Barbecue fans I am glad to be able to bring the content below to you direct from the manufacturer’s mouth. Jason Baker was kind enough to take the time to be a part of our 3 part GMG review series. Jason’s willingness to do this says a lot about Green Mountain Grills and their commitment to excellence and most of all their customers.
I can tell you that from the phone conversations and interviews that we have done with Jason and hours of research in pellet forums that GMG is the real deal. They have a feature rich, quality product at a fantastic price that they stand fully behind. As far as I am concerned you just can’t ask for much more.
Thank you for taking the time to review our grills. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support in bringing pellet grills to the forefront of the barbecue world and into the hands of more consumers.
Some minor clarifications:
Current models of our grills default to a startup temperature of 150 degrees. The Daniel Boone unit that you tested defaults to 320 degrees. The lower starting temperature saves pellets and time. Both still adjust from 150 to 500 degrees.
You mentioned our “turbo mode.” The Green Mountain pellet grill uses our proprietary Sense-Mate Technology™ which monitors outside air temperature. When it gets very cold outside, Sense-Mate kicks the grill into “turbo” mode so that you don’t have to wait longer for the grill to heat up in the winter. This allows you to enjoy the remarkable taste, aroma, and flavor of pellet-grilled food virtually year-round.
You also noted the availability of a remote controller with some of our models. Our remote control unit is a complete extension of the grill’s controller. It gives the grill operator complete information , as well as control over a full range of settings and selections. The RF transceivers negotiate walls, windows, trees, etc., from up to 100’ away, so the pitmaster can escape the blistering heat or brutal cold outdoors and operate the grill from the comfort of home. The low pellet alarm even displays “FUEL” on the remote handheld device to let you know if you’ve run low on pellets. It also has a setting for “Fan Only” mode, which will take the grill down to 150 degrees. Depress and press again, and it will display a “fan” reading on the controller. This feature not only blows the ash out of the firepot, it serves as an extended safety feature.
Our grills are sturdy and well-constructed. Our Daniel Boone model weighs in at 154 pounds covered in heavy gauge steel. The Jim Bowie model weighs in at 183 pounds. These models weigh in at about 40% more than similarly-priced competitors. I have owned my grill for almost 4 years, and it has held up incredibly well.
It is important to note for all consumers that pellets impart true wood flavor to your food. This is not a heavy, acrid, smoky taste, but one which derives from guaiacol (gweye-a-kol), the flavor molecules which get released when you burn the lignin present in all wood. Our grills are designed to capitalize on this flavor and built to last, backed by a proven player in the pellet grill business.