Pellet Smokers — October 7, 2015 at 11:02 am

Best Pellet Smoker

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Best Pellet Smoker

For the last few years, pellet smokers are now the most favored form of smokers for cooking and smoking different kinds of meats, poultry, and fish.  The reason behind such a growing demand for pellet smokers can be attributed to the unique combination of electric heat and wood burning system which provides exceptional taste and a smoky crust to the food.  With pellet smokers the various mechanical and electrical parts work together to burn wood pellets at a constant temperature to produce the required quantity of heat and level of smoke.

In the majority of pellet smokers, a screw like device called an ‘auger’ works in tandem with the thermostat by controlling the supply of pellets in the burning pot.  The speed of the auger is directly proportionate to the levels of the temperature selected on the thermostat, thus creating the selected level of heat and smoke.

Camp Chef PG24 Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ with Digital Controls

This pellet smoker comes with a total rack area of 560 square inches and is fitted with an advanced digital temperature chip to provide the desired levels of heat and smoke consistently. The hopper capacity of this smoker is 18 lbs. of pellets. The dual LED digital temperature read out is provided for checking the internal cooking temperature as well as the temperature inside the food being cooked.

Automatic pellet auger provides only the required amount of pellets to the burn pan thus providing more smoking and requires less refilling. The diverse range of heat selections provides the required temperature for grilling, barbecuing and smoking food.  Camp Chef PG24 Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ with Digital Controls is currently available for around $570.00

Pros:

  • Electric auto start ignition.
  • Patented drop down cleaning system.
  • Digital temperature control.
  • Stainless steel probe for measuring internal food temperature.
  • Package also includes a warming rack.

Cons:

  • Large in size.
  • One year warranty provided with this smoker is below industry standards.

Summary

Camp Chef PG24 Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ with Digital Controls is quite appropriate for an outdoor cooking enthusiast as it allows its users to use different types of cooking techniques which include grilling, barbecuing, and smoking.

Bradley Smokers Original Smoker

Bradley Smokers Original Smoker comes with dimensions of 33.5 x 17.5 x 20.25 inches. This four tray vertical smoker comes fitted with simple to use temperature controls providing options for choosing between hot or cold smoke. The exterior is made up of Powder Epoxy steel and the interior construction is made of polished stainless steel. This smoker is durable for long term usage.

The classic knob control panel provided under the pellet feeder allows the user to attain maximum temperature of 250°F to help with smoking different types of food.  The body of this smoker is insulated to retain constant temperatures at all times and can hold smoke up to eight hours. The convenient side loader allows easy refilling of pellets.  Bradley Smokers Original Smoker is currently available for around $250.00

Pros:

  • Removable side panel for ease of cleaning.
  • Vertical compact design with 500 watt cooking and 125 watt smoking element.
  • Body manufactured using high grade metal and 100 percent insulation.
  • Separate Smoke and Oven burners to provide heat only, heat without smoke.

Cons:

  • Provided temperature range of up 250°F is good for cooking meat and fish but not as good for poultry.
  • Lack of information regarding how to smoke different types of food.
  • Wood pellets not provided in the package

Summary

Bradley Smokers Original Smoker is quite appropriate for a small family.  With a simple knob temperature control and a separate Smoke and Oven burners feature, this smoker is appropriate for cooking different cuts of meat, poultry and fish with multiple cooking options.

Pit Boss Grills 71820 Wood Pellet Grill

This pellet smoker comes with total rack area of 820 square inches and is fitted with an advanced digital temperature control to provide temperature levels ranging from 180°F to 500°F.  Such a wide range of temperature settings makes this grill quite appropriate for smoking different cuts of meat, fish and poultry.  The temperature for different cooking methods can be selected via an easy to use dial.  The grill temperature provides the exact temperature by using the digital display.  The fan convection helps in even distribution of heat and smoke.

The hopper capacity of this smoker is 7 lbs. of pellets. The LED digital temperature read out is provided for checking internal cooking temperature. This grill smoker unit is manufactured using a 16-gauge steel with sturdy legs and two wheels for required stability and portability. Pit Boss Grills 71820 Wood Pellet Grill is currently available for around $600.00

Pros:

  • Electric automatic start and cool down.
  • Fitted with fan for better convection.
  • 820 sq. inches total cooking surface includes 580 sq. inch main grilling surface and 240 sq. inch removable upper rack.
  • Grease bucket supplied for built-in drainage system to collect accumulated grease.

Cons:

  • Some discrepancy between the temperature shown on the digital temperature reading and the actual temperature inside the smoker.
  • Main body of the smoker is quite heavy.

Summary

With just a turn of the dial you can start this smoker and can sear a steak, bake pizza or smoke jerky, ribs or brisket with smoke from natural wood pellets.  With cooking temperatures ranging from 180° – 500° F, this smoker is quite appropriate for smoking all types of meat, poultry and cuts of fish.

Conclusion

After going through all the features associated with the three pellet smokers discussed above, the Pit Boss Grills 71820 Wood Pellet Grill is the best choice as this grill smoker unit is manufactured using a 16 gauge steel with sturdy legs and two wheels for required stability and portability to provide temperatures ranging from 180° – 500° F.

The second best option is the Bradley Smokers Original Smoker as the body of this smoker is insulated to retain constant temperatures at all times and can hold smoke for up to eight hours. The convenient side loader allows easy refilling of pellets.  Last but not least is the Camp Chef PG24 Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ with Digital Controls as it comes with a total rack area of 560 square inches and is fitted with an advanced digital temperature chip to provide the desired levels of heat and smoke consistently.

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