Pros & Cons – Pit Boss Classic 700 Onyx Edition

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The Onyx Edition range of Pit Boss pellet grills/smoker is exclusively sold through Walmart. There are larger models, such as the Austin XL and the Savannah, and a smaller model, the Lexington. This Classic 700 Onyx Edition sits in the middle. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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The Classic 700 Onyx Edition comes in under $400. Therefore, it’s well within the budget of many a BBQ enthusiast, and for its features, its offering pretty good value.

With a price point under $400, the Pit Boss Classic 700 Onyx Edition is going to be an affordable option for many people.
For its price point under $400, the Classic 700 Onyx Edition gets a pretty good feature set

In terms of cooking area, the Classic 700 Onyx Edition has a total cooking area of 746 square inches, and notably, the main cooking grate is reasonably large at 523 square inches.

If you read the forums and Reddit a lot like I do, you will have seen customers making a note of the less-than-ideal paint finish on their brand-new Pit Boss pellet grill/smoker.

Pit Boss pellet grills do appear to suffer from a generally poor paint finish on their pellet grills/smokers.
The paint finish on budget/cheap Pit Boss pellet grills/smokers does appear to be a recurring issue

Now, repairing the paint is not hard, and this is the Con that comes with the Pro of offering a pellet grill/smoker with these features at this price point.

The controller fitted to the Pit Boss Classic 700 Onyx Edition is one of their better control panels. It offers accurate PID temperature control and 5-degree temperature adjustment.

The Classic 700 Onyx Edition gets a PID control panel with 5 degree temperature adjustment.
For a pellet grill at this price point, the Classic 700 Onyx Edition has got a good controller

Beyond the 5-degree temperature adjustment, the other reason it’s a good controller is because is still gets the Pit Boss P-Setting, to adjust how much smoke the pellet fire will produce.

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Unfortunately, Pit Boss decided not to give the Classic 700 Onyx Edition WiFi functionality and the ability to connect up to the Pit Boss SmokeIT App.

Unfortunately the Classic 700 Onyx Edition cannot connect to the Pit Boss SmokeIT App.
For grilling, you wouldn’t miss WiFi/App functionality. However, over a long smoking session, it comes in handy

The reason I find it a bit odd that WiFi is not featured is because Pit Boss offers the same controller with WiFi on their Competition Series models (check our database).

The common meme about pellet grills is they cannot actually grill. Now, that’s not actually true in many cases, but grilling is indeed a weakness for some pellet grills/smokers.

The flame-broiler on the Classic 700 Onyx Edition will get the grate to temperatures over 500 degrees.
The flame-broiler on the Classic 700 Onyx Edition will do an excellent job at grilling/searing

While the maximum temperature setting is 500 degrees, with the flame boiler in use, the grate surface temperature will exceed 650 degrees for excellent grilling results.

Unfortunately, with the use of the flame-broiler there is a higher potential risk of a grease fire. Its the reason why some other pellet grill brands choose not to offer the feature.

Be careful using any pellet grill/smoker that offers a flame-broiler as the risk of a grease fire is increased.
The key to avoiding a grease fire is proper and frequent cleaning of the pellet grill/smoker

However, the majority of times a grease fire occurs, it could have been potentially avoided with proper maintenance of the pellet grill/smoker.

My Final Thoughts On The Pit Boss Classic 700 Onyx Edition

Now, do Pit Boss products, in general, have their faults? Yes, paint finish, as I’ve mentioned above, can be one potential issue. However, their products need to be viewed in context.

For a pellet grill/smoker, the Pit Boss product range are some of the most affordable options on the market. As such, they serve as a good introduction to the world of pellet grills/smokers.

Therefore, this Classic 700 Onyx Edition is large enough to meet the needs of many average families, and it won’t break the bank. Therefore, it has an important place in the market.

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