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sandersonpb Writes:

"I am trying to find user information on these grills. and any comparison to traeger grills. the main difference as I see it is that the louisiana grill has a full range temperature control and claims bbq heat output to 600 degrees F. can they do that? if they can do that can we use it to cook burgers and steaks and other things that we would like to sear or if we cannot how do we cook burgers etc. the idea of a pellet bbq intrigues me but I am also looking for a unit that could replace my propane bbq. does anyone have any comment."


July 26, 2006 at 10:43 am
(1) steve says:

Yes they can sear meat quite easily. I bought one for my parents. There very happy

May 10, 2007 at 2:34 am
(2) david s says:

I own a Louisiana Grill and the family and friends rave about it. The best part is the double walled construction which allows for that higher cooking temperature even in wet weather. I have a Greenwood cart model and there’s a ton of storage in this bbq. In ‘smoke mode’, this barbecue helps impart flavor to a 3 lb roast for about 5 hours and you don’t even need a knife after that; the food is that tender.

April 18, 2008 at 12:02 am
(3) Bernie says:

I went to the dealer to test the whole hog smoker & was very impressed with it.I need a new grill also & plan on doing some catering on the side.The dealer let me grill burgers on it & they were done in about 10 min.It does sear & the temp got to 650 in about 12minutes. I was sold on it, gonna buy me one!

June 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(4) Mike S. says:

I’ve spend quite a bit of time with various brands of pellet grills. While I think the Traegers can turn out some excellent BBQ, I feel the Louisiana Grills are (from a product quality standpoint) in a class above the Traegers. Better construction, better finish, better temp control units, tighter lid seal, etc. Coincidentally, they tend to cost a bit more than the Traegers too. Good luck!

July 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(5) Kevin Sonka says:

I purchased the Super Hog, worst $3500.00 ever spent. As soon as I got it home, Iput the castors on & wheeled it to the backyard. The thin metal bent the legs up under the grill. Louisiana Grills won’t do anything about this until I come up with a better idea. This model has 2 lids, they have a half inch gap between the two, I’m supposed to fix this according to Louisiana Grills. I went to lift the lid & one of the handles broke, Louisiana Grills said they’d send me an email so I could respond with my physical address, I’m still waiting a week later for their email. Grease easily gets trapped in the belly of the grill so it causes awesome grease fires, Louisiana Grills doesn’t care.
I talked to Roger in Canada from Louisiana Grills for all this wonderful information.

July 19, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(6) Jan Harritt says:

We bought a Louisiana yesterday and immediately noticed that they built the wheel/handle arrangement backwards. The wheels should be under the heavy part of the grill (where the auger/wood pellets are), and the handle on the other side. That would have made it SO much easier to move!

October 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(7) john ireland says:

The Traeger grill will not get as hot as the Louisiana grill, however I never cook above 375 as it is not necessary. The only reason for searing meat is to seal in the moisture and the convection heat that the Traeger uses accomplishes this. Traeger also has a 24/7 service line to take care of any problems you may have.

October 31, 2009 at 9:32 am
(8) Ed says:

When my Louisanna pellet grill worked, it cooked great but I bought mine when they used a wheel instead of an auger to feed the pellets and the design was poor. I told my wife if it gave me any more grief to get the thing to work, I was going to kick it off my grilling area. I did just that after cleaning and trying to get it to work for about 2 hours last night. It now is laying on its side and looks like the piece of scrap metal that it is.

December 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(9) lumpy says:

I own a Traeger texas smoker and live in denver co,I have noticed that in cold weather my traeger has trouble getting up to 380 degrees to sear meat, but it is awesome in the warm weather,I smoked a turkey and it was awesome,I truely am sold on my traeger but the lousiana looks nice too,I have not had any problems with mine and have smoked alot of wholesome goodness!! good luck and keep on smokin!!!

June 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm
(10) Elvis says:

We smoke all our BBQ meats on Traeger and Lousiana Grills. We give away free club level Broncos tickets for all the home games. Come check us out in Firestone, CO. Parrott’s Sports Grille.

December 21, 2009 at 10:13 am
(11) John says:

I have a Traeger and absolutely love it. I have had no problems, but a friend of mine has had a few problems. The support has been great and they have quickly fixed any of the problems he has had. As for searing I put it up on high and let it preheat for a long period of time. I do very little searing but this seems to work fine.

February 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(12) Mferrell says:

Louisiana grills have a fix for the series 2 to 3 upgrade. much better .

