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Pros and Cons of Buying a Pellet Grill

The classic BBQ celebration is as American as the bald eagle. Every picnic, family reunion, and Saturday evening meal centres around the barbeque. 

There are so many options available when it comes to grills. Depending on your preference, you can go with a gas, charcoal, wood, or wood pellet model.

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Wood pellet grills have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They provide a unique cooking method that is suitable for more than just steaks or burgers.

The control level is superior to charcoal or wood, and they give your food an unforgettable taste that is a cut above the rest.

The hottest pellet grill could be yours if you know what to look for when buying. Let us take a closer look at the pros and cons of pellet grills so that you can make an informed choice when buying your new barbeque.

What Are Pellet Grills?

Pellet Grills are operated by electricity that warms and burns specialized wood pellets as a fuel source. They are an excellent tool for cooking, grilling, baking, or smoking anything that you would on a normal grill. 

This ability to work at many temperatures and cooking methods makes them a superior grill for those that like to cook more than the standard burgers and hotdogs

Pros and Cons of a Wood Pellet Grills


Temperature Control

Cooking on a gas or charcoal grill can be a challenge when it comes to controlling the temperature. With a pellet grill, it is much easier to keep your temperature in the preferred range without making constant adjustments. 

Most pellet grills have low, medium, and high settings for easy grilling. You can dial in the desired temperature, and then after 15 minutes, you are ready to grill.

Superior Taste

When you are grilling or smoking, your food will become infused with the wood smoke from your pellets. As you cook your food, it will slowly become infused with delicious smoke flavouring that will set your dishes apart.


There is nothing worse than becoming forced to jump back from your grill when you open the lid due to a flare-up. Pellet grills come equipped with a protective shield between the fuel and your grilling surface that reduces the size and frequency of your flare-ups.

Cons of a Pellet Grill


Pellet grills are generally more expensive than gas or charcoal grills. Depending on the level of quality that you are looking for, you can spend anywhere from $500 (£360) to $2,000 (£1450) for a pellet grill.


Pellet grills require electricity to operate, making them a difficult choice for back-country cooking. You will need to be able to plug in your grill to operate it.

Dry Conditions

Due to their need for electricity, pellet grills are not ideal in wet conditions. Unless you have your barbeque in a protected area from the weather, you should never combine wet conditions and electricity.

Choosing a pellet grill will be a personal choice. The grill that you get will be a superior cooking surface that is great for grilling, smoking, and baking. 

When shopping for your new pellet grill, keep these pros and con factors in mind to help you make an informed choice and enjoy the grilling season.

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