Camp Chef Woodwind Review

Rating: 4.2 Reviewed by Eddie

Camp Chef Woodwind

The Camp Chef Woodwind comes in three versions and each of them has there own pros and cons.

The three models are:

  • WoodWind SG
  • WoodWind SG 24 with sidekick
  • WoodWind SG with a sear box

To make it easier for you to see the difference in appearance and price I placed them all on the same page for you!

If you would like to see them all on one page you can find them here.

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Here you will find all the ins and outs about this pellet grill. I will try to answer every possible question you might have.

 


Table of Contents
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Grill Surface / Material of the grate / Features / Customer Reviews /Pros and Cons / My Opinion / Recommendations / Tips from users

Grill surface of the Camp chef Woodwind

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Before anything else, I always like to know the grill surface that I can use. Like most pellet grills there is an upper rack and a lower rack. The measurements are:

  • 141 Sq inches upper rack
  • 428 Sq inches lower rack

This makes the total grill area 570 Square inches. With the rule that you need about 72 square inches per person, this grill can handle cooking food for about 8 people at the same time.

Material of the grate

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I had a hard time finding the answer and had to contact Camp Chef customer service to find that the grill grates are made of porcelain coated steel. If you ever read some of my other reviews you know that porcelain coated is my personal preference.

Features of the Camp Chef Woodwind

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The Camp Chef woodwind comes with a lot of features. Some of them are standard like on many other brands and some of them are only available on many higher priced brands and models.

The measurements of the Woodwind models are:

  • 56 Inches wide
  • 29 Inches deep
  • Woodwind Classic is 45 Inches tall with smoke stack
  • Woodwind SG is 49.5 inches tall with smoke stack

The extras that you can find on the Woodwind are the hopper clean out and the system to clean out the ashes out of the firebox. Most of them are mentioned as very nice and make life a lot easier.

Other features I mention below and some I will discuss more in depth later.

  • Meat probe included
  • Dual temperature display
  • 18 lbs hopper

Camp Chef Woodwind Customer Reviews

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What I always do is look at the lower ratings to see if there are thing that come back more than normal. With about 15% of the buyers gave it a low rating I had a few things to read.

What I found were mostly the same problems I found in my other pellet grill reviews. Thing like temperature swings, assembly problems, customer service.

After looking at the higher ratings and kind of leaving out the very good and very bad I think that the overall customer is pretty happy with this pellet grill.

I read in the reviews that the smoke flavor is not as strong as when you use a regular smoker. This is something I also read in other pellet grill reviews I did.


Better Grills Rating: 4.3

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Pros and Cons

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Every product, and the Camp Chef Woodwind is no exception, had pros and cons. Here you can find the ones I think are most important to know.

green-pro's-buttonPros:  
  • Hopper clean out
  • Ashes clean out
  • 4 wheels
  • large hopper
red-con's-buttonCons:  
  • Not a lot of smoke flavor
  • Temperature swings
  • Bad customer service

My opinion

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There are a few things about the Camp Chef Woodwind that I really like. The hopper clean out and the ashes catcher are the most important ones. I did not find these in the other Camp Chef Reviews I did.

I also like the two temperature probes, but that is a feature you see on more pellet grills lately.

Although I like the two temperature probes I still use a handheld thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat I cook. some probes do not work too well on thinner pieces. Here you can find my choice pocket thermometers.

The 4 wheels are a great idea. No more lifting up one side to move the grill around. One wheel can be locked to keep the grill in place.

People mentioned that they did not get a real smoke flavor in their meat. In my opinion that is one of the draw backs of pellet grills in general.

Recommendations

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The standard model is of course the most affordable but I recommend to have a look at the models with the Sear box or the Sidekick to add more options to your outdoor cooking.

Sear box versus Sidekick

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Like I mentioned these are two great additions to your Camp Chef woodwind. You can buy it with or add them later, but that will cost more.

The Sear box comes with a 16.000 BTU burner and is made of stainless steel. The grill grate is enameled cast iron. I can only find good reviews of it and this does not happen too much.

It is about 11.5 x 16 inches and that total to 184 square inches.

Camp chef woodwind sear box

The Sidekick is actually a side burner that can be converted in a flat top grill, outdoor oven, Jerky maker. It can also be converted to natural gas.

camp chef woodwind sidekick

All together it is hard to choose between the Sidekick or the Sear box. I guess it all depends on your specific way of using the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill.

In my situation I would opt for the Sidekick since I already have a propane gas burner next to the grill area on my patio.

Tips from users

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I found some nice tips from users. One is a no brainier in my opinion and that is to use a grill cover. I found that they have one that fits great here on Amazon.

Woodwind Assembly

Assembly seems to be pretty straight forward, but a video can explain it better than I do.


Camp Chef Woodwind review

Eddie Vandam