Pellet vs Electric

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by longevity, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. longevity

    longevity Newbie

    Hi Guys,

    Probably raised before, but i got a smokin it #3 and the thing wont go above 180 degrees. Not too happy and i am within the return window. 

    Do pellet smokers/grills produce as much smoke? Should i jump to pellet while i have the chance? Mainly for RIBs, but also would love to do chicken on there.

    Being the #3 is analog temp controlled, I am wondering should i put a few hundred more into a pellet style smoker/grill. Spent about $900 with shipping plus accessories on the #3 and thinking of getting a cookshack pg500 instead or a yoder or treager...

    Any thoughts?
  2. Pellet burners do not produce a lot of smoke.You can add a AMNPS or a AMNTS.

    Happy smoken.

  3. longevity

    longevity Newbie

    Thanks David, 

    I guess adding more smoker boxes will help, but wondering if it is worth getting a pellet grill or just focusing on a better electric smoker. I got a viking grill for dirt cheap and the thing works but propane is bland. 

    Do you have a pellet smoker/grill? 
  4. striper

    striper Meat Mopper

    Highly recommend a Yoder 640.  Then if you want heavy smoke add the amzn tube.
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  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    If you want set it and forget it there are more options than electric or pellet thanks to automatic temperature smokers.
  6. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    My pellet burner is a Rec Tec, and I have to say that I disagree with those who say you can't get good smoke in a pellet pooper.  At low and slow smoking temps (from 180* to 250*), which is where I do most of my smoking, my Rec Tec makes plenty of good smoke.  It is true that if you run it at hotter temps (say 300* and above), it doesn't produce a lot of smoke.  For that reason, I do keep an AMNTS to add extra smoke flavor to foods.  What I like best about the my pit is its versatility.  I can slow smoke a perfect brisket at 225* for 20 hours with a temp variation of less than 5 degrees; or I can put the sear kit in there and crank the temp up to 500* to grill a steak to perfection.  

    I used to cook on an electric smoker (MES40), and liked it a lot...but its hard to beat the flavor you get from cooking food in a wood fired pit.  That being said, there are lots of members here who use those Smokin It rigs.  I've seen lots of very positive reviews.  If you're having trouble getting the temp above 180*, you might want to get in touch with their customer service...I'm sure it should be getting hotter than that, and if its not they should do whatever it takes to help you make it right.

    Good luck!

  7. riblet1

    riblet1 Fire Starter

    Something isn't right I have a #3 and i smoke @ 225deg all day long.
  8. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    SeenRed has hit it spot on:  the higher the temp desired, the less smoke a pellet pooper will produce.  They burn really clean at high temps.  Although, at the normal smoking temp of 225, Reefer Madness produces a very nice quantity, and quality, of smoke. I generally use 100% hickory pellets and do occasionally supplement with an AMNPS burning 100% hickory as well.  Either way, the flavor is great...........not overpoweringly smoky, just right, if you ask me, especially the next day after the flavors meld.  AND, if a smoke ring is important to you, which it is to me, a pellet pooper is going to give you that.  So far, I am very happy with my reefer conversion.  It's the best of both worlds; you are technically burning wood and it is a "set it and forget it" type of set-up.  I have been doing all night smokes and I get to sleep, and I like to sleep, lets just establish that right now.  I will be doing 2 pork butts this labor day weekend along with 3 to 6 racks of BBs.........CAN"T WAIT!!!  As I have been using the smoker more and more, it is developing a beautiful seasoning on the interior, and, in my opinion, that seasoning is imparting it's own character on the food that is being cooked in there.  Is that something and electric can do?  I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, but that is what I think.  I love the smell the thing gives off, even when it is not running!!  It's like crack (I'm guessing).

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