Lets grab the bull by the horns here and talk REC TEC first.
All rec tec grills come with a ceramic fire rod which extends the maintenance interval from a few months to 2-3 years which is impressive and something to keep in mind when looking at other smoker grills
2019 has to offer REC TEC New arrivals such as the REC TEC RT 700 and the REC TEC RT 340 trailblazer.
All Rec tec smokers come also with a 30 day money back garauntee incase you are not happy which is a nice addition from the manufacturer and they all have a 6 year manufactures warranty.
How does a pellet grill work
These Pellet smoker grills are electric and all use an auger to move the pellets from the hopper to the fire box where combustion occurs. The pellets are ignited by a fire rod in the fire box.
A PID controller keeps the temperature inside the smoker grill accurate to within a degree of setpoint.
Rec Tec RT 700 Pellet Smoker grill
Initial setup heat cycle, cup pellet through fire pot. Fill the hopper with pellets. let run for hour when reach 400 degrees, monitor with smart phone.
The Rec Tec RT 700 comes with a huge 40 lb hopper to load the pellets into. This should be enough smoke a full brisket without being afraid of the pellets running out.
This awesome pellet smoker even has an extra smoke feature on the control panel so you can add an extra smoky flavor to your meat. To use this feature you must have the temperature set to below 250 degrees of this feature will not work.
You will not be able to use this extra smoky feature when cooking chicken as you need a higher temp for this however you can buy a smoke tube and leave it in the pellet grill for extra smoke if you want.
This grill has wifi, a 40 lb hopper and an extreme smoke feature (set below 200 degrees). It also comes with 2 meat probes to monitor the temperature and it is controlled very accurately by a PID controller.
The RT 700 comes in at a price tag of around 1750 dollars but they do come on sale from time to time. At the time of writing this blog they are on sale at 1199 dollars on the manufactures website.
REC TEC RT 340 trailblazer
This smoker grill has built in wifi, new app, stainless steel cook chamber and it comes nearly fully assembled. Assembly only takes 10-15 mins
The hopper can hold 15 lbs of pellets which is a lot smaller than the RT 700 and would require some extra checks especially when cooking larger cooks like brisket.
An app can be downloaded to your smart phone and it connects to your smoker grill via WIFI.
The app can be downloaded to any Android or IOS (apple) device.
In the app you can perform a temperature calibration (good if you feel the temperature readout is not accurate so you can adjust it), adjust the speed of the auger, adjust temperatures, set alarms, turn grill off and more.