With which grill/smoker did you replace your faulty Smokefire?

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As I mentioned before in another thread, I left my Smokefire at Lowe's and came home with an Oklahoma Joe's Rider DLX. Link to check out features: https://www.oklahomajoes.com/rider-dlx-pellet-grill

So far, so good. It doesn't have all the electronic bells and whistles, but it does have a neat searing mechanism that worked really well on some thick pork chops I made last night. I've never tried reverse searing chops before, so I gave it a go with some apple pellets. Chops soaked in smoke for about 50 minutes prior to searing. It was actually pretty dang good.

Prior to that I mesquite smoked some beef finger ribs for two hours with a water pan on the bottom grate and wrapped in paper for another hour. Grill temp set at 200 and temp averaged 235 near the meat. Swing was 10 degrees north and south of 235. (Same for the chops I did later) Ribs had a tremendous smoky flavor for only smoking 2 hours. I was very impressed.

I grilled some chicken legs and sausage at 325 the first day I brought it home, after the burn-in. That went as expected. Nothing spectacular, but no problems either. I did use the sear function to put some char on the sausage. My wife likes the carcinogens. I think it reminds her of her old man's burned food. LOL.

Some notes about the pit:

It is HEAVY.

So far the ash collection cup under the grill has worked well, and there's very little stray ash at the bottom of the barrel. I haven't had any experience with grease accumulation yet. I'll comment on that after I cook a brisket tonight/tomorrow.

As I've mentioned, the searing capability on this pit works really well, and I LOVE the cast iron grill grates... very old-school and awesome.

Emptying and swapping out pellets is an absolute breeze. This is great, as it's best not to leave unused pellets in the hopper after a cook.

Haven't had any mechanical issues with my cooks and tests. The pit does leak smoke a little around the door and where the chimney stacks bolt to the cooking chamber. I'll rectify that with some RTV 650. I imagine that will get the temps even more consistent.

I anticipate cleanup is going to be a PITA, but no more than when you have to thoroughly clean any pellet grill.

So far I'm happy, especially considering the rig was less than $600 out the door. (Lowe's price matched $599 and then added my 10% veteran discount on top of that.)

Anyway, that's it for now. I'll update as I go along.
 

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I am looking at Rec Tec 700. The Bull.
I ordered the RT590(which is what I was going to get before I saw/preordered the Smokefire back on 12/17) Tuesday after I canceled my Smokefire order. It shipped out Wednesday, and will be delivered next Tuesday.

PS: I like the Bull, but it it much larger than I need.
 

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I ordered the RT590(which is what I was going to get before I saw/preordered the Smokefire back on 12/17) Tuesday after I canceled my Smokefire order. It shipped out Wednesday, and will be delivered next Tuesday.

PS: I like the Bull, but it it much larger than I need.
RecTec told me it takes 8-9 days to get out to California. That’s the only downside!
 

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I would recommend taking a look at the Traeger Ironwood series. It's around the same price range as the SmokeFire. I've had one for the past year and it's been pretty good. It had some software problems in the beginning, but for the most part I believe all of the bugs have been worked out with it. The bad thing is you just don't get the high temps like some of the others.
 
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I was under the impression this was a SmokeFire forum. If I want info on other grills I will go to their forums.
The thread is under the topic "Weber SmokeFire vs the Competition, " so it's perfectly applicable. Lucky for you, since you're not interested in other grills, you can simply not read it.
 

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The thread is under the topic "Weber SmokeFire vs the Competition, " so it's perfectly applicable. Lucky for you, since you're not interested in other grills, you can simply not read it.
Agreed. Many people came to this forum with great anticipation for the SmokeFire. As such, there are a lot of folks on here who have a lot of experience with Pellet grills, and can offer those of us who are not some suggestions on a better replacement, or a good reason to keep the Weber.
As you say, folks can always choose to not read it.
 

