Pellet grills

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  1. cycloner29

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    So a friend of mine bought a Traeger from a Traeger dealer. He was having issues with it feeding and the dealer told him if he was using pellets other than traeger pellets it would void the warranty. WTF!!!

    Consider what kind of service you get after the sale also. GMG has been awesome! You can call or email them right from the phone app. I have a 2015 DB and they have been very gracious to some of the issues that come up mostly with temp variances but they have solved that with a new heat shield, new controller, and the thermo coupler went bad also. I use this smoker at least twice/three times a week. They have replaced these parts free of charge and they will respond to you even on the weekends.
     
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    I had a grate that had a small section that didn’t lol quite right. Called GMG on a Saturday and got two new grates shipped free of charge.
     
  3. discydisc

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    Doing my second brisket Sunday (might actually start it late saturday). My first attempt turned out fine, was just a flat, this time will be the full packer. Anyone have experience?
    My main issue with my first go was the lack of bark, had a good smoke ring but very little crust. Planning on 225 degrees, have pecan on hand but might get a bag of hickory to supplement. Used aluminum foil to wrap the first go around and will be switching to paper for this cook.
     
  4. mustangcy

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    Have a Traeger and have really enjoyed it. My only issue is it can't seem to get about about 390 degrees temp. It's supposed to get up to 425...kind of makes it an issue when I'm wanting to do steaks or burgers. I've changed out the temp probe and cleaned it out with no better results. Any ideas?
     
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    Did this over the weekend.. 7.5 lb Round Eye. Did it in under 4 hours which included about 15 minutes on the gasser to put a little more sear on it. Turned out great for the first time ever trying it. Capture1.JPG Capture.JPG
     
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  6. SECyclone

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    First thing I would ask is are the pellets stored in a dry place? If they are old or have moisture they won't burn as hot.

    If that is not a problem take a look at your chimney cap. If its wide open or almost shut it doesn't get the proper air movement. I think there is suppose to be 1.5" gap between the cap and stack.

    Depending how old the pellet grill is the fire pot might have holes in it and needs to be replaced.

    if you check all those off then its over my head.
     
  7. iahawks

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    I go to sleep while my WSM is running over night all the time and have no worries at all. It is rock solid in keeping temps for very long periods.
     
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    I bought the cheapest Pit Boss from Walmart in June. Tailgater or something like that. Very similar to the portable GMG. It has taken some getting used to vs gas, but I enjoy cooking everything on the Pit Boss. Just need to figure more time then gas. I also bought the extended warranty from Walmart. 3 years I figure something will go wrong with it.
     
  9. Farnsworth

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    Is it plugged in? If not, plug it in. If so, unplug it and plug it back in!


    One thing I'd actually add. Are you relying on the digital display, or do you have an actual analog aftermarket thermometer. My Traeger doesn't read temp that well, I only trust the one drilled in it's head. Digital will jump around more whereas the analog tells you true.

    But I guess that doesn't matter if it's not reaching a max..... f it I'm posting it anyway.
     
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    I'll do brisket on my traeger and just put it lower on the driveway and hope for the best. Only thing that's happened is the hopper jamming up. I feel more comfortable now that I got a bluetooth double probe thermo.
     
  11. JP4CY

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    Yes it does maintain well if you get it locked in. TBH meat stops taking smoke flavor in the 160s too.
     
  12. discydisc

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    Looks good, might want to let it rest a little longer to help it retain more of that juice that ended up on the cutting board.
     
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    I made an absolutely awesome brisket on my Green Mountain over the 4th of July. You can control the temperature so well with those things, it's hard to mess up a brisket which is saying something....
     
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    Got a really good deal on an entry level Traeger at Hy-Vee. The manager gave an additional deep discount on top of the good price.

    We've had good luck with chicken

    Burger....searing was an issue. The burger was hella juicy, but I need to experiment more with the sear
     
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    So what'd you pay?
     
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    I got a pretty standard issue barrel charcoal grill with offset smoker box early this summer, my results on pork back ribs have been mixed. Before this I used a big old charcoal grill and rigged it up for indirect heat for smoking. Ribs turned out amazing. With the offset box it's great that I can smoke 3 times the amount of ribs, but they haven't been fall off the bone the way they were with the older grill. And I know fall off the bone isn't competition grade, but it's what we like. So I don't know if I'm not getting them done enough, they're a bit chewier. Any insights welcomed.
     
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  17. isu22andy

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    Why did I not have a wireless thermometer years ago. So nice to mess around the house and pull up the display in your pocket without having to go probe what your smoking on the grill
     
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  19. JP4CY

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    You adding any moisture in the offset? That may help.
     
  20. Cyclones_R_GR8

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    I personally think offsets are a PITA unless you get a really heavy duty reverse flow.
     

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