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    Steak searing on Memphis Pro

    After weeks of researching and reviewing the web, I am 95% ready to order the Memphis Pro but the only nagging questiions I have is can you adequately sear a steak on the Memphis Pro or do you have to have grill grates?

    I am sold on the smoking as I have smoked on charcoal, wood, and propane for over 15 years and have a friend who loves his Traeger. Thus my interest in wood pellet systems.

    But I am looking for a single smoker/grill system that can do everything I want vs. having my GSM propane smoker, MES electric smoker, Weber Performer Charcoal, and propane grill. I guess I am getting to the point in my military carrer after 20 years of moving every 2- 3 years were I need to down size and simplify my life. So any advise on high heat cooking and searing steaks to keep my lovely wife happy would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    I am in your position, on the edge of purchasing a grill and the memphis pro is on top of the list. In all the research I have done, everything states that searing is no problem on this grill. Also, like you I want a grill that will do it all, and I believe this one will. Hoping someone can chime in and help us out...

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    Ok searing is subjective Yes you can sear on a memphis pro....Grill Grates help a ton though



    Does a pellet grill sear as well as red hot charcoal....no...But it imparts a beautiful smoky flavor and is one of the most versatile cooker you can have.....

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    You can definitely sear with a Memphis Pro. But I'm with BP. I love the Grill Grates.

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    I love my Memphis Pro. It's gets plenty hot on it's own but I love the Grill Grates!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LTCDauber View Post
    But I am looking for a single smoker/grill system that can do everything I want vs. having my GSM propane smoker, MES electric smoker, Weber Performer Charcoal, and propane grill.
    I was in the same situation as you LTC, I wanted one "do it all" cooker. The Memphis Pro will not disappoint you. I have not missed my gasser one bit since getting mine. It smokes, grills and sears beautifully in my opinion.
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    WOW, what a picture! OK I am 98% sold and getting ready to call Big Poppa and order. Two last Memphis Pro question: 1) is there any room for a small water tray and 2) can you keep the wood pellets in the cooker all year round between grills or do you have to clean out and remove?

    1) The reason why I ask is every smoker I have ever owned has always had a water pan. I have always used a water pan with water/juices mixes not only to moisturize the smoker but to also help catch a lot of the fat and grease with great success. So with the wood pellet cooking system do you not need a water pan for moisture or is there room to add a small water pan between the diffuser plate and grates? Can't tell if there is room from all the pictures or is their even a need for one?

    2) Living in the hot and humid Fort Stewart in SE GA where we can grill and smoke all year along, I am curious if the humidity would affect the smoke pellets and the feeding system if you left them in the hopper between smokes/grills?

    Thanks again for all the advise!

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    If you choose to use a water pan it would sit off to the side and reduce your cooking area...If you used one as a drip/water pan you would buy the additional grate set and put it under the shelf on top of the main grates and lose 1/3 of the cooking area. I have not found that I needed a water pan.

    If you are not going to use your grill for awhile you should always empty it out. I havent had any service issues with pellets getting wet on the memphis but it is just a good habit

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    I don't use a water pan in my Memphis Pro, and have never seen the need for it.

    I live in the Mid-South(think LOTS of humidity), and I have never emptied the pellet bin on my Memphis. Mine is under cover of a carport, and I usually keep the cover on it when I think rain may blow in. So far, in a little over a year, I've had no pellet issues. This was actually one of my concerns when I bought a pellet grill, but so far, not a problem. Mine even sat most of the winter with pellets in it, and no issues when I wanted to use it.

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    Just to add my two cents:

    1) I use my Pro for everything. Sold the WSM and gave the Jenn Air to my son-in-law
    2) Grill Grates are great - well worth the money
    3) I have never had a problem leaving the pellets in the grill, although I do keep the cover on when not it use.

    You will not be disappointed with the Memphis Pro. My neighbor saw me using mine and now she is going to order one.

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