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Old 07-22-2019, 06:25 PM   #1
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Outdoor Smoker/Grill vs Propane/Convection

As I continue to do research on buying my first Airstream, I have now stumbled onto food prep options. I was leaning towards a standard microwave with a propane oven as my wife and I have never really used our convection oven at home. Though are now considering passing on the propane oven in favor or using a pellet smoker in order to get the extra storage. Traeger appears to have two good options in both the Ranger and Scout. You can also get an inverter to run it off your car battery for dry camping. I have a regular Traeger at home and love it. Iíve used it for the usual stuff like ribs and chicken but have also made things like garlic bread, corn on the cob, and chocolate chip cookies. Has anyone gone down this path when camping? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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you can get a simple kit to convert the existing gas outlet so that it can run a BBQ

a smoker on the road is another matter. it often takes a long time to cool down and they tend to be heavy

two items to consider
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:15 PM   #3
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I also have a Traeger at home and love it and wouldn't trade for any other brand but I not impress with the smaller pellet grills. I have my eye on the Davy Crockett by Green Mountain. I like the way the legs fold up and turn into handles. Here is a review on Youtube









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As I continue to do research on buying my first Airstream, I have now stumbled onto food prep options. I was leaning towards a standard microwave with a propane oven as my wife and I have never really used our convection oven at home. Though are now considering passing on the propane oven in favor or using a pellet smoker in order to get the extra storage. Traeger appears to have two good options in both the Ranger and Scout. You can also get an inverter to run it off your car battery for dry camping. I have a regular Traeger at home and love it. I’ve used it for the usual stuff like ribs and chicken but have also made things like garlic bread, corn on the cob, and chocolate chip cookies. Has anyone gone down this path when camping? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:39 PM   #4
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I love my smoked and grilled meat. Cookies on a Traeger sounds interesting....haven't tried it.
One consideration for not having an oven and relying on the Traeger is are you cool with doing it on cooler, windy, or rainy days if that is what your meal plan calls for? We use our trailer edge seasons to avoid crowds and have had a number of times where the oven in the trailer with the heater cranking and a movie on the tv is pretty darn nice.
Bottom line is that you may need both!!
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I had a Traeger PTG. I sold it and picked up a Green Mountain Davey Crockett. The PTG, Ranger and Scout are two small. They hold about one portion. They donít regulate the heat well either.
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Thanks for the tip on the Davy Crockett. I hadn’t heard of that brand. Watched the video and it’s definitely worth considering. I am also considering the Traeger Tailgater with the foldable legs as it’s bigger. I bought it for my Dad as he has a fifth wheel and has more room to store it. He loves it but the legs are kind of a pain as they don’t fold/unfold all that easily.
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With all due respect to Bigventure above, I have a Traeger Ranger. It cooks evenly and it will cook enough meat for four people. The only downside is that it is heavy, around 65 pounds. At this point in my life I can still pick it up and put it in the back of the truck from the table where it sits next to our Airstream, but as I age that process will get more difficult (I’m 56). Just something to think about when spending that kind of money on a “portable” smoker.

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Portable Smoker Option

Another off-grid option (why buy fuel?):

Biomass Stove (14 lbs.) Wok, boil, fry, smoke with sticks, twigs, or kindling.

https://www.silverfire.us/hunter-chimney-stove

Ziv's Portable flat-pack smoker:

http://zivsmoker.com/
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I just looked at these grills and their weights are about 65 lbs; Traeger has some others that are 40-45 lbs. My gosh, I would never haul around a grill that weighs that much; it would be a deterrent to taking it out of the truck and using it. I am very happy with my Dickenson Marine grill at about 15 lbs.

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We have a CampChef we travel with for cooking outside including the pizza oven and love it. I love the oven inside for the bad weather days. I would give up the microwave before I gave up my oven.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:19 AM   #11
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biolite

I love the biolite firepit and grill combo I recently got. In fact, since getting it, we no longer even use the coleman roadmaster propane grill that we converted to run off the low pressure Airstream propane port.

This biolite heats up and burns out in 10 minutes because it uses a fan propelled aeration system that is recharged via usb or solar. This makes it work like a fireplace insert, causing the fire to burn efficiently and smokeless. You can control the burn by controlling the fan speed. Runs about $200

Check it out:
https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products#power
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That that is a sweet set up. I have used a propane fire pit for years. Like this one also.
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On this thread we discussing two complete different grills - one is a gas grill that cooks food using manly heat and a pellet grill that uses heat but also adds flavor with smoke. I currently have three grills on the shelf that I use for camping - Weber gas grill - Blackstone Griddle, and old small charcoal grill and each one adds a unique flavor/use. Now I want to add a smoker to the mix and probably be the Davey Crocket that linked to above. I select the grill for the type of camping we going do and what we are going to be doing. The Blackstone if we have a large group or what to cooking eggs, bacon, and pancakes for breakfast. The Weber if it is me and the wife and cook hamburgers in the evening. The smoker I plan to use when going somewhere and hang around the AS and not be out sightseeing every day. Notice I didn't mention the charcoal grill and that because I can't remember the last time I used it.
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As I continue to do research on buying my first Airstream, I have now stumbled onto food prep options. I was leaning towards a standard microwave with a propane oven as my wife and I have never really used our convection oven at home. Though are now considering passing on the propane oven in favor or using a pellet smoker in order to get the extra storage. Traeger appears to have two good options in both the Ranger and Scout. You can also get an inverter to run it off your car battery for dry camping. I have a regular Traeger at home and love it. Iíve used it for the usual stuff like ribs and chicken but have also made things like garlic bread, corn on the cob, and chocolate chip cookies. Has anyone gone down this path when camping? I would love to hear your thoughts.


I have the little Traeger with the inverter. I also have a tailgater and a larger one at home. They never disappoint. I use the little one at home a lot. Saves on pellets!
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