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  • DavidNorcross
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    Welcome from Virginia. I do not have a pellet grill. I can say that the quality of Camp Chef products is great. I would also recommend looking at the MasterBuilt Gravity Feed series. It is not a pellet grill but is more set and forget and uses charcoal.

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  • Max Good
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    Be sure to check our Searchable Equipment Reviews:
    https://amazingribs.com/equipment-re...el_tid%5B%5D=3

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  • TJMagneto
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    I've been doing a lot of research on American made pellet grills as of late. If you compare grills with similar features between US and non-US made rigs you'll end up paying a few hundred bucks or so more for local made. I'm sort of partial to the Yoder YS640s as of late. It's built like a tank at 335# and has Fireboard built in. The Yoder is $1799 + shipping($200 to the West Coast) and the closest Rec Tec is probably the RT-700. It'll set you back $1199 and free shipping. The smaller RT-590 is $899 and free shipping. Have fun shopping!

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  • ofelles
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    Welcome from the California Delta.
    You have received some good choices so far. I have heard that RecTec customer service is outstanding.
    People seem to be very loyal to the brand that they own for the most part. That being said, increase your budget and get the Yoder it's US built and a heavy duty beast.

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  • RonB
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    Welcome to The Pit. I don't have a pellet pooper, so I can't help, but it looks like you are gettin' plenty advice.

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  • tRidiot
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    I'd look hard at RecTec myself. This is from the owner of a Traeger and a Yoder. Looked real hard at GMG but didn't pull the trigger. Found a killer deal on my Yoder, or I prolly woulda had a RecTec myself.

    <edit> Never ever met a dissatisfied Camp Chef owner, either.

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  • JFIVEK
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    They are intriguing to me... but Wi-Fi is pretty important to me, and their grills don't have it. Although, as of a few days ago they're apparently coming out with a Wi-Fi model in the fall. Maybe worth the wait?

  • MBMorgan
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    Have a good close look at the Grilla Grills’ pellet smokers.

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  • Jfrosty27
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    Yes. That’s about it. Smaller pellet hopper too. But still plenty large.

  • JFIVEK
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    Thanks for the reply! Looks like the only difference between the RT-590 and RT-700 is capacity (and $300!)

  • Jfrosty27
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    Rec Tec RT-590 or Camp Chef Woodwind Come to mind. I have the Rec Tec RT-700 and love it.

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  • JFIVEK
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    Help with shopping for a new grill

    Howdy to all,

    The internet is a big place! I've been looking to purchase a new pellet smoker, and frankly I'm overwhelmed with all of the options and data there is. So, I thought I would ask your opinion. Here's what I'm looking for:
    • Pellet smoker
    • Budget of around $1000
    • Wi-Fi Enabled
    • Searing is not important to me
    • American made if possible (with my budget, I'm starting to think this is a no-go)
    Any recommendations? Any grills/manufacturers that you're a big fan of?
    Thanks!

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Griddle And Deep Fryer In One

Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all!

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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The Undisputed Champion!

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The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

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We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5" x 29.5" footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.

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Delta by Nuke,
Stylish and Affordable
Gaucho Grill

Weber Genesis Grill

Delta by Nuke burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This Argentinian grill will get your flame on!

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Genesis II E-335 
A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!

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Weber’s Genesis line has long been one of the most popular choices for gas grillers. The new Genesis II E-335 offers solid performance, a sear burner for sizzling heat and an excellent warranty.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

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The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

Grilla pellet smoker

FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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