Mrs. G’s has recently welcomed Traeger Grills to our showroom, and we’re excited to provide our customers with such an innovative and fun way to cook. Like anyone with something new, we’ve been eager to test it out ourselves, and Chef Vance has made everything from steak to bacon to pizza on our Traeger Pro Series 34. Whenever we have customers watching our cooking demos, perusing our selection of grills, or just browsing the store, we find a lot of people have questions about our wood pellet grills and the technology behind them. We’ve decided to answer some of the most frequent inquiries below.

Don’t see your question here? Feel free to give us a call or stop by the store to talk to one of our appliance experts–and have a tasty snack while you’re here!

What is a wood pellet grill?
Pellet grills are a relatively new innovation in grilling, gaining popularity in the past 20-30 years. Fully electric, they eliminate the use of noxious propane or messy charcoal. Instead, they’re fueled by hardwood sawdust pressed into pill-sized pellets. The pellets can come in many different types of wood, from apple to oak to hickory, and each wood type brings a different flavor to the food. They are organic, with no additives or artificial flavorings, and leave very little ash.
wood pellets close-up


How do pellet grills work?

Pellet grills utilize digital technology partnered with a few moving parts. They resemble a classic offset barrel smoker, with a device called a hopper mounted to the side of the drum (rather than a firebox). This hopper has a digital control board where grillers can set the temperature, and the pellets are fed at a controlled rate into an enclosed flame in the barrel of the grill. The device that moves the pellets to the flame, called the auger, is regulated by the controller to maintain the set temperature. Pellet grills offer an impressive variety of different cooking styles: smoke, grill, roast, bake and braise. The grill runs on electricity and can be powered with a standard household current, and after the initial heat-up they utilize remarkably little energy.
how Traeger grills work


What are the benefits of pellet grills over gas or charcoal?

Gas grills grew in popularity due to their convenience, and the speed with which they heat. Pellet grills offer the same speed–preheating in 10 to 15 minutes–with far more versatility, convenience, and taste. The digital controller gives grillers the freedom to set the temperature, and leave the food to cook at a steady rate as the air circulates through the drum, much like a convection oven. This also guarantees a more even cooking surface, so you can load the cook chamber with food and not worry about uneven cooking.

Pellet grills are designed to eliminate flare-ups, meaning you can cook grease-generating foods like bacon without fear of a grease fire. They also provide a wide array of cooking options, allowing you to grill classic cook-out foods like burgers, hot dogs, and chicken, smoke authentic BBQ like steaks, ribs, and brisket, slow-roast turkey or prime rib, and even bake pizza, bread, or pies. And of course, there’s the incomparable taste of food cooked over a genuine wood fire. Rather than the fumes and chemicals from burning gas and charcoal, you’re infusing your food with the natural and flavorful aroma of the wood of your choice.

bacon on grill


Can I use any kind of wood pellets to heat the grill?
It is essential to only use high-quality, food-grade wood pellets that are produced 100% from hardwood. Never use “heating pellets,” as they may contain impurities like leaves or bark, or be derived from softwoods. These can cause many issues, from hard-to-clean build-up in the grill to tainting the food with chemicals that aren’t healthy to ingest.
wood pellets from Traeger


How long does a bag of pellets last?
One 20 lb bag of pellets generally lasts 20-26 hours of cook time, depending on weather conditions. That averages out to 1-1.5 hours for every pound of pellets, when smoking at 250 degrees in ideal weather. Chilling factors, such as cold weather or high winds, can increase pellet consumption. Some brands have insulating capes or blankets to aid in retaining heat when the weather isn’t favorable.
wood pellets in grill


How do you clean a pellet grill, and how often?
Cleaning the cooking surface of a pellet grill is much like cleaning its gas or charcoal counterparts–you can give it a good scrub, or remove the grill to soak or blast with water. Be sure any cleaners used are organic and safe for use on an eating surface. Most models have an angled drip plate that leads all run-off into a bucket or container. Many brands have disposable liners for drip plates and buckets to minimize clean-up. The only cleaning required inside the grill is an occasional vacuuming of the ash collection in the bottom of the drum, using any standard hose attachment on a household vacuum. Because the pellets burn so cleanly, this can be done as needed depending on how frequently you use the grill, and how long you let it burn.
Traeger all-natural cleaner

