Master built vs Traeger ?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by pb4real, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. pb4real

    pb4real Newbie

    Hi from Carlsbad, CA. Brand new to smoking and need an easy electric smoker to start. I read the reviews and borrowed it down to MB or Traeger. ( don't throw rocks at me) what's your guys take ? Also wonder why they don't list Traeger in any of the reviews? Thanks for your time. Peter B
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    many here have Traegers and will chime in soon I would imagine. For the price of them now & being made in China they are not as popular a pellet pusher as they once were. I saw one yesterday at Costco for 700 bucks! This new wifi version may be a can of worms waiting to more thing to go belly up IMO. I have a Char Griller pellet pusher from Lowes....was $450, I believe now $499 BUT much bigger than the Traeger and, to me, felt like a better build. I'm on my 2nd year with it and no probs. I got the extended warranty from Lowes for $50, 2 years coverage, which kicks in after the mfg warranty. There is also the Rec Tec pellet smoker I was very interested in at $900 with payment plan available to make it easier but I would have had another $200 probably in S&H so decided on the CG which I could just go pick up. I personally like the pellet smokers. To me, more like a regular 'pit' smoker but easier. I also have an electric smoker from Smokin' It which I have no problems leaving on overnight for a long smoke....something I would be leery of in a pellet smoker as it might run out of pellets as I was dreaming. Do your homework, look for reviews everywhere, not just here, and make the best decision you can.....more than likely, it won't be your last smoker.....HTH, Willie[com.lowes.commerce.storelocator.beans.LocatorStoreBean%405b405b4]&pl=1&productId=4437209&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dchar%2Bgriller
  3. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

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