ZGrills Wood Pellet Smoker Review

Z Grills Wood Pellet smoker I recently purchased a Z Grills 700D Pro wood pellet smoker to replace my rusting 15 years old barbecue.

This is an affordable 8-in-1 wood pellet smoker that includes the same features, capabilities, construction and quality as the popular and more expensive Traeger wood pellet smoker, and is sold at a fraction of the price.

You will immediately experience the quality construction, precision heating and cooking technology that goes into these wood pellet smokers.  What are the benefits of a pellet grill.

A Little History

A little history on Z Grills.  The manufacturers of Z Grills pellet smoker grill worked behind the scenes for 30 years manufacturing wood pellet smokers for leading pellet smoker companies, like Traeger and Pit Boss.  They realized there was an untapped market for affordable high end wood pellet smokers.  After a successful crowd funding campaign and raising a half a million dollars, Z Grills entered the market in 2017.

Within 3 years, Z Grills miraculously went from being an unknown competitor to becoming a leading competitor and manufacturer of their own line of wood pellet smokers.  Using the design techniques they mastered over the years, this allowed Z Grills to quickly steal market share from the same companies they once build pellet smokers for.

 

Z Grills offers three lines of wood pellet smokers for every budget.

  • The Basic Series offers wood pellet smokers for under $500.
  • The 700 Series, which offers wood pellet smokers from $400 to $800, that gives grillers nearly  700 square inches of cooking space.  The porcelain coated rack prevents food from sticking and offers easy cleaning.
  • The 1000 Series gives home cooks nearly 1000 square inches of grilling and smoking space on 3 porcelain coated racks.
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What is An 8-in-1 Wood Pellet Smoker

8-in-1 wood pellet grill

 

An 8-in-1 wood pellet smoker is a cross between a smoker and a BBQ grill.  The Z Grills pellet grill works like your favorite BBQ and a smoker, and does so much more.  With a regular outdoor grill, you have to be at the grill the entire time, making sure the charcoal doesn’t go out.  With wood pellet grill, you can set it and walk away.  Once you set the desired temperature, the unit does the rest.

The Z Grills Pellet Smokers take the mystery and fear out of smoking your favorite meats and fish.   I thought using a wood pellet smoker would be a daunting process.  Boy was I wrong.  To date, I’ve smoked several chickens, a 15 Lb turkey, a London broil and salmon.  I learn a little more about smoking techniques, wood smoking pellets and rubs with each use.

The Z Grills website offers recipes to smoke and grill an entire meal, including meats, veggies and even dessert.

You can select from a variety of wood pellets to cook your food.  The smoke infuses flavor into the food as it cooks.  This type of grill uses wood pellets for fuel, rather than charcoal or propane gas.  There is no need to worry about food that tastes like lighter fluid or running out of propane gas during the cooking process.

You can smoke ribs or chicken, sear a steak, bake brownies, and make bread or even more.

 

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With a Z Grills 8-In-1 Wood Pellet Smoker you can:

  • grill
  • smoke
  • bake
  • roast
  • sear
  • braise
  • barbecue
  • or char-grill

How the Z Grills Pellet Smoker Works

How does the Z Grill work?

The Z Grills pellet smoker grill is easy for anyone to use. You can assemble the pellet smoker grill in about two hours.  The hopper and cooking chamber come fully assembled.  You just need to attach the hopper, smoke chimney and base with the provided screws.  They even include the wrench and screwdriver.  Fully assembled, your Z Grills Pellet Smoker weighs about 140 Lbs.  You can easily move it around the backyard with the locking caster wheels.

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Fill your favorite wood pellets in the hopper located on the side of the grill.   Set the dial to Smoke, then turn it on.  The mechanical auger begins to slowly turn and feeds the pellets into a firebox, where a rod heats up and ignites them.  You know the auger is turning as you hear pellets drop into the firebox.  A combustion fan located in the cooking chamber keeps the pellets burning to perfectly cook your food.

After the grill heats up, which takes about 15 minutes, you set the grill to desired cooking temperature and load your favorite meat, fish or whatever you are cooking .  As you turn the temperature up, the auger speeds up to increase the rate at which pellets are fed into the firebox.  The Z Grills Smoker will quickly reach temperatures between 180 and 450 degrees F.

The thermostat temperature fluctuates to maintain the set cooking temperature.  As the temperature drops, the auger begins to spin to feed more pellets ans maintain cooking temperature.

If you’re smoking ribs, chicken or turkey, this cooking process will takes several hours, so it is important to periodically check the hopper to add more pellets when necessary.

 

20 Lb Hopper

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The Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill comes with a 20 Lb hopper.  A fully loaded hopper can smoke or grill food for about 17 hours.

Most people grill food for for 2-3 hours and smoke meats for 3 to 5 hours.  You can smoke a 16 Lb turkey in 7 to 10 hours.

If you still have pellets in the hopper and you don’t plan to use it again within a few days, you should remove the excess wood pellets.

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Keeping pellets in the hopper for more than a few days, can potentially damage the hopper as pellets can swell due to moisture.

 

Use Wood Pellets for Fuel

Depending on what type of food you are grilling or smoking, there are several types of wood pellets you can use to cook and infuse delicious flavors, such as mesquite, cherry, apple, oak, alder, hickory, and maple for example into your food.

You can buy bags of single wood pellets, and also buy wood pellet blends.

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What’s the Warranty

All Z Grill wood pellet grills come with a 3-year warranty.

 

Z Grills Sells Direct to Consumer

Z Grills does not sell their pellet smokers in brick and mortar stores.  They cut out the middleman and sell direct to the consumer from the factory.  This allows Z Grills to pass the savings on to you.

 

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