Accurate Temperature Control: The Davy Crockett has better temperature control that permits us to program a great deal more correct temperatures (one-degree changes possible) using their application (the control board permits us to alter temperatures 5 degrees at any given moment). It uses a PID controller […] controller to expect and fine micromanage the temperature by controlling the wood screw speed and the fan speed.
A screen covers the top of the hopper. Meant as a safety feature to prevent fingers from getting injured in the auger chute below, it also prevents one from easily leveling the pellets as they get sucked into the auger. We removed the screen and vowed to keep digits out of harms way. All models have an older style digital thermostatic dial controller with an LED display for set temp and actual temp. The controller has a couple undesirable quirks we'll address shortly.
When it comes to portable grills, this one from Pit Boss definitely stands out. This stainless steel for each of the burners. It’s also extra lightweight at only 27lbs, so you can carry it with you on a weekend road trip, to the park for a small picnic, or during a camping trip to the woods. It’s very convenient, very nifty, easy to use, and most of all, it is reasonably priced at $125. Now, that’s definitely value for your money.
A screen covers the top of the hopper. Meant as a safety feature to prevent fingers from getting injured in the auger chute below, it also prevents one from easily leveling the pellets as they get sucked into the auger. We removed the screen and vowed to keep digits out of harms way. All models have an older style digital thermostatic dial controller with an LED display for set temp and actual temp. The controller has a couple undesirable quirks we'll address shortly.
The design is different as well. Let’s say that Pit Boss makes a bit different, original grills, which is definitely an advantage if you are looking for a great grill, which will also look great while using it. Of course, the overall quality is above the average, so these grills are going to last for a long period of time regardless of the fact how frequently you use them.
5 stars for this pellet grill primarily because of the size and $497 price tag. Competitors are double this price+ for similar sized and featured pellet bbq's. Construction is solid and heavy duty(nearly 200lbs) and I havent had any problems with the BBQ maintaining a +/-15 degree temp range once I had the p-rate dialed to the type of pellets I am using(treager hickory). This badboy produces plenty of smoke down in the 180-250 temp range and burns nice and clean in the 350-500 range. I have been using a smaller Traeger unit and purchased this for the increased grill space for larger family get togethers. Seems to work just as well as my Traeger and maybe even a little better at higher temp ranges closer to 500 degrees(my traeger wont generally get any hotter than 400). Only drawback is the pellet consumption...it goes through more pellets per hour than my smaller grill but that is due to the size of the BBQ and no fault of the grill design.
As far as clean-up goes, in my opinion, it is significantly easier to clean a pellet grill as apposed to like a traditional gas or charcoal option. On the Pit Boss options remove the grill grates, and then use a vacuum and the hose attachment to suck up the pellet dust, and clear the burner. The burner can sometimes get clogged so clearing that with the vacuum works nicely. After that it’s just a matter of grabbing a rag and wiping the grease from the grill.
To test the grill out, I decided to try it with ribs, sausages, and burgers. Once the grill settles down, small items of meat cook quickly, and the wood pellets give the meat a Smokey flavor. I also tried a longer smoke with an 8-pound brisket. My own recipe is the “low and slow” variety, something the Pit Boss does very well. I like to cook my brisket at 180 degrees, and the Pit Boss happily maintained the temperature for hours at a time.
Purchased this grill a couple months ago for my husband. Everything we grill/smoke turns out perfect (and we are not chefs)! Very happy with this purchase and will never go back to gas grills or other types of smokers. This grill is so versatile and easy to clean. The flavor and textures of briskets, steaks, chicken, fish, burgers, etc turn out so well, we feel like we are cheating. The temperatures that we set are on target and it evenly cooks the food. It's very heavy duty and we look forward to using this grill for many years to come. If you purchase this grill you will not regret it. One more thing, we were concerned that it would not be big enough. It is great for a family of 4 but also works well when having guests. I would say this is a good mid-size grill. If you are looking for a large grill to entertain with you may want to look for a larger size.
These grills are the convenient, clean and easy way to grill meat quickly. If you’re limited on space and budget electric grills are the perfect provider for your needs. The one downfall is that you don’t get the same flavor as you would with wood chips or charcoal; the benefits for some outweigh this negative, in that the meat itself still tastes great and it’s all in all, just so much easier.
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.
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.
Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grills are fueled by all natural BBQ wood pellets. The digital control board ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180° to 500°F. Fan forced convection cooking eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising, searing and baking. The 820 features a Flame Broiler as standard; this adds the option to grill directly over an open flame when direct heat is needed. The Pit Boss 820 features a large 820 sq. in. total cooking surface: 580 sq. in. main and 240 sq. in. removable upper rack. With complete structural strength and durability, the Pit Boss 820 is made to last.
On the up side Pit Boss is capable of hitting high temps of about 500°. Many pellet smoker owners are discovering GrillGrates amp up their temps and provide real searing power. GrillGrates are an extruded aluminum cook surface that can set right on top of a pellet smoker cooking grate. They store and radiate heat. The manufacturer claims they can goose temps by an additional 150° on pellet smokers. Click here to learn more.

