CAMP CHEF PELLET GRILL REVIEW: TOP 11 GRILLS FOR 2023
We Review the Top Camp Chef Pellet Grills for 2023
Whether you are looking to purchase your first pellet grill, or replace your existing one, these pellet grills
will be the perfect grills to give you the perfect upgrade for what you are looking for. When you start to
look for a new grill, you quickly find that there are a lot to choose from. Our Mendenhall Outdoors
product testers put together this Camp Chef Pellet Grill Reviews Guide of the Camp Chef Top 11 Pellet
grills for 2023 to help you choose the right one for you. They are listed below in the order of our
Our Favorite Camp Chef Pellet Grills
Apex 36 Pellet Grill with Gas Kit
Woodwind Pro 36 with Sidekick Sear or Sidekick Flat Top
Woodwind WiFi 24 or 36 with Sidekick Sear or Sidekick Flat Top
SG WiFi 24, 30, or 36 Pellet Grill Black
SG WiFi 36 Pellet Grill Bronze
# 1 - Camp Chef Best Pellet Grill is the Apex
If you are looking for the ultimate pellet grill
experience, with the latest in technology, the Apex
by Camp Chef is the one you are looking for. It
gives you the best of both worlds by giving you the
hardwood smoky flavor of the pellet grill, and the
ease and convenience of a gas grill as well. With
the Camp Chef Apex 36 Pellet Grill with Gas Kit,
you can cook what you want, how you want to! The
Apex Grill is a griller's dream come true by
combining a top of the line pellet grill with a
propane grill (optional add-on) to bring you a patio experience unlike anything you've seen before. With
one grill, in a single chamber, you will be able to switch fuel sources with the twist of a knob. So whether
you are looking to grill some steaks with the quick and easy propane option, or kick your flavors up a
notch by putting a smoke ring on a 15 pound brisket with the pellet grill smoker, the Apex does it all. This
new grill is the top grill, and our most favorite, pellet grill from Camp Chef.
# 2 - Camp Chef Pellet Grill is the Woodwind Pro 36
The Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 36 Pellet Grill has
delivered smoking and grilling excellence with the
all new look, and great style, and an all new smoke
box drawer that gives you the ability to add more
smoke to your cook. The Smoke Box allows you to
simultaneously control heat and flavor by adding
more wood pellets, wood chunks, wood chips, and
even charcoal. You can even use cold smoke to
smoke things like cheese by using the fan only
mode. Smoking or grilling is a snap. Just fill your
hopper with your favorite wood pellets and fire up
the pellet grill for some perfectly cooked meats
and that delicious smoke taste. Kick your grilling and smoking up a notch with the all new Woodwind Pro
Pellet Grill. We recommend the Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Pellet Grill as our top choice for the best in
the Camp Chef Pellet Grill line up. We would go with the 36 inch model as you never know when you may
want to cook for a larger group or some larger cuts of meat, or even a turkey or two. This amazing pellet
grill will give you the perfectly seared steakhouse style steak in the comfort of your back yard. Big
Steakhouse Steak flavor, without the big steakhouse price!
# 3 - Camp Chef Pellet Grill is the Woodwind WiFi 36
The Camp Chef WoodWind WiFi Pellet Grill is
the ultimate in pellet grills. It comes in two
sizes, a 24 inch and a family feast size of 36
inch which boasts a whopping 1236 square
inches of cooking space for plenty of room
to cook for your family and for additional
guests during the holidays and special
events. It has three options to choose from
on the side, a shelf, a sidekick, and our
favorite the sidekick sear (pictured). The
sidekick sear is big enough to sear your
steaks to carmelize them and sear in those
juices to then move them over to the grill itself to cook them. The WiFi component is amazing, works
with an app on your tablet or smartphone to let you monitor and even control the heat settings on your
grill. No more going out to the grill in the cold of winter to check the heat of your grill, you can now
monitor and manage it from the warmth of your home until it’s time to turn the steaks, or pull them off
the grill when they are ready. You will be able to change the temparature, set timers, and receive
notifications when your meat reaches your set temparature with the four stainless steel meat probes
that are included. It also holds 22 pounds of wood pellets so you won’t run out of pellets in the middle of
cooking. This pellet grill comes with a three year warranty.
If you go with the Camp Chef WoodWind WiFi Pellet Grill, we recommend the 36 inch size, as you never
know when you may want to cook for a larger group or some larger cuts of meat, or even a turkey or
two. We really recommend the SideKick Sear option to give you the perfectly seared steakhouse style
steak in the comfort of your back yard.
