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Budget constraint debacle. Need input!

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  • jtyoder
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2016
    • 49
    • Fort Wayne, IN

    Budget constraint debacle. Need input!

    I’ve really been jonesing for a RecTec RT-700 but, for me, it’s really at the extreme high end of my budget so I don’t think I can add any option packages. Would I still be needing another grill then for short cooks? I don’t have room to keep the COS grill I have and the RecTec, due to space, so I kind of need one grill that handles both smokes and short cooks. I just really dig the looks of the RT-700.
  • shush
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 142
    • Northern Virginia
    • RecTec RT-680
      Brinkmann Bullet (Electric)
      Maverick ET-732

    If by short cooks you mean, high temp work, (I have the RT-680) I find it doesn't quite keep up. I have grill grates as well, but really only used them once. The 700 _may_ have a better range, but if you are looking for a 'grill' and a 'smoker', this may not be the right choice. I am sure others will provide comments as well.


    • GroceryBoy
      GroceryBoy commented
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      I also have the RT-680. Great machine but it is definitely not for high temp cooks. Great on low-n-slow & smokes. As durable a grill made today. Also GREAT customer service! I also have the Weber Charcoal Summit (WCSG). That is by far the most my versatile grill. If I only had 1 grill, the WCSG would be it. Check out Baby Back Manics YouTube review.

  • Nate
    Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3808
    • Quarantined

    I’m not sure what you mean by short cooks? Can you elaborate? Pellet cookers are not really searing machines (the exception may be the camp chef woodwind as they have an attachment).

    You are going to get a more delicate smoke profile with a pellet than a COS. Just be aware of that.

    I appreciate the desire to have something that “looks cool” but is that the only reason you are considering the Rectec over other options?

    Are you open to other fuel sources?

    I almost exclusively use my pellet cooker. My gasser, charcoal, and stick burner have all taken a back seat... a lot of it is because of my schedule and the convenience the pellet cooker offers... bacon, chicken, no flip burgers, steak, chops, butts, ribs, veggies, etc... if I need to sear I either toss it in my cast iron or I use a torch or Searzall.

    You aren’t too horribly far from Holland Michigan. You could drive up there and pickup a Silverbac...


    • TJMagneto
      TJMagneto commented
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      Unfortunately GG is closed due to present circumstances.
  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 863
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
      Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
      Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
      Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
      Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
      Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
      Weber Smokey Joe
      SnS Deluxe
      The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
      Blackstone 17" griddle
      Joule Sous Vide circulator

      Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
      Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

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ID:	828716 I have an RT700 and use it 90% of the time. I can run it at 180 for heavy smoke crank it up to 550 to crisp chicken or whatever, or tun it anywhere in between. I have a Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill for searing, ($95 at local home store) or us a cast iron grill or pan As another searing option. I absolutely love the RT700.


    • RAGBBQ
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 62
      • Central Oregon
      • REC TEC RT-700 Bull
        Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
        ABC Slow N Sear Low Profile
        ABC Drip N Griddle Pan
        Weber Q1200
        Maverick ET-732
        ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4
        GrillGrates for REC TEC
        GrillGrates for Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
        A-Maze-N 12" Tube Smoker for REC TEC

      I love my RT-700 for low and slow and medium temperature cooks. If I have to sear something, I use my WSCGC. Charcoal grills sear so much faster and better for me. The 700 takes forever to get up to 500 degrees.


      • JCGrill
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 1758
        • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
        • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
          Gas - Saber
          Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
          Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

        I don't know, I have gas, pellets, and a Weber Kettle. If I was budget conscious and wanted something that can do both long and fast cooks, I would probably pick the kettle.


        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          Sorry to hear about your gas. I think they make a pill for that....

          Agree with the kettle.

        • FireMan
          FireMan commented
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          Or a PBC.
      • Bogy
        Club Member
        • Mar 2016
        • 604
        • North Central Iowa
        • Blaz'n Grill Works Grid Iron
          Weber Genesis E-310
          Original Grilla
          Smokey Joe® Charcoal Grill 14"
          Thermoworks ThermoPop
          Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
          Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer with gateway
          2 iGrillminis - from before they were Weber.

