Pellet composition

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Anyone know if Weber pellets are made of actual mesquite, cherry, apple, etc. wood? Or are they just compressed sawdust infused with wood-flavored oils? I messaged Weber about this but never heard back.
 

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Anyone know if Weber pellets are made of actual mesquite, cherry, apple, etc. wood? Or are they just compressed sawdust infused with wood-flavored oils? I messaged Weber about this but never heard back.
No oils. Most have either an oak or maple base with the flavor wood ie: hickory pellets would be 40% hickory 60% oak. Weber web site has %'s listed for each type pellet
 
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They basically say the same thing that Traeger says: "all-natural hardwood," "0% fillers." I don't know how much of this is true or not, but Traeger is being accused of using wood flavorings and either oak or alder to create their pellet flavors.

And I'm wondering if these accusations are true as I'm staring at a bag of Traeger mesquite pellets I have on hand now that says "Natural Mesquite Flavor; 100% Pure Hardwood." What the heck is that? If they're just mesquite, why not say "100% Pure Mesquite Hardwood" and avoid any ambiguity? Seems fishy to me, and I'm hoping Weber isn't doing the same thing. At least Weber states percentages of flavor wood vs. oak, so that's good.

I don't know. Maybe I'm just creating a conspiracy where there is none. It's all this waiting for my EX4 to arrive driving me insane. LOL.
 

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They basically say the same thing that Traeger says: "all-natural hardwood," "0% fillers." I don't know how much of this is true or not, but Traeger is being accused of using wood flavorings and either oak or alder to create their pellet flavors.

And I'm wondering if these accusations are true as I'm staring at a bag of Traeger mesquite pellets I have on hand now that says "Natural Mesquite Flavor; 100% Pure Hardwood." What the heck is that? If they're just mesquite, why not say "100% Pure Mesquite Hardwood" and avoid any ambiguity? Seems fishy to me, and I'm hoping Weber isn't doing the same thing. At least Weber states percentages of flavor wood vs. oak, so that's good.

I don't know. Maybe I'm just creating a conspiracy where there is none. It's all this waiting for my EX4 to arrive driving me insane. LOL.
I think Memphis in the above post has it right. They use a base wood and then a percentage of the flavor woods. My understanding is that there are no fillers and no flavorings added. IF that was not the case they would be having some major issues! I heard one of the BBQ UTube guys saying that Weber has a different formula of bark and wood. Apparently the bark gives more smoke... God bless.
 

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The advertisement by Traeger is misleading. They say they don't use fillers (sawdust etc) but they do use oils. There is a class action lawsuit ongoing.

 

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The advertisement by Traeger is misleading. They say they don't use fillers (sawdust etc) but they do use oils. There is a class action lawsuit ongoing.

IF that is true they are in big trouble! I have a bunch of Traeger bags left from when I had a Traeger. I am thinking of taking them back to Costco and getting my money back... and then only using the Weber brand. It is too bad they are not available on Amazon yet. You would think they would let Amazon sell them in advance of the release of the SmokeFire so that we could have the pellets already at home.
 

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Maybe I'm just generally skeptical but this doesn't surprise me. Companies are looking for ways to increase profits by achieving the same end result. In reality, the pellets are still fine and will produce great meats. The only difference is you were paying for a premium pellet product and getting a cheaper variety. The cheapening of their pellet variety is just another data point that the Traeger brand over the years has become worse in quality and just trying to capitalize off brand recognition. This opened the door for other pellet manufacturers to meet and surpass Traeger as a better pellet smoker/grill. Hopefully, Weber's Smokefire will not disappoint.
 

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Maybe I'm just generally skeptical but this doesn't surprise me. Companies are looking for ways to increase profits by achieving the same end result. In reality, the pellets are still fine and will produce great meats. The only difference is you were paying for a premium pellet product and getting a cheaper variety. The cheapening of their pellet variety is just another data point that the Traeger brand over the years has become worse in quality and just trying to capitalize off brand recognition. This opened the door for other pellet manufacturers to meet and surpass Traeger as a better pellet smoker/grill. Hopefully, Weber's Smokefire will not disappoint.
Well said. I could swear that the pellets from 4 years ago were better than the last ones I bought for my Traeger. I had read that Weber is putting a different mixture of wood to bark that will make more smoke... I hope it is the case. WE loved my Traeger, but my wife always wanted more smoke than I could get it to make... could be operator error! I have 6 bags of Traeger pellets that I am returning to Costco. Going to try some other brands.
 

