First cook searwood

Gaspipe671

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Searwood xl600
I owned a smokefire. Had it 3 years. It was a tough 3 years with replacement parts, dropped temps, restarts etc but the flavor was incredible on everything I cooked. From burgers to brisket to steaks. The 600 degrees is what made me go back. I am not reverse searing like an idiot. Soooo I got it today. Put it together. Burned off the inside and made ribs. Not 1 issue. Set temp gtg. Ribs were fantastic as expected. The pellet box was great. A lot easier and no mess. Just did the shutdown and no issue. At this point, if it continues to perform as it did today…I’m incredibly happy. Saturday 20oz strips. 😊
 
Glad having a good start. My SmokeFire motor failed again and Weber doesn’t have any available currently so I’m torn between trying to get a Searwood or move on to another brand.
 
I owned a smokefire. Had it 3 years. It was a tough 3 years with replacement parts, dropped temps, restarts etc but the flavor was incredible on everything I cooked. From burgers to brisket to steaks. The 600 degrees is what made me go back. I am not reverse searing like an idiot. Soooo I got it today. Put it together. Burned off the inside and made ribs. Not 1 issue. Set temp gtg. Ribs were fantastic as expected. The pellet box was great. A lot easier and no mess. Just did the shutdown and no issue. At this point, if it continues to perform as it did today…I’m incredibly happy. Saturday 20oz strips. 😊
Did a beer can chicken and pork tenderloin on mine so far, turned out great. Going to make steaks tonight, although I have quite figured our how to get the direct flame but haven't cranked it up yet either
 
Glad having a good start. My SmokeFire motor failed again and Weber doesn’t have any available currently so I’m torn between trying to get a Searwood or move on to another brand.
I am having more issues with my SmokeFire and really thinking about giving up on it. I've been looking at Recteq, Campchef, Yoder and Lone Star grills. One local Ace has a SearWood, so it is tempting. I just don't think I can trust Weber for a pellet grill. Do they still offer 100 day return policy or was that just the Smokefire? Another Ace has the Recteq Beast. I stopped to check it out and it looks impressive and well made. But, I think I would miss the open flame searing. Could always use my Genesis to sear, but I like the idea of doing it all on 1. I would love to step up to a Yoder or Lone Star. They just seem to be a bit overkill.
 
Did a beer can chicken and pork tenderloin on mine so far, turned out great. Going to make steaks tonight, although I have quite figured our how to get the direct flame but haven't cranked it up yet either
Let me know. Wife is gone tonight so I’m going to do a burger. Need to test!
 
Glad having a good start. My SmokeFire motor failed again and Weber doesn’t have any available currently so I’m torn between trying to get a Searwood or move on to another brand.
I have a spare Rev D motor. If you want to borrow it until Weber gets stock, let me know.
 
Let me know. Wife is gone tonight so I’m going to do a burger. Need to test!
Didn't end up going steak I did Grass fed burgers instead. Turned out good not a great.l. NOTE. I got stuck between whether it was better to turn to 600 or use manual mode... I started at 600 and then switched to manual mode 10(since I was opening cover alot)
 
I am having more issues with my SmokeFire and really thinking about giving up on it. I've been looking at Recteq, Campchef, Yoder and Lone Star grills. One local Ace has a SearWood, so it is tempting. I just don't think I can trust Weber for a pellet grill. Do they still offer 100 day return policy or was that just the Smokefire? Another Ace has the Recteq Beast. I stopped to check it out and it looks impressive and well made. But, I think I would miss the open flame searing. Could always use my Genesis to sear, but I like the idea of doing it all on 1. I would love to step up to a Yoder or Lone Star. They just seem to be a bit overkill.
I’m doing the exact same thing. There is an Ace about 2 hours away that says has a Searwood. Hopefully it’s better built than SmokeFire, but I’m torn. I almost ordered a Recteq backyard beast but also wonder about going from more open flame if I’d miss it.
 
I’m doing the exact same thing. There is an Ace about 2 hours away that says has a Searwood. Hopefully it’s better built than SmokeFire, but I’m torn. I almost ordered a Recteq backyard beast but also wonder about going from more open flame if I’d miss it.
The beast looks nice!! Im leaning towards the woodwind pro, I don’t think I’ll be going Weber pellet again. I’m not fond of the internals in the Searwood and being out of warranty on the SmokeFire is not a fun place to be.
I’m hoping to get 2 summers out of it, but I won’t go down a rabbit hole and spend money on parts. Already out some money on flavorizer and slide, my budget will be about $300 to keep her going.
 

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