flavor” of pellet you can mix the pellets.
the one problem with the early treager is sometimes if they are not shut down correctly they can burn back up the feed tube to the chamber. I would hope by now they have fixed that issue.
check out pelletheads.com for all things pellet grill. The tht of pellet grills.
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Another vote for keeping all of them. Can a pellet grill get as hot as an egg for searing steaks? Just asking I’m not real familiar with the traeger.
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Originally Posted by rusbob View Post
Another vote for keeping all of them. Can a pellet grill get as hot as an egg for searing steaks? Just asking I’m not real familiar with the traeger.

Keeping them all isn't a great option due to space. The Treager cannot sear a steak but it got to around 450. The gas grill next to it can get to around 700 degrees though.

I still have another Vision and electric smoker at my primary residence. If it works out though, I will be ditching them at home as well.
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What are you finding about the Traeger that makes this so great? Ease of fuel burn? Flavor? I love my BGE and wouldn’t even think of replacing it even part time with a gas grill but always open to new things to blow money on.
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What are you finding about the Traeger that makes this so great? Ease of fuel burn? Flavor? I love my BGE and wouldn’t even think of replacing it even part time with a gas grill but always open to new things to blow money on.

The ease of use is amazing. Fill the hopper with whatever flavor pellet you want and walk away. I set the temp to "smoke" and walk away until you are ready to finish it. Crank it up and let it go. The flavor and smoke ring was impressive.

The start up took about 10-15 minutes and another 10 minutes to get it hot enough to grill. It is much more simple and easier to control than the Kamado style grills right out of the box.

The Treager is not gas. You plug it into the wall and everything is electric from there.
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Love my Traeger. Got it for Christmas and use it 3-4x a week. Haven't turned the gas grill on since I got it. Once you try steaks on it, you will never go back. Smoke for 30-60 min, pull them off, crank up the heat to high and put them back on for a few minutes on each side to desired internal temp.
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They’re like guns, never sell them, make room for more.
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I have the Davy Crockett model of the Green Mountain Grills. I bought it mainly for portability. I took it to Florida this winter. It's a great smoker! The only down side I see is if you want to cook a steak or sear something, in order to get it to, say 500 degrees, It will take a little time and you will go thru a ton of pellets to get there. Not sure if issue with all pellet smokers but I believe it probably is.
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Just cooked burgers and grilled corn on my traeger absolutely love it. But I'm with the others I'd say keep them all they each have a place. I love my smoker too and was looking at buying a egg type grill this year.
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I agree they all have their place but having 4 appliances outside is a little much due to space. I may keep the stuff at home for a while but something has to give at the beach.
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
Love my Traeger. Got it for Christmas and use it 3-4x a week. Haven't turned the gas grill on since I got it. Once you try steaks on it, you will never go back. Smoke for 30-60 min, pull them off, crank up the heat to high and put them back on for a few minutes on each side to desired internal temp.
smoke a steak? Blasphemy.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
I have the Davy Crockett model of the Green Mountain Grills. I bought it mainly for portability. I took it to Florida this winter. It's a great smoker! The only down side I see is if you want to cook a steak or sear something, in order to get it to, say 500 degrees, It will take a little time and you will go thru a ton of pellets to get there. Not sure if issue with all pellet smokers but I believe it probably is.
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got rid of my Treager and upgraded to a Green Mountain Gill (Daniel Boone) Nothing against the Treager just wanted something bigger and GMG is heavier built
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smoke a steak? Blasphemy.
nothing better than firing up my BGE to 750 and throwing a few pieces of fillet on there. 2 min a side flip three times and your done.
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I won't do a steak or a burger on my Traeger but most everything else
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I have a rec tec pellet smoker and Im in florida and leave the hopper filled all the time with no issues. You arent really smoking a steak on it unless you hit the smoke button. I can run it it low temp and use it like sous vide. When its on and the temp is set its just like cooking over wood or charcoal, if you hit the smoke button you get extra smoke for traditional smoking. I have the searing grates and can easily get the grill over 500 quickly and it makes excellent steaks and burgers.
I still have a gas grill and a weber kettle, I use the rec tec at least once a week, the weber once a month and the gas once a year. I really believe they are and the best grill/smokers out there, no more tending a fire or struggling to hold temp. I set it and forget it. I do overnight cooks or load it in the morning and go to work.

You will go through lots of pellets because you will cook on it alot more than other grills. I buy mine from a friend who does competition bbq and orders by the pallet. Buying local is much more expensive.
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I read about that and cleaned out the hopper. We still have the Wilmington Grill and thats not going anywhere but I dont have room for all of it. I may regret it but I don't see myself using the Vision or the electric smoker again.
If you decide you need to discard the Wilmington, I'll hop in the truck on short notice. Would love to have a 3rd.

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