This is definitely an interesting brand to consider. They make some of the best, big-size grills available on the market and they are more than just professional. Yes, all models use pellets, which is actually a positive side. In the Pit Boss vs. Traeger comparison, we must add that they are based on the same technology, but there are some differences.
Packaging was good inside and out. All parts were secured to prevent damage and we liked the colorful graphics on the hopper and under the hood that explained how a pellet smoker works for a first time user. When the 820 was almost fully assembled, we noticed an unused bag of washers that were not mentioned in the assembly instructions except in the parts list. After being on hold with customer service for ten minutes, we were advised to unscrew everything and refasten all parts adding the washers to the screw and lock nut assemblies.
I bought the Pit Boss 440 Deluxe & cooked a pork butt. Set it on Smoke (P4) all was well for 2 hours then temperature ran away to over 615 degrees. Ruined that piece of meat. Called customer service & they talked at me instead of listening to me. Tried another pork butt set on 225 degrees temp once again ran away after an hour. Wrote an email to customer service with a response that they were sorry I was having trouble. Tried again today with the same result so sent another email with pictures of settings & indicated temperatures. Guess I'll have to finish this pork butt in the oven & go buy a Treagar Pellet Grill. If Pit Boss corrects this I'll update this review!
In terms of changing pellets, this sort of depends on the brand and model you go with. In the newer Pit Boss models, they have a “cleanout chute” where you can unscrew the hopper and allow the pellets to come out. In the Traeger models they have a door and pellets come out that way instead. This is something that brands like Pit Boss and Traeger recognized as being a problem and obviously it is now being implemented. When making your purchasing decision, definitely do your research and ensure the model has an option on the hopper to remove the pellets.
While many people enjoy pellet grills, some find it difficult to use pellets to produce true, flavorful steaks and barbecue since the fuel often lacks the same flavors as traditional grills. That smoky, wood flavor many steaks have is not impossible to get with the right pellet grill however. The Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill sports a combined grill/smoker setup with temperature control for the best pellet grilling experience available.
To begin, we sifted through over a thousand Amazon user reviews of over 20 different grills, all from different categories i.e. some wood pellet, some gas, etc. Every review was considered, from the best Pit Boss grill review to the worst Pit Boss grill review. As we did this, we narrowed down what features exactly drive users towards a satisfied purchase. We then gathered an average of what people tend to look for in a grill, what they feel they need from a grill, and what sort of results they got cooking with different grills.
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Cooking Area – Search for one with a substantial cooking region. Keep in mind that pellet barbecues arrive in an extensive variety of sizes. In this manner, pick a unit that can meet your size necessities in light of its cooking territory. You don’t need to purchase an additional extensive unit in case you’re utilizing the grill for your home. Check for the physical measurements of the item and figure out which one can fit your space and stay aware of your cooking style and lifestyle.
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.
A heavy ceramic body ensures proper insulation that you can rely on. The side shelves are constructed from all-natural bamboo and can be folded downwards for convenience. Atop the beautifully textured ceramic lid, a large inbuilt thermometer can be easily read even at a glance. An upper flip lid allows you to add on stainless steel grates optimizing your cooking options. There is a total of 567sq” of cooking space available for this grill. A small removable tray allows for ash disposal; making for a quick clean.
The Pit Boss Wood Pellet Series offers the best value per square inch in the pellet grill industry! Ideal for large groups or BBQ entertainment, the Austin XL has been designed with your experience in mind. The Austin XL offers two tiers of porcelain-coated grid construction, totaling 1000 square inches of cooking surface. Automatically start and shut down your Pit Boss with full-function LED control. The Austin XL model features a high-temp copper-finish on the embossed lid and a removable, stainless-steel side shelf. Fueled by 100% All Natural Hardwood Pellets, the Austin XL operates with true fan-forced convection cooking and can reach 500 F. Set it and forget it, or slide the plate and sear it over an open flame, the Pit Boss standard flame broiler allows for either direct or indirect grilling. The standard slide-plate flame broiler allows for either direct or indirect grilling. Experience true versatility with Pit Boss. Bake or roast, grill or smoke, these 8-in-1 grills will serve any BBQ purpose. With heavy-duty steel construction, Pit Boss grills are built to last. Experience real wood-fired flavor with Pit Boss.
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?
I sincerely hope that you and rj009 are correct and that this is an affordable pellet grill that will last for many, many years. However, until I see the real world longevity data, or an indication from Danson that they are willing to stand behind their products, then I am going to keep pointing folks to Green Mountain (2 year warranty), Camp Chef (3 year warranty) and Rec Tec (6 year warranty).
Convection is achieved using a number of techniques. Air is fan forced into the grill and channeled throughout by our arched flame broiler. Our exhaust design allows air to circulate evenly along the length of the grill and to the top shelf. This combination allows us to achieve uniform heat throughout the unit whether your smoking at 170°F or cooking all the way up to 600° Fahrenheit.