We took the job of finding you the best pellet smoker very seriously. We read reviews, spoke to pit masters and backyard BBQ enthusiasts and the choice was unanimous. The REC TEC RT-680 Wood Pellet Grill came out on top. The sturdy construction, smart grill technology, excellent digital controller and dare we say it, its good looks, made this pellet grill our No.1 choice.
It also comes with a 6 year warranty, which together with the price tag, makes the Rec Tec an affordable and smart purchase.
When reviewing products for our Top 10 lists we put ourselves in the shoes of the customer and look at the kinds of questions that you might ask when making a fairly costly purchase. If you haven't made up your mind on electric vs pellet smokers, then you can read our Electric Smoker Reviews here.
OUR TOP PICK
REC TEC RT-680 Wood Pellet Grill
If you’re a member of the Rockefeller family and price isn’t an issue then you’ll definitely find pellet grills over the $2000 mark but, if you’re more the ‘other fella’ with a budget in mind, then the Rec Tec is one of the best-priced grills, available for under $1500. There’s also a Rec Tec mini grill which comes in under $750.
You don’t get what you pay for with this grill. You get a whole lot more.
In fact, some of the more expensive grills don’t come with as many features, and that’s why we give it a thumbs up for affordability and value for money.
Solid construction that’s built to last is what the Rec Tec is all about, from their proprietary PID temperature control algorithm and Smart Grill Technology to the grill’s powder coated high strength carbon steel and 304 stainless steel for all of its critical parts.
It doesn’t make any difference to the quality and craftsmanship of the grill, but it’s still necessary for us to mention that it’s not sold as a ‘Made in America’ product.
The REC TEC Grill is made in China, but, the heart and soul of the grill (the computer) is made in the USA. The powder coat is also made in the States and the final assembly along with quality control takes place at the REC TEC Grill facility in Georgia, the backbone of good old southern BBQ. And we like that it has a 6 year warranty. It means the Rec Tec folk believe in their product, which makes us believe in it too.
Where the Rec Tec outshines, or rather, outcooks other pellet grills, is their temperature control. The grills all come standard with a P.I.D. Controller (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) algorithm, the ‘secret’ to the grill maintaining its precise temperature.
Rec Tec is also has the revolutionary Smart Grill Technology™, making it one of the easiest pellet smokers to operate.
The push-button ignition sets and maintains the selected temperature throughout the entire cooking process and the pellets are automatically fed into the firebox, which means there are no temperature fluctuations. No other grill on the market has this sophisticated ‘brain’. Also you can adjust temperatures from 180 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not something we often mention, but we feel is relevant is Rec Tec’s customer service. Their service is exceptional, and not only in the grilling industry. When you call their office you speak to a staff member that owns a Rec Tec.
Their product knowledge is sound, they are polite and their response time to emails or phone calls is rarely matched in the world of retail. When you buy one of their products you get a card with the contact numbers, as in the mobile numbers, of the GM and both co-founders.
Heck, we know a guy who got a call from Ray Carnes, one of the co-founders, on a Sunday after he posted a question on their Facebook page.
Unbiased reviews mean we have to give you the pros and cons of an item but to be honest it was near impossible finding too much wrong.
A few people mentioned assembly being difficult. Some commented on the lid, saying it would need to be replaced at some point because of sun damage and a few mentioned the grates don’t fit properly, which isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, just annoying. One reviewer gave it a good grilling (bad pun, sorry) but he’s been one of a handful. Actually he’s been one.
The Rec Tec is a hard act to follow and it almost doesn’t seem fair comparing other pellet smokers to it, so for the purpose of this review let’s assume the Rec Tec didn’t exist or was no longer manufactured. What would we choose then?
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Camp Chef PG24 Pellet Grill And Smoker BBQ With Digital Controls
Our runner up is the Camp Chef PG24 Pellet grill. This is almost like having your own pit master out back. You load the pellets, set the temperature dial to the heat you want and you leave it.
The 20 pound capacity pellet hopper means you’re not even stressing about running out of ‘gas’ while you’re cooking and the pellets are automatically dispensed. We did say it’s like having your buddy doing the BBQ for you. The electronics used inside the thermostat are very precise, and if your cooking temperature falls, the hopper throws another pellet on the fire to heat the unit up. You will not get this kind of control from wood, charcoal or gas units.
This really is a beaut’ of a grill, and considering it’s the company’s first attempt at a pellet unit, we look forward to future updates.
