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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14980
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Sneak Peek: NEW Grilla Silverbac Alpha Pellet Cooker Review, by ME!

    It's been a while since we've posted new content to the public site since we've been saving it up...so what better way to get back into sharing sneak peeks than a review written by yours truly!

    Grilla Silverbac Alpha Wood Pellet Cooker Review, by Aaron "Huskee" Lyons
    https://amazingribs.com/ratings-revi...a-pellet-grill

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  • Nate
    Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3811
    • Quarantined

    #2
    Well written review Huskee!

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    • Nate
      Nate commented
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      Huskee , np ... Here is what I can say. If I needed a second pellet cooker I would buy a SB without any hesitation... based a lot on my experience with my OG.

    • treesmacker
      treesmacker commented
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      Really well written - I read the whole thing. Checks out to be a fine pellet smoker for the price - seems like a good value! I can only compare it to my Rec Tec Trailblazer which seems like similar construction but without the double wall construction.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you treesmacker I appreciate the compliment.
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 578
    • 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

    #3
    You're right about the WiFi. I really think these look like great pellet grills, but with just about everyone else offering WiFi, it's pretty much off the table for me and I'm actively in the market for a $700-1200 pellet grill.

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    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
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      Agreed now that I have Wi-Fi monitoring and control, I’m completely spoiled by it.

    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
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      Actually, both Memphis and Traeger WiFi work really well. I guess I can only speak for the Traeger for 90 days, but in 18 months with the Memphis, only had to reconfigure it once.

    • aladdin4d
      aladdin4d commented
      Editing a comment
      I'm with Huskee on the WiFi. It's always worked flawlessly on my GMG but I find it to be pointless for the most part. In this day and age who goes through the trouble of developing a "Smart" grill with a companion app but then completely ignores smart home integration? Answer - Apparently everybody making smart grills! Seems pretty stupid to me.
  • Dan Deter
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 449
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Weber Summit S-670
      Thermapen Mk 4

    #4
    That was an excellent review!

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Thank you Dan
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12684
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #5

    good write-up Huskee.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Thanks Ron
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10592
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
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    #6
    Great write up Husk!

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Thank you good sir.
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 3005
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
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    #7
    Great review Huskee !

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks!
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4287
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    #8
    That was a good read, and an excellent review!

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Henrik
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14980
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    #9
    Y'all are too kind, thank you so much. 'twas my first.

    Comment

    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 2001
      • 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

      #10
      Great write up Huskee You may have a future here 😁

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Maybe Meathead will hire me?

      • ofelles
        ofelles commented
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        Ya, but I can't guarantee a permanent spot
    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 3212
      • Tennessee

      #11
      Great write up, Huskee. You may have a new future...

      I like their Chimp for it's portability. You think you could get them to send me one to "evaluate"

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thanks K
    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 543
      • Eastern NC
      • 2018 MAK 2 Star
        Charbroil Big Easy SRG

      #12
      When you called Grilla about the higher temps I'm surprised they didn't mention that most of these pellet cookers run a bit high until the internals get a nice seasoning of smoke and grease supposedly due to the radiant heat from the clean surfaces. At least thats what I've seen most pellet manufacturers say on their social media when addressing high heat.

      Anyway, great review. I really like the idea of switching back and forth between control types. I wouldn't use the PID too often, but alot of people would from what I've seen on various posts.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        This was long after the seasoning process, and only when I was trying to go low at 180 (the lowest setpoint).

      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        Seasoning or the internals were darkened with stuff? After the initial burn in on my cooker the temps were high for about a month until it really got a good coating. Now it runs pretty dang close to what the controller says it is. Regardless, it's a great value cooker and they all have their own issues at every price point

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        Both. I tested it over ~2 months, 80lbs pellets, and over a dozen cooks plus dry runs, everything from brisket to turkey to burgers to ears of corn. Feed rate adjustment helped in my case considerably.
    • Huskee
      Pit Boss
      • May 2014
      • 14980
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

        Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        Thermometers
        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

        Accessories
        • Instant Pot 6qt
        • Anova Bluetooth SV
        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
        • BBQ Dragon
        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
        • Weber grill topper
        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

        Beverages
        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

        About me
        Real name: Aaron
        Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

        Occupation:
        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

      #13
      For those needing/preferring WiFi, a great option to circumvent the lack of WiFi on a cooker's controller is purchasing a WiFi thermometer like the Signals or Fireboard. Of course that doesn't allow you to control the cooker itself, but to monitor things for peace of mind if you need to step out.

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      • glitchy
        glitchy commented
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        I have a Fireboard, but it’s the convenience factor and having it available for another cooker. I think this was an awesome review and the Grilla pits look well made, but I’d give the edge to a Traeger or RecTec just to have the WiFi personally. Though there are definitely features on the Grilla that are worth considering like all the stainless parts over a Traeger. Every cooker has itt’s pluses and minuses.

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        glitchy Well said and so true. If any cooker had everything everyone expected or wanted we couldn't afford it or they'd be mocked for being too ritzy perhaps.
    • Troutman
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      #14
      Nice job Aaron, good review.

      I'm getting to where Wi-Fi in a pellet grill is not important to me. My controller is similar to Grilla's only my "smoke" setting doesn't function above 250*. If I had the new wi-fi model they have available I'd have to pay upwards of $400 to modify mine. For what? With set and forget you do just that. I can look out the window and see the temperature gage, which is always at the set temp anyway. The only reason I can see having it would be for programming abilities, but I doubt many of them have that anyway.

      Maybe I'm missing something but Wi-fi from my controller is totally unnecessary. Meat temp I can monitor anywhere via my Smoke, Signals or Fireboard.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        I'm totally with you. It's just not important to me personally. A good working cooker that will last and make great food hassle-free is FAR more important to me. My laptop needs WiFi not my cooker.
    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 7674
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #15
      A job well done Huskee!

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thank you, and it's not rigged in case you were wondering but too shy to ask...

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