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Rec Tec RT 590 or Treager Pro 780?

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  • Fortin21
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 8
    • Mansfield, Ma

    Rec Tec RT 590 or Treager Pro 780?

    Im looking to buy myself a new smoker to replace the Weber Kettle / SNS set up that i have been using for a few years.

    Iv settled on a pellet smoker but im having a litte trouble deciding between models. Iv narrowed it down to the Rec Tec RT 590 and the Treager Pro 780. Both are about $900 (Treager is usually $100 more but its on sale right now), both have similar features, similar cooking area..

    I pretty sure i cant go wrong either way.. but does anyone have any good reasons why i should pick one over the other (or even a third option i should be considering)?

  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 2102
    • Brentwood CA
    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
      Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
      LSG Insulated Cabinet
      Jumbo Joe
      VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
      FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
      Thermoworks Signal
      Thermoworks Dot
      Thermopen Mk4

    Yoder YS640 more $ but it's a tank. Love mine.


    • glitchy
      Club Member
      • Jul 2019
      • 685
      • Central IA
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
        w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
        Weber SmokeFire EX4
        Weber Q1000
        Fireboard 2 Drive
        Anova Precision Sous Vide

      Weber SmokeFire

      The RecTec is probably a little better built, but the Traeger you can likely get locally. Both should cook food about the same with Traegers D2 controllers. If going Traeger, you might want to consider the Ironwood. I think it's the sweet spot in their lineup. More shelf space, Double walled, no smoke stack, etc. But going to cost you $300 more.


      • treesmacker
        treesmacker commented
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        After seeing the videos last night on the Weber SmokeFire, I would definitely consider it as glitchy suggested. I'm Rec Tec Trailblazer owner for 1.5 years now and I love it, but that Weber looks awesome.
    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 3330
      • Tennessee

      Warning!!! Warning!!! Do not
      replace the Weber Kettle / SNS
      . Don't do it!!! Just add on.


      • klflowers
        klflowers commented
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        Fortin21 I guess you had to do it. Good luck in the new digs. Whatever you decide to get I am sure you will turn out some good stuff.

      • glitchy
        glitchy commented
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        Stinks you have to act fast or cook indoors. When it comes to smoking on a pellet grill, all mine have produced similar results. Grilling is where the differences lie, more so with other brands than Traeger and RecTec. Even then it’s about your tastes. Reverse sear using a skillet works well too. If you can hold out a while though, that Weber sure looks like a different beast to me.

      • glitchy
        glitchy commented
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        I should have read the rest of the comments on later posts, good luck with your decision Fortin21! I plan on preordering myself.
    • JimLinebarger
      Club Member
      • Jun 2017
      • 816
      • Spokane Valley, Wa.
      • Grills/Smokers
        Blaze 32" 4-Burner Gas Grill w/infrared rear rotisserie burner
        Weber Jumbo Joe
        Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
        Traeger Timberline 850

        Thermoworks Smoke
        Maverick ET-733
        Thermapen Mk4, Red

        Sous Vide
        Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, Bluetooth, 800W
        Anova Precision Cooker Insulated Container
        Lipavi C15 container and lid
        Lipavi L15 Rack

        BBQ Guru DigiQ (for PBC and 22" Weber Kettle)
        BBQ Dragon
        BBQ Dragon Grill Table for 22" Weber Kettle
        Fire Butler (for Weber 22")
        Grill Grates for Jumbo Joe and Blaze grill

        About me
        Name: Jim
        Nick name: Bear
        Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
        Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

        USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
        Former Computer Tech/Admin
        Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
        Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

      I agree totally with klflowers . I have a Weber 22 w/ SNS and now a Treager Timberline 850. The Traeger does well but even with the Super Smoke function the Weber gives more smoke flavor. You can not sear on the Traeger. What they call sear @500°F is more of a roast than anything. You will seariously miss the Weber.


      • Fortin21
        Fortin21 commented
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        I miss the Weber kettle already.. i just moved from Boston down to Austin Texas and had the leave the it behind (its in good hands). Il probably end up getting myself a new one at some point because i love cooking with charcoal but im looking for something that takes a less babysitting so that i can do overnight cooks and still get some sleep. I bought a Weber spirit for searing and doing quick cooks so now i just need something for low and slow
    • Nate
      Banned Former Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 3808
      • Quarantined

      So I always cringe when someone recommends something else outside of what the OP specifically asked about.... but I’ve got to bend my own rule for a minute.

      No doubt you have done a lot of research to get to where you are at on your decision and you will probably be happy either way.

      However if I was looking for a new cooker right now I’m that price range I would definitely add the new Weber pellet cooker to my list of possibilities if I hadn’t already. If it doesn’t check the boxes for you then move on but definitely warrants a look imho.

      Full disclosure: I own a Grilla OG and really like and would recommend Grilla to anyone. I owned a traeger jr some years back and was disappointed in it. I also have a bad taste in my mouth for rectec’s sales department based off an interaction I had with them when I was getting ready to purchase a while back.


      • Fortin21
        Fortin21 commented
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        I just saw the Weber pellet cooker in the newsletter and will definitely have to give that a closer look. Looks like it does everything the Rectec and Treagers will do with a few new tricks.
    • W.A.
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 755
      • Kingwood, TX
      • Rec Tec Stampede, Pit Barrel Cooker, Weber One Touch Gold 22.5", Kamado Joe Classic

      590 replaced my Weber gas grill. I dont miss it. I may buy a portable gas grill thing like a camp chef in the future though. I still have a weber 22, PBC, and a Kamodo Joe. Lol. I dont think there is anything wrong with the traeger either.


      • Uncle Bob
        Club Member
        • Feb 2019
        • 391
        • Salado, Tx
        • Summerset TRL44 gas grill and side sear
          RecTec 590 Stampede
          Weber Performer
          Cajun Grill Preaux
          EcoQue Gen 3 wood fired oven
          Camp Chef Somerset IV 4 burner propane stove
          Camp Chef FTG600
          OT QOMOTOP 23-inch Gas Griddle
          Oklahoma Joe's Bronco
          Oklahoma Joe's Bronco Pro
          Oklahoma Joe's Judge
          Golden's Cast Iron Grill
          Ooni Koda 16

        You mentioned price, the RecTec will likely be a better price, for a short time probably, next week when they do their Black Friday thing. Unfortunately as far as your question goes, you'll almost always get the well intentioned, though distracting, "you should get what I think is best...…" reply. We each have our priorities, but they might not apply to you.




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