What we can establish, reading reviews, googling feedback forums and chatting to friends and manufacturers, pellet grills are a personal choice. It’s like preferring your meat well-done or rare or having your wings spicy or not. What we can only hope to do is give you enough information to make an educated purchase and not be swayed by a smooth talking salesperson. Happy smoking fire food fans!
Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill - WIFI Enabled
Davy Crockett rocked the wild frontier, and you’ll be rocking the backyard BBQ with this pellet grill. It comes in under the $500 mark because of its size; it’s a portable pellet grill, but it’s pretty big on design and described by some as the ultimate tailgater pellet grill.
As with all pellet smokers, there’s a lot to like, and a few things that can be improved, but as far as compact portable grills go, there’s very few available on the market, therefore the GM Davy Crockett is our top pick of a rather short list.
In terms of portability, there are smaller and lighter options available but the cooking surface is much smaller and has the out-of-date lo-med-high controller. The Davy Crockett uses Green Mountain’s sophisticated digital thermostatic controller with a dual readout LED display to accommodate the included meat thermometer. It also comes with adaptors to provide power from a wall outlet, car cigarette lighter, or car battery: items that are often optional on other makes.
What sets GM Grills apart is the optional upgrade (around about $150) to include WIFI control. The range is approximately 100 feet and makes grilling, smoking, and baking super easy. You can view your cook times; grill temperatures, and internal meat cooking temperatures all from your smart device. You can also adjust the cooking temperature, set timer alerts, and alerts when your food’s internal temperature reaches a certain level.
Plans are in place to take this to ‘the cloud’ which will give you the ability to control the temperature from anywhere in the world – so long as your connected to the web. Great for smoking during the week whilst your at work. You can quickly log on and reduce the temperature for the final few hours of your cookout.
To summarize, price-wise the Davy Crockett gets a thumbs-up; on technology it also gets a sizzling thumbs up for reaching temperatures from 150 to a whopping 500 degrees.
We’ve mentioned that it is one of only a handful of tailgater grills on the market, giving it the upper hand, but regardless, it still deserves its spot on our top 5 list.
The cons are few, and once again, definitely not deal breakers:
For a portable pellet smoker, it’s fairly heavy for the average person. It’s also a little awkward to carry around. The DC is small, which we’ve mentioned, and for some the 12″ deep x 16″ wide primary cook surface is a problem. But there are a lot of people who love it because of the compact size. As they say, one man’s basting is another man’s poison!
Traeger TEXAS ELITE 34, Black and Bronze
Looking at the history of the pellet grill, Traeger Pellet Grills were the very first smokers available. It was patented in 1986 and production began in 1988. Because of its patent, Traeger had zero competition for 20 years. But in 2006 the patent expired, and new (and possibly better) pellet grills hit the market.
The Traeger Texas Pellet Grill or Texas Pro Pellet isn’t a badly built smoker and the price makes it relatively inexpensive. They also make a junior elite if you don’t need as much cooking space.
Updates to the unit include a hopper cleanout for changing pellets, the upper rack for additional cooking space and two meat probes for monitoring food temperatures.
These are great changes but the pellet controller is still the old 10-position unit and of course we know that a lot of other makes have moved to much more sophisticated technology, improving temperature precision and maintenance. But it could be the guys at Traeger figure ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.
They might have lost a few followers along the way, what with newer, sleeker models available but Traeger’s still popular thanks to their marketing and distribution. You can find Traeger pellet grills everywhere.
Pit Boss 71700FB Pellet Grill with Flame Broiler
The idea behind the Pit Boss was to create something similar to the Traeger but at a much lower price, which seems to have worked. But, and this is only based on reading loads of reviews and checking with pit masters, the Traeger is no longer the smoker to compete with. There are others, which are better priced and have better technology and upgrades.
Back to the Pit Boss. The cooking space come in ‘Large’ and ‘Deluxe’. The Deluxe refers to the additional features and finishes. What we really like about the PB is the cooking temperature range from 180° to 500°F, which you can control with the simple turn of a dial, but it is an old-style dial. Possibly unrelated to this, but something that needs to be looked at is whenever you switch cooking temperatures the auger carries on running for about four minutes before trying to adjust to the new temperature. As we discovered this isn’t a problem you’re going from low to high, but it is if you’re trying to bring your temperature down. We almost lost our wings because of this.