# 4 - Camp Chef SG WiFi Pellet Grill
The Camp Chef SG Wifi Pellet Grill is a great looking grill
that comes in black or bronze, depending on whether you
choose the 24 inch, 30 inch, or 36 inch grill. We cook for our
large family, so we prefer the 36 inch model, and we really
like the bronze color (pictured), but the black looks sharp as
well. What we like about this grill is the durable design,
again that bronze color is amazing, and the fact that you
can switch seamlessly between traditional low and slow
smoking and Direct Flame wood fired grilling, letting you
work with two completely different flavor profiles all on one
grill. This pellet grill also has the built in WiFi, letting you
use the Camp Chef Connect app to monitor and control
your grill from the comfort of your home. With the 36 inch model you get two meat probes to fine tune
that perfect level of doneness that you like. You also get a huge amount of cooking space to work with,
coming in at 1236 square inches of space for cooking larger meats like multiple prime ribs, or multiple
If you decide to buy the Camp Chef SG Wifi pellet grill, we recommend that you go with the 36 inch
model to give you plenty of cooking space to work with. For those that don’t want the added cost of the
WoodWind models stainless steel, and if you wouldn’t use the SideKick Sear option, this may be your first
choice, as it is a really great grill. That bronze color is really nice!
Camp Chef has several other Pellet Grill models to choose from if you don’t want the built in WiFi, and
the extra cost. The WiFi for me was a game changer, and I highly recommend each of these grills
mentioned above. Once you have WiFi you will never go back, and you will wonder how you ever grilled
without it. It truly is the best BBQ Grilling experience.
What To Look For In A Pellet Grill
Shopping for A Pellet Grill: What Do I Need To Know?
Before we take a look at the best pellet grills, let’s talk about some of the basics about pellet grills. It’s
important to get a good understanding of why they really are the best choice. The more that you know
about the latest pellet grills, the easier it will be to make the all important decision of which one is right
What are the advantages of owning a pellet grill?
A pellet grill is a fairly good sized investment. If you like to cook your meals outside, once you see what a
pellet grill will do for your cooking experience, you will see why they are better than other grills. With the
amazing flavor of your meats and veggies, you will be glad you made the change. There are many
reasons why a pellet grill is the best choice, and we will go over some of those below.
Pellet Grills Are Simple To Use
You will be surprised at how quick and easy it is to put together and use a pellet grill. Once your pellet
grill arrives, you can have it ready to grill in one to two hours. Depending on which model you buy, the
latest pellet grills have digital controls and pre-programmable settings that will have you cooking like a
pro in no time.
Pellet Grills Cook Food Evenly
A pellet grill cooks food evenly because of how the wood pellets feed into the grilling chamber to keep
the temperature that you set. This also lessens the chances of burning your food with those annoying
flare-ups. The pellet grills enable you to maintain accurate temperatures throughout the cooking
Pellet Grills Smoke, Bake, and Grill
One of the best features that a pellet grill provides is the ability to smoke your meats while grilling them
at the same time. It is like having a smoker and a pellet grill at the same time. In most of the pellet grills,
the smoke leves are adjustable so that you can have a lot of smoke, or just a hint of smoke, whatever
flavor profile you are going for. You can buy many different types of wood pellets from hickory, maple,
pecan, apple, mesquite, and more.
Pellet Grills Heat Up Fast
A good quality pellet grill will heat up to the right cooking or smoking temparature in about ten to fifteen
minutes. No more thirty minute waits for charcoal to cook off and turn grey to be ready to cook. You can
literally turn on the grill, start prepping your steaks and get them back over to the pellet grill and you are
ready to cook. Grill prep time is cut by fifty percent or more, giving you more of your precious time back.
High End Pellet Grills Can Be Operated Remotely
The high end pellet grills come with built in wifi to that lets you keep an eye on the internal temperature
of your grill from an app on your smartphone or tablet. You can monitor and change the temparature,
and even set alerts to help you monitor your cooking.
How do I Choose the Right Pellet Grill?
Choose a pellet grill that is in your budget and the right size for what you will be cooking. Two of the
most important questions to ask your self is how much can you spend on a pellet grill, and how much
cooking space do you need. There are well made pellet grills for every budget, some with more features,
some with less features, for every price range. Grill size is important because the bigger the grill, the
more expensive the grill will be. Just make sure you don’t buy too small of one, you should allow yourself
plenty of room to cook prime rib or turkey, and other larger meats, as well as for unexpected or
expected guests for special occasions.
Choose a Pellet Grill that is durable and built to last.
Look for a pellet grill with a durable steel construction that can stand up to the heat over time, as well as
being exposed to the changing weather throughout the year.
Buy A Pellet Grill With A Good Warranty
Any pellet grill you buy should come with a warranty that will run from one to three years. The longer the
warranty the better. Though today’s pellet grills will last you many years, it will give you a great peace of
mind knowing that your investment into a pellet grill is protected if something does happen to it.
How Should I use My Pellet Grill?
You can pretty much make anything in a pellet grill that you could make in a standard bbq or a smoker.
From hamburgers, to steaks, prime rib, smoked beef jerky, pulled pork, ham, pizza, to grilled flatbread,
and even bake cakes and pies for dessert.
Is A Pellet Grill Better Than Propane or Charcoal Grills?
Pellet grills are easier to use than other types of grills. They have the added benefit of adding a nice
smoked flavor to your meats. They get hotter quicker, and ready to cook in a fraction of the time needed
for those other types of grills.
Camp Chef Pellet Grill Review Video
Now that we have gone over some of the basics to help get a good idea of what you are looking for, let’s
take a look at this video below from Camp Chef to give you a high level overview of their pellet grills.
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