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In Reply to: Traeger smoker: Looking for advice posted by MattP on September 07, 2014 at 17:44:29:
I guess it all depends on what you want to do. I use a Lang 84 for my big cooks and a Traeger Texas for small, at home cooks. The Traeger cooks just fine, but like someone said, you have to practice cooking on it and get the feel for how it cooks. It cooks a little faster with the convection, in my opinion. Smoke flavor? Well that's lacking. I don't use Traeger pellets. I use a brand called QPellets which, for me, produces much more of a smoke flavor. Easy to clean and haul around. For the moeny, I like the Traeger. I'd go as big as you can afford, for space will eventually become an issue. The hot rod does have some issues, but I havent used my hot rod for a few years. I start it with a piece of firestarter, which works just fine. The other issue is the need for electricity. Don't forget that. Could be an issue if you plan to cook at diffrent locations.
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