For the last few years a debate has been raging among pellet grillers about which grill is better, Traeger or Green Mountain Grills. This article will compare the features and construction of both company’s grills and show why at Friendly Fires we believe that Green Mountain Grills (GMG) are your best choice for pellet grilling.
Traeger was the originator of the pellet grill and for that reason has a large following. Green Mountain Grills have built on that foundation and created what we believe to be a superior product.
Since the Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone model and the Traeger Pro Series 22 are both similar in size, features, and price we will mainly base our comparison on these two models.
Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone
Traeger Pro Series 22
One of the great things about pellet grills is the ability to set the temperature accurately. Both grills offer incremental temperature control, the Traeger in 25 degree increments, while the GMG has 5 degree increments for more accurate temperature control.
The GMG offers a slightly larger grilling area of 432 square inches, while the Traeger offers 418 square inches. Both grills can have their cooking areas increased by adding an optional upper rack extension.
A few more areas where the GMG scores points over the Traeger are the stainless steel grates that resist rust and corrosion, the peaked lid which offers more vertical cooking space, and the Sense Mate ambient air sensor – this puts the grill in Turbo Mode helping it heat up faster in colder weather.
GMG also offers an optional insulating blanket which to help in colder temperatures and also reduce pellet consumption.
The GMG has 2 stainless steel grease trays where a user can slide affecting how much (or how little) smoke is released into the BBQ. The holes are either fully open, or are slid closed, offering great control over your cook.
WIFI on a BBQ?
Where the GMG really shines above the Traeger though is with its fantastic WIFI Smart Control functionality.
Using the free GMG app you can control and monitor grill & food temps, create and set cooking profies, and set timers and receive alerts.
We’ve had great feedback from our customers about this functionality. They love the convenience and the fun factor!
Both the Daniel Boone and the Pro Series 22 feature a similar design and similar construction materials with both constructed from durable painted steel. We’ve found that the GMG has sturdier, thicker steel on the lids and overall feels more sturdy.
We’ve also noted overall tougher construction on the GMG, if you look under a Traeger you’ll see wires hanging loose whereas GMG parts are encapsulated in steel for longer durability and less rodent trouble.
Other points of note are the burn pot, the GMG has a better design to more evenly heat up and use pellets. Also, the igniter is encapsulated in steel providing a better burn and protecting the igniter for longevity, Traeger simply has it exposed.
The GMG heat shield is made from stainless steel (instead of some form of tin) AND includes a heat diffuser on the underside. The Traeger does not have this and is made from cheap metal instead.
Although we may not sway devoted Traeger users, we hope this article shows why we at Friendly Fires believe the Green Mountain Grills Pellet Grills offer better value for your money and greater performance than the Traeger family of pellet grills.
Have a look at the models we carry below, you can purchase online or in any one of our four locations.
Would you like to learn more about cooking on a pellet grill? You’re in luck!
As part of our series of BBQ Classes at Friendly Fires Peterborough Chef Brian Henry of the Spice Co will be teaching Cooking on a Pellet Grill on June 9th at Friendly Fires Peterborough.
Click below to register to participate and learn from an expert in this fun and tasty class!
If you’re already a pellet griller and want to test your chops why not enter one of our BBQ competitions in Kingston and Peterborough! Click below for more information and to register.