I saw a barbeque smoker cooker that uses pellets at Costco, are they any good?
I forget the name, but it used wood pellets only and was expensive around $799. All it had was a fan and a corkscrew to feed the pellets.
Without knowing the brand it's pretty difficult for me to comment on the quality of the smoker that you have seen.
The principle of the pellet barbecue is that:-
- It's electric and so gives easy temperature control
- The pellet feed ensures continuous smoke
So in theory, if you are looking for a "foolproof" barbecue that is going to give good results without a lot of tending and effort then a pellet barbecue is a good choice.
The negative is the cost of the pellets and the fact that you are effectively tied to using a pellet. If you're only an occasional outdoor chef then this might not be a big deal but if you're going to be out there 365 days a year come rain or shine (like some of us idiots) then the cost of running your barbecue could get quite pricey.
One other point to make about electric barbecues - if it's raining, electricity and water don't mix. That doesn't make an electric unit a no no, you just need to check that it has a reasonable length of cable (and that your socket is approved for outdoors and under cover). A super long cable isn't good either because the longer the cable the greater the power drop off - it's a balance.
There used to be a pellet smoker branded by Smith and Wesson
however it's not longer available, it might be that the one you've looked at is this same smoker re-branded. Check out where it's made and what warranty / dealer support you're going to get.
The daddy of all electric pellet barbecues has to be Traeger. They're pricey but if you want to be sure about the quality (even though they are made in China) and want a door to bang on if you have a problem then Traeger electric barbecue grills
are worth a look before you make your final decision.
......and check out the quality comments below from some of our other readers.
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