February 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(13) Smokin' in Nebraska says:

We have had the exact same problem with our Louisiana Grill that Ed has had…worked great for a short time. When you spend that much money on a grill, you expect the company’s design flaw (wheel vs. auger) shouldn’t have to be fixed at the customer’s expense. They want $250 to put an auger in! That is not the solution I was looking for. I would never recommend this grill to anyone!!!!

April 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(14) George Schneider says:

Just bought a Louisiana bbq. Used it 4 times and has been a disaster all four times. It takes 3 times longer to cook than their suggested times. Shut down one time by itself. Dinner 5 hours late doesn’t work. What is so great about them. Worst thousand dollars ever spent. Temp might show 600 degrees, but it doesn’t cook.

June 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(15) Bob Berry says:

I looked at Traiger grill but was not impressed. As a weilder for 38 years , the Lousiana Grill is a better buy, if you want it to last . The steel is heaver , just made better .

August 20, 2010 at 12:52 am
(16) Shawn says:

All you Louisiana owners. They are not worth the extra money.Here is there warranty.

Louisiana Grills wood pellet barbecue grills, manufactured by Dansons Inc carry a five year limited warrantyfrom the date of sale to the original owner owner, against defects and workmanship on all steel parts (excluding the burn grate) and three years on electrical components. There is no specific warranty on the paint, powder coat, burn grate, grill cover and all gaskets or against damage caused from corrosion
Traeger covers all of these issues. If it is wrong they fix it or replace if. FREE OF CHARGE. I know it doesn’t get to 600deg but I own 3 and have owned more than 20 Traegers. From the old 100 clamshell to my 025 treasure chest I will never part with to the 150 I cook on now. Traeger Rocks.

August 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(17) Wade says:

I have had my louisana grill for 4 yrs. I love it. If you spend a little time every 2 months to give it a cleaning it works awsome. I use it 3-5 times a week. Never had a problem with it. I also cook in a Traeger. It depends what you are looking for.
The Louisana can cook much hotter but also uses pellets faster and has a little smaller hopper. In the summer I can get to 550 plus very easy very fast. But I can only get down to 160 in the shade.
The Traeger might get to 450 but can cook at 125 also.
I can do hamburgers start to finish in 20-25 min on the Louisana grill.

December 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(18) Kent McMullen says:

Have had a Louisiana Grill for over a year. Either grease or condensate (?) – a dark brown liquid – runs down the inside of the curved lid and drips out along the entire width at the front of the lid. Stains a patio permanently. When cooking in cold weather, hard to achieve 500 degrees for searing meat. No problem in warmer weather. Front lid seals tighter than Traeger and is braced so it won’t warp. Dumping of ash is a necessity before each use.

March 31, 2011 at 12:58 am
(19) Jeff says:

I recently had some issues with my Louisiana TG-300, but I don’t see how Danson’s customer service could be any better than I’ve had–new parts sent out immediately at no charge. Other than the recent issues (due in part to using it overnight in below-freezing temps), it’s been great; I’d certainly consider another Louisiana Grill when it’s time to upgrade.

April 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(20) Woodchuck says:

Louisiana Grills 560? I think-4 years old, never needed the warranty, not even for the rubber wheel that everyone seems to be complaining about.(Did I say that out loud ?) It will achieve 600 degrees and it was cheaper than the Traeger at the time of purchase.$800 Too bad the dealer in Lakeland, FL. leaves a lot to be desired. One week this one is the best next week it is another brand, 50% off if you pay cash. Might ought to find a dealer you like and buy his brand. Kent The black dripping all across the front of the lid is animal fat that sizzles out of the meat onto the inside of the lid and drips out on the ground. Buy yourself a dog. LOL..

December 6, 2011 at 11:22 am
(21) John Mulhall says:

I bought a CS 450 about two years ago, put it together and it worked fine. I noticed after about two months the steel started rusting everywhere, and the handle broke. I got in touch with the dealer who sent me a new lid and handle. The dealer was a golf buddy of my FIL, when I told him the rest of the smoker was rusting as well he came to my house and agreed the finish shouldn’t degrade that much in 6 months on a $1000 product. I contacted Dansons Inc. and discussed my dissappointment in the product, the rep basically told me it wasn’t their problem and Dansons wasn’t going to do anything about it. Weve had a bunch of parties, sports team get togethers, etc and eveyone has commented on how great smoked food is and how terrible the smoker looks. I’ve heard of other people in town buying the Country Smokers, having problems with them and Dansons not helping out. I went out of my way to buy a Canadian Made product and am very disappointed with workmanship and attitude of the manufacturer. I just heard recently that the dealer has dropped the brand due diffuculties metioned above.

