As the title says, I pulled the trigger and am awaiting delivery of the Camp Chef Woodwind SG grill with the sear box.
My 20+ year old Weber Genesis gas grill got torn into by a raccoon looking to lick the grease pan no doubt. Unfortunately, after reassembly I had no gas flow. My guess is while rolling it over some debris in the burners rolled back to the valves and that was that. Tried blowing them out with compressed air but no joy. So now I finally had a reason to buy a new grill!
Outdoorcooking.com had an okay bundle deal with grill cover, a bag of pellets and free shipping so I clicked "Place order"
I really like the slide and grill feature that moves the flame deflector and allows for grilling (right above the fire pot at least). Time will tell if that's a feature or gimmick. When I really want a nice sear or just want to do a quick burger the sear box will come in handy. I already have a nice wireless thermometer (Inkbird) so I wasn't that set on a WiFi controller, though if Camp Chef offered one I'd take it. The biggest draw for Camp Chef was the burn pot dump option. I'm a noob to pellet smokers but based on my research you pretty much need to vacuum out the burn pot after every cook. With this I figure I should be able to go 2-3 cooks before needing to vacuum out the bottom of the grill, but I do plan to check it after each cook for the first several at least to be sure. As far as I know the only other pellet grill with an easy clean burn pot is the Blaz'n Grill Works but that was just a little too much out of my price range. The Woodwind was already more than I wanted to spend but one reason I'll never be rich is I'm always willing to spend more than I planned if it means knowing I won't be grumbling about some feature (or lack thereof) every time I use it.
I've tried smoking ribs with the Weber several times before. Had okay results wrapping the wood chips in foil with some holes poked through and placing them under the grate but above the front burner. This helped keep the heat down for a slower smoke but needed to replace the foil wrapped chips a few times during the cook which was a pain.
Unfortunately, it won't be here until the middle of next week but I'm already hungry for some pulled pork. I figure a nice pork butt will be a good trial cook.