        If you haven't made a decision yet, I'd recommend taking another look at Grilla. From what I see on Facebook, they are delivering again. However, instead of Nate's suggestion, if you want something that looks cool, that also works reasonably well for faster, hotter cooks, have you looked at the Original Grilla? Depends on much room you really need. I have a Blaz'n Grid Iron where I spend most of my time, because I occasionally cook for my congregations. I like it, but it takes a while to warm up. Bigger grill, more metal, longer warm up. My OG is at our vacation home, and I miss it for the times it's just the two of us, and I want to do some quick burgers or steaks. The OG will heat up as fast as my Weber Genesis gasser, and the design really delivers on smoke flavor. Might not be up to stick burner smoke, but it's pretty good. And while it does not have the capacity of the Grid Iron or an RT-700, it'll cook for 15-20 members of my family. And there's nothing else that looks like it.


        • radshop
          Charter Member
          • Mar 2015
          • 468
          • Orange County CA
          • Lone Star Grillz 20x36 offset
            Weber 26" kettle
            PK Classic
            Weber Genesis gas grill
            Lodge Sportsman Grill
            Weber Smokey Joe Silver
            Smoke Hollow 44 gas smoker
            Cheapo Brinkmann charcoal smoker with DIY propane conversion

          We need more details to help you out here, friend.
          • First, ditching the COS is a good choice - you'll be glad you did.
          • Are you committed to a pellet cooker? If so I don't have much to add - never had one.
          • How much food do you need to cook all at once?
          • If you are really just trying to find a good all-in-one solution for both slow and long cooks, there are tons of great options much cheaper. Such as (just from personal experience):
          • Kettle with SNS
          • PK Grill (I have the original but wish I had a 360)
          • The Weber Genesis propane grill is incredibly versatile for grilling and smoking


          • Bogy
            Bogy commented
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            On the last one, I used my Weber Genesis a lot with a smoke box before I got my pellet burner. Only recommendation I have is that if you are doing low and slow indirect cooking of fatty butts etc, make sure the grease is actually draining and not building up. Or you too can have a fireball instead of a grill. Got so hot it burned the propane hose and I had not just a grease fire, but a propane torch. But it will do the job.
        • tenphases
          Club Member
          • Nov 2016
          • 272
          • Jersey City NJ
          • Fast Eddy's Cook Shack PG 1000
            Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
            Hasty-Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
            Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
            Broil King Keg Kamado
            Charbroil Kamander
            Original Pit Barrel Cooker
            Barrel House Cooker
            Akorn Kamado with cart
            WSM 22 with Flame Boss
            WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
            Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
            Weber Jumbo Joe
            Weber Smokey Joe
            Weber Q gasser with stand
            Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
            Blackstone Griddle 36
            Akorn Kamado jr

          A Pellet grill, that can do high heat sear in that price range. A 36 inch camp chef woodwind with sidekick and wifi is the same price and size as the rt 700. Except that it comes with a sidekick which has a ton of funtionality including searing capabilities...... . The other hand rec tecs are great......im no help smh
          Last edited by tenphases; April 25, 2020, 07:02 PM.


          • texastweeter
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 2895
            • Republic of Texas

            Does it have to be a pellet pooper, and does it have to be one unit?


            • DavidNorcross
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 1605
              • Virginia
              • Rec Tec RT-680
                Coleman RoadTrip LXX
                Javelin Pro Duo
                More Cast Iron than I care to admit

              I have read alot about the Masterbuilt gravity feed. You might want to check that out.


              • jtyoder
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2016
                • 49
                • Fort Wayne, IN

                Thanks for all the input everyone. Push came to shove as my COS is rusting to pieces, so I used my stimulus money and ordered the RT-700. It gets delivered tomorrow! I will likely pick up a Weber kettle for those short or high temp cooks. Pics to come!


                • Jfrosty27
                  Jfrosty27 commented
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                  Congrats on the RT-700. You're going to love it.

                • FireMan
                  FireMan commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Great solution! Kettle & RT.



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