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Rating: 4.8 Reviewed by: Eddie

Rec Tec Bull RT-700

The Rec Tec Bull RT-700 is one of the most sold pellet grills by this company.

Although I did a review on the Rec Tec Grill review page I decided to go a little further and add a lot more information about what people also call the Rec Tec 700.

Some information might be the same but there is a lot more information here.

Read the rest of the Rec Tec Bull review

Like I mentioned earlier the Bull is one of the most popular models sold by the Rec Tec company and although I tried to find negative points I was not able to find a lot of them.


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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 Rec Tec Bull

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What I always like to know first is how much food I can put on a grill.
This is, in my opinion, one of the first things to look at when you are in the process of buying a grill.

The cooking grate is with its 702 square inches large enough for at least 6 slabs of ribs or even a turkey, but with the optional second cooking shelf, you can add another 352 sq inches and total the space to 1054 square inches.

If you handle the average of 72 square inches per person that you need. You can see this is a pretty large pellet grill that you can use to cook for a large group of people.

Material of the grate

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The grates are made of 1/4 inch 304 stainless steel rods that are easy to remove for cleaning.
This grade is not much used for grills and is higher quality than most other pellet grill brands.

Features of this grill

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The Bull comes with a lot of features that I will discuss later but here is a list of the main ones to give you an impression of what it has to offer.

  • Stainless steel cooking chamber
  • 40 Lbs Hopper for long cooks
  • Wi-Fi technology
  • PID controller
  • Dual meat probes
  • 200-500F temp. range
  • 702 square inches cooking space
  • optional second grate for increasing space to 1054 sq inches

The Rec Tec rt-700 weight was hard to find for me, but it is around 200 lbs. Just another point to show the high quality.
Assembly seems to be without too many problems although some mentioned that there are some improvements possible for the Rec Tec company there.

One of the new features of the Bull is the Rec Tec extreme smoke. It does this by oscillating (tuning of/on) of the fan. This provides you with the option to smoke at low temperatures of 180 – 250 Fahrenheit.
No low enough for cold smoking but a nice feature.

The second feature I like is that it comes with a pair of meat probes to monitor the temperature of two different pieces of meat or other dishes you cook without having to use a separate digital probe thermometer.

Customer Reviews of the Rec Tec Bull

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Better Grills Rating: 4.8

  • Stainless steel parts
  • High-quality grill surface
  • Large grill surface
  • Extreme smoke setting

red-con's-buttonCons:
With a 5 stars rating, you will understand that we will not have too many cons.
What I could find doing this Rec-Tec bull review was so minor that I actually not even feel like mentioning them, but to be complete in my review I have to. Here are the few I could find

  • Price
  • Assembly

My opinion of the Rec Tec Bull RT-700

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After doing the Rec Tec bull review you can find my opinion here.

With mostly 5 stars ratings we found in the Rec Te bull smoker review we can probably say that this is a good grill/pellet smoker.
The most positive remarks are about the quality of the material, the pretty easy assembling, and the customer service that has more very positive comments than I ever read.

The temperature controller is very accurate and although the Rec Tec company claims to stay within 5 degrees I have read many users stating that they stayed within 2 or 3 degrees with their temperature. The size of this pellet smoker makes it easy to cook a beer can chicken.

One complaint was about a little problem with the assembling and there should be a pilot screw for that.
I think I can live with these very minor problems since those were the only 2 cons I could find.

If you look at the Rec Tec bull versus 680 models that are discontinued, they have made some great improvements in this RT-700 model.

I read a lot of comments from people who were convinced never to buy a pellet grill and changed their mind after seeing or using a Rec Tec.

It was hard to find a lot of comments on some consumer websites, but a lot on the Rec Tec website, and although these might be a little higher rated I still believe them.

The 40 lbs hopper will help you not to run out of pellets during a cook and on low, they claim you can do a 40 hours cook.
The only thing I miss is a hopper cleanout.

The controller shelf can also be used as a side table and is sturdy enough for a heavy plate.

I like the fact that the controller can increase the temperature by 5 degrees at a time and not in large steps like some of the other brands do.

This is also one of the few pellet grills that actually is a grill because it can reach a 500+ degree temperature. You can use the searing kit and use it as a real grill.
You still need to keep the lid closed to do this. The reason is that pellets can not get as hot as propane or charcoal.

The heavy-duty pull handle makes it easy to move the grill around although I think the wheels could be a little larger if you take the weight into consideration.

Do you like gadgets? In that case, the WiFi option to check your temperature from your phone or computer is great for you. I read that your phone has to be unlocked for this feature to work.

When you order this grill it is great quality and ready to use, but if you like to add somethings like the front folding table, you have to fork out quite some extra money.

There is an automatic shutdown feature and it is advised to use this to make sure the grill shuts down the right way.

The quality of the lid and the grill chamber is pretty thick steel and I have not read any problems with lower outdoor temperature affecting the temperature in the grill. You have to keep in mind that you will use more pellets when it’s colder outside of course.

All the wires that go from the controller into the grill are wired to holes with rubber grommets to protect your wires.

The setting LO will display the real temperature in your cooking chamber when you turn the know above 200 degrees and will give you the lowest temperature possible. In this setting Extreme smoke will be active.

The setting FUL will display the real temperature when you turn the knob higher than 500 degrees and this will give you the highest temperature.

All settings can be adjusted in the controller after you have turned it into the test mode.

If you like to read the Rec Tec bull manual you can do that here and find out even more than I wrote down here for you.

Overall I think that the Rec Tec Bull RT-700 pellet grill is a top-of-the-line product and although it comes with a pretty high price tag it is worth every penny you pay for it in my opinion.

Recommended

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Recommendations we found on other products that will improve the experience with your Bull RT-700.

I found that using the Rec Tec grill mat is a great addition.

Tips from real users

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Even though there are two meat probes to help you cook some killer meat I still suggest you have a fast digital pocket thermometer to help you out and double-check.

Rec Tec bull RT-700 review

Rec Tec RT-700 Assembly

I found a video that shows how to assemble the bull grill and it also shows the high quality.


Eddie van Aken

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Eddie van Aken has many years of experience in the field of cooking. Starting out as a cook in some of the big chain restaurants and later in running his own full-service restaurant. With this experience and working with professional kitchen equipment, he is reviewing grills, smokers, and all other types of tools needed to cook some great meals. With his passion for outdoor cooking, he has used many grills and pellet smokers. You can more about him here.
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6 thoughts on “Rec Tec Bull RT-700 Review”

  1. Would love to see a hopper clean out door. Love to switch different flavored wood pellets Also I like to empty hopper if I did not use the smoker in awhile

  2. jack schlanser

    Is there an easy way to empty the hopper? Does the hopper need to be empty when not in use so the pellets do not get wet and mold when not in use for an extended period of time. Also what power does this need 120V or 220v – if power goes out will the grill still function?

  3. jack schlanser

    I have an apple orchard and numerous other fruit trees. Hence I have lots of wood. Can I use pieces of wood from the orchard in addition or in place of the pellets? Can I chop the wood chunks into smaller pieces so the wood grill can feed them or am i forced to always have to buy and use pellets?

    1. Jack,
      The hopper does not come with a cleanout and you have to scoop them out.
      The grill runs on 120V and if the power goes out it does not work anymore since the hopper stops feeding pellets in the firebox.

      I do not recommend using wood from your apple trees. The screw feed in the auger is made for pellets and a larger piece of wood can damage it.
      You could use a separate smoke tube like one of these https://bettergrills.com/smoke-tubes-for-grilling/.

      I hope this answers your questions!

      Happy grilling!

      Eddie

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