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When summer starts, you probably look forward to heading outside and doing some grilling. If you used the same grill for a few years or more though, you’ll likely find that it has a hard time coming up to temperature, that food keeps sticking to the grates and that the grill itself is a little wobbly. That is why we recommend taking a look at some of the top grilling and smoking products from Traeger and Weber.
Comparing Traeger and Weber Products
Smoker vs. Grill
One thing you should consider is whether a grill or a smoker is better for your home. Weber makes smokers that have a bullet shape and are easy to move. The company also makes larger grills that will serve as the focal point to an outdoor kitchen as well as grills that you can take camping.
Traeger grills are best for those who like both smoking and grilling because its products can do both. The grills come with a hopper designed for holding wood pellets, an ash bucket that collects all the ash and controls that let you precisely measure the temperature in the same way you would on your kitchen oven.
It’s important that you factor in the type of heat source that you want to use. Many people know Weber for its charcoal smokers and grills that can impart a lot of flavor into meats and vegetables. Weber also makes grills in various sizes that work with liquid propane.
All Traeger products use natural hardwood, but you can only use hardwood pellets. If you attempt to use larger pieces of wood, you may break the smoker. Pellets come in different flavors that you can taste in every bite.
Smoking a rack of ribs can easily take a few hours, which is why you want to look at the run time of each model. Traeger grills work as smokers and come with large hoppers that can hold more than enough wood pellets for smoking a dish all night long. With Weber products, you may need to add more charcoal to smoke a larger cut of meat.
Ease of Use
The best thing about a Weber propane grill is that you can flip a switch, light the pilot and adjust the flame size and gas level as needed. Though you may think that smokers are harder to use, Traeger smokers come with electronic ignition switches that work in the same way. Both companies include dials that let you change the temperature too, though adjusting the temperature is harder on a Weber charcoal smoker.
In a competition between Traeger and Weber, Traeger will almost always win. The charcoal smokers from Weber often impart a strong flavor that completely overpowers the meat, but the hardwood pellets that Traeger smokers use will impart a much more subtle flavor. Traeger also gives you the choice of smoking or grilling.