New Grill Smoker

We have decided to get a new grill and decided we wanted a little more capability than we currently have.   Presently we have a Masterbuilt electric smoker and an inexpensive small gas grill we got at Home Depot when we first moved here.

I researched and talked to friends who have the Pellet Grill/Smokers and decided that is what I want to try.   Most are very similar, using an electronic controller to monitor the temperature  and advancing an auger to add wood pellets to the firebox.   Most also have a fan to circulate heat and smoke so items cook evenly.

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The most famous is the Traeger Brand, they originated the process and after the patents expired, many others appeared.   Traeger still owns the market so to speak but there is a lot more options now.   I was interested in the Traeger but after extensive research I decided to go a different direction.

The Traeger Lil Tex was perfect for us size wise and had decent reviews.  There was a Pro 22 also at $100 more which offered a reportedly better controller, 2 built in meat thermometers and a warming rack.    It was causing me to think hard.

In my research, I found higher rated units but they were all more money…  Then I found the Camp Chef!   It was the same retail price as the Lil Tex but offered better controller, 2 side shelves, a built in meat probe, warming rack and 2 maintenance items.  It has a port to remove unused pellets and also a cleanout for the ash.   I also found it available for $100  less at Bass Pro so it was $200 less than the Traeger Pro.  It had very good reviews overall and appears at least equal to the Pro model.

Lastly, and this cinched it, I found it online for $200 off and and had a coupon for another $75, effectively, $375 less than the Pro.   As we are going to Michigan, I am waiting until we return to order the unit to assure we are home for delivery.

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