Camp Chef vs Cuisinart 2022 – Pellet Grill Comparisons


Hi, I’m Chris I started PelHeat.com back in 2007.

With this comparison article, I’m going to compare similarly priced products from Camp Chef and Cuisinart, therefore we are going to look at pellet grills under $1,000. Now, the price of Camp Chef products are pretty consistent across the web, including their own website. However, with Cuisinart, they have some exclusive distribution deals in place with Walmart. Therefore, the lowest price for their products is often when sourced from Walmart which I’ll reference more below. Both of these pellet grill brands products have different strengths/weaknesses which I’ll discuss below in the comparison.

Camp Chef vs Cuisinart
How does the similarly priced Camp Chef SmokePro DLX 24 compare against the Cuisinart Woodcreek?: Images – Campchef.com and Walmart.com

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Now Camp Chef currently have a much larger range of pellet grills/smokers compared to Cuisinart. Therefore, its simpler to find Camp Chef products to compare against the two main Cuisinart products the Woodcreek and Twin Oaks. There is also the recently released Cuisinart Clermont which is priced at just under $800. However, as I discuss in my article on that grill, at that current price point for its features its not really competitive, and it would be an easy win for Camp Chef.

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX 24 vs The Cuisinart Woodcreek

So first we are going to look at two pure pellet grills/smokers. Further down we will discuss combo-pellet/grills from each brand. The SmokePro range is the budget Camp Chef offering which are missing a few features from their higher specification Woodwind range. For Cuisinart, their entire pellet grill/smoker range is focused on the budget end of the market. Cuisinart also have a few cheaper models than the models discussed in this post. However, those same grills are also branded as Z Grills products which I already do comparison articles on. Therefore, there is no point comparing essentially the same pellet grills/smokers twice just because they have a different name on the front.

In terms of price, the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX 24 typically comes in at $550. The Cuisinart Woodcreek is priced between $497 to $599 depending on whether Walmart is running a sale. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, in terms of price point, these two pellet grills/smokers are directly comparable. Right then, let’s compare their key features.

Which Provides The Largest Cooking Area?

So as you can probably tell from the images above, the Cuisinart Woodcreek is the larger of these two pellet grills/smokers. The Camp Chef SmokePro DLX 24 provides 429 square inches on the lower cooking rack, with an additional 141 square inches with an upper warming/smoking rack. Therefore, that’s a total for the Camp Chef of 570 square inches. The Cuisinart Woodcreek on the other hand provides 648 square inches on the main cooking grate, with another 214 square inches on a secondary upper rack. That comes in at a significantly more 862 square inches in total.

Cuisinart Woodcreek Cooking Area
The Cuisinart Woodcreek takes an easy win when it comes to the main grate and total cooking area: Image – Walmart.com

The Cuisinart Woodcreek also features cast iron porcelain-coated cooking grates, whereas the Camp Chef just features porcelain-coated steel wire racks. The advantage is that the cast iron racks will hold onto their heat better. Therefore, as neither of these pellet grills feature direct flame access, its likely that searing performance on the Cuisinart will be superior out of the box. However, a set of GrillGrates would help the Camp Chef meet/exceed the searing performance of the Cuisinart.

Which Features The Superior Temperature Control Panel?

A pellet grill literally cannot function at all without its control panel. Therefore, the features (and reliability) of the control panel is key for any pellet cooking appliance. In terms of temperature range, these two pellet grills are basically identical. Both can go as low as 160 degrees for smoking and can reach as high as 500 degrees for searing/grilling. Neither offers WiFi functionality, though the Cuisinart does offer Bluetooth connectivity.

Cuisinart Control Panel
The Cuisinart control panel is Bluetooth enabled, however its lacking compared to the Camp Chef control panel in an important area: Image – Walmart.com

Therefore, does the Bluetooth connectivity of the Cuisinart give it the edge? Not really, but what the Camp Chef control panel features which the Cuisinart does not is a PID algorithm. You can read more about what that actually means in my linked article above. In the simplest terms though a PID control panel is smarter, making constant adjustments to the auger/fan to maintain the correct temperature. What it also means is the Camp Chef pellet grill can maintain an internal temperature within 5 degrees of the set temperature. Whereas with the Cuisinart, there can be as much as a 25-degree float between the set temperature and the actual temperature inside the pellet grill.