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Weber says their pellets are pure and contain more of the flavor part of the wood which is the outer rings and the bark.
I had heard that too. I am going to use the Weber stuff. I am not all that thrilled about Traeger right now. I had a 34" Texas elite I bought at Costco. I took it back, the auger failed. But in fairness to Traeger it was over 3.5 years old. I could never get it smoky enough.
 

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Honestly I was sold on buying on Traeger Timberline before. But when I saw the Weber, heard how they engineered it, their commitment and the reviews I was blown away and changed my decision. I’ve always loved Weber and they are the only one that could compete with mainstream Pellet smokers in any meaningful way. I am also excited I’m going to save $800 over the Traeger! I’m also happy hearing about the pellets!
 

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Honestly I was sold on buying on Traeger Timberline before. But when I saw the Weber, heard how they engineered it, their commitment and the reviews I was blown away and changed my decision. I’ve always loved Weber and they are the only one that could compete with mainstream Pellet smokers in any meaningful way. I am also excited I’m going to save $800 over the Traeger! I’m also happy hearing about the pellets!
I did not know about the SmokeFire and was going to buy an Ironwood. I am glad I seen the Smokefire first! So we are both in the same camp. I love my little Weber kettle and even through these years when my Traeger was working well there were times when we just wanted to have some old fashioned BBQ with briquettes. As a matter of fact one of the two I have is a wedding present from a buddy from almost 21 years ago. I recently sprung 30 bucks and got a new grill grate and charcoal grate. Cannot beat them!
 

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I did not know about the SmokeFire and was going to buy an Ironwood. I am glad I seen the Smokefire first! So we are both in the same camp. I love my little Weber kettle and even through these years when my Traeger was working well there were times when we just wanted to have some old fashioned BBQ with briquettes. As a matter of fact one of the two I have is a wedding present from a buddy from almost 21 years ago. I recently sprung 30 bucks and got a new grill grate and charcoal grate. Cannot beat them!
BTW... have you seen the YouTube videos that Harry Soo has put out? I have watched the first of the three over and over just so I could know all about the SmokeFire. IF I can't have it at least I can see it!
 

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BTW... have you seen the YouTube videos that Harry Soo has put out? I have watched the first of the three over and over just so I could know all about the SmokeFire. IF I can't have it at least I can see it!
I've watched them a couple of times. Babyback Maniac has a couple of videos as well, he was also at the SmokeFire event at Weber's head office.
 

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I've watched them a couple of times. Babyback Maniac has a couple of videos as well, he was also at the SmokeFire event at Weber's head office.
I learned a lot for Babyback. I subscribed to his channel and Harry Soo's too. I figure I can learn a lot from those guys! I am not even a weekend warrior, I just like to have a quick way to cook meat that tastes good, but I am willing to up my skill set... IF it is not to strenuous!
 

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I subscribe to both of them as well. I'm no expert by any stretch, but I'm working on upping my grilling game. For me, it's a terrific hobby and the bonus is we get to eat some tasty food as a reward. It also gets me out of my basement office to take a break when I'm busy...which is pretty much always these days.
 

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I subscribe to both of them as well. I'm no expert by any stretch, but I'm working on upping my grilling game. For me, it's a terrific hobby and the bonus is we get to eat some tasty food as a reward. It also gets me out of my basement office to take a break when I'm busy...which is pretty much always these days.
What are you doing for a living? (someone has to pay for that meat!)
 

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I run a Graphic Design business with my wife and I teach graphic design at the College and University level part-time. Tons of marking. (what I am doing right as a matter of fact, at least until the hockey game starts.
My grandfather asked me when I was about 8 what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told him I wanted to have my own business! He said. "That is great, then you will only work half days, and it does not matter which half of the 24 hours you work!" God bless you and your business.
 

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My grandfather asked me when I was about 8 what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told him I wanted to have my own business! He said. "That is great, then you will only work half days, and it does not matter which half of the 24 hours you work!" God bless you and your business.
Well, your grandfather was right on the money! The summer tends to be a bit slower work-wise with everyone on vacation which is nice because that's prime grilling season. It's minus 7 outside currently. Half the fun is enjoying the outdoors, smelling the food cook, while enjoying a cold beverage and a good book. (I recommend the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz, they're great thrillers)
 

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