An economic article speaking to the growth of a local company is worthwhile and
laudable. There could have been though, discussion of other products and
companies that have grills that are of equal value to or less expensive. Also,
winter inversions, clean air and public health, should be concerns of (writers)
citizens and public officials. And wood burning, (year round) and particularly
in the winter, puts dangerous particulates into the air in neighborhoods and can
have major impact on youth, aged and those with respiratory challenges. Wood
burning (emissions) on its own, is stated by the medical community as
potentially more "dangerous" and toxic than emissions from autos and
many manufacturing resources. Those with wood pellet stoves should pay attention
to the impact "their operation" has on their family, neighbors and
neighborhood. In my local, we quit burning wood (and wood fire products) some 10
I'm on my second Traeger in about five years (needed to upsize). I had
heard about Traeger from a friend who does competition barbecue. When I
purchased my first Traeger, my wife pointed to our built in gas grill and asked
if I thought I'd ever use the Traeger. Five years later, the gas grill has
been lit twice. Both times to kill the bugs that took up residence in it. On Sundays, I get in trouble with my kids if I'm not smoking
something for dinner. I just did a Turkey for Christmas Eve in mine. After
dinner my wife said that's the only way she wants them cooked from now on.
I've also got a network of friends that have bought Traegers
off my recommendation and they pretty much all rave about them. After he owned
his for a month, I asked my brother-in-law how he liked his. Before he could
answer, my sister said "if I have to one more piece of smoked meat, I'm
going to die." He seemed to like it.So to all the nay sayers,
you must not be using yours correctly.
I wouldn't describe Traeger units as high-end, but their website is good
for recipes. Almost every competitor of Traeger makes a better grill at a better
My wife gave me the Costco Traeger model 2 years ago and love it. Smoked
brisket, meat loaf, pulled pork, rib-eyes. Flavor is incredible.
I decided to upgrade mine last year from an earlier model. What a mistake, newer
models felt like tin metal can, made in China- Wi-Fi reception a joke, absolute
junk, quickly returned it, and I have decided to stay with my older, original
Traeger when the company cared more about QUALITY, than wall street dividends.
Many of my friends will post the same, about the newer models, shortly.
Traeger grills are a fad. The hype does not match the product.
And in the mean time we can't breathe our air but Traeger has finagled an
exception to the clean air days so they can burn all the time...
For the price of a Traeger, I'm surprised they sell any at all. There are
equal or better grills out there for 1/2 the price.
I asked for, and received a Traeger Grill about two years ago. I used it for a
month and was so unimpressed that I returned it. A year ago I bought a real
wood fired grill, not one that uses pellets, and love it. I have used it to
cook our turkeys in for two years now and it makes the best turkey ever. Hands
down the best way to grill.