It’s still a great pellet smoker and it manages to get to a sizzling 500°F pretty darn quickly. We also had one of the tastiest meals from this grill. We can’t say (or verify) if it was because of the Pit Boss or if we had managed to get our hands on the best meat purchases, like ever!
Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill With Sear Box - Smart Smoke Technology - Ash Cleanout System
With the Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill you never have to worry about under cooking or overcooking your food.
Thanks to Smart Smoke Technology you can set it, forget it and go take care of something else while the grill does all the work. The digital temperature controls and automatic auger will feed premium hardwood pellets into the grill so the temperature always remains just right without any assistance from you.
The versatility of this grill gives you endless cooking possibilities. You can roast, bake, barbecue, smoke and of course grill. You have a huge temperature range of between 160° F up to 500° F which allows you to cook your food any way you want.
There is also an included sear box that can reach up to 900° F so you can sear your meat to perfection. Once you are done grilling your steaks, burgers and chicken you can transfer them to the sear box so they can get the nice and crisp caramelized sear.
Need a huge cooking area? No problem!
The Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill has 570 square of cook space so you can quickly and easily prepare food for a family of four or for a party of 50. You could literally feed the whole neighborhood with this grill if you had to.
There’s even a removable upper warming rack that provides you with additional space if you need it.
The worst part about using a grill is always the clean up. It usually requires you pull out a vacuum or broom and get your hands dirty while you are trying to prepare one of your grilling masterpieces.
Luckily this grill features a patented ash cleanup that makes cleaning the grill as easy as pulling a lever. This means you can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the food you just prepared. This is an exclusive feature and can’t be found on any other grill.
Pit Boss 71700FB Pellet Grill With Flame Broiler
The Pit Boss 71700FB is perfect for both new and veteran backyard cooks. With it you will be able to prepare and serve gourmet goodness right from the comfort of your backyard.
It is one of the few grills on the market that uses 100% natural wood pellets for fuel. That means you don’t have to worry about the toxic fumes that usually come from using gas, charcoal or propane. It also means cleanup will be a lot easier.
As with every Pit Boss, this grill is built to last and designed to help you get going as quickly as possible. When you use this grill success is pretty much guaranteed.
The Digital Control dial-in control gives you complete control over the temperature of the grill. It has a temperature range of 170 Fahrenheit all the way up to 600 Fahrenheit. You simply set the temperature and the grill will do the rest.
The auger will automatically feed the wood pellets to the burn pot. Once the pellets are in the burn pot they will be ignited and the grill will stay at the perfect temperature for as long as you need it to.
To ensure you always maintain a clean burning flame this Pit Boss grill comes with an electric ignition and fan forced air. Once the air has been fan forced into the grill it gets channeled around by the flame broiler.
The exhaust design ensures the air is evenly circulated throughout the entire grill. This process is what allows the grill to achieve uniform heat no matter what grilling method you are using.
The flame broiler is an absolute fan favorite. It allows you to directly or indirectly cook while adding a great deal of flavor back into the foods you are preparing. And don’t worry, this grill will channel all the excess grease so you don’t have to.
One thing that really makes this grill stand out is its versatility and real wood flavor that saturates anything you’re cooking on the grill. Whether you want to smoke a big slab of ribs or charbroil a steak, with the Pit Boss you win with every meal.
Once you have finished preparing your food press the power button and the grill will automatically go through a cool down period before shutting all the way off.
There are two other smokers that are quite comparable to this in terms of features and price. The first is the masterbuilt 20070910 30 inch smoker - you can read the full review here. The second is the Bradley 4-rack smokers. We have just updated out 2018 top 5 Bradley Smoker list here.
Z-Grills Wood Pellet BBQ Grill And Smoker With Digital Temperature Controls
The Z-grills Wood Pellet BBQ Grill and Smoker with Digital Temperature Controls is the ultimate 7 in 1 grill. You can smoke, grill, bake, sear, roast, braise and BBQ all on this one grill.
With heavy duty all terrain wheels this grill can easily be navigated in just about any outside situation. It also comes with a rust proof cover to ensure the grill is always protected no matter what the weather looks like.
The automated electric feed gives you the freedom to do other things while you are preparing your food. Just set it and walk away.
The system will maintain the temperature ensuring your food is grilled to perfection every time. This grill has a temperature range of 180ºF to 450ºF.
