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  1. dontpanicbobby

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    No deer yet in Boston. But if them Damn turkeys creep in my backyard and waltz up and down my street next year, I'll eat the biggest one. Roasted!

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    I tried something new last night but wasn't that impressed. The hired help where I bought my first smoker would always ask me if I had smoked a pizza in my Traeger. I never tried it until last night.. a decade later. It certainly cooked well at 375° for 18 minutes no different than a traditional oven. If there was an added flavor of smoke to my supreme pizza I did not detect it. Perhaps there were too many flavors to overcome
     
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    Just curious....... can you cold smoke on your treager? If so I would could smoke the cheese and then make your pizza.
     
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    I've done deep dish in cast iron (simple) and it makes great pizza, but no real wood fire accent. I think the deal is that I get pizza that tastes like good pizza, not frozen pizza.
    Yes, I've smoked salt, water, etc. for various things.
     
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    My Traeger would smoke at 80° or so. One could easily cold smoke with it. However, the low temp smoke on my Green Mountain is 150° which might be a bit hot.

    I cold smoked coarse ground salt with my Traeger. The salt turned brown and had a wonderful smoke flavor. I contemplated cold smoking peanuts or pistachios but I never tried it. I might have to try them at the higher temp sometime.

    I don't know why GM decided 150° would be the low smoke temp. It runs through it's startup procedure and is ready to adjust up from 150°. Startup temp and rate of pellet consumption are the two major differences in the two smokers I have. The Traeger definitely produces a lot more smoke than the GM but it uses a lot more pellets. I've not longed for more smoke on my meats with the GM and enjoy the savings. However, if you want lots of smoke, the Traeger is definitely your choice between the two. And there is always the desire to cold smoke that can't be satisfied with the GM.
     
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    Yeah, I could get one of these for my Traeger, but haven't seen the need to justify the cost.
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    It essentially bolts onto the side for true cold smoking, but 70-80 degrees works for my needs.
     
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    You would have to admit... that is cool! As far as I know, GM offers zero add ons beyond wifi which I added to my GM. I'm not at all impressed with the upgrade and wish I had saved my money.
     
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    I have to report that I've got a problem with my smoker. The Green Mountain smoker runs through a shut down routine when you are done smoking. It likely takes three minutes perhaps four to complete the sequence. You are then advised to physically turn the power off. I often don't bother to follow through with flipping the switch or unplugging it. The other night we had a horrendous thunderstorm and I suspect the smoker took an electric spike. My wife discovered it running the next afternoon so I told her to flip the power switch. This morning I fired up the smoker expecting it to run... but no sir. The bottom of the smoker and the burn pot was full of pellets and the auger was not turning. I cleaned up the mess and tried again but still no auger movement. I suspect the tube is clogged and I tried to clear it best I could without tearing down the smoker. Still no go. I will likely not have the time tomorrow to work on it. Looks like the wife is having PB&J sandwich for Mother's Day. :)
     
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    That sounds like the same process my Traeger does. I never flip the switch either, but I unplug it, so probably one and the same. I hope its an easy fix and that your PBJs are spot on. :)
     
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    Smoker update. I broke down the smoker tonight. Actually they aren't that complicated. I found my auger motor in running condition. I pulled the assembly and cleaned the tube. Put it all back together and still no pellets. I was just about to order a new auger assembly ($100 or so) when it dawned on me that if the motor is turning... so should the auger. Checking, I see that the shaft of the auger fits into a sleeve of the motor and is held there by a clevis pin or something... that I no longer have. It must have sheared off when the auger stalled. I'm out of light tonight but it looks as simple as to replace the pin, though near impossible to get to, and put it back together. Lucky me and lesson learned. Turn the power switch off!

    We enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. Just happened to have a half butt pulled and frozen. No PB&J tonight.
     
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    Smoker update #2 I have yet to figure out what pins the auger to the motor but I managed to fix the auger. I tried to drive out whatever was sheared off in the shaft but quit when I had enough of whatever it is sticking out of one side to marry the motor to the auger. I put everything back together and fired it up. I got pellets to the burn pot and they were started by the hot rod. However, either the combustion fan also took a hit, is hung up in some fashion, or the controller isn't telling it to run. I was out of daylight so further investigation will have to wait for another window.
     
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    Will smokers cook my steaks?
    I just bought an incredibly expensive New York Strip and want to grill it.
     
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    My GM smoker tops out at 515°. I like to sear a bit hotter than that but yes, it will put grill marks on a steak. The added smoky flavor never hurts a steak either. :)
     
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    Concur, though my Traeger tops out a tick under 500.
     
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    Basically the two smokers are the same. On a calm day I'll exceed 500, but with windy conditions 500 is all the GM will do. 500 is the max setting.
     
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    i'm an ok fan of the NY cut, but i'm more of a rib-eye kind of guy.
     
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    So I went to my local hardware store to get plants for my vegetable garden and they had the new Traeger's. I think I'll put it this way. The Green Mountains and Pit Bosses may be as good as the Traeger I have, but boy are those Ironwood series a thing of beauty. Lots of racks, wifi controller, plus the oversized grill.

    If I had stayed and looked long enough I'd probably bring one home. Trager has managed to keep a step ahead of the competition, but it comes at a premium cost.:cashdroid:
     
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    I just feel every cut has a cook. Once you figure out the cook then you can always have a good meal for a good price.
     
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    Went to Target and The Home Depot today. Neither one had a Hibachi. I saw one on Amazon but it looks flimsy. Cast iron should be thicker.

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    And the charcoal tray doesn't look deep enough to me.
     
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    I don't think anyone would be sorry of a Traeger investment. They've been in the game long enough to know what they are doing. They may cost more than some comparable smokers but I think you are getting what you pay for.

    That looks quite similar to the one I owned many years ago. The casting does look a bit less perhaps but the basic design and the pan depth for the coals look spot on. It's designed to cook on coals with the cast pan hot. Not like a conventional grill where the coals are the prime heat source. Less charcoal use.
     
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    Dang... forgot to post my success with the GM repair. The combustion fan was simply stalled with pellets that had been forced through the burn pot air vents. Once it was free of the clogging pellets the fan spun like a top. I smoked out some flank steaks tonight. I still need to better address the auger. I think it is slipping now and then. I was having trouble maintaining my smoke temp which is something I've not experienced before. Time for a drill motor and a cotter pin I'm thinking.
     
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    @olbriar I appreciate your long experience and cooking skills but I need a all day grill. Not something I have to dump out in the early afternoon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is what I'm aiming for.

    What the heck is a cast pan?
     
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    No. Im thinking small but not Amazon small.
    Maybe It's a 1980s thing.
    I should be looking at yard sales and thrift shops, not online retailers.
     

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