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Not to revive this thread, wanted to ask: what pellet grills do you recommend for camping? Apart from Traeger, which options do I have?
I'm cooking for 2-3 persons usually (also like the portability of the smaller grills), and I'd like to grill steaks, smoke ribs, and have a griddle for pancakes, veggies. Budget is about $500.
Have some options on my mind, but would like to hear from you first. 

update: seems like almost everyone is happy with their Traeger's (unfortunately, it doesn't work for me - got one, used one, had to re-sell it), gladly there were other options mentioned as well. Forgot to add, that I've ordered a GMG since they had a nice discount, and now it's on it's way to me. 

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My son is a big fan of Green Mt. He talked me into buying the Davy Crocket model. It was a good smoker. Worked on 12v or 110v. Came with a 12v plug, 12v clip on cables for a battery and a 110 adapter to plug into an outlet. I ended up giving it to my son for when he goes camping because he has a large Green Mt smoker at home. I like to BBQ a steak and the smoker took too long to slow cook, so I went back to my Weber 2000Q using propane. I am just too impatient to wait for my steak to slow cook. 

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Just now, Twotoes said:

 I like to BBQ a steak and the smoker took too long to slow cook, so I went back to my Weber 2000Q using propane. I am just too impatient to wait for my steak to slow cook. 

You not have to slow cook a steak. I can crank my Davy Crockett up to 550 degrees if I want to straight up BBQ a steak.I like to reverse sear them, i.e., smoke them for a bit, take them off to let the grill to get really hot, then put them back on to sear and finish off.

Back to the thread - I had a Traeger Tailgater but find the Davy Crockett to be easier to handle and run with its 12v/110v options plus I like the wifi so I can control it from inside and with the  probe in see the temp of the meat. 

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Look at Country Smokers wood pellet grill/smoker on Amazon.  It's identical to the Traeger.  I have seen it on amyzon for $199, just have to watch the pricing.  I plan on getting this one if/when it goes back down.  I bet it's made by the same company as the Traeger one.  I've heard nothing but good reports about it.

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On 11/29/2019 at 1:19 PM, chiefneon said:

I looked at the Davey Crocket but like the Traeger as it was smaller and easier to store as mentioned.

 

Which model did you get? When I had my Tailgater it was the smallest available. I see they have a couple smaller ones now.

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Son-in-law talked Traeger Traeger Traeger. I did some research and told him to go look at Green Mountain. He bought the GM Daniel Boone wifi version Grilled burgers and steaks on it, came out great. smoked the turkey. Everyone enjoyed. He loves the app for his phone and all the alarms he can set, doesn't need to keep going out and checking the smoker. Full control of smoker from phone.

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On 11/28/2019 at 1:44 PM, Twotoes said:

My son is a big fan of Green Mt. He talked me into buying the Davy Crocket model. It was a good smoker. Worked on 12v or 110v. Came with a 12v plug, 12v clip on cables for a battery and a 110 adapter to plug into an outlet. I ended up giving it to my son for when he goes camping because he has a large Green Mt smoker at home. I like to BBQ a steak and the smoker took too long to slow cook, so I went back to my Weber 2000Q using propane. I am just too impatient to wait for my steak to slow cook. 

I can’t tell from the pictures but do you think you could smoke a Boston butt on the Davey Crockett or would it be too small?  

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On 12/22/2019 at 1:57 PM, Sam said:

I can’t tell from the pictures but do you think you could smoke a Boston butt on the Davey Crockett or would it be too small?  

I have both a Traegar and a Davey Crockett. The DC will easily fit a butt no problem. You can get another butt in there if you want or maybe add a chicken or two.

In fact I use the Green Mountain more than  the Traegar

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I camp with my GMG Davey Crockett and have the GMG Daniel Boone at home.  I can do a 9 lb. pork butt, 10 lb. brisket or two racks of ribs on the Davey Crockett.  I like the 12 volt connector on my Davey Crocket and added a 12 volt outlet on the outside of my coach to utilize just the 12 volt portion of the cord.  During camping season, we smoke nearly every weekend.

I replaced my Weber Q2200 with the Davey Crocket and have not missed the Weber.  I can smoke or grill with the Davey Crockett.  

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Hijack alert, 

I have a Davy  Crocket and it does not get used all that much. Going on Three years and have maybe used 3 bags of pellets. It's not  that I don't like to cook on it, but the legs/handles are not what I thought they would be looking at it in the showroom. It's a real pain to set up if you carry it with the handles and a worse  pain to slide it in and out of the area I store and transport it in. Has anyone modified the legs to make it easier to move and set up? 

I do like the meals I have cooked with it. During the "Shutdown"  I cooked many meals on it, because it took all day. Now that I'm back to work I don't have the time to "Smoke" things. I do miss the smoked bacon and sausage though. 

 

Rod

 

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On 11/29/2019 at 12:00 PM, NDBirdman said:

Look at Country Smokers wood pellet grill/smoker on Amazon.  It's identical to the Traeger.  I have seen it on amyzon for $199, just have to watch the pricing.  I plan on getting this one if/when it goes back down.  I bet it's made by the same company as the Traeger one.  I've heard nothing but good reports about it.

Otayy, got one, have used a couple of years.  The one I picked up is cantankerous at the very least.  Temps float +/- 20 degrees, digital controller will often give error notice and not work.  I can/do use it but I would not buy it again nor would I recommend it to anyone.  Get a Traeger and don't look back.  Well, the only thing I can say good about it is while it is heavy, it's easy to move around.

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I have cooked in many competitions and own a boat load of smokers. I personally have GMG davey crocket in the motorhome.  I sold both traegers, a GMG daniel boone and a couple others to buy the rec teq.   I still have a few stick burners, but home use i go rec teq every time and motorhome i go GMG.  a long time ago the engineer for traegers auger system went to the owner and told him the patent was about up. they didnt care, so he left and created GMG with the upgrades that he wanted to put in.  

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