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PaPaGrizz

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Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:37:46 PM »

Hey All,


Joined this forum on a referral from a suggestion from a member of another well know forum. (I read the rules. No links... :) [size=78%] )[/size]
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Anyhow, I have been searching for a pellet grill for about a year or so. I was ready to pull the trigger on a Rec Tec Mini for a Christmas present for myself and family. Well you all know the discontinued it and stated "Better things are on the Way".


Long story longer, I waited until 02/01/2018 to take a look at their new products. Looks good but no reviews(yet). I can not justify the cost of the new and improved Rec Tec Trailblazer due to an unproven  WIFI system.


So........ back to the research  :( .
I think I have narrowed it down to Two contenders.


Green Mountain Grills, Davy Crockett : Reason, small enough for two or more, relatively inexpensive, good reviews.


Me being an Old  I am thinking go big, or get off the porch!


I really don't think I would need anything bigger than the, Camp Chef Woodwind. In its basic form, it has plenty of cooking space, bottom shelf, warming rack and an option to add a "Sear Attachment"


Okay, my new found friends, chime in if you want too.


Thanks a munch,
PaPaGrizz
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 07:40:35 PM »

I would look at Yoder they have a great reputation, as always $$$$$ may enter into the picture. Geen Mountain grills are also well thought.. I bought a used Memphis and am happy with it  I am sure the folks here will give you all kinds of pellet smokers to think about. Welcome to pellet smoking its the best I think.
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 07:51:36 PM »

Iím picking up a Davy Crockett for the camper, but donít have it yet. I think the Camp chef units with sear box are awful tough to beat if you do a lot of grilling and reverse searing. I think they are great for the money.


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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 07:57:33 PM »

good luck sounds like you are on your way
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 09:12:06 PM »

Not sure where you're from, but if you live in the midwest, Menards has a Pit Boss 340 on sale right now for $230. Does not have Wi-Fi or a meat probe, and it only holds 7 lbs. of pellets, but it can get up to 500F.

Otherwise, the DC is closer to the Mini, IMO.
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 12:30:01 AM »

Welcome, PaPaGrizz! You've come to the right place for help.
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 09:04:04 AM »

I have a Camp Chef DLX (basically the Woodwind without the sear box).  I have a big Weber Summit gasser and a griddle, so a sear station was not that important to me.  It is a very good smoker, lots of "ease of use" features like firepot ash dump and pellet dump,  with great customer service (although many of the others have really good CS).  It has been perfect for me as I do not do large smokes, nor that frequent.  I am usually smoking for me, the neighbors and some golf buddies - my wife does not like smoked anything.  I think you would be very satisfied with the CC Woodwind.
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 01:52:56 PM »


 Welcome, Pa Pa Grizz.. There are many good answers to your pit question.. It is a personal thing such as asking about what foot ware to purchase.. My suggestion would be to see as many pits and talk to the owners as you can..Older units should provide some indication as to how the pit cooks in inclement weather and its problems..Demos tend to show the good and easy part of it all... You might try making up a list of you needs and wants.
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 03:55:18 PM »

Welcome to PF
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Re: Howdy, from the 3rd cornfield on the left.
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 07:17:36 PM »

Thanks for the welcome and Lots of suggestions.  As some have suggested, it is a personal choice.


Just poking out and getting feelers about my choice of a pellet Pooper.


Thanks guy and girls, I appreciate the replies.


PaPaGrizz  :beer:
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