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Lone Star Grillz Pellet Cooker - On Site Review

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  • Max Good
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    • Jun 2014
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    #16
    Thanks Troutman!

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      Max Good I mentioned you'd be calling him about a test model
  • glitchy
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    #17
    Thanks for taking the time to do this and share. I see a lot of potential here for an excellent pellet grill. There are a lot of things to like and only a few to nit-pick.

    I really like the Fireboard controller and would love to have a grill with one. I love that fire pot clean out. The grates look well designed and spacious (though I would love to see stainless at this price point). A 40lb hopper would be handy since I often buy pellets in 40lb bags. It will be very interesting to see this cold smoke in action and see how the smoke profile plays out. That off center fire pot with the low exhaust might make it one of the better smoke profiles in the market.

    The things I question are the charcoal basket, how do you control airflow? The ball valve (doesn’t seem like that would work well being right by the stack)? Can you run the fan to help? I also would have rather seen a fixed rain cap on the stack. In my experience adjustable stacks on pellet smokers often lead to more problems than benefits. I could see it helping with the charcoal basket though. I also would have liked to see a powder coat finish. Pellet grills don’t usually get hot enough to burn off paint, so why have a finish you will likely have to maintain.
    Last edited by glitchy; March 18, 2021, 05:16 PM.

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    • Troutman
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      Well no such thing as a perfect solution. The idea of grilling and using it as a charcoal cooker are gimmicks that entice the one cooker only crowd. Not meant to be solutions to either technique. In my pellet those items were extras, I simply said no thanks.

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      I don’t understand your paint comment. The walls of a pellet cooker don’t get hot enough to burn the paint like say a fire box on a stick burner. Mine has survived nicely going on 4 years. High temp paint should hold up to heat as well as high temp powder coating, all you’re doing is raising the over cost of an already expensive cooker.

    • glitchy
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      Troutman I’m just guessing after a 2-3 years you’ll like need to do paint touch up is all unless there’s more to the finish than I’m seeing. Not a huge deal, just think powder coat is more maintenance free. Maybe a dab of touch up paint if you chip it. That’s what the heat comments were meaning that it won’t be burnt off a pellet grill like an offset firebox.
  • AZ Fogey
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    • May 2019
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    #18
    Troutman Great review. I saw Chris's video on this the day it came out on YouTube, and my thoughts about it are completely in line with yours. He really nailed this one with some great features and then, on top of that is the superior LSG quality.

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