Tried the Traeger Pro 780 WiFi Wood Pellet Grill

In the last few weeks I have been able to use the Traeger PRO 780 Try pellet grill. That suited me quite well, because it combines my interest in technology with grilling, which I’m not averse to, as you know. For me personally, I found the Traeger PRO 741 pellet grill exciting, because it’s not a classic gas or charcoal grill, but he works with pellets.

Anyone who hasn’t heard of it from a technical point of view should now be brought on board. Traeger offers three series of grills. The Traeger PRO 741 pellet grill can be found among beginners, but technically everyone has one Container for pellets and a controller with all the technology that regulates everything.

The hardwood pellets go from the funnel into the so-