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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Fire Pellet Grills

There are many new options for backyard grilling and smoking systems. One of the most popular on the market is a wood fire pellet grill. Although the name implies it only grills, this is a versatile outdoor cooker that can be used to smoke, bake, and even slow roast.

As with any grilling equipment, there are pros and cons to consider. Understanding the benefits while also keeping the limitations in mind helps to determine if this is the right option for your outdoor kitchen or cooking space.


To get started, a look at the advantages of these grills will point out why they are a great investment. A wood fire pellet grill provides:
  • Combination food preparation options. Grilling and smoking in one system saves the cost of multiple grill and smoker purchases
  • Exceptional temperature control. The control of the pellet feed combined with the circulation of heated air by the internal fan means precision cooking and smoking processes
  • No attention needed. Unlike traditional grills and smokers, there is no ongoing need to check the temperature, monitor the process, or worry about managing the fire
  • Easy to use. Add the pellets to the hopper, set the controls, and start cooking


The biggest disadvantage of a wood fire pellet grill is the need for electrical power to operate the system. The internal fan and the feed for the pellets requires electricity, limiting the portability of these grills.

Some people also find the use of cooking by indirect heat does not create the distinctive grill marks on foods and prevents that slight to more significant charring that many people enjoy on a great steak off an open fire grill.

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