This was a gift from my wife for my 65th B-day. I have been smoking foods most of my adult life and still have one wood, one propane and one charcoal smoker but this is my first pellet. It's so easy it's boring. I just load it, shut the lid and and walk away. No puffing, no loading of wood or water, no worry's with temperature, easy to clean and makes me look like the pit boss. From the searing of steaks, to smoked red and white meats, to baking entire meals, this is the best. My friends have the others, but I have the best.
You then simply select your desired temperature via the digital controls and relax, safe in the knowledge that the temperature will stay steady and there won't be any dreaded hot or cold spots. This consistence is achieved through the efficient temperature control system and automated auger. This ensures a deep smokey flavor is embedded in your meat every time.
They are unique in that they can function as a comprehensive smoking machine, as well as a convenient grill. They feature an offset chamber which you can load with your charcoal/wood, and a separate chamber for your food. This set-up means you can easily use them and top up your fuel without disturbing the smoke levels with the food. Even cooking is achieved by a small miracle called reverse flow technology. This really just means there’s a small perforated plate sliding between the food and smoke chamber at the perfect frequency to completely equalize the temperature.
Pellet grills preheat quickly, so you can start cooking almost immediately, and the pellets are available in a number of woods, for different smoke flavors. The smoke has a subtle wood-fired flavor with less of the acrid flavor that comes from standard wood or charcoal. For the maximum smoke flavor, it’s best to cook at a temperature lower than 250 degrees, while higher temperatures cook faster with less smoke.
This is a completely modern retake on an ancient Asian cooking vessel. With this contraption, you have the benefits of the old and the new. This grill is incredibly versatile and with the addition of the extra stainless-steel grate, your options are completely maximized. The stylish look of this grill, coupled with the beautiful bamboo shelves, make this grill not only visually perfect but functionally great. Overall, this is definitely a grill you can trust, after all, it wouldn’t have lasted thousands of years if it wasn’t amazing.
With four porcelain-coated racks, this smoker is both easy to clean, as well as having a great capacity for a large amount of food (the cooking area measures at 676sq!) You don’t have to worry about disturbing the smoking process when refueling, as the smoker has as separate wood-chip burner tray, meaning you can smoke for days without disrupting the process.
PRO: Grill is well built and assembly is straight forward. CONS: Grill exceeds selected temp by at least 40 degrees before settling in at selected temp. (Settling is a strong word, it continues to move between 25 degrees over and under selected temp) One time I saw 75 degrees over selected temp. I called customer service about the 40 degrees over and was told that is "normal" After three uses, grill wouldn't hold selected temp, temp kept falling. Turned off and cleaned. That fixed it. Cleaning this thing is a pain. Poor design. Now I clean burner before every use. Major pain. When smoking, it will not hold temp well. Bottom line: This is not the set it, and forget it Grill/smoker I was hoping for. It may be going back to Walmart
This piece of junk did not work when I received it fresh out of the box & now it's broke again!!! What a waste of money! First issue was a temp control module board, which the manufacturer actually sent me directly & I had to install it. Now after about 6 months of using it approximately 12-14 times, it won't even power up. I don't even want to attempt to fix it again!! I am going to spend the extra money & buy a Traeger!!
Well, there is! I bought this grill for a third what the Traeger costs, and guess what? It does a great job!! There are a couple of immediate advantages this grill has over my old grill. One, you can sear with it. Can't on the Traeger. Two, you can adjust the "P" setting for more or less smoke. I've got mine set to a little higher than medium. No adjustment on the Traeger.
Pellet grills come in many different sizes with a variety of features. To take the top spot among pellet grills, the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Grill offers the best combination of grilling space, heat control, and easy-to-achieve flavors that will create tasty meats time and time again. The grill makes cooking with pellets quick, easy, and enjoyable no matter how much skill you have on the grate.
Ease Of Use – Check if the unit is anything but difficult to setup and work. A few units are a breeze to gather, and you should simply to take after the manual of guidelines that accompany it. And after that, you ought to likewise discover how to work the grill and it ought to offer you easily of operation. For the most items I have evaluated here, they can be worked with the push of a catch, so they will let you simply set the clock and temperature and forget about it.
