GMG V's Traeger

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Hi all, about to get a medium size pellet burner grill/smoker...
Here in NZ these are the two brands I can readily find retail.
Any thoughts, experiences with either or both?
Just me and the missus at home now but have the family and mate round occasionally. Mostly used for grilling but will be doing some smoking to.
Cheers Pete
 

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Pete, I haven't heard of GMG before but traeger is a popular brand.

Here in the states there are quite a few options when it comes to pellet grills with Traeger being on the high end (at least price wise).

I have a small 20 series Traeger that I bought used, and it's been a great asset to my back yard cooking. It is decent as a grill, but I think it depends on what you are grilling. It doesn't do steaks very well, but chicken or pork comes out excellent. Fish is great too, but if you're looking to sear, it's not the ideal tool for the job.
 

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I have 2 Traegers the big Texas Elite and the smaller tailgater and will never use a regular BBQ again and saw the new models at Costco BTW the new models come with a cast iron grate used to sear steaks and almost had a 3rd one luckily had to go to ATM and on walk to get money common sense finally came to me. I use mine alot like 3 to 4 nights a week and have never been let down. dont know about Green Mountain but Traeger has one of the best customer service operations. I call and explain issue and they send whatever parts I need and I have never been charged a dime. Either brand you get you will be happy. I know they are pricey but well worth the investment.
 

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I have the gmg and love it . I have the small one and take it camping as well works great.
 
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I have the Traegar tailgater as well but my experience has not been so great. The first one really didn’t work at all, temp fluctuated wildly. CS sent me a new temp probe but no change so I returned it and got another. This one works great when it works but you have to constantly monitor it when smoking. It goes into “error “ and shuts down and if you haven’t been watching it you don’t know if it’s been off for 10 minutes or an hour. Not every time but often enough to be a nuisance. I think in general they are top rate but I got a lemon?
 

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I also have the smallest green mountain grill. The thing is awesome being able to take it camping or on the road and having a portable smoker. I’ve used it for 12 hours without turning my truck on til the end and it fired right up. Very low power draw on 12V. Last thanksgiving I did a turkey and I started at my in laws in Encinitas but we went to Oceanside for dinner. I just left the power cord through the back window and I was smoking a turkey in the bed of my truck while driving down interstate 5. Got some pretty funny looks. Customer service also top notch. I ended up breaking my controller board , completely my fault, and they sent me a new one no questions asked.
 

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So I gotta say, I really love my little Traeger! However, after reading yakdout's reply I looked up GMG and now I want one of those little portables! I'll wire in a 12v plug in the back of my pickup and be ready for any party situation
 
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Thank you guys for your responses...
Just to muddy the waters still further I have just come back from a specialist store that also has Yoda (very pricy) and Louisiana brands pellet grills...
Ummm.....
 

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Love my traeger pig!
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So went into this thinking the the mid sized GMG was for me but after seeing and researching the Louisiana LG900 that's the one I'm going with.
Both have many similar features and benefits but the LG900 has a sliding portion on the heat shield which allows for direct flame searing and reaches a higher top temperature than most others in its class.
I will use the direct flame searing a lot so that's helped making my decision.
 

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It's not a pellet smoker, but consider the weber smoky mountain WSM. they are awesome and put out competition quality smoked goods. Quite a following behind them.
 
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So went into this thinking the the mid sized GMG was for me but after seeing and researching the Louisiana LG900 that's the one I'm going with.
Both have many similar features and benefits but the LG900 has a sliding portion on the heat shield which allows for direct flame searing and reaches a higher top temperature than most others in its class.
I will use the direct flame searing a lot so that's helped making my decision.
It sounds likes you were looking more for a grill than a smoker. While the pellet grills will grill no problem, I definitely think they smoke better than they grill.
 

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It sounds likes you were looking more for a grill than a smoker. While the pellet grills will grill no problem, I definitely think they smoke better than they grill.
Yes and no...
Definitely want a smoker but was keen to be able to grill a couple steaks quickly for me and the missus...
Of the pellet fired grills we looked at, in the price range the Louisiana was the pick because it can do both...
 

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Yes and no...
Definitely want a smoker but was keen to be able to grill a couple steaks quickly for me and the missus...
Of the pellet fired grills we looked at, in the price range the Louisiana was the pick because it can do both...

Sounds like a score! Keep us updated on how well it works, especially on the searing part.

If it's good at doing both duties and doesn't give you any crap, I might consider an upgrade.
 

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I have the Louisiana LG 900.
You are going to like it.
The temp setting goes up to 600.
I've done steaks at 450,and get nice grill marks from the cast iron grills.
Smoked pork shoulder butt roasts,turkeys,beef jerky,plus shrimp at higher temps,it does it all. Enjoy!
 
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Just got my LG900 yesterday so haven't done much yet but just put a pork roast in for this evening.