Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300
Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300
The problem with Louisiana is they are in a prolonged state of change. They continue to explore different manufacturing sources and design features to improve their smokers, but progress is slowed partially by the need to sell off existing inventories before introducing updated models on a global scale. They plan to finally upgrade all or most models to digital controllers and make some other add-ons standard as well. We believe they will eventually achieve their goals, but until they arrive at the intended destination we cannot recommend their residential models. Some competition cooks and caterers like their large Whole Animal roasters.
They sent us a test model CS-450 with a factory installed digital controller that didn't work. Since then they explored using other digital controllers. We look forward to testing their new designs in the future.
TG-300 is the smallest smoker in Louisiana Grill's Country Smokers line. The tabletop body has short legs and no wheels. At 26.5" H x 36.5" W x 19.5" D weighing 94 pounds it is big enough to smoke a turkey and small enough to transport in a truck or van. Keep in mind, wherever you go with the TG you need access to electric power. LG has some unique features: an Arched Flavor Guard, no chimney and a controller with that uses a dial potentiometer with variable temperature settings instead of the more common notched settings.
The controller is a weak link in the CS system. Although it is better than the old style 3 position controllers used on some entry level pellet smokers, it has no thermostatic control so owners must use a digital probe to determine the internal temp, and then manually adjust the potentiometer. Do not rely on the heat indicator built into the hood. It is guaranteed to be wrong. This system is particularly awkward when used to slow cook overnight when temperatures typically drop. Without a digital thermostatically controlled mechanism, pellet feed rates remain constant regardless of changes to temperature. LG offers an optional digital controller, but you have to buy it in addition to the standard controller and install it yourself.
The Arched Flavor Guard is a 14 gauge curved metal sheet that rests under the grates and diffuses heat from the firebox. It conforms loosely to the shape of the hood, cresting in the middle of the cook surface and dropping off in the front and back of the cook box. LG feels this design presents a larger surface for meat drippings to sizzle and enhance flavor. Instead of a chimney, Louisiana Grills uses a row of holes at the back located several inches above the cook surface.
An optional Flame Diffuser can be purchased to replace the standard Arched Flavor Guard. The Flame Diffuser has a section over the fire pot which can slide out of the way to expose large, slotted openings that allow meats to sear over open flame. Other options include an Upper Cooking Rack and Shelves that attach to the front or side. All Louisiana Grills have porcelain coated steel grates.
$679 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.
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300 square inches ( about 14 burgers )
Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA
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