Hi, I’m Chris and welcome to my blog about pellet grills/smokers and the pellets they use. I’ve been making, burning and using pellets since 2007. I have experience and knowledge in the process of making wood pellets using small scale and commercial-scale equipment. While I’ve left the pellet production industry my interest in pellet grills/smokers has remained. When I first got into pellets it was pretty much just Traeger, however, there are now over 30 brands that I know of offering pellet grills/smokers. I’m sharing everything I know about pellet BBQs, the good and the bad, their strengths and their weaknesses.
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My Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide is a collection of all my articles/reviews on the features and capabilities of the various pellet grills on the market today. Hopefully, through reading my articles you will be able to work out which make, model and size of pellet grill will best suit your needs. Ranging from small/portable pellet grills up the large trailer-mounted/commercial grills. I’ve separated my articles under the separate grill classes of Economy, Practical, Premium and Luxury. I discuss the different features found on high-end products compared to budget grills. These include features such as PID temperature control and WiFi integration. I also have several articles discussing how to repair pellet grills. Enjoy 🙂
Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.
Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.
A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.
In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.