I've about had it with this Traeger 075. Early this morning I put on an 8lb butt, using Traeger hickory pellets. I put the unit in SMOKE mode, and left it for 7 hours. I then turned up the thermostat one click to 225F, and let it go for 6-7 more hours until I hit 197F internal temp. The smoke flavor is almost nonexistent. I've had this Traeger for 2 1/2 years now, and will probably be looking for a stick burner soon, or scrap smoking altogether. I've never gotten good smoke flavor from it. The other day I bought a brisket sandwich from a new local bbq joint. I could smell the smoke as I opened the sandwich wrapper. The guy cooks on a Charbroil $150 smoker!! I think of the money I've spent on this Traeger tur*, and I could just puke. I should have researched further before buying.
Some folks have told me that Traeger pellets are not too good. What? Is Traeger using inferior trees, inferior wood? How can pellets possibly vary in the smokiness they produce?? Thanks, but I'm at a loss to figure it all out.