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After I returned my Weber I began my search again. I had a Traeger Texas Elite 34 for almost 4 years until the auger went out. Returned it to Costco and got a full refund even though it was out of warranty. (Thanks Costco!) So for me it came down to the Rec Tec RT700 (The Bull) or the Camp Chef Woodwind 36 Wifi. After much soul searching and video watching and talking to their reps online... I went with the RT700. Ordered it this morning with the sear grates and front folding shelf. Right now Rec Tec is running a 29% of all accessories sale. I think the Woodwind would have been equally as great to have. I just did not have any interest in the side shelf or using propane, so that kind of cemented my turn toward the Rec Tec. Also, Rec Tec has a 6 year warranty while Camp Chef is 3 years. One other note is the cool factor. I just think that The Bull will look really nice on my front porch. So there it is. God bless Y'all and happy grilling!
 

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I just ordered the Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi Smoker. All the sites I read gave Camp Chef great reviews and the reviews on the wifi smoker have been good as well.
I just called and returned my EX4. Sick of waiting for answers.
I ordered the RT700 this morning. I spent a good amount of time looking at the Camp Chef though! Even had an hour discussion with the online rep! I thnk either of these two would have been a great buy. Did the side shelf appeal to you? Is that part of why you went with it? I just did not see myself using any of the attachments.... so that was a big reason I went with the Bull. Thanks for your input. Please share how you like it here when you get it.
 

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I ordered the RT700 this morning. I spent a good amount of time looking at the Camp Chef though! Even had an hour discussion with the online rep! I thnk either of these two would have been a great buy. Did the side shelf appeal to you? Is that part of why you went with it? I just did not see myself using any of the attachments.... so that was a big reason I went with the Bull. Thanks for your input. Please share how you like it here when you get it.
I really want to hear some feedback on the Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi. I'm almost as excited about what that has to offer as the SmokeFire did for me when I first saw the promos.
 

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I really want to hear some feedback on the Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi. I'm almost as excited about what that has to offer as the SmokeFire did for me when I first saw the promos.
It looks like the most user friendly one out there. That is my take. I can deal with a few of the remaining foibles on the Bull. Like no chute for emptying the pellet bin and a few other things.
 

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I pick up a Traeger Pro 780 tomorrow. I have several friends who love their Traegers and I also have heard about some who have not had a good experience with Traeger. I personally know more people who are happy with their Traegers than those who are not. While I was interested in a ReTec, it wasn't a good option for me as there are no local dealers and if I ordered direct, I'd need to drive two hours to pick it up, pay the exchange on the dollar and the duty which made it too expensive. Not to mention after the purchase, I'm on my own. For those reasons, I felt that it wasn't right for me

I am hopeful that I will be happy with my purchase. I realize that this is a Weber forum, but if people are interested, I'll report back with my impressions on that grill as an alternative.
 
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Most of the local folks I know who have grills say they are really happy with their Rec Tec grill and also with Trager (of course). Don't know anyone that has a Camp Chef unfortunately.

My hope (wish) is that while my SF is still in the return window, that we get a post from Weber that's says "We have come up with a solution to problems experienced and will be sending out the parts to make the fix". I know it's dream, but IMO only, the SmokeFire is still one of the coolest looking grills, so I give Weber an A+ for that at least.
 
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I don't disagree with you, the SmokeFire is a solid, fine-looking grill. The pellet chute concept is a terrific safety innovation that other brands should look at copying. With that said, the simple fact that Weber is sending out new parts and fixes clearly indicates that they botched the launch but are at least trying to make things right. I'm just not comfortable spending that kind of money to be their beta tester. I was under the impression that they had already tested the crap out the SmokeFire prior to release.
 

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I don't disagree with you, the SmokeFire is a solid, fine-looking grill. The pellet chute concept is a terrific safety innovation that other brands should look at copying. With that said, the simple fact that Weber is sending out new parts and fixes clearly indicates that they botched the launch but are at least trying to make things right. I'm just not comfortable spending that kind of money to be their beta tester. I was under the impression that they had already tested the crap out the SmokeFire prior to release.
Sorry my post was hypothetical, Weber has not sent out a note. I'll update my post.
 

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I think the Traeger works great as a smoker/outdoor oven. I think it lacks in the grilling department. That's why the SmokeFire appeals so much to me.
Agreed, and I can respect that. I'll just make do with a reverse sear on my Weber Genesis II. I honestly hope everyone who sticks with their SmokeFire is as happy as a pig in...well, you know the saying.
 
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