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Old 03-16-2013, 12:21 AM   #11
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You can already get 100% oak "heating" pellets for about 10 cents a pound, compared to a buck a pound for so called "cooking" pellets.
There's a big difference between pellets made for heating and for cooking, and that will always drive a price differential.


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Old 03-16-2013, 12:30 AM   #12
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I have large BGE with a BBQ guru and a Traeger BBQ070 with digital control. I use them both regularly and they both have their strengths. The Traeger is user friendly and SWMBO can grill gnarly chicken on it. The egg brings me more joy to cook on; something about the live charcoal and fire. Can't see living without either.

back on topic, pellet grills >>> gas. this is a no brainer. i've owned several gas grills and after I bought my traeger, i realized there was no going back.


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Old 03-16-2013, 12:31 AM   #13
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There's a big difference between pellets made for heating and for cooking, and that will always drive a price differential.
I have to wonder if the "heating" pellets are really different or if the only difference is the packaging.

Then again, I haven't heard of too many people smoking with oak. I have heard of using hardwoods just for heat in fireboxes though.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:22 AM   #14
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I have to wonder if the "heating" pellets are really different or if the only difference is the packaging.

Then again, I haven't heard of too many people smoking with oak. I have heard of using hardwoods just for heat in fireboxes though.
There's a lot of debate about that actually, and many pellet mfgrs make both. Luckily for me, I have been able to find quality 100% oak "heating" pellets locally for 10 pennies a pound or so. Otherwise, if you're buying "cooking" pellets you will be shelling out ten times that.

Oak's great to smoke with btw, especially for beef and chicken.
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Ok, here is a question for people familiar with pellets.

My smoker has an upright chimney style cold smoker attachment that is meant to be filled with wood chips. The square tube is about 1.5 inches across and the mesh at the bottom is about half a centimeter. The mesh sits on top of the heading element.

Do you think pellets would work in this Smoker?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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several members of my brew club use these in their regular smokers/grills

http://www.amazenproducts.com/default.asp
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my wife and I bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite a couple weeks back. More days than not it gets used for something so far. Never thought I'd say this, but I think at this point I'm ready to get rid of the Weber which has been a great gas grill for the nearly 10 years we've owned it.
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I've had a Traeger for about 4 years now and they are excellent. But if you want the best....get the Mak Grill
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I'd donate a testicle for a digi pellet grill and my other for a HERMs...atleast I know I'd get more use outta 'em
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I've had a Traeger for about 4 years now and they are excellent. But if you want the best....get the Mak Grill
I'm liking the smoke chamber option.


I'm pretty sure my next grill will be a pellet grill.


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