Bright and red with Myron Mixon's logo on the hood, this $550USD (buy it at Sears for this price) pellet grill is one of the least expensive on the market. While it is advertised as loaded with features, the reality is that this is a simple pellet grill with a simple pellet feeder. For those of you who don't know anything about pellet grills, there is a motor that feeds pellets into a small combustion chamber where those pellets burn, producing heat and smoke. This process is controlled mechanically. On a pellet grill like this one there is a knob that is turned to adjust the heat. On my sophisticated pellet grills there is a computer controller that regulates the temperature inside the grill.
My point is that there are moving parts, a motor, an auger (which moves the pellets), plus all that typical grill stuff like grates (porcelain coated cast iron on this grill) and a lid and such. This little pellet grill has all these parts and yet weighs in at a little over 100 pounds, making it one of the lightest pellet grills on the market. The truth is, this isn't a great grill. It is inexpensive and inexpensively made. Myron Mixon's name on the top is simply a licensing deal and shouldn't be seen as any kind of implication of performance or quality.
It is my belief that this pellet grill is built for the person who doesn't know a lot about them but has heard that they are good. Pellet grills can be very good, producing a good smoke supply while being able to grill or smoke, but for a pellet grill to be good, it needs solid construction, the ability to hold in heat, and quality engineering. This model comes with a one year warranty and that only covers it for defects of manufacturing. Think about what that means. And for the claim that you too can cook like Myron Mixon, he doesn't cook on pellet grills.
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