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Offline hd002

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Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #-1 on: March 29, 2017, 11:19:19 PM »
Both of these deals are too good to pass up , but I dont think the wife will appreciate two big boxes  ;)
The direct flame and for the  size of the Pit Boss is really good deal ,  but the Camp Chef seems to have a lot of positive reviews . I do  recall reading a couple post where the SE flame went out .

Im a little worried on the initial quality of the Pit Boss should I be ?

Im getting one or the other in the next 2 or 3 days, oooh the BBQ stress !!


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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:57:14 PM »
Do not worry about the quality of the Pit Boss. They are made by Dansons. Dansons makes Louisiana Grills. Louisiana Grills were the first pellet grills to come to market after Traegers patents ran out.

Both are solid units. If you are only smoking they are both solid. If you want to grill as well the Flame Broiler on the Pit Boss is sweet.

If you go to the product review section you will see my reviews on the Pit Boss and Camp Chef.
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2017, 12:25:34 PM »
Budget-wise, if I had to choose between those two, I would go with the Pit Boss over the Camp Chef.  I have seen both and the Camp Chef, IMHO, just feels way too flimsy for my taste.

Down the road, after you get into the pellet smoker scene and like it, then you may want to upgrade.  At that point you should take a serious look at the MAK Grills.  They look pricey, but the difference in both quality and versatility is nothing short of amazing.
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 05:58:51 PM »
I really like the open flame idea on the Pit Boss and am leaning towards it .  That and grill size .  The CC is $200 new .
I did read the Pit Boss review , now ill go find the CC review .


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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 06:28:24 PM »
I really like the open flame idea on the Pit Boss and am leaning towards it .  That and grill size .  The CC is $200 new .
I did read the Pit Boss review , now ill go find the CC review .

At some point in this world...the old axiom of : "you get what you pay for" does come true. If this is a budget issue - buy the best you can, and be prepared to trade up to a better quality cooker as you can. Got to start somewhere, right? Just understand that when we buy cheap...we get cheap....and sometimes the accompanying frustrations...well, my Granddad used to say that "sometimes cheap..is the most expensive price you pay" - because you will be replacing it sooner...

There is a current general price point of the better quality pellet grills starting at around $1000. And then - if you want to look at those that you will not have to replace...spend a little more, and you will find that the units in the $1500-$2500 are far better built, in choice of materials, fit and finish, use of technology, etc...
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 06:50:32 PM »
Thanks Tee agreed on all points .  I could buy a Mak or a Yoder tomorrow , but this being my first venture into the Pellet world I would like to do my own little experimentation for 2 or 3 yrs and see where I go from there .  So yes the plan is to buy  a middle low end I guess , I will check out the product it puts out and go from there ,  I dont have any  expectations on how long these lower priced models will last , 2 or 3 summers wouldnt be too bad.

Well maybe Im a little cheap !! 8)

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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2017, 08:53:39 PM »
I was not dissapointed with the smoking ability.
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2017, 09:04:04 PM »
Nice smoke!  :thumbup:
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2017, 10:37:10 PM »
Pretty good quality for a low price, wouldn't you say??   The flame broiler is a nice thing to have. Congrats.

Next year you can get yourself a MAK, because when the pellet bug bites ya, you're hooked  8)
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2017, 10:46:43 PM »
I think its  damn good , for 300 its  a steal.  I got a lot to learn about the rig but pretty simple, just want to maximze smoke  when cooking at 250 or 275.
I have to go back and read your review and P settings.


Got a late start, pulled them off around 9 tonight. It was around 40 degrees for the cook . Baby backs at 250 roughly for just under 4 hrs , a little overdone but still great . No wrap
Oh ya, and bad lighting for the  pics  ;)


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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2017, 11:21:06 PM »
I never touched my 'P' setting at all. Worked great on the factory setting which I believe is 'P4'....

Ribs look tasty  :thumbup:
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Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2017, 12:07:38 AM »
Those ribs look really good! I LOVE pellet pooper ribs :)
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2017, 06:30:01 AM »
Congrats on the new cooker and ribs look great!
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Re: Pit Boss 700 or Camp Chef SE
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2017, 07:19:11 AM »
Thanks ,  I figured if your doing ribs you might as well do a little chicken .  I had this half baked mop that had a brownish color and not red , hence the tint of the food. The chicken was excellent it was on for about 2hrs.

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