With a 700 square inch grilling area and 20Ib hopper capacity this grill is perfect for cooking for large groups of people.
Z Grills offers a fully satisfied or money back guarantee. There is also a 3 year warranty from the manufacturer.
Camp Chef Smokepro STX Pellet Grill
Once you try the Camp Chef Smokepro STX Pellet Grill your taste buds will never be the same. The slow smoked flavors will make you feel like you’re in heaven.
With the Smokepro STX you can smoke, sear, braise, bake and grill all with this one cooker.
Is precision cooking your thing?
If so you will love the digital temperature control that gives you complete control over your cooking time. There is also a stainless steel meat probe that ensures every meal is cooked to wood fired perfection.
The adjustable chimney top gives you the power to adjust how much smoke flavor gets into your meat. And with Smart Smoke Technology the grill will automatically maintain the optimum temperature range to produce the most smoke possible.
Clean up with the Smokepro STX can be done in 5 minutes or less. Just pull the cleanout system lever and cleanup will be complete.
Traeger TFB29LZA Grills Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill And Smoker
When it comes to wood pellet grills Traeger grills are considered the best. The taste, the versatility and the ease of use put them in a league of their own.
The Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite grill is a versatile 6 in 1 grill. Whether you want to smoke a whole chicken or bake a homemade pie, with this grill you can do it all.
Though the Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite Wood Pellet grill is compact in size, it has 300 square inches of wood fire grilling room. You could easily fit 12 burgers or three racks of ribs on the grill.
The digital elite controller makes setting up this grill as easy as turning on your oven. The controller will maintain a precise temperature within 20 degrees and will allow you to cook low and slow or as fast as you want at a maximum temperature of 450 degrees. You can read our full Traeger Junior Elite Pellet Grill Review here.
And don’t worry, the LED display makes it clear and easy for you to read the grill temperature.
The Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite Wood Pellet grill is fueled by 100% hardwood pellets. This means you will get that amazing wood fired taste that can’t be matched by any gas or charcoal grill.
Traegers pellets are made using pure virgin hardwood. That means there are no fillers and no binding agents. So you get the amazing taste of wood fired meat without the crazy side effects.
For most people lighting the grill is the hardest part. You either have to use a fire starter if you have a charcoal grill or a match if you have a propane grill. Not only is this dangerous, but it can be downright frustrating.
With an electronic auto start ignition you can have your Traeger grill up and running with in a matter of seconds. Just flip the switch and are ready to start grilling.
As with all Traeger grills the Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite is built to last. It is made using powerful steel construction and features a powder coat finish that is extremely durable.
With porcelain non stick grill grates cleaning this grill is quick and easy. Just rinse, wipe and store. Thanks to easy clean up you can spend more time enjoying friends and family and less time cleaning.
Pellet Grill Buying Guide - 5 Things To Consider Before Making Your Purchase
Over the last few years interest in pellet grills has gone through the roof. This is because more and more people are starting to understand the impact these grills can have on BBQ.
Not only are they easy to use, but pellet grills are also some of the most versatile grills on the market. When you use a pellet grill you get all the flavour of a traditional grill without the headaches.
While gas and charcoal grills are great for cooking burgers, steaks and hot dogs, if you are trying to cook something like a whole chicken you will be out of luck.
A pellet grill on the other hand can handle just about any cooking job you throw its way. And the best part is of course the flavor. With a pellet grill your food will get that real wood flavor. And if you want to switch things up a bit you can throw in some applewood pellets, hickory pellets, pecan pellets and classic adler pellets just to name a few.
Since a pellet grill uses pellets as fuel you never have to worry about storing and refilling a big propane tank which can be a pain in the you know what.
Some people call it cheat mode grilling as all you have do is push a button and you are ready to start grilling.
And no we are not exaggerating…..
With a pellet grill you push a button, the flame is ignited and the grill is ready to go. All you have to do is adjust the temperature setting using arrows or a knob.
Pellet grills are also very easy to clean up. This is in large part due to burn efficiency. Since pellets are used to produce the burn you get a more efficient burn than you would with charcoal or logs. Because the burn is so efficient there is a lot less waste for you to worry about.
If you have ever used a charcoal grill you know how messy they be. You constantly have to clean the ash box because of how quickly it fills up. Log burners are no better as they leave behind a lot of char.
Pellet grills on the other hand use compressed wood which doesn’t produce as much ash. With a pellet grill you may only need to clean the ash box once a year.
