Wood pellet grills are a great addition to any home because they combine everything you love about a smoker with a standard grill. Depending on the model that you buy, you can make smoked dishes like brisket and sausage at the same time that you make burgers, hot dogs and other dishes on the grill. These grills are great for family dinners in the summer and for parties and special occasion celebrations.
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
The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.
The beauty of a grill like this is the deceptive flexibility when it comes to prepping your food, with eight options. You can, for example, sear, smoke, bake, or grill, depending on what's being prepped. Just select how you want to prepare it on the thermostatic controls and either let the food sit or move the plate and cook over an open flame. And with the options of wood chips available, you can add that little extra flavor to anything you're preparing.
The Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett is a versatile, wood-pellet grill that is intended for portability. Regardless of its weight, it’s about as minimized as you can get, and takes care of business. Contrasted with more costly wood pellet barbecues, it appears to hold its own on performance, while the one of a kind Wi-Fi usefulness needs some finish.
Wood pellet grills look like standard barbecue grills but some with a separate firebox for making smoked meats that will also let you smoke vegetables and other ingredients. As Traeger and Pit Boss both get good reviews from customers, it’s important that you look at the top features of this grills and how each company compares in relation to those features.
Preparing this Top 5 List was no easy task. Pit Boss products are exceptional, and to really hone exactly what makes a perfect grill from their range, we had to determine 32 different ideal grill qualities. Some of these qualities were things specifically mentioned by Pit Boss in product descriptions, other qualities are ones established as vital to consumers through our in-depth customer feedback research.
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.
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Awesome!.. clean, keeps temps, smokes like a boss (: 1st cookout was a 12lb pork butt, 24 brats, 12 hamburgers and 8 chicken thighs. Smoked the butt for 4 hours and wrapped. Kept it in for 6 hours at 250. It was a party favorite. I've never had a grill I could leave unattended for any length of time besides my electric smoker, and the flavor from the pitboss most definitely proves to be Superior. Thanks for the awesome setup guys!


Update 2/18/2018: I made another call to Pit Boss today to get more information about their Copperhead vertical smoker.  The phone was answered on the second ring by a man in Oregon. He was incredibly helpful and even went out to the warehouse and measured the grates for me.  It looks like if you can get past the automated system and reach a real person then these guys will take care of you.
With 341 square inches of cooking space and a digital control board that sets the temperature from 180 to 500 degrees, you’ll be cooking whole meals in this grill, even though it’s the smallest model that Pit Boss makes. It will hold up to a dozen burgers for parties, or a chicken and vegetables for the family dinner. When cooking is done, the porcelain coated grill grates are easy to clean.
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
Another pellet grill that made it to our top 5 Pit Boss grills, this grill scored high on customer satisfaction rating. It has a considerable cooking space – 2196 square inches to be exact, with the use of its six porcelain-covered grates. The body is durable and fully insulated, letting you cook efficiently even at low temperature settings. It has a digital control unit that lets you set your desired cooking temperature, an electric igniter, and a hopper with 40lb capacity. Just like Pit Boss’ Best Pellet Grill at number 1 on the list, this grill has 8 cooking options – so you can use it to grill, char grill, sear, bake, smoke, barbecue, roast, and braise meats and dishes by simply adjusting the settings. It’s so easy to use, that even a beginner can whip up a feast on this grill!
I just bought the Pit Boss 820 right before Christmas. My first meal was cooking 12 hamburgers using the sear function. They turned out great but I do have to learn to control the temperature a little bit better. Then for Christmas dinner I smoked two ribeye roasts. They turned out great. I had everything from medium rare to well-done, with just the right amount of smoke flavor and a nice bark. Today I did a whole chicken. The skin was nice and crispy and the breast was moist with again a good mild smoke flavor. All in all my experience so far with the smoker has been very pleasing. I know there are still some things I need to learn as far as time and temperature and make some adjustments to the smoking which are all possible with this smoker. I have been using a combination pellet produced by Camp Chef and I’m very pleased with it.
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.

