Traeger Timberline Pellet Grill Review

Traeger Timberline Pellet Grill

$1800.00
8.3

Construction Quality

7.0/10

Temperature Control

8.0/10

Smoke Production

8.5/10

Usability

9.0/10

Capacity

9.0/10

Pros

  • WiFi enabled
  • Large capacity
  • Large Hopper
  • Double wall construction

Cons

  • Poor construction
  • Temperamental quality
  • Limited temperature range
  • Limited Warranty

Specifications

General

  • 165 to 500 degree F temperature range
  • 24 pound hopper capacity
  • Double wall construction
  • Full Wi-Fi capabilities with proprietary app
  • 5-degree increment PID control settings
  • Brushless DC motors
  • Powder coated steel construction
  • Mounted on four wheels
  • Made in China for Traeger Grills

Traeger Timberline 850

  • 850 square inches of total cooking space divided between three cooking grates
  • 22-inch wide cooking chamber

Traeger Timberline 1300

  • 1300 square inches of total cooking space divided between three cooking grates
  • 34-inch wide cooking chamber

Full Review - Traeger Timberline Pellet Grill

Traeger invented the pellet grill. Today they dominate the market. Traeger toiled for years to bring the pellet grill to the mainstream as the little company that could. Today's equity fund darling bears very little in common with that company, but you can't avoid Traeger today. They seem to be practically everywhere. The Traeger Timberline Pellet Grill is the pinnacle of their accomplishments. Big and powerful and packed full of complicated electronics and technobabble.

The Timberline features a double-walled body to hold in heat. Traeger touts its D2 direct drive system which is supposed to heat the grill faster. This is more hype than reality. While the Timberline says it will reach 500 degrees F, it had trouble doing so. In fact, it struggles with anything over 400 degrees. Also, when the lid is opened much of the heat escapes and then it takes several minutes to recover. The higher the cooking temperature the longer the recovery time.

This is a big problem for Traeger. They market their pellet grills as the replacements for the gas grill. It isn't. And the limitations of the the Timberline make it even less capable of competing with an ordinary and considerably less expensive gas grill. As for smoking, it works like a pellet grill. The Timberline is much better about holding lower temperatures and smoke production is good. All that technology, wirelessly connected to an app, allows for some versatility in smoking that is appealing.

The Bottom Line

There is another problem with the Timberline and all that technology. It doesn't always work. And I don't just mean that it can be temperemental. Reports of the grill simply not working after purchase are becoming legendary. Quality control is a problem for Traeger and as the work to appeal to the technology aspect of their products and not their cooking capabilities, it has only gotten worse. Add to this that support, while well meaning is frequently overworked. Oh, and if you need replacement parts for the grill that doesn't work, you might have to pay shipping.

All in all, the Timberline isn't a bad pellet grill. There are, however, better ones out there, especially in this price range. Yes, Traeger is widely distributed, unlike everyone else, but it is better to wait a little longer and get a better grill, than rush out and not get the pellet grill you deserve.

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