As you start to learn about pellet grills you will quickly realize there are hundreds of brands and even more models that you can choose from. This makes choosing the right grill a very difficult task.
To make things easier we have put together a list of the 5 things you should look for before purchasing a pellet grill. Knowing what to look for is the best way to ensure you get a grill that makes you happy.
When it comes to price it is very important you understand there is a huge difference between cheap and affordable.
If you are looking to save a little money, which most of you probably are, finding an inexpensive grill is not as difficult as you might think.
However, looking for the cheapest possible grill can prove to be a huge mistake in the long run as you may find yourself constantly having to replace parts.
Your best option is to invest in a quality pellet grill in the very beginning. This way you know you will have a reliable grill for at least the next few years.
No matter your budget, focus on getting a grill that is built to last and that will provide you with consistent performance.
Luckily it’s not hard to find high quality grills for less than $500. Three that come to mind are the Pit Boss 71700FB Pellet Grill with Flame Broiler, the Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill and the Camp Chef Smokepro STX Pellet Grill.
Quality of Construction
If you want a grill that will last for years to come it all starts with the construction of the grill. If you will be shopping in a local retail store take the time to really investigate the grill. Lift the lid to see how sturdy it is.
Move it around a bit so you can feel the weight. Is it heavy or flimsy and light? While a pellet grill doesn’t need to be overly hefty, you don’t want it to be too light on its feet either. The grill should feel sturdy and there should be no visible gaps or spaces that will allow heat to escape.
If you will be shopping online the best way to get an idea of the quality of a particular grill is by reading reviews.
Most pellet grills are built using painted steel. However, not all painted steel is created equal. For best results you want a coat of paint that can handle high heat.
If the paint cannot handle high heat it will start to blister and flake if it gets too hot. Once the paint starts blistering the steel will eventually be exposed and start to rust.
If you would rather avoid the potential for rust altogether consider getting a stainless steel pellet grill. Not only are they rust resistant, but they are extremely durable and a lot easier to maintain.
If you are on a tight budget opt for a pellet grill made using 430 stainless steel. It is still very durable and not as expensive as a pellet grill made from commercial grade 304 stainless steel.
A well built pellet grill is not only more durable, but it will also perform better. When quality materials are used the grill is able to retain heat better. As a result the grill will perform in a more efficient manner no matter how hot or cold it is outside.
Generally speaking cheap grills are not made with quality materials. While the outside may look good, often times you will find the guts of the grill are made with lower grade metals.
This of course affects functionality and longevity. If the inside of the grill isn’t made using quality materials you will literally burn through it over a certain period time.
Size of Cooking Area
You can find pellet grills in a variety of different sizes. There are portable models that are great for tailgating or larger models that are great for outdoor kitchens or those who love to entertain a lot of guests.
No matter what model you choose, the most important part will always be the size of the cooking area.
When it comes to the size of the cooking area always remember that bigger isn’t always better. Especially if you have a ton of extra space you never use.
If you have an average size family look for a grill with a primary cooking area of between 450 to 500 square inches. If you are single or a couple you can go with something smaller.
Keep in mind some grills allow you to add in a secondary rack for those times when you need to prepare more food.
Type Of Controller
A pellet grill is similar to an oven in that it needs to maintain a consistent temperature to be effective. If you want your brisket to be tender the temperature has to stay around 250°F for a 12 hour period.
A pellet grills ability to maintain a certain temperature for an extended period of time depends on the control board. The control board is basically the brains of the grill.
There are 4 different types of controllers you will find on pellet grills. Each one has a different level or precision and consistency.
Let’s briefly discuss each one:
3 Position Controller - Often referred to as LMH controllers, the 3 position controller has only 3 temperature settings. Low which is around 225°F, medium which is around 325°F and high which is around 425°F.
The temperature setting you choose will determine how and when the pellets are fed into the grill.
If you are someone who likes more control over how you prepare your food having just 3 temperature settings can prove to be a big issue.
If on the other hand you are new to grilling and are still figuring things out, a 3 position controller can make learning how to grill a lot easier.
You will usually find 3 position controllers on lower priced models.
Multi Position Controller - With a multi position controller you use a knob to set the temperature to where you want it to be. The temperature ranges from 180°F all the way up to 420°F and can be adjusted in 25° increments.
Depending on the type of pellet grill you purchase there may be an LED display that shows the temperature.