Although these are marketed as grills, they do much more, including baking or roasting. Because they heat by convection, you might not get the grill marks that a gas or charcoal grill will give you, but you also won’t have the flame-up problems. While many pellet grills offer high cooking temperatures, the maximum depends on ambient temperature and wind. Many users wrap their grills in special insulating covers to help maintain heat, reduce fuel use, and reach the higher temperatures they desire.
The 700FB Wood Pellet Grills from Pit Boss offer the best value per square inch in the pellet grill industry. These 8-in-1 grills have the cooking versatility from smoking to searing (standard flame broiler) with a dynamic range of cooking temperature from 180 to 500 degree Fahrenheit and all with the simple turn of a dial. An electric igniter allows for easy, mess free, barbecue lighting. With complete structural strength and durability, these high-value grills are meant to last.

There's something about wood and wood chip grills that gas and electric grills just can't replace. They can provide that little extra flavor or pop that only wood-smoking and grilling can provide. Unfortunately, that also means wood chip grills can be a little more on the expensive side. Thankfully, Walmart has just the deal if you want the kind of quality barbecue you'd find from some great joints at home.


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.
Deluxe models have a unique arched drip plate, (above), which is found on many Louisiana smokers. Attempting to create a hot sear zone, a small plate is used to slide over openings in the larger arched plate to open or close direct exposure to the flaming firepot. The idea of exposing foods to the fire pot is used by several brands of pellet smokers. Generally it doesn't work well because the firepot flame is just too small to do much searing. Pit Boss is no exception. We placed a flight of chicken wings over the open slider, flipping occasionally while taking care not to move them from their original positions. As expected, only the few wings directly over the flame were seared,(below). The slider design dictates the absence of a flame diffuser over the firepot and one is not included with Deluxe models.
This grill has a very wide temperature range, allowing you to grill between 150-700F; a huge leap. The digitally controlled burner system ensures that you’re in full control of temperature changes, this adds an air of both convenience and safety that we feel customers would find very helpful. One small sacrifice to make with this wonderful grill is the cooking space. It is slightly smaller than average; but unless you’re planning on cooking for a huge team of people, it’s more than manageable. You could even argue the smaller cooking space to be more practical; as you’re left with less fuel to use, and less mess to clean.

Portable grills are very popular these days. That’s why when we say that this grill has a rating of 4.2*, it means a lot. In fact, it means that this Pit Boss grill has a higher rating than all other portable grills currently on the market. Remember, these ratings are based on a culmination of reviews from a variety of different websites, 4.2* is very high!


The Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett is a versatile, wood-pellet grill that is intended for portability. Regardless of its weight, it’s about as minimized as you can get, and takes care of business. Contrasted with more costly wood pellet barbecues, it appears to hold its own on performance, while the one of a kind Wi-Fi usefulness needs some finish.
Another pellet grill that made it to our top 5 Pit Boss grills, this grill scored high on customer satisfaction rating. It has a considerable cooking space – 2196 square inches to be exact, with the use of its six porcelain-covered grates. The body is durable and fully insulated, letting you cook efficiently even at low temperature settings. It has a digital control unit that lets you set your desired cooking temperature, an electric igniter, and a hopper with 40lb capacity. Just like Pit Boss’ Best Pellet Grill at number 1 on the list, this grill has 8 cooking options – so you can use it to grill, char grill, sear, bake, smoke, barbecue, roast, and braise meats and dishes by simply adjusting the settings. It’s so easy to use, that even a beginner can whip up a feast on this grill!
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.
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!
Pit boss wood pellet grills make it easy to prepare and serve the finest in wood-fired gourmet goodness. Using 100% all natural cooking-grade wood barbecue pellets for fuel, no gas, propane or charcoal is needed! turn a simple dial to start the grill and you can sear a steak, bake pizza or cookies, smoke jerky, ribs or brisket, all with natural flavored wood pellets. With a dynamic range of cooking temperature from 180 degree to 500 Degree, you have complete control with the turn of a dial. The digital control board, along with the oven-like meat probe, result in precise cooking control. Fan forced convection cooking seals in meat juices and eliminates the need for a rotisserie. Offering 820 square Inch of cooking surfaces the pit boss 820 has plenty of room cook a wide variety of food with the amazing flavor offered by 100% natural wood pellets.
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