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Traeger XL Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC.

Traeger pioneered and popularized the pellet smoker and remains the best known brand since it is in wide distribution. And they aim to keep it that way even though competition is growing. They haven't broken into Home Depot or Lowe's yet, but they are sold by some Ace Hardware stores and a large variety on independents. Recently they've been making inroads with Costco as well. Traeger has an interesting variety of pellet smokers from a small portable, to large commercial models, to one that looks like a pink pig.

They offer a full line of branded extras from Traeger Pellets and rubs to Traeger insulation blankets and cold smoker add-ons.

Traeger XL Grill

The XL is Traeger's largest residential pellet smokers. With 836 square inches of primary cook surface it can cook 24 chickens or 16 slabs of ribs. This big boy has a large pellet hopper in front, two chimneys and two drip buckets. Although it has a digital controller, it uses an old style dial control like those made by Ortech. Not bad, but once you get into this price range some competitors feature more advanced touchpad controls that work better and include additional features beyond ignition and set points.

Even the older digital dial controllers provide the set it and forget it ease of use that is the main attraction of pellet smoking. They are often more accurate than your kitchen range and allow you to load up your smoker at 11 pm, set it to 225 F, then go to bed and sleep soundly, knowing you'll wake up to a feast of delicious meat that's been slow cooking for hours at a steady and accurate temperature.

Traeger pioneered and popularized the pellet smoker and remains the best known brand since it is in wide distribution. The consensus is that the more expensive Traegers, like the XL, are reasonably well built, but some buyers complain that since manufacturing moved to China quality has dropped, especially on entry level models.

All Traegers are black powder coated steel with porcelain enamel steel grates.

Price: 

$1,995 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Primary Function: 

Smoker

Pig or Lamb Roaster

Fuel: 

Wood Pellets

Primary Capacity: 

836 square inches ( about 41 burgers )

Main Burners: 

1

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

No

Review Method: 

Researched it from Afar

We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.

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