May 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm
(22) Jimmy Schaffer says:

I had a Traeger before the Louisiana Grill and I am going back to the Traeger. I have had the Louisiana Grill for about 10 months and it has been nothing but problem. There has been virtually no support from the company. As a matter of fact the only time they have repsonded to me it was automatically my fault. The pellet hopper has caught fire 8 times now. The problem is poor quality control during manufacturing. They do not seem to care. As a matter of fact I talked a local dealer into stocking the Traeger and not the Louisiana Grill. Not only that but has been covered and the paint looks like it is about 10 years old.

July 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm
(23) Wayne King says:

I have a Louisiana Grill 450 bought 4 years ago from a dealer I knew at cost, $600. Best grill I have ever owned. It gets to 700 gegs in about 10 min. I cook everything from fish to steaks on it and can’t be happier. The black paint on the bottom shelf area did start to come off and I bought some spray paint and it looks like new again. No problems at all. would not use anything else. Smoking in summer is a little difficult if you use good pellets. Smoked a turkey last Thanksgiving and it turned out great. Not planning on getting rid of this grill for a long time.

January 11, 2013 at 9:46 am
(24) Jeff says:

Well, I bought a used grill about two months ago. Apparently, as we loaded the grill into my truck, we hit the controller and the temperature would not adjust correctly. AFter about a week of trying, I finally got to talk to the only person that is in customer support at La Grills. He was very knowledgeable and was able to help me out. But apparently, the controller is very sensitive to somebody bumping the control knob on the panel.

So, I bought a digital controller for the grill. It took about 4 weeks to get it, and the grill was completely unusable during that time. I got the digital, which comes with installation instructions. The instructions are telling me to drill holes that are twice as big as required. If I just used the directions without thinking, nothing would have worked. I threw the directions away and mounted the devices the correct way, and every thing seems to work.

I don’t know how the grill works because I havent; been able to use it yet, but I do know that I would not buy a new one. If the quality control of the directions is anything like the quality control of the product, it doesn’t appear that it would be very good.

January 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(25) Jeff says:

In reponse to the first comments about heat. My 450 will get to 550 degrees plus in 10 degree weather and has grilled loads of meat. A digital controller helps a lot for smoking tho. Had a small issue also with the rubber wheel at first but replaced it and haven’t had problems with it again. Mine is 5 yrs old. Loads better than a 280 degree traeger in cold weather! Traeger seems to be a bit better designed, but in our area is a lot more expensive for the same size of grill. You will like a Louisiana.

February 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm
(26) Michael says:

I have had a Traeger and now a Louisiana Grill. Loved my Traeger but went through two of them in two years (Tex). The first one had the auger jam – it has to push the pellets a long way to the fire box and even the replacement (installed by Traeger as I lived in Portland at the time) did not work well – kept making noise. I finally just took it back to Costco and got another one. It started to rust after 2 months (yes it rains in Portland) and the coating was peeling. This one actually was recalled by Traeger.

When I moved back to Edmonton, AB I though I would try the Louisiana Grill. Price point is better in Canada compared to Traeger. In addition, thicker steel, the fire ‘box’ area is a thick grill which doesn’t fill with ash as easily as the Traeger and the smoke setting works way better than my Traegers ever did. It is cold up here at -30 C (-22 F) I can do roasts, steaks, and bacon. My brother-in-law has a Traeger and at -10 C (14 F) he does not use the Traeger as he cannot get it hot enough.

In addition, Louisiana Grills moved production to Winnipeg and the QC is now much better. No problems with mine. North American made over China for me (Traegers are now made in China)

June 30, 2013 at 8:32 am
(27) Andy says:

I’ve had a louisiana grills whole hog 1750 for a little over a year now. It works flawlessly every time. I dont grill with it. I only use it for smoking
meat (220 to 270 degrees). It does get up to temp quick and holds it well. I wheel it from my barn to my house (about 80 ft or so) through the bumpy yard and the gravel driveway and have never had an issue with it.
its got 6″ casters that work very well. I called Dansons a few times before I bought it (doing some research) they were helpful. the dealer I bought it from in Michigan was helpful. its a great product and I’ve had a great experience with it so far. would love to have 2 of them for big cook outs.

March 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm
(28) Dale says:

I have a super hog for about 3 years. I’ve done many catering jobs with this. The only problem I’ve had, is the handles. It was a great purchase for me. I live in Missouri. Kastens masonry of bonne terre took care all my problems . No charge!!!!!!

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