Interested in purchasing first pellet Grill. Want something that I can grill and smoke on.
First considered Rec Tec Bull—seems to have good bang fo the buck and solid construction with lots of 304 stainless steel, WiFi, but concerned that grilling would be limited. as there is no direct grilling area. Rec Tec Rep claims it foes a great job grilling burgers & steaks with optional searing grates, but I’m skeptical.
Read very favorable reviews on MAK 1 Star and 2 Star grills with FlameZone. Leaning towards 2 Star, but price is $3.1 K with WIFI. That’s an awful lot for first foray into pellet grilling. Therefore looking at Fast Eddy PG500. However, have some concerns. How accurate is the controller? Is it PID? How is it as a smoker? Nearest dealer is more than 1 hr away & has none in stock. He’s pushing Traeger—says he got rid of his PG500 because it was putting ash in food, the heat was uneven in the indirect zone due to proximity of direct grill, and the smoked and grilled meat was not as moist as on other pellet grills.
The stainless steel construction seems good, and the presence of a direct grilling zone is a major plus. However, the lack of WiFi, lack of built in meat probe, possible uneven heat are all concerns.
MAK 2 Star sounds more ideal with more sophisticated controller, available WiFi and FlameZone for direct grilling. Seems to be more efficient, a better smoker, using fewer pellets and may heat up faster. However it is much more expensive.
Any insights would be appreciated.