I'm looking to buy a pellet burner and have narrowed my options down to 3 contenders. They are;
1. GMG Boone Prime Plus WiFi
2. Oklahoma Joe Rider
3. Z grills 700E-XL
Oklahoma - I was impressed with the height and sturdy nature of the Oklahoma Rider and it had a lot of cooking room too. I wonder if it would therefore use more pellets? The sear option seemed interesting but I wondered if it was a gimmick. The bucket option to swap out pellets seemed very smart. Aesthetically I really liked the looks of this model.
Z grills - They appear to have quite the online fanbase and their pricing is very attractive. Quality is said to be high. Local support is a bonus too.
GMG Boonie - With WiFi, pizza oven option, and a rotisserie add-on, this was my leading contender. I also like that the fan speed is variable rather than needing to be constantly turned on and off to reach temperature targets (Source). I almost pulled the trigger on the Boonie this arvo.
A search on facey turned up a couple of interesting things.
The GMG pizza oven add-on can be used on the Z grill models. It apparently fits perfectly. If I disregard the WiFi and rotisserie options the Zgrill comes back into play.
And regarding the rotisserie - a comment made by a Z grill staffer on Facebook said there's no need for a rotisserie on a Z grill (and I assume pellet smokers in general) because the fan ensures the smoke completely envelopes the meat anyway. So is the rotisserie option on the Boonie a gimmick?
Lastly, I went to a local supplier of the Oklahoma and GMG yesterday and the sales guy talked up all three options. Yep, he even recommended Z grills despite not selling em.
Want to help me decide?