Traeger Pellet Grills BBQ155.01 19.5K BTU Pellet Grill
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- With 292 square inch cooking surface
- Bronze lid finish
- Fully automatic auger
- Electronic auto start
- State of the art digital control
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Features a 292 SQIN cooking surface, bronze lid finish, fully automatic auger, electronic auto start, state of the art digital control & 10 LB pellet hopper.
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I could not believe that there are no baffles for controlling the amount of wind passing through. Also, could not believe that there is no simple door for removing ash.
In the top back of the grill there are two oval holes for smoke to exit. The holes are just inches from your food. There is no slides on those two holes for creating baffles. A LOT of heat and smoke exits those holes. Seems ridiculous: Slides on those holes would have been so easy for Traeger to design into this model. All I see are pellets--expensive pellets--wasting away.
And I don't think there is any excuse for no door--no easy way--to dump ash.
But that is the way this model is designed. And, if we want to smoke then we, personally, have no other choice. I guess what I'm saying is this: If you have a regular smoker--even one that's $100 bucks or less from the grocery store--and if you have mastered it and are happy with your results, do not think that the Traeger will do a better job for you just because people rave about it and it costs more. Stick with what you have and with what is currently working for you.
On the other hand, if a regular smoker is not convenient for where you live or your lifestyle, give the Traeger a chance. Make sure you understand that this Tailgater is not a large smoker. Picture your beer can chicken: This particular Traeger does NOT have enough head room to accommodate a chicken standing on end. It will do low profile foods like ribs, smaller briskets and salmon fillets, sausages and burgers and such. But you will be slicing up your pork butts to fit.
The recipe book included in the box will give you some good ideas, but be aware that not all recipes work on this small Tailgater. Traeger also produces their own line of rubs and sauces, so you won't find recipes for those. You will find the names of Traeger products in every recipe.
I don't know if Traeger would approve of what I did to make the Tailgater do what I wanted it to do, but this is what I did do to make me happy with my purchase: I created my own baffles for those two holes at the top back of the smoker. I partially plugged them up with aluminum foil when the wind was blowing and I could not get it up to temperature. I also removed the little sticker on from of the feed box, right next to the controls. It is a recessed reset button, and it allows one to speed up or slow down the factory default setting for pellet extrusion. With those two holes now working as baffles, and being able to slow or speed pellet extrusion, I am now able to finesse my smoke to get the results I require--not the results Traeger thinks I should require.