Being that you will have more temperature settings you will also have more control over how you cook your food.
Just like with the 3 position controller, with a multi position controller the pellets are fed in on a fixed cycle. In ideal conditions a multi position controller can maintain the temperature at about +/-20°F. In windy conditions however the controller is less reliable and not as accurate.
Some multi position controllers have meat probe inputs for monitoring food temperatures.
One Touch Non PID Controller- The One Touch Non PID controller gives you the ability to set the temperature using one touch buttons. The temperature can be set in 5° or 10° increments and there is an LCD display that shows the exact setting.
One Touch Non PID controllers are a lot more accurate than the previous two controllers. However, keep in mind they too deliver pellets on a fixed cycle. Because of this accuracy is limited to +/-15–20°F.
Some one touch non PID controllers have meat probe inputs that allow you to monitor the internal temperature of the foods you are preparing. This of course is extremely useful when you are grilling meat.
PID Controllers- PID Controllers are the most sophisticated type of controller you will find on a pellet grill. They use complex algorithms to help you achieve your ideal temperature within a few degrees.
As far as accuracy goes PID controllers are in a league of their own. They feature an LCD display and have one touch buttons that allow you to set the temperature in 5° increments. This of course gives you more control over how you are able to prepare your dishes.
The PID controller is different from other controllers in that it does not used fixed cycles. Instead it is constantly measuring the temperature of the grill and adjusts the cycle as needed. This ensures the correct cooking temperature is always maintained.
PID Controllers are able to accomodate programmable meat probes which means you can set it so that when the food is done the temperature of the grill will automatically lower.
With so many pellet grills on the market the only way manufacturers can differentiate themselves is through features. When comparing pellet grills, take the time to look at all the features that are included.
Find out which ones come standard and which ones are optional. If you are trying to save money keep the features to a minimum. Here are 6 popular features you should look for when shopping for a pellet grill.
Patented Cleanout System
For many the worst part of owning a grill is having to clean it out. And while pellet grills are easier to clean, it can still be a frustrating process if you are someone who does a ton of grilling.
Some pellet grills, mainly Camp Chef pellet grills, come with a patented ash cleanout system. Having this type of system in place makes cleaning up as simple as pulling a lever.
And because cleanup is so fast you will have more time to enjoy your friends and loved ones.
These days we are more connected than we have ever been in the history of the world. And just like our homes have become smart, so have our grills.
Pellet grills already have an electronic control board which makes them a natural fit for WiFi. When your pellet grill is connected to WiFi you will have more freedom to roam and do other things as you will be able to monitor and control everything remotely.
Just download the app and you are ready to go. No matter where you are you can simply log in and control the temperature of the grill. It’s the ultimate set it and forget it experience.
Currently there aren’t that many pellet grills that offer WiFi capabilities. However, as demand continues to increase you can expect more companies to start offering this feature.
Right now Memphis Grills and the Traeger Timberline grill offer cloud based WiFi.
Control Board With Meat Probe Input
Most pellet grills have a meat probe outlet that you can plug into the control board. The other end of the probe will be placed in the meat so you can monitor the temperature. When connected the digital display will show the temperature of the food without you having to lift the lid.
Included Meat Probes
While most grills do accommodate meat probes, many of them do not come with the probe. Some will require you buy it separately.
It’s also important you know not all meat probes are created equal. Some are only capable of monitoring while others can be programmed to lower the heat of the grill once the food reaches a certain temperature.
If you have the option opt for a programmable probe as it will give you more freedom while you are grilling.
Direct grilling is become more and more popular as people would prefer their grill be able to handle both grilling and smoking.
Some grills require you remove part of the diffuser plate which will allow flames to come through so you can do direct grilling. Other grills have an area dedicated to direct grilling.
Secondary Cooking Racks
This feature is important for those you need to maximize the amount of cooking space they can use. Look for a pellet grill that can accommodate a secondary cooking rack.
Some pellet grills come with a secondary cooking rack while others will require you purchase it separately.
When it boils down to it the pellet grill you choose to purchase will depend on your personal wants and needs. You’re the one paying for it so you’re the one that needs to be happy with it.
The most important advice we can give you is to do your research.
Find out the different features that you need and research the different pellet grills that offer those features. If you are well informed before you make your purchase you will be less likely to have buyers remorse.
You may also want to check out the top 5 best electric smoker review if you’re not yet set on getting a pellet smoker.