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Pellet Smoker #13194566 06/24/19 01:13 PM
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I know this has been discussed before, but why nor one more time.

I love my traditional offset smoker, but sometimes I don't have time to babysit one all day for a cookout. I was looking at adding a pellet smoker to my inventory. My initial thought was to go with Traeger since they were the originals, but after reading some forums and doing a little research, it look like RekTek may be the better unit, in quality and features. So what are the thoughts of the wise OT?


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The main reason for me is ..... Hey, check out that jiggly butt!!!........what was the question again?

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We have one at the ranch and I love it. I have a Pit Boss and it works well. I have never been able to cook a decent brisket or ribs until I got this. is it the best out there probably not but considering only cook brisket and Ribs a few times a year it made more since to $$$ wise.

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I have the Rec Tec 700 and I love it. Rec Tec is the best out there in my opinion. Their customer service is top notch.

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Yoder is the best there is. www.yodersmokers.com

Re: Pellet Smoker [Re: TBS] #13194894 06/24/19 06:01 PM
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Rec has all the internet fanboys beating their chest about them, Im not sure if the hype is real or not. I have a Green Mtn Grill and like it for what it is, I would rather have one gas fired and pellet smoked combo.

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I have the Rec Tec 590. Only thing I haven't done yet is brisket. Chicken, pork butt, ribs.. have turned out great.I really like the controller too. I added a 12" smoke tube for when I do long cooks to get some extra smoke flavor. I didn't really like the Rec Tec pellets that they offer. I'm currently using Lumber Jack and I am liking those a lot.


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Re: Pellet Smoker [Re: TBS] #13194917 06/24/19 06:28 PM
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The only pellets I like.

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Thanks for the input. I'm leaning towards the Rec Tek 700. It's $500 off right now.

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Re: Pellet Smoker [Re: junbengreat] #13195053 06/24/19 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by junbengreat
I have the Rec Tec 700 and I love it. Rec Tec is the best out there in my opinion. Their customer service is top notch.


Why did you need customer service?

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I have A traeger and don't use it.

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Traegers have a history of catching fire. Green Mountain Grill is a better step up. I own a GMG, Daniel Boone Wifi and love it. They have great customer service and quick to help you replace parts if needed. But if I had it to do over, I would have gone with a Rec Tec or Yoder. The later 2 are a much better quality if you have the extra coin.





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Re: Pellet Smoker [Re: TBS] #13195213 06/25/19 12:32 AM
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I love my Pit Boss. Im sure Rec Tec is just as good or better.


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I have had a Traeger for almost 7 years. Love it, not a bit of trouble, just dont use the Traeger brand pellets. BBQRs Delight or the ones HEB sells. I cook more on it than all of the other pits I built over the years combined.

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