I just love this smoker/grill! I use it at least twice a week. I’ve made great pizza’s (on my Pit Boss Pizza Stone) The first one I ordered was delivered, and was broken. I called Pit Boss, and they replaced it right away, without any hassle! That’s good customer service! I love the fact that they carry so many natural flavored wood pellets. I use the apple wood pellets for ribs, the Hickory for steaks and chicken, and the competition blend for grilling burgers, salmon, etc. My friends are always impressed by the quality, I mean, this thing is a flavor machine! I’ve read a few negative reviews, but I have not had any problem with this machine. All you have to do is keep it clean, and it performs like a champ! I am very satisfied with this product, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting a new grill or smoker. Sincerely, Happy Pallet in Venice, Florida!
Chin scratching ensued, but no definitive answer was found. Possibly we were just lucky shoppers with a string of juicy meat purchases. The high heat temp swings mentioned above made the results even more baffling. One of our first tests was pork butts. Coming off the smoker, the bottoms were charred a bit and stuck to the grates, but pulling them apart the meat was surprisingly tender and moist. An injected turkey smoked beautifully and was so juicy it gushed deliciousness all over the side of our smoker and deck, and left a river of gravy streaming into the drip bucket on the side.
Really like this smoker. I can smoke a brisket for 10 - 18 hours (dependent on size) with minimal attention, just check it occasionally and as pellets as needed. I'm constantly smoking whole chickens (beer can style) for 3 - 4 hours as well as ribs, pork butt, fish, deer sausage, steak, chops, just about anything. Can start it and go about your work. I've had it for four+ years with the only problem arising when I mistakenly point pellet/control box into strong winds; auger overfeeds and suffocates fire.
Although the Pit Boss cook surface ran a bit hotter on the left side, it was reasonably even. With cooking temp set at 225° we measured temps at 240° left – 220° right. The difference increased exponentially as set temp went higher. At the "High" maximum position on the controller dial we monitored actual temps at 520 left – 475 right. Controllers respond to a thermostat inside the oven and increase or decrease pellet feeds to the firepot to maintain set temperatures. Your indoor kitchen oven works the same way with a controller that turns gas burners or electric elements on and off as needed. And while some sophisticated controllers are very good at keeping temps within a tight tolerance, it is not unusual to see some temp swings as the unit cycles on and off. The Pit Boss controller has wide temp swings that allow it to go way below and above your set temp. Although everything we cooked on Pit Boss came out with good smoke flavor and good smoke rings, we noticed a slight tendency to overcook the surface of meats on the cooking grate side. This led us to flip meats once or twice while cooking. We speculate this may be caused by the soaring temps PB's controller allows before cutting off the pellet feed.
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I bought my pit boss 700FB a little over a year ago and I have used it at least once a week since I bought it. I have done everything from searing steaks to smoking brisket, Overall the quality is ok. But.... 1. It has a hard time holding lower temps, if I set the temp to 200 it will go to 275 then slowly go back to 200 then shoot back up again. 2. The heat deflector and and the tabs that hold it are are made from a low quality steel and are literally falling apart due to scaling. Other than those two complaints the grill is not bad for the price. I do not expect my grill to last much longer because of the tabs that hold the heat deflector are about to snap off, once that happens the grill is useless.
You are correct, I do not KNOW if these grills will last. That is also the point that I am trying to make…we don’t know if they will last and I am not going to put down several hundred bucks on something that doesn’t have a solid track record. This is a new brand that only carries a one year warranty. Pit Boss is made by the exact same people who make grills that carry a three year warranty on the electronics and a five year warranty on everything else on their high end pellet grills. Danson KNOWS how to make a pellet grill that lasts and they decided that they would only back the Pit Boss for one year.
Here's the conundrum pellet smoker manufacturers have been facing all along – people who own them love the ease of use and excellent results, and have no remorse for paying a few hundred bucks more than the cost of their neighbor's grill. But for many, pellet smokers are overpriced foreign objects, although that's changing as the pellet smoker industry slowly infiltrates the country, one backyard at a time. So we love finding a decent pellet smoker at a low price like Pit Boss. But remember – don't pay the MSRP posted below. At list price we give the 820D an AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal. At around $500 it jumps to Silver. List price on the standard 820 is about a hundred bucks less than Deluxe.
UPDATE 8/27 - This grill is still performing flawlessly. No error messages, maintains temperatures. I have made homeade pizzas and strombolis on a pizza stone and it actually makes them better than in the oven. Its like a restaurant wood fired pizza. I made a pork butt, beef brisket, bacon wrapped scallops....it just simply cooks everything well. Love my Pit Boss !!