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An even smoke means consistent temperature and control over the amount of smoke actually entering the chamber. This smoker accomplishes that through the integration of a single control knob, which allows you to control the temperature of both valves individually, meaning you can tailor exactly what you want quickly, and easily. Lighting the valves themselves, is also wonderfully simple – an ignition button situated just next to the control knob allows you to switch on the valves with just a push.
This pellet grill is not just functional, it’s exceptional. With a digital control board on the front you can decide exactly what function (out of 8 available options!) you want to employ. One clever piece use of space includes a slide out plate, it converts a rack into a flame broiler for restaurant style, direct-flame grilling! The digital control board not only allows you to select a function, it actually automates the grill; meaning that after you’ve selected the temperature you can leave the pellet grill to perfectly cook whatever you want!
Transportable, but not only that. This grill is light, well designed and affordable all while having a huge amount of space for cooking up outdoors. The independently controlled burners mean that you can regulate temperature to fit your exact requirements. One small downfall being a lack of temperature measurements on the dials but this is by no means takes away from all of its positives.
After much research and learning how easy a pellet grill/smoker was to use I purchased one. I have never smoked anything before and honestly only ever grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. After building this I primed it as the manual suggests and then smoked a pork shoulder for 10 hours and oh my! After I slid the flame broiler cover over and grilled steaks, brats, burgers, and dogs. Everyone couldn’t have been happier including myself!

I started by boiling the potatoes on the gas grill while giving the chicken a quick sear on the charcoal grill to lock in the moisture. Then I transferred the chicken to the smoker to finish it because I like the smoky flavor, but more importantly, because the wood pellet grill cooks more evenly and isn’t prone to hot spots or flare ups. While the chicken was smoking and the potatoes were boiling, I started the pesto and then put the potatoes on the gas grill for a crispy finish. I may never eat potato salad any other way!
This pellet grill allows you to cook between the temperatures of 170F all the way up to 600F. The idea of cooking at such high temperatures sounds like a scary concept; but with the automated control system regulating air flow, you can be assured of a clean, safe and flavorful cook. The use of fans within the grill not only ensure safety and flavor, but cook food completely evenly, meaning you can rest assured of perfection every time. Even deactivating the grill post-use is made simple; all you need to do is press a button and the grill will safely power down, cooling as necessary all automatically.
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This pellet grill allows you to cook between the temperatures of 170F all the way up to 600F. The idea of cooking at such high temperatures sounds like a scary concept; but with the automated control system regulating air flow, you can be assured of a clean, safe and flavorful cook. The use of fans within the grill not only ensure safety and flavor, but cook food completely evenly, meaning you can rest assured of perfection every time. Even deactivating the grill post-use is made simple; all you need to do is press a button and the grill will safely power down, cooling as necessary all automatically.
The Tailgater 20 Series Freestanding Grill is one of the best wood pellet grills from Traeger for those who like to cook away from home. It’s small and lightweight enough that you can load it in your car for tailgating before the big game, cooking while camping or grilling at the park. The ash bucket collects all ash created, which makes cleaning up before heading home easier.
A screen covers the top of the hopper. Meant as a safety feature to prevent fingers from getting injured in the auger chute below, it also prevents one from easily leveling the pellets as they get sucked into the auger. We removed the screen and vowed to keep digits out of harms way. All models have an older style digital thermostatic dial controller with an LED display for set temp and actual temp. The controller has a couple undesirable quirks we'll address shortly.

To test the grill out, I decided to try it with ribs, sausages, and burgers. Once the grill settles down, small items of meat cook quickly, and the wood pellets give the meat a Smokey flavor. I also tried a longer smoke with an 8-pound brisket. My own recipe is the “low and slow” variety, something the Pit Boss does very well. I like to cook my brisket at 180 degrees, and the Pit Boss happily maintained the temperature for hours at a time.
If you’re one of the serious barbecue enthusiasts, you would not want to leave any stone unturned to get your hands on the best of the best pellet smoker the market has to offer, in that case, you need the REC TEC Wood Pellet Smoker. The REC TEC has a large surface which takes care of all sizes of cuts, the thermostat maintains the temperature and ranges all the way from 180 F to 500 F. It has been leading the market for so long that the company now provides warranty for 6 years.
That is right…it doesn’t mean that they WILL fill apart in 2-3 seasons. It means don’t be surprised if they do. Look, for the same price as the Pit Boss I can get a three burner Weber Spirit II E 310 with the high performance grilling system. The grill is built like a tank, performs amazing and comes with a TEN YEAR warranty. In my opinion, once you get into the $400-$500 range a 1 year warranty does not make the grade. I know plenty of folks that have the Pit Boss and they really like it. They like them so much that when they fall apart in a few years that I suspect they will buy another Pit Boss. Some folks are perfectly happy with disposable grills and smokers. I am not one of them.
Pit Boss offers a Small 340, Medium 440 Deluxe, Large 820 and 820 Deluxe. The numbers indicate total cooking surface including warming racks. All are 16 gauge black powder coated steel with porcelain coated cast iron grates, coated steel rod secondary removable cooking racks, and coated wire lower shelves. A handle attached to the wood pellet hopper on the left enables you to easily lift Pit Boss and roll it around on two large steel wheels on the right. A handy bracket to wrap up the electric cord is also located on the hopper (shown below).
Remember the checklist I said we created? Well, this product managed to score 15 of the best of the best qualities, including stainless steel burner and dual valve system, porcelain coated grids, grease tray and wood chip drawer with external access, and large window with high temp. door seal. Despite it not ticking every single, possible box, this grill managed to score in the ones that customers valued the most, and this is what drove us towards placing it in the first place. Also, the price of this model is ridiculously reasonable – at under 200 USD this top branded grill is one of the lowest priced models for a gas grill; how amazing is that?
Bought the smoker about 6 months ago - haven't started the gas grill since! I still have a propane smoker at the campground - going to try and sell that because we love the pit boss that much. We've smoked ribs, pork loin, prime rib, steaks, pizza and one of my favorites was smoked cheese. By turning up the"p"setting we were able to keep the temp down to around 80-95 degrees. We've smoked food in 90 temps all the way to 20 below zero it's no joke. Absolutely love the pit boss!
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