Traeger used to be pretty much the only game in town for grills less than a grand, but Green Mountain Grills changed that in 2008 and has run up significant sales numbers.
Both the basic GMG Daniel Boone (which makes up about 70% of GMG sales and is well under a grand) and its larger brother the Jim Bowie model have some features not common in lower price pellet smokers and that often cost extra even in higher cost cookers. Namely, there’s a standard meat probe feature that reports the internal temperature of what’s being cooked to the controller read-out, there’s lots of headroom under the lid at 13.5″ allowing for big cuts and even beer can chicken (which can challenge the vertical space of some cookers), a low pellet alarm, a work surface on both sides, and tool hooks. GMG claims they will both cook from 150 to 500°F.
The Daniel Boone has a grate size of 432 square inches and the Jim Bowie has 600 square inches. Neither will easily blow off the patio, either. The Daniel Boone weighs 152 pounds and the Jim Bowie a hefty 183.
Options include stainless steel cooking grates and a “turbo” mode that automatically kicks in at ambient temperatures less than 35°F to help the cooker get up to operating temperature faster. For glitz and shine, both cookers look spiffy with the optional form-fitted stainless steel door. More on the practical side is a remote that lets the user bask or multi-task indoors and monitor or even change what’s going on without lingering on a hot or frigid patio. Dome lid thermometers, insulation blankets and fitted covers are available, too.
GMG doesn’t sell via the internet, but the company website has a dealer locator to help you find their products. The dealer network is expanding and GMG products can also be purchased in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa. The cookers are assembled in China, but management, sales and distribution are headquartered in Reno, NV. For more info and current pricing, visit the Green Mountain Grills website.