- Aug 27, 2011
1) Warmup is similar to charcoal in time - 20 to 30 minutes. But you don't have to do anything but push a button and walk away. The better models will get up to 500 degrees which is enough to sear meet. Generally things do take longer - it's just a different way to cook. Fortunately the extra time doesn't involve much or any hands on. But you do have to plan to start things in advance, kind of like the sous vide stuff from the Steak thread.Ok. I have some questions regarding a pellet grill. I'm not necessarily opposed to one, just don't know much about them.
1. How long does it take to warm up? Does is get as hot as gas? Does it take longer to cook food?
2. You prefer this type of grill over a gas grill?
3. Is Traeger "THE" brand when it comes to pellet grills?
4. What model of traeger do you have?
2) Overall, yes, definitely prefer the pellet grill - it just adds so much flavor no matter how you use it. In a perfect world, I would have a good gas grill as well as the pellet grill for searing or getting burgers and dogs done quickly for the kids. Pellets are more expensive than gas, so firing up a gas grill to 500+ for searing would be more cost effective.
3) Traeger is the face of pellet grills for sure - they've been doing it a long time. There are other reputable brands.
4) I have an Ironwood which is kind of the middle level for the Traeger lineup.