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.
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
- 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