Pros & Cons – Camp Chef Apex 24

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Over recent years, I’ve watched the demand for pellet/gas combo grills grow and grow. Therefore, manufacturers are developing new products to meet that demand. The Camp Chef Apex 24 is one of the latest examples. So, let’s review the Pros & Cons of this particular pellet grill/smoker.

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Sometimes, you want to smoke with pellets, and sometimes, you want to quickly grill up some burgers/steaks. With a combo pellet/gas grill, you get the functionality of both in one BBQ.

With the Camp Chef Apex 24 being both a pellet grill/smoker and a gas grill provides it benefits.
Having the utility of being both a pellet grill/smoker and a propane grill definitely has its benefits

I’ll give you a classic example of where the combination of the two technologies can come in handy. Say you want to reverse sear some steaks (smoke, then sear them).

With the Apex 24, you could first smoke the steaks with the pellet smoker functionality. Then, for the sear, you could turn on the propane burners to get the grate up to temp as quickly as possible.

I like the design/functionality of the Camp Chef Apex 24. However, with the propane kit, there is no question that, its a pricey option, north of two thousand dollars.

The Camp Chef Apex 24 is pretty expensive. With the optional gas kit it comes in at over two thousand dollars.
The typical price point of the Camp Chef Apex 24 of over two thousand dollars is unaffordable for the average BBQ buyer

While the Camp Chef Apex 24 does offer a lot of functionality being a combo grill that can partly justify its price point, it’s not a very large grill, with a cooking area of just 811 sq.in in total.

It’s good to see that there is at least some dual-wall insulated construction going on with the Apex 24, especially for its high price point.

The lid and upper cooking chamber on the Camp Chef Apex 24 is insulated.
The insulated lid/cooking chamber will hold onto heat, reducing pellet consumption/propane usage

Insulated construction on a pellet grill/smoker not only makes it cheaper to run (especially in winter), but it also helps you to cook better/more consistent BBQ.

The reason is that with the insulated construction, the temperatures across the cooking chamber will be more consistent, meaning your food will be cooked more consistently.

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While its good to see some stainless steel construction on the Camp Chef Apex 24, it could be argued for its price point, it would have been reasonable to expect more.

While the Apex 24 does have some stainless steel panels, the core of the grill is still painted carbon steel.
Stainless steel is limited to exterior paneling on the Apex 24

Stainless steel has multiple benefits when it comes to BBQs, it won’t rust, and you can clean the grill without worrying about damaging the surface (scratching paint etc).

However, the Camp Chef Apex 24 features minimal stainless steel use, especially for its price point.

There are several features on the Apex 24 that every owner will find useful. The first is the easily removable grease tray accessible from the front of the grill, seen below.

The Camp Chef Apex 24 does have some very useful features such as front removeable grease tray.
I do like the removable grease tray design on the Camp Chef Apex 24

Other useful features on the Apex 24 include a quick removable ash pot under the grill and a pellet hopper sensor, which can provide updates in the Camp Chef Connect App.

Camp Chef has chosen to go with relatively small caster wheels on the Camp Chef Apex 24. Maybe that’s not too surprising. After all, this is a relatively small pellet grill/smoker.

The small wheels on the Camp Chef Apex 24 are less than ideal.
Small caster wheels on pellet grill/smokers are pretty common, but its not a good feature to see

The Apex 24 may be a relatively small grill. However, due to its dual pellet/gas functionality, its definitely not a lightweight grill. It comes in at, wait for it, 295 lbs!

Therefore, I would personally not want to have to pull this grill over a wet/muddy lawn.

My Final Thoughts On The Camp Chef Apex 24

I know there are many people in the market for a pellet/gas combo grill, and the Camp Chef Apex 24, in many regards, is currently the best implementation of this grill type.

However, there is no getting away from the fact that the Apex 24 will be an unaffordable option for many people, and they may be better served with Camp Chef’s propane SideKick bolt-on propane burner.

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