Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

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  1. Shimano Penn

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    So I just went out this morning a bought Traeger Tailgater Elite 20 at HD for $450. I have not yet unboxed it, I'm wondering if I want to. The reason is that I was watching you tube videos on smoking and one guy says that you need a "dedicated" smoker for fish as you will never get the fishy smell out and any chicken, ribs etc will taste like fish. Intuitively that makes sense to me. Is it true? Of course I want to smoke fish but I'm NOT willing to dedicate a $450 smoker to fish only. Thoughts?
     
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    It's BS! I've cooked fish in mine, along with everything else. I don't get fish smell or taste from it. I have the same model, and it's been great.


    The wood you use will have a greater impact on the flavor profile of the grill. I would break it in with hickory or apple, cooking chicken or pork. After a few cooks on it, then try fish. Alder is awesome with fish.
     
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    Never experienced that issue.
     
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    Yup. BS. We smoke everything in ours. Never had fish carry over to other meat's.
     
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    Okay well that's what I wanted to hear. Setting it up today. Must have 20+ pounds of YT fillets from yesterday on the Grande so first smoke will be fish even if that's not the best idea. Dan I know you have plenty of freezer space but I'm concerned about "inventory shrinkage":p You can be a guinea pig for the first batch though:D
     
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    I don't have a Traeger, but do use a MasterBuild for cold and hot smoking of all sorts of fish, poultry, beef and pig, and have never had any aftertaste from any other meat. On the other hand, chicken would probably taste a little better with a hint of tuna flavor.
     
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    I've never had a problem with my traditional smoker with a fish taste in other meats.I will say don't smoke fish and any other meat at the same time.The other meat will taste fishy.I did pork ribs and yellowtail at the same time.Bad idea.Fish was fine,ribs not so much.
     
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    IMO...The only issue is getting the smoker at a low enough temperature to get a good smoke flavor. The small smokers just can't hold a low enough temp. That is why the larger smokers have the cold smoke attachments. If I could go back in time, I would not have bought the smaller smoker.

    I have not noticed any issues with smell. I have smoked everything from fish, beef, pork, chicken and turkey. I will be smoking pork ribs tomorrow.
     
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    Thanks guys. If anyone is interested I'm posting up my old charcoal smoker I guess in Household Junk?
     
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    My wife is asian and hates fish which sucks. I cooked her chicken 6 inches from a swordfish steak. She had no idea. Fish was delicious by the way.
     
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    Chicken is said to taste like tuna anyways........ uhhhh wait, maybe it's the other way around :D

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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    BS
    Carry on!
     
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    What temp is low enough? I often smoke meat (pork for about 3 hours, tri-tip or other thick cuts for an hour or so), at about 100 degrees -- not hot enough to cook, but hot enough to spoil quickly, in my MB. Anyway, the MB is pretty small (about 4 12"x12" racks), but I think it is OK for cold smoking. But I do take the meat straight from the refrig to the smoker.
     
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    So, if I understand what you are saying.....

    You eat your wife's tuna and give her 6 inches of white meat......
     
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    Didn't seem to be working right, called tech support. The manual that comes with it is pure BS. Tech says "yea, they really to get around to updating that."
    Anyway seems to be fine now, changed the setting on the auger.
     
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    Referring to fish only. I would love to be able to smoke around 150 - 165. Most of the smaller smokers lowest temp is around 200. I can get mine down to 185 - 190 (RecTec grill). Don't get me wrong, I still smoke fish in it, I just know it would be better at a lower temperature.
     
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    Traeger tech said 140-180. Mine seems to be pretty steady at right around 165. He had me change a factory setting on the auger on/ off cycle. Apparanetly I can raise or lower the temp by doing that.
     
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    How do you do that?
     
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    He says not all models are the same so this may or may not apply to yours. See if there is a tiny hole to the right of the digital temp display, mine was covered by a little plastic dot. With the unit turned on and temp display showing a reading gently stick a paper clip into that hole, you should feel a little micro switch go "click" and the temp readout should change to a "P" followed by a number 0,1,2,3,4,or 5. Factory default is P2. The P stands for pause, the pause in the auger cycle. Raising the P increases the pause so fewer pellets are delivered to the fire pot, thus reducing temperature. Lower P value raises temp, higher value lowers it. He cautioned not to go beyond P4 as the fire may go out.
    Anyway mine is a POS, it won't hold a constant temp and goes into low temp alarm a few times during the cook. The guy "thinks" it's the RDT probe and is sending me a new one but I'm thinking I'll just take it back to HD. Nice thing about the depot, you can return anything :D
     
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    I'll give that a shot, thanks!

    Sorry yours is being a turd. I bought mine used and had been awesome thus far. I use it quite a bit.
     

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