Green Mountain Grills or Traegar? Which Brand is Best?

Sep 18, 2018 | Blog

Choosing the right pellet grill is not easy, especially to the untrained eye, because there are so many options out there. In the end, it comes down to what size and features you are looking for and how much money you’re looking to spend.

Both Green Mountain and Traeger pellet grills are decent options that offer a great value for your money. We’ve looked at two similar models (GMG doesn’t have many) and compared them. Both of these are options are portable and versatile and would be great for tailgating or camping.

Let’s take a look at what these two have to offer.

Traeger vs Green Mountain

BrandGMGTraeger
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Hopper Capacity9 lbs18 lbs
Cooking Surface219 square inches418 square inches
Weight68 lbs98 lbs
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Quick Background on Traeger

Traeger is the first name you think of when you start talking about Pellet grilling. The founder, Joe Traeger started production in the late 1980s and produced the first pellet grill. Only later in the mid to late 2000s did competitors like Louisiana Grills, Camp Chef, and the likes of Green Mountain start to pop up. Needless to say, Traeger and company had a solid head start in the grilling game and have a solid track record.

Features of the Traeger Lil Tex

The Traeger pellet grill features digital controls that make the grilling process more convenient and precise.

The Digital Thermostat Control means that this Traeger model can control the temperature inside the grill all by itself. The thermostat can detect temperatures inside the grill and send this information to the auger, which will fuel the firepot and release pellets accordingly. You can still set the temperature manually to smoke, medium, and high. With it’s electronic auto-start system it can reach up to 450 degrees.

One of the best features is that it’s very energy efficient. It requires 300 watts of energy in the first 5 minutes to start working, but after that, it runs on only 50 watts which is less than a light bulb. This is significantly better than most electronic grills and smokers on the market.

 

Pros and cons

  • Reliable and great brand
  • Heats up quickly
  • Energy and fuel efficient
  • Easy to clean
  • Difficult to reach temps past 400 degrees
  • Temperature control could be better. It is rated at +/- 20 degrees because of the thermostat is set up in 25-degree intervals.

Quick Background on GMG

Green Mountain Grills doesn’t have much information other than their small about page. Luckily Jason Specht did an interview on their official website. It appears his father’s love for pellet grilling and his innovative mindset allowed him to elevate his pellet grill and in 2008 released their first pellet grill.

Something that GMG does a bit different from most brands these days is they make their grills only available through reputable retailers. This ensures that there is competent communication on the topic of pellet grilling. This sort of mindset is rare to see in an age where big box stores and online chains threaten the livelihood of small businesses. With that said, it can still be hard on brand awareness, as not many people can readily learn about your brand or even buy one.

Features of the Green Mountain Davy Crockett

The Green Mountain Davy Crockett model could really surprise you with all the features it has for its size. It has the very popular open flame system and a digital WiFi controller that allows you to control and monitor your grill through Green Mountain’s iOS or Android mobile applications. To make this possible, this grill has a thermal sensor that constantly monitors the temperature called a Sense-Mate. This PID controller is excellent at keeping a stable temperature inside the unit.

Furthermore, this grill can run on both 12V or 120AC. This means you can take it with you anywhere you want and you won’t have trouble turning it on. This differs from the Traeger as you need to purchase their inverter in order to use it with your vehicle.

Pros and cons

  • Easy to use and spot on temperature (+/- 5 degrees)
  • Great customer service
  • Compact and portable
  • Very well made
  • While it is portable, it is quite heavy. Then again this is somewhat of a bonus as you can tell it’s not cheap and is made to last.

Comparing These Models

There are obvious differences based on size alone. These aren’t really worth mentioning because you can easily just buy a bigger grill for more grilling and hopper capacity. With that said, both of these companies apply the same sort of practices and engineering to their larger models.

Probably the most important factor with grilling and smoking is temperature control, and this is where the GMG really shines. The control panel allows for 5-degree adjustments, and their app allows for 1-degree adjustments. The Traeger uses an analog dial system that allows for 25-degree increments. This is likely why they note temperature accuracy as +/- 20 degrees. Overall the GMG app is super useful and has a lot of features that you wish most pellet grills had.

While GMG doesn’t offer their other grills online, we’re not sure if it’s scarcity for the sake of being scarce. As we mentioned in their background information they want to ensure that the retailers they work with are respected and can offer customer support. Where-as Traeger has most of their models listed online. Considering how nice the Davey Crockett is, one can only imagine how well the larger models perform. When using their site to find local dealers, you then have to deal with the local dealer’s website, and usually, these are lackluster. Then they may not even have the item in back stock and need to order it from GMG.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this guide has helped steer you in the right direction. Either one of these grills is a winner in our book. You can’t beat the brand reputation that Traeger has garnered. You also can’t discredit the way Green Mountain has decided to operate.

Happy Grillin’!

References

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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