The Bottom Line
As Pellet Grills have become more popular and more plentiful, the fight for the lowest price has been pretty intense. To get a pellet grill under $1,000USD, it takes thin metal and a certain lack or precision in the construction. With this pellet grill, the biggest problem is the lid which is thin and prone to warping out of shape or just plain getting bent. The controller on this model includes a meat probe which is a good feature found on most of the more expensive units.
This unit can grill as well as most pellet cookers and smoke efficiently.
- Inexpensive pellet grill
- Built-in meat probe
- Lid is awkward and doesn't line up all the time
- Lightweight construction
- Several people report receiving damaged product
- 429 square inches of primary cooking area with up to 573 square inches total cooking space
- 180 to 500 degree F/82 to 260 degrees C temperature range
- 18-pound capacity side mounted pellet hopper with quick empty trap door
- Steel rod cooking grates
- Precision control panel with temperature probe
- Powder coated steel construction
- Single layer lid
- Removable bottom mounted ash catcher
- Adjustable smoke stack cap
- Made in China
Guide Review - Camp Chef Pellet Grill & Smoker DLX
This is Camp Chef's equivalent to the Traeger Lil Tex Pellet Grill. While this pellet grill has an improved controller there isn't a lot of difference between the two that the average person is going to notice.
At around $700USD, this is a very inexpensive pellet grill and while some might find this a big price tag, considering what it takes to built one of these, this is a discount product. What it takes to get to this price is keeping the metal content to a minimum. This means that the Camp Chef DLX is built with a very thin body so heat retention isn't good.
The biggest problem though is the lid.
Thin and easily warped or bent, the lid is what gives people the most trouble with this cooker. If the lid doesn't close tightly then smoke and heat escapes, this means a higher pellet consumption and a higher cost per cookout. The lack of heat retention is something that really deserves attention with pellet grills. Wood pellets are the most expensive grill fuel and if you are burning through bags of them because of a one-inch gap between the body and the lid and that is a problem.
Aside from this, the Camp Chef Pellet Grill isn't a bad unit for the price, and that is the important part. Pellet grills can cost a few thousand dollars. They are complicated devices with motors, augers, and specialized fire pots. The big question that should be asked when considering a lower priced unit is whether or not you would be better served with a grill and a smoker, or perhaps a Kamado Grill which, though lacking the space, is at least equally good at smoking and superior at grilling.