Camp Chef SmokePro PID Control Panel
The latest iteration of the Camp Chef SmokePro control panel does feature PID technology: Image – Campchef.com

Therefore, personally, I value the PID functionality of the Camp Chef control panel over the Bluetooth features of the Cuisinart. Furthermore, now the Cuisinart Woodcreek has been on the market for a while there are growing questions/concerns over the reliability of the control panels. You only need to check out the Walmart reviews to scan the issues with regards to the control panel failures to determine there could be an underlining issue with the quality of components used.

Camp Chef Sear Box/SideKick vs Cuisinart Twin Oaks

Ok, so we are now going to look at the scenario of a combo pellet/gas grill. The general idea being you have a single grill that can cook with pellets on one side and gas on the other. The pellet grill/smoker side can be used to add flavour, and the gas side can be used for quick/high-temperature cooking and searing. For instance, you could start a cook with a steak on the pellet side to get some of that great wood flavour, and then finish the steak over a really hot gas griddle etc.

Well, Camp Chef and Cuisinart have come at this combo gas/pellet grill idea with two different approaches. Camp Chef has gone down the route of a bolt-on pellet grill accessory, either the propane Sear Box or SideKick. Cuisinart has produced a separate product called the Twin Oaks, which is a single unit. The Twin Oaks is essentially the same as the Woodcreek (same control panel etc) but the pellet grill is smaller to accommodate the gas grill side.

Camp Chef vs Cuisinart
On the left the Camp Chef propane Sear Box, on the right Cuisinart combo pellet/gas grill the Twin Oaks: Images – Campchef.com and Walmart.com

So what about prices? Well, the Camp Chef Sear Box/SideKick retails for around $270, but you obviously need a pellet grill to bolt it on to. Therefore, if we take the example above of the SmokePro DLX 24 at $550, that’s a total cost of $820. The Cuisinart Twin Oaks retails for just under $600, hence the Camp Chef combo pellet/gas grill solution is several hundred dollars more.

However, it should be noted as the Camp Chef propane cooking solution is a bolt-on accessory, it can be purchased at a later date as and when needed. In terms of cooking area the Camp Chef solution in this instance would actually provide a larger pellet grilling/smoker area, but a smaller propane cooking area than the Cuisinart Twin Oaks. In terms of which pellet/gas cooking area split is better depends on your own specific needs. As a ‘pellet man’ myself, while I do appreciate the benefits of a gas grill, I’m still looking for the largest cooking area to be using pellets as the source of fuel/flavour.

Conclusions On Camp Chef vs Cuisinart

So what have we learnt? Well, in terms of cooking area/price the Cuisinart Woodcreek does provide more than an equivalently priced Camp Chef pellet grill. However, as I’ve stated above, the core of a pellet grill is the control panel, and I think Camp Chef has the edge over Cuisinart. The more accurate temperature control of the Camp Chef PID control panel will pay dividends. Yes, you would be producing smaller quantities of food on the Camp Chef grill, however, that food could very well be cooked better than on the Cuisinart. Also as stated above in reference to the Walmart reviews on the Cuisinart, the reliability of the control panel is being put into question.

When it comes to the combo pellet/grill options, again on price the Cuisinart offering the Twin Oaks is the cheaper option. The Camp Chef pellet/gas cooking solution is a different approach, which in comparison would offer a larger pellet cooking area, but for a higher total cost. However, again the main difference comes down to the pellet grill control panels.

That’s it! Thanks for reading, I hope you found this Camp Chef vs Cuisinart comparison interesting/informative. You can find more information about all these pellet grills and more through my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

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 to Z List of The Best BBQ Wood Pellets

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.

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Hi, I’m Chris. I started PelHeat.com back in 2007. This website is intended to be an educational resource on how pellets are made and their various uses. I hope you find the information useful.

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