Pros & Cons – Camp Chef Woodwind 24

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The Woodwind range of pellet grills from Camp Chef has been on the market for several years at this point. This updated Woodwind 24 is the third revision. The most notable upgrade this time is the stainless steel cooking chamber. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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On the previous version of the Woodwind 24, the lid was stainless steel, and the cooking chamber was painted carbon steel. This new version is the reverse, with a stainless steel cooking chamber and painted lid.

The biggest difference between this latest version of the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 and the previous version is the stainless steel cooking chamber.
The stainless steel cooking camber on the Woodwind 24 is a notable upgrade over the previous version

But what are the benefits of stainless steel construction? Well, its two-fold, first, you don’t need to worry about rust, and second, you can clean it without having to worry about damaging paint etc.

Personally, with this new updated version of the Camp Chef Woodwind 24, I was hoping to see some twin-wall insulated construction. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Unfortunately the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 does not get a twin-wall insulated cooking chamber.
The fact there is no twin-wall insulated construction its a bit disappointing

Twin-wall insulated construction offers two benefits. It provides more consistent temperatures across the cooking grates, and it also reduces pellet consumption, meaning lower running costs.

What the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 does have is a great PID/WiFi controller that is easy to use and easy to read with its bright, full-color screen.

The controller on the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 is one of the best in the business.
Yes, its the same controller as the previous model. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

The controller provides 5-degree temperature adjustment, and it also provides a separate smoke setting from 1 to 10. A high smoke setting will create wider temperature swings, but that’s how it goes.

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While the controller has good user functionality, it is a bit disappointing that Camp Chef did not increase the maximum temperature setting to over 500 degrees.

A maximum temperature setting of 500 degrees is not the best on the market, especially at this price point.
I was hoping that Camp Chef was going to provide a higher temperature setting on this latest version of the Woodwind 24

For instance, similarly priced alternatives such as the Weber Searwood 600 can be set to a maximum temperature setting of 600 degrees, and there are other examples.

While the maximum temperature setting is only 500 degrees, the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 also offers direct-flame access to get the grate temperature up to around 650 degrees.

The Camp Chef Woodwind 24 can be upgraded with their propane SideKick for even better grilling/searing functionality.
For additional searing functionality, the Woodwind 24 can be upgraded with the Camp Chef propane SideKick

The Camp Chef SideKick can not only provide additional searing functionality with its cast-iron griddle, but it offers additional functionality, such as a small pizza oven.

The Woodwind 24, as standard, is just under a thousand dollars, and with the additional SideKick, the price is just under thirteen hundred dollars (check our database).

The Camp Chef Woodwind 24 is now quite expensive, especially for its relatively small size.
This updated Camp Chef Woodwind 24 is a better grill, but its also less affordable at the same time

At the new price point for the Camp Chef Woodwind 24, it struggles to compete with other competitors, as it is a relatively small pellet grill/smoker for the new price point.

My Final Thoughts On The Camp Chef Woodwind 24

There are many features of the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 I like. I like that it now features a stainless steel cooking chamber, and I really rate the controller for its user-friendly design/functionality.

However, there is no insulated construction, and it’s not a particularly large pellet grill/smoker, with a total cooking area of just 881 square inches, and a main grate of only 429 square inches.

I still think the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 should be on everyone’s shortlist for a pellet grill under a thousand dollars, but it’s got tough competition to compete against.

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