Pellet Smoker Reviews

pellet smoker reviews
Doing pellet smoker reviews is not easy I found out. The opinions are still very divided. Some people love them and use them every day and others hate them and would never buy one again.

I have not made up my mind for the full hundred percent but am getting more and more impressed with how easy they are to use and how the outcome of you cooking is very consistent. I hope you can help me make up my, and many other peoples mind, in deciding on a what is the best pellet smoker for the best price. I will try to review as many pellet smoker brands as possible.
1. Traeger
2. Rec Tec
3. Camp Chef
4. Green Mountain
5. Z Grill
6. Bradley
7. Best pellet smoker
8. FAQ pellet smokers

Traeger Pellet Smokers

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I have to be honest and say that the most looked brand in my pellet smoker reviews research is for is the Traeger pellet smoker. Reason is probably that they are compared to other brands relatively reasonable priced.
You can have a look at all the reviews of the Traeger wood pellet smoker here.
These awesome pellet grills have three popular models and we reviewed them on their separate pages. You can find the links to these 3 also here on this page.

In the past there were some problems with the digital controller but these are solved as far as I know.

Treager Junior elite

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Better Grills Rating: 4.7

Traeger Junior EliteWe did the Traeger junior elite review, <== and you can read it here, a while ago and will do an update soon. I read that some thing have changed.   This is the smallest of the three with its 292 square inches of grill space. Still large enough for 2 whole chicken or 3 slabs of your favorite ribs.   I have found an average of 4.7 stars for this Traeger model and I think I would like to have on myself in the future.
What I personally like are the porcelain coated grill grates and those are one of my favorites on any grill.



Traeger Texas pellet grill

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Better Grill Rating: 4.5

Traeger Texas pellet grillYou can read my opinion about the Traeger big Tex pellet grill here.
This is a 646 square inches large smoker. That is where the name Tex is coming from I assume.
The opinions about the Texas are divided. People love it and will never buy an other model and others do not like it at all.
I found that like most grills you start to use there is a little learning curve. Great tasting food time after time is the most heard positive review.

Traeger lil Tex Elite

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Better Grills Rating: 4.1

Lil Tex EliteIn our Traeger li’l Tex review we found that the word Little in the name does not mean a lot.
418 square inches is a nice size for what some people call a small pellet smoker.
I would call it a mid size smoker.
It is in between the junior elite and the Texas pellet grill in size.
In my opinion this a great size to buy for a regular size family and for most backyard smokers. Larger only if you cook for a larger group and smaller if it is just for a few people.

In this pellet smoker reviews there was not much different in the number of people who looked for all the Traeger models. It just depends on what size pellet smoker you are looking for.

Rec Tec Pellet Smokers

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Rec Tec grillSome people call this the Rolls Royce under the pellet smokers n the pellet smoker reviews we did. After doing my Rec Tec grills reviews I have to admit that I am very impressed with this pellet smoker that also works great as a grill. I did look at the following models for you.

Better Grills Rating: 4.9

Rec Tec Bull
Rec Tec Stampede
Rec Tec Trailblazer
Rec Tec Bullseye

After reading about these Rec Tec pellet grills I could not find a lot of negative reviews except maybe the price tag of this smoker.
But like I have mentioned many times, you get what you pay for in most cases.

Camp Chef Pellet Smoker

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Camp Chef has a nice range of pellet grills and smokers in several price ranges.
There are several popular models we found doing our pellet smoker reviews and a few of them are:

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX

Camp Chef SmokePro DLXWe did an extended review of this Camp Chef smokepro PG24dlx, pellet smoker and read some nice things about it online.

An average of 4.7 stars out of 5 to give is a nice score I think. Read the Camp Chef smokepro DLX review here.
You can Find the price here!


Camp Chef Smoke Pro XT

Camp Chef SmokePro XT Just like some other Campchef grills we did not get started yet on this Camp Chef SmokePro XT review.

Just because of a lack on time and we can not find to many people who use it and took the time to write the pellet smoker reviews about it and give us an opinion about this pellet grill.

You can Find the price here!



Green Mountain pellet grill

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Green Mountain pellet grills
Green Mountain has a few nice models in their pellet grill category.

  • Green Mountain Davy Crockett
  • Green Mountain Jim Bowie
  • Green Mountain Daniel Boone

Until we review each model separate in our pellet smoker reviews, you can find all the Green Mountain grills here!

Z Grill pellet Smoker

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z grills pellet smoker
Z Grills is maybe not on one of the most unknown pellet grill brands we found out in our pellet smoker reviews, but the ratings surprised me.
There are a few models we will have a good look at.

