Versatility of smaller units?

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Versatility of smaller units?

Post by beginner » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:13 pm

I've discovered I can fit something like the LG 700 / trager 22 sort of size thing, but it would need to replace the Q320. Right now I use that for small roasts - pork loin, eye fillet, full chook are the standards as well as classic grilling of snags, chicken wings or burgers.

I like the weber because it holds temp very well, it's easy and can handle whatever, but I'm in no way attached to gas and would really prefer to be using another fuel. These pellet grills reckon they can handle all styles of BBQ so what I am wondering is can they really? What would I be giving up if I were to ditch the Q for one?


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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Lovey » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:54 pm

G'day Beginner,
I'll preface my reply by saying that I don't own a pellet grill, so here goes until someone wiser comes along.
There isn't one BBQ that will do everything, they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

A gas BBQ is quick to get going, easy to obtain (relatively cheap) fuel for and easy to control the temperatures. I also believe that the Weber Q series are very fuel efficient too.
They are a bit harder to use for your classic 'low and slow' because of the minimum temperatures they can achieve, but there are ways to work around it. They don't naturally impart a wood smoke flavour, unless you add a smoker box.

A very wise Captain here gave me the analogy of a pellet grill being like a wood fired version of the oven in your kitchen. It circulates hot air around your food using wood instead of electricity or gas, so you get the wood smoke flavour. They are set and forget having a thermostat control, so once at your desired cooking temp, you can virtually forget about them until your food is ready.
They can do high heat cooking like pizzas and steaks, but the higher the heat, the more pellets you'll use (like any BBQ) and some have found that high usage to be quite expensive.

Hope that helps you,
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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Captain Cook » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:24 am

G'Day Beginner.
Interesting question. I own 2 pellet BBQs, 4 Charcoal BBQs and 3 Gas BBQs, each has its own purpose. My most used is either my Q220 or my Weber Genesis.
Pellet grills are good for some things like low and slow, at high heat you tend not to get a smoky flavour. They are great for making jerky. A kettle is the most versatile however it takes about 30 minutes to get it going some people say 20 minutes some say 40 minutes. I alway plan on 30 minutes and havent been too far of the mark in over 30 years. (I got my first kettle in 1984)
The Q is great, you can do just about everything with it and it only takes 10 minutes to get up to temp. If I was short on space I would definately have a Q. if I had storage place in the shed or at the side of the House I would also have a Kettle. That should satisfy all you BBQ needs.

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Davo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:55 am

Having been the owner of a Pellet grill a few years back, I'll back what Captain Cook & Lovey had to say. They are great for Low n slow and roasting, they will grill but unless you buy the more expensive units that have the grilling set-up by sliding a plate from the firepot, otherwise it'll be like an indirect grilling or what I would call an high heat roasting.
When you use the pellet grills for the grilling, it's then I reckon they become uneconomical, they will use around 1 kg of pellets per hour and that makes a big hole in a 9kg bag at around $30 each (give or take a dollar) and as mentioned, you won't get the smoke as you would at the lower temps as the pellets are no longer smouldering.

A good gas grill or Kettle will give you the grilling performance you need, it's why when you come to forums such as this, members are enthusiasts and will usually have several BBQs or outdoor cookers to get the results they seek. Best to get one good grill, master that and then slide on over to another type.

Sometimes it's a bit confusing as to where you want to go first, I love using my Weber Q320 but I also love using my kettle or WSM smoker but if I'm only doing a small smoking session, then the smoker isn't worth lighting up so I can arrange the kettle to do the same as the smoker. Just gives me that bit of versatility.

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by beginner » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:33 pm

Ah decisions decisions... Well at this stage seems it may be worth just taking the punt on a less expensive unit like the traeger pro 22 and seeing how I like it, if it doesn't work out I there's another home for it and can swap back out with the Q, and at the very least I'll know whether or not the YS640 is the first thing I'm buying when I move

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Davo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:03 pm

beginner wrote:Ah decisions decisions... Well at this stage seems it may be worth just taking the punt on a less expensive unit like the traeger pro 22 and seeing how I like it, if it doesn't work out I there's another home for it and can swap back out with the Q, and at the very least I'll know whether or not the YS640 is the first thing I'm buying when I move

I think you'll like the Traeger there beginner, I had a Traeger 075 which is the bigger version of yours but one of the earlier original versions and I seen the new line up at a local BBQs Galore in Campbelltown and I must say I'm impressed...they looked to be a very much improved unit.....and very reasonably priced...if I was in the market again, I would buy another Traeger.

Louisiana grills are pretty good too, a mate of mine in the Hunter Valley bought one last year and it's a pearler, the exhaust goes out the back rather than out a stack.....that could suit some buyers.

GMG pellet grills have the added utility of being WiFi capable (model pending) and that you can make adjustments by your mobile etc.

Yoder are the premium brand especially for those who compete, but they are also a premium priced unit...but pretty much the antz pantz.

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Captain Cook » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:18 pm

Beginner
Where are you located? I want to sell my Traeger 075 Pellet Grill and can offer it to you for a good price. I am located in Hoppers Crossing (Melbourne)

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by beginner » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:03 pm

Captain Cook wrote:Beginner
Where are you located? I want to sell my Traeger 075 Pellet Grill and can offer it to you for a good price. I am located in Hoppers Crossing (Melbourne)

Captain.
Melbourne as well, appreciate the offer but that model is unfortunately way to long for my spot

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Re: Versatility of smaller units?

Post by Smokey » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:23 pm

Cant add anymore other than pellet cookers cant be used on fire ban days. Not legally anyway.

I must say, Those new treager grills are impressive. A member on another forum is turning out some superb ribs and briskets on the small model treager. Really big ribs too. Id say, That with a Q and a little treager, Just about all bases are covered as a very compact kit.
You simply have to make space to get what you are asking for.
However, The Treager will do most things. Just don't expect rare supermarket sized steaks with a black crust.
So you "Could" get buy with just one pellet grill, With all the pros and cons the boys have listed above.
For instance, Maybe cost of running at high grill temps dont bother you,, Stuff like that.
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