When the news of a new Weber Pellet grill surfaced I was very excited and held off from the Traeger which I had mixed feelings about. When I saw the release videos I was very excited with the innovations and the commitment of Weber. Over the past several months my excitement has waned. I tried to be positive and after all, many are doing well with it like Harry Soo. But the issues continue, and Weber has responded. But I had to ask myself if I wanted to spend my very very limited income ( I am disabled) on a machine with kluges being needed to keep the thing running. I wanted something RELIABLE that I could put on a brisket and let it run without babysitting the hopper of all things. I am in another smoking group on Facebook and I was counseled to give an honest look at Rec Tec, which I did. While Weber compromised on materials, this one did not. the Warranty is 6 YEARS and it has a very thorough line cf accessories including a cold smoke box. Though it doesn't get to 600 (The Weber seems to only occasionally), it gets close enough. Though I am not sure I want to spend expensive pellets on a sear. And it's the same price as the Weber. So that's my thinking now. Weber has worn me out.