  • Z- Grills ZPG-700D
  • Z – Grills ZPG-550B

Like I mentioned in these short pellet smoker reviews, we will look at all models on their own page but if you like you can have a look at all the Z-Grills pellet smokers here.

Bradley Smoker

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bradley 6 rack smoker stoveI am still not sure if I will spend time on a Bradley smoker review. I have looked at them an found between a 12 and 20% of the people gave it a rating that was not that great.

I basically don’t waste my and your time on pellet smoker reviews or any other review under an average of 4 stars unless I have formed a different opinion.
You can have a look at all the Bradley smokers on amazon here if you like.

Best pellet smoker grill for the money

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Answering the question what is the best pellet smoker for the money is like talking about cars. Everyone has his or her preference.

My personal opinion is that one of the Traeger pellet grills offer a nice bang for your buck. If I could choose, and did not had to worry about the price tag, I would probably pick the Rec Tec pellet smoker, but I am sure that in the comments sooner or later someone will have a different opinion.

I will continue to do pellet barbecue grill reviews here and add them to this page.

Pellet smoker reviews – frequently asked questions and answers

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There is a lot to tell about pellet smokers and grills and I try to answer a lot of the questions I found and had myself here in the pellet smoker reviews

I found that the wood pellets that are used in the pellet smokers, do not have any glue to hold them together and this was a concern I had. I use a chimney starter for my charcoal because I do not like the Lighter fluid. A great alternative is an electric charcoal starter.
The high pressure used to manufacture the pellets makes the natural lignin to work as a glue.

There are opinions about wood pellets being healthier than regular charcoal. Reason is that smoking has less charred meat and this is considered a carcinogen according to the national cancer institute. In the electric pellet smoker reviews we did we found that a lot of people share that opinion.

Smoking on a pellet grill

Smoking on a what some people call self feeding pellet smoker is pretty straight forward. You add the pellets to the hopper and turn the thing on.
The cycle most of the time start with lighting the pellets with a heating element and after that they keep them-self burning. You can almost compare it with using a smoke tube to add smoke to a BBQ or smoker. I guess this also answers the question that I have read are pellet grills good for smoking.

Grilling on a pellet grill

I have read different opinions about using this type of pellet smoker for grilling. It seems that it is not easy to reach the high temperature you need for grilling on a pellet smoker. I like a high searing temperature and some pellet grill can only get up to 450 Fahrenheit.

How do wood pellet smokers work?

Although there are differences between brands the basics of how a pellet grill works is this:

  • Fill the hopper with pellets
  • Depending on the hopper size and how long you will smoke you can add the amount of pellets you need.

  • Set the desired temperature
  • This can be a temperature button or a low/medium/high setting depending on the brand

  • Press the start button
  • This will light the burn pot and start the pellets to burn. After this the pellets will keep themselves going.

  • Add you meat to the smoker and watch the time
  • Now the auger will keep feeding pellets to the fire pot and maintain the right temperature for you.

Do pellet smokers use a lot of electricity?

When the pellet smoker starts it will use electricity to heat up the element in the fire pot. After the pellets are burning it will shut this off.
The only component that keeps using a small amount of electricity after that is the auger that feeds the pellets into the fire-pot and the controller that keeps the smoker on the right temperature.

How long does a bag of pellet last in a smoker

This a hard to answer question how many pellets it takes to smoke since it depends on how high you have set the temperature and even outside temperature. Most people smoke on a low temperature like 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. I think it is safe to say that the average pellet smoker uses between 1 to 3 Lbs pellets per hour.

Which pellet grill is the best?

It is impossible to answer this question because there are too many opinions out there. It is like answering the question what is the best car?
There are several brands that stand out and we had a look at most of them here on this page. We will keep adding more brands and reviews so you can find the best pellet grill for your family and type of smoking and grilling.

How long does it take a pellet grill to heat up?

Depending on the brand it will take about 5 to 10 minutes after you turn it on. Depending on your temperature setting and of course the outside temperature.

What are wood pellets made and held together

One of the questions we found in our pellet smoker review is how are wood pellets held together. I thought they had to add some type of glue but this is not the case.
The pellets are most to the time made of materials like:

  • Saw dust
  • Wood chips
  • lumber mill scraps
  • full trees

All these materials are chipped into small pieces. After drying these parts at a desired dryness they go to the pellet mill and are, under high pressure, formed into the pellets you and I buy. The natural lignin keeps them together. This means that they do not contain any glue.

A pellet smoker or grill is only for use outdoors and you can read more outdoor grill reviews here if you feel that a pellet smoker is not for you. For a regular smoker you need wood chips for smoking and you here can read all about that.


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