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Traeger Pellet Lil' Tex

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating
User Rating 2.5 Star Rating (17 Reviews)


Traeger Pellet Lil' Texas Style

Traeger Pellet Lil' Texas Style

Traeger Pellet Grills

The Bottom Line

This unit is sold as a grill but works equally well as a smoker. With an optional digital feeder control you can get a low and slow temperature that is perfect for smoking for many hours. This is a pellet grill so it uses small wood pellets, similar to animal feed, that burner cleanly and efficiently. These wood pellets create all the heat and all the smoke so it is as close to smoking with hardwood as you can get without splitting logs. The Traeger unit uses a controlled feeding mechanism so you won't have to keep too close an eye on this smoker.
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  • Clean, efficient fuel consumption
  • Excellent grease management
  • Easy clean up


  • Requires specialized fuel
  • Thermostatic controller not standard
  • Recently suffered a decline in quality


  • 418 square inches of total cooking area
  • Solid state cooking system with Auger feed pellet burner and Autostart ignition
  • 20,000 BTU burner output
  • Operates on a standard 100 volt outlet
  • Standard three position setting for the heat indicator
  • Made in China for Traeger

Guide Review - Traeger Pellet Lil' Tex

Wood pellets are a byproduct of the wood industry that can be used to heat or for cooking. Traeger has taken high quality, hardwood pellets and used them to make great barbecue. It works something like this:

Wood pellets, held in a small hopper are moved into the cooking chamber by a mechanical auger. In the center of the cooking chamber is a small fire-pot with a small electric heating element. The heat element ignites the pellets to create the cooking heat and the smoke. During the ignition period (4 minutes) the unit uses 300 watts. After that the unit uses 50 watts. This means that the electric usage is low and won't drive up your power bills.

Years of design improvements and practical testing have improved the Traeger grills and smokers to the point of being some of the best outdoor cooking equipment on the market. Unfortunately Traeger recently shipped its manufacturing out of their Oregon factory to a foreign factory and quality has suffered for it. While still a pretty good product the Traeger grills of today are not what they used to be.

The Lil' Tex smoker is Traeger's smallest unit, but at 418 square inches of cooking space you will have plenty of room for any family cookout. This unit will run you about $700, but I would recommend the thermostatic control unit as a necessarily accessory. This will put the price at closer to $900.

The wood pellets that this unit runs on are specialized fuel and you will need a good source of these to run your smoker. You can purchase them online. There are several companies that supply these pellets, including Traeger.

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User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
BEWARE OF TRAEGER, Member bgsu1985

I recently responded to a sales position job w/ Traeger. I have never met a more unreputable company based on their hiring practices. They required me to download software for an online interview that put virsus' on my computer. I asked to contact existing sales staff and was denied. I asked for a video of the ""sales pitch"" to review and was denied. When I requested again they ceased the interview process. They expected me to quit my job, go to UT for a week (no pay) and then they MIGHT offer me a job. They do not post their retail locations on their website if indeed they have 18 locations. They have ruined a great, family owned company all in the name of greed; shipped mfging to China and their product is suspect at best. If you demand integrity from your vendors, beware of Traeger and read all reviews regarding their grills...most reviews are very negative and critical.

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