Grilla Pellet Grills
- 21-inch diameter cooking area for 346 square inches of primary cooking area and a total smoking space of 488 square inches
- 180 to 500 degree F temperature range
- Temperature controlled in 5-degree increments
- 20-pound capacity rear mounted pellet hopper
- Quick change pellet hopper
- Stainless steel cooking grates
- Powder coated steel construction
- Rotating lid
- Total weight 145 pounds
- Made in China by Grilla Grills
Full Review - Grilla Pellet Grill
Fahrenheit technologies has been in the pellet heater business for many years and is an innovative company in the biofuels market. A few years ago they introduced the Grilla Pellet Grill. In part it was an experiment in the pellet grill market. It also served as an alternative product for their company. What this means is that when engineers at Fahrenheit technologies set out to build this pellet grill they started from scratch. This pellet grill did not rely on what had already been done.
Certainly, this is a unique-looking grill. The footprint is small. The lid rolls around instead of lifting up. This is actually an impressive bit of design. Not because of any hard engineering to make it work, but because of the way it leaves heat and smoke inside the cooking chamber. When you lift the lid of a normal grill, air rushes in to fill the space. The lifting of the lid tries to create a vacuum. Since the lid on the Grilla doesn't displace air, it doesn't draw out heat or force air in. Kind of a cool idea.
What the Grilla Pellet Grill Has
The cooking chamber is relatively small on this pellet grill and it won't produce a lot of food, but enough for most people. The 488 square inches of cooking space are divided between two stainless steel cooking grates the largest of which is 21 inches in diameter. It will do a couple of pork butts or racks of ribs, but it won't cook for a very large gathering. On the other hand, this pellet grill has the smallest footprint on the market, so it doesn't take up a lot of space either. When thinking about this grill it is important to take this into consideration. If you are looking for more space, you might want to consider the Grilla Silverbac Pellet Grill.
The pellet hopper has a quick empty feature, so wood pellets can be changed out easily as needed. The fire pot is removable for cleaning and there is a rear access door for basic grill maintenance. This is a very good feature since pellet grills do require more care than other kinds of outdoor cooking equipment. The controller on the Grilla is not the most technologically advanced system. However, its five-degree increment system is intuitive and easy to use. Because of the small and efficient use of space this unit uses fewer pellets than comparable grills even though it is not an insulated cooker.
New for 2021, the Grilla comes with WiFi-enabled controller with what the manufacturer calls Alpha Channel. There are two modes to this controller. In one mode the grill runs on what Grilla commonly refers to as the swing. This puts the grill into a temperature wave pattern the ever so slightly lifts and lowers the temperature around what the user sets. This produces more smoke as the fire is allowed to smolder on the temperature downswing. In the other mode, the cooker follows the standard PID configuration, meaning a precise, even temperature through the cooking time. Grilla is currently the only company to offer this feature.
All in all, this is certainly a great pellet grill to consider, especially in the under $1,000USD price range. The engineering and features are certainly above average in the price range and while distribution seems limited it is readily available online.