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The Best Wood Pellet Smokers


The Best Wood Pellet Smokers Pellet cookers or pellet grills, pellet smokers and smoker-grills are the same for this post.

Wood pellet smokers are capable of both maintaining low-and-slow temperatures and reaching grilling temperatures – some can push the upper limits with searing temperatures over 700 degrees. But, wood pellet smoker grills are designed to be great at smoking and baking at lower temperatures.


Memphis Grills Elite Wood Fire Pellet Smoker Grill

The Memphis Grills Elite Freestanding Wood Fire Pellet Smoker Grill combines high quality construction and innovative features to create one of the most advanced pellet smokers on the market. The heavy duty 304 stainless steel construction ensures a long lasting and durable product while the 6mm nickel-plated steel cooking grates create a non-stick cooking surface that’s perfect for smoking and grilling alike.

The 24-pound hopper capacity allows for up to 62 hours of uninterrupted cooking time. The 844-square-inch cooking surface of this grill can be heated from 180 degrees to 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be controlled through the integrated Wi-Fi controller via the free Memphis Mobile App (available through the App Store and Google Play). The corresponding ITC temperature probe offers the ability to closely monitor the internal temperature of your food for professional style results.

The grill has a high-quality stainless steel body with nickel-plated grates. These features make it quite durable, rust-resistant and provide a non-stick surface for optimum grilling and smoking. Along with this, Memphis uses a heavy-duty gasket and double-walled firebox to produce an air-tight insulated cooking chamber.

Apart from all this, you get a huge storage cupboard at the bottom, two side-shelves, and a few hooks to hang your utensils nearby. On the negative side, the grill is extremely pricey and heavy.

The Best Wood Pellet Smokers Advantages

Proper grease management
Convection fans
Large storage space
Remote Wi-Fi temperature control
Air-tight seal for insulation
Large temperature range
Fast start-up


Very expensive


Freestanding wood pellet smoker grill
304 stainless steel construction
24-pound capacity hopper offers up to 62 hours of cook time; Temperature range between 180 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit
Can be controlled via Wi-Fi controller (iOS or Android app)
Overall size: 69 x 29 x 47 inches (W x D x H); Cooking grid: 37.375 x 17.625 inches (W x D)


REC TEC RT-700 Pellet Smoker Grill

Based in Augusta, Georgia, REC TEC Grills produces one of the best pellet grills, the RT-700 grill has a stainless steel rust-resistant body and includes horn-shaped bull handles on the lid, a towel ring, and a bottom shelf to hold your utensils. Although it is heavy, the grill comes with wheels and locking casters for easy transportation. Besides this, you get convenient tool hooks to keep your tongs nearby.

RT-700 offers a Smart Grill Technology, which helps to keep the temperature of your grill stable. Its Wi-Fi Pellet Technology, on the other hand, connects your grill to the REC TEC app on your phone, allowing you to cook remotely. Besides this, the grill contains automatic lighting and a shutdown feature too.

Moreover, you can set the temperature between 200 to 500ºF via five-degree increments, and use the two built-in meat probes for monitoring two pieces of meat simultaneously.

When it comes to the cooking capacity, you get a massive 702 square inches on the primary rack. An additional shelf can bump up the capacity to a massive total of 1054 square inches. Apart from this, you get a large 40 pound hopper, allowing you to cook without refilling and taking a break.

The REC TEC RT-700 includes Wi-Pellet Wifi Technology which allows you to control your cook from anywhere using the REC TEC GRILLS App (Available on the App Store and Google Play Store). RT-700 also offers dual meat-probes that plug directly into the grill’s controller, so you’ll no longer need an after-market thermometer to monitor your cook.

The Best Wood Pellet Smokers Advantages

Large cooking space
Stainless steel body for durability
Two meat probes offer versatility
Remote temperature control
Larger hopper capacity
Removable drip for clean-up
Six-year warranty


Cannot remove fire pot for cleaning


Traeger Grills TFB89BLF Series Ironwood 885 Pellet Grill

The Ironwood Series has WiFIRE technology that allows the chef to control their grill from anywhere at anytime. Using a smart phone you can monitor temperatures, set times, receive alerts, and custom recipe cook cycles. The Ironwood Series also has a built in pellet sensor that alerts you when you’re running low on pellets.

The Traeger Ironwood 885 has 885 square inches of cooking area. The bottom cooking grate can be lowered for searing juicy steaks, or raised for grilling. TRU Convection system and Traeger Downdraft Exhaust system, fully circulate fresh blue smoke keeping smoke in the chamber longer, as well as maintaining an even heat and increasing the efficiency of the grill.

The D2 Direct Drive drivetrain technology makes the Ironwoods more durable, with the DC brushless motor, and also increases the efficiency of the grill with Turbo Temp fast start-up, and the variable speed fan. The Keep Warm mode lets you decide when you are ready to eat, not when the food is ready. The Ironwood also features double side walled insulation for better temperature control. An easy to use control panel & digital display gives you full control with a navigation dial and dedicated buttons for creating custom cook cycles and quick access to handy functions like keep warm mode and Super Smoke Mode, amping up the flavor with the push of a button.

The WiFIRE controller can be used to change the temperature, set timers, and access thousands of Traeger recipes using the Traeger app and your smart phone (available for iOS & Android devices). The WiFIRE controller is also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa enabled devices, allowing you to control grilling temperatures, monitor internal temperature of food, set timers and create alerts using voice commands.

Comes with a built-in Traeger Pellet Sensor, which monitors the level of pellets in your hopper and alerts you with app notifications when it is time to refuel. The included meat probe stores above the control panel for quick access, easily connecting to a dedicated control panel port for precise monitoring.

Tucked away out of sight, is a concealed grease pan that slides out for easy cleanup. The Ironwood is built to outlast the competition from the ground up with a rock-solid sawhorse-style chassis, all-terrain wheels, heavy-duty locking casters and black powder coat finish. The Traeger Ironwood 885 has a temperature range of 165-500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Best Wood Pellet Smokers Advantages

Ironwood D2® Controller
WiFIRE® Technology
Ironwood D2® Direct Drive
Double side-wall insulation
Pellet Sensor


Some smoke loss around the top of the Ironwood’s lid
No built-in pellet sensor
No stainless steel grill grates
No magnetic cutting board

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