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Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill Review

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Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill Model# SMK0036AS
Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill Model# SMK0036AS

Full Review – Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill

The outdoor cooking division of Cuisinart has been busy lately. With a full range of pellet cookers in stores alongside their gas grills and griddles, they have a full product line. They have been innovative as well. The Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 pellet grill tries to do it all. There is a ceramic briquette insert for searing, a griddle for stir-fry, and a charcoal insert that makes this a hybrid grill. Best of all, they thought about where to store all those parts. Even the temperature probes can be stored under the lid of the pellet hopper.

It is probably the price that is the most innovative feature, however. This large capacity, multifunction pellet grill can be had for as little as $500USD (look for it at Walmart). That is impressive. Of course, a great price comes with its own cost. This is not an easy grill to assemble, largely because it fits into a relatively small box. Also, it is the best quality pellet grill either. There is certainly a trade-off.

Obviously, the design team had fun with this grill. There is a window in both the lid that lets you see the food cooking and one in the pellet hopper so you can watch the pellets. The hopper window is redundant to the low pellet sensor that tells you to refuel. These are not necessary features and since smoke easily clouds gas, not even all useful. It does, however, look impressive on the showroom floor, which is what this grill is designed to do.

The Basics

As a pellet grill, this is an okay unit. The primary cooking space is large, but the secondary rack is pretty much useless. I consider the true cooking capacity to be around 650 square inches and not the 862 as advertised. You are not getting a pork butt on that upper rack. Aside from this, the configuration is typical. There is a large plate dividing the cooking space from the firepot, like in most pellet grills. You don’t have to worry about flare-ups, but it does keep the maximum temperature to 500 degrees F. These days, that seems low.

As for all the extras? Having a griddle is nice. I doubt many people will opt for the charcoal insert and those that use the sear panel will probably keep it in place for regular cooking. While this all looks like there is a lot of versatility, my experience is that most people won’t use it.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, it is the limitations in the construction that bring this grill down. It isn’t built to last. However, at this price, it is hard to argue value here. You get a lot of pellet grill here. And not a bad pellet grill either. There are better, but for the price, it is certainly competitive.


  • 648 square inches of primary cooking space for a total of 862 square inches
  • 200 to 500 degree F. temperature range
  • 22-pound pellet hopper
  • Porcelain coated cast iron grates
  • Powered coated steel and stainless steel construction
  • Multiple inserts for cooking versatility
    • Griddle
    • Charcoal Basket
    • Ceramic briquette sear tray
  • Electronic temperature control system
  • Non-insulated body with single layer lid
  • Bluetooth Connectivity with a proprietary app
  • Two temperature probe ports
  • Firepot ash cleanout
  • Pellet dump
  • Grease drains into bottom mounted tray
  • Total weight of 198 pounds
  • Made in China by Cuisinart

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill Model# SMK0036AS
Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Smoke Production

Pros and Cons

A Place to Store Everything
Wide Range of Cooking Capabilities
Large Capacity
Low Price
Large Hopper

Difficult Assembly
Poor Construction Quality

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.



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12 responses to “Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 Pellet Grill Review”

  1. I have this pellet grill, has worked perfectly every time. It does release a lot of the smoke but all in all everything I have cooked turns out just right.

  2. The grill was defective and caught on fire. Cuisinart would not stand behind their defective product and refused to send repair parts. I am lucky it did not catch my deck and house on fire. If you buy this grill you will receive NO Support and the warranty is basically worthless. This product line should be dropped from inventory. Cuisinart built a defective, and dangerous product and then blames the customer. This is Absolutely wrong.

  3. I do not recommend this grill. My auger keeps getting clogged, causing it to trip the breaker. I even vacuum out the pellets when I am done. It is ridiculous.

    However, when it works, it is amazing. I smoked a brisket for the 4th of July, and it was amazing. I am trying to use it today, but I have had to clear the auger several times already.

  4. Maybe a little late to the game, but, looking at reviews and videos, I jumped at this and after a few times I can say it doesn’t disappoint. Coming from charcoal smoking, I can see many of the negative reviews are in-proper use or care. Pellets will swell with moisture, they shouldn’t be left in any grill for more than a day or two. And electronics don’t fare well either in wet conditions. The cooling feature on this grill means you don’t have to wait hours to cover it. I agree with the complaints about that huge vent on the back of the lid, but again, it’s in the design. I did a 4 hour smoke on a 3.5 pound pork tenderloin and it came out nice and smoky. I had it together in 3 hours and I don’t see issues in ruggedness, I liken it to any mid range gas grill. Great grill for those just getting into pellet cooking who don’t want to drop 1000 on a Treager.

  5. We purchased this grill (Cuisinart Woodcreek 4 in 1 pellet grill) in June 2020 from Walmart. We have had nothing but trouble from this grill. It has not worked over 3 cook times since we bought it. When we cook on it an average of 3 times, the auger system clogs up and the grill can not function. We have unclogged the system 3 times and it continues to happen. We have called the company and they sent as a “screw” which they must have known would break eventually from taking the auger system out to unclog. We purchased only cuisinart pellets as instructed and covered the grill each time after use and still clogged. David Twett has been out major contact through the company but they have refused to make this right. Their suggestion is to empty the pellet hopper after each use and empty the ash tray after each use.

    Very unsatisfied customer

  6. I just bought at Walmart could not believe the price because I’ve been in the market for a year now hoping the prices would come down. First cook was babyback ribs and HOLY MOLLY what a difference from my weber by far the best ribs I ever made no flare ups perfect char on the outside super juicy on the inside. So rar so good I LOVE IT.

  7. I bought mine in June and absolutely love it. It makes food that tastes so much better than my gas grill. I didn’t have any issues with assembly but it did take several hours. I smoked a brisket and got a nice smoke ring despite the comment above that too much smoke escapes. The variation in temperature from side to side is normal for a pellet grill and you just need to know that when you’re cooking on one. You don’t say it but this isn’t abnormal for a pellet grill. It holds true to whatever temperature I set it at. As for the second rack it’s not make to but a brisket on on any grill. It is incredibly helpful when cooking for guests and you can fit hot dogs, sausage, burgers, chicken or a variety of other items to cook slowly or keep warm up there while other items are finishing which makes it very useful. The 2 temperature probes store nicely under the pellet hopper cover. The glass on the hopper is nice to have so you don’t have to wait until the low pellet alarm starts beeping. My only complaint is that it has to be covered if it rains otherwise water gets into the auger and gums up the pellets leading to a tedious clean out. Please elaborate, did you actually buy and try this grill or just review it based on appearance and what you’ve read? I’ve never owned another pellet grill but I can’t recommend this one enough.

  8. The only down side from using this grill, is the fact that most of the smoke it creates will escape out the back air vent and your unable to control the smoke.

    • Ay be too late, but I had this issue as well. I did a fix by buying some chimney foil and taped it across the back vent with foil ducking tape.
      I am now able to regulate how much if any smoke to get released. It also keeps the temp up more and can top almost 550*-575* now!
      In a pinch you can use bbq thickness aluminum foil or even everyday foil. Works fine!


  9. We purchased this grill on 5/17/20 for my father to use on his birthday. We followed the instructions to the “T”. Plugged it in, waited, then it began to warm. So we did the pre-use recommendations and the grill smoked like it said. Then it never worked again. The display went blank we contacted the “customer service” they agreed to send us a replacement panel…. We got that today, not even close to what is in the defective grill. Now they tell us to bring it back to Walmart, though their initial instructions are to NOT bring it back to the store. Please do NOT purchase this untested, unproven boat anchor. I read the initial Reviews by others and obviously I was mislead. I Never owned a pellet grill, my father wanted one, I did research and figured give Cuisinart a chance…. I was wrong. Spend the money on another brand! Oh and the Bluetooth only works to “monitor” temperature NOT adjust.

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