What’s the difference between a pellet grill and electric smoker?
Even though they both use electricity and are capable of smoking food, they are very different. Electric smokers heat food, and use wood chunks or chips to add smoke for flavor. Pellet grills derive their heat entirely from the wood pellets, not just for a smoky flavor. Also, electric smokers are generally very limited in their temperature range, so they’re ideal for smoking and slow-roasting but aren’t capable of grilling, searing, or other cooking styles that require a higher temperature.
Traeger Pro Series 34

Sold? Skeptical? Starving? Come to our showroom to see the magic of the wood pellet grill in action, with our Traeger Pro Series 34. Check our events calendar to make sure you don’t miss the next time Chef Vance plans to cook something up. If he isn’t using one of our pellet grills, feel free to talk to one of our appliance experts about taking home our Traeger Tailgater Pellet Grill for free for a weekend!


Mrs. G’s 2017 July 4th Super Sale

June 21, 2017

The official start of summer is here and so is Mrs. G’s July 4th Super Sale. Our July 4th Super Sale is going on now from 6/21 – 7/12/17 and is one of the biggest sales of the year. We have so many unbeatable deals with special holiday price drops and rebates from brands like [...]

Read the full article →

Mrs. G’s 2017 Mega Memorial Day Grill & Appliance Sale

May 17, 2017

Mrs. G’s 2017 Memorial Day Sale is here! Save with great appliance and grill deals from 5/17 – 6/6/17. Memorial Day signals the start of the summer and our sale is filled with savings to help you get all the appliances and grills you need. Get your summer off to a great start with a [...]

Read the full article →

New Weber Genesis® II and Genesis® ll LX Gas Grills Review from Mrs. G Appliances in NJ

April 7, 2017

As I write this blog, it is still unseasonably cold in Lawrence Twp, NJ however it is April 2017 and that means grilling season is here. What’s different about this season? A new generation of Weber Genesis® Gas Grills are available now. Our #1 selling grill from Weber is the Genesis® grills. For the 2017 grilling [...]

Read the full article →

LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door Refrigerator Is Now On Display At Mrs. G

March 31, 2017

Before we get started you have to watch this cool video by music producer Andrew Huang who was inspired by the sounds coming from a LG Instaview™ fridge and other kitchen items. LG not only brings innovation and distinctive design to the kitchen it brings it to the music world, too. LG’s InstaView™ Door-in-Door refrigerator allows [...]

Read the full article →

Mrs. G’s 2017 Presidents’ Day Super Sale

February 14, 2017

Presidents Day has arrived at Mrs. G TV & Appliances. The first big sale of the year is here and we have Black Friday type savings throughout the store. Mrs. G’s 2017 Presidents Day Super Sale is going on from 2/15 – 2/28 and you can find huge savings on kitchen appliances, laundry, 4 piece [...]

Read the full article →

Perlick Undercounter Refrigerators Join the Mrs. G Family of Appliances in New Jersey

January 2, 2017

I’m so happy to announce the Perlick Corporation, an Award winning luxury residential and commercial manufacturer of indoor and outdoor undercounter refrigerators, wine coolers, freezers, refrigerator and freezer drawers, ice makers and beer dispensers is now a member of the Mrs. G family of appliances. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Perlick is family owned celebrating 100 [...]

Read the full article →

Mrs. G’s 2016 Year End Appliance Clearance

December 20, 2016

As the year comes to a close, Mrs. G’s annual Year End Clearance begins. If you missed out on our Black Friday Sale and find yourself in need of new appliances, we have some amazing deals for you to close out the year, from 12/21/16 – 1/3/17. Not only can you save with special holiday [...]

Read the full article →

Mrs. G’s 2016 Black Friday Month Sale

November 1, 2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November, but that means that it’s time to get ready for Black Friday and the best shopping deals. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving for the biggest and best deals of the year. November is Black Friday Month at Mrs. G TV & Appliances. That means you [...]

Read the full article →

The Best 5 Burner 30″ Gas Cooktops

October 24, 2016

5 burner 30″ gas cooktops have been around for a few years. There are so many choices now, it’s really hard to pick 3 that are the best. How did I choose? First, based on power. Cooktops are now able to generate at least one burner up to 22,000 BTU power burners compared to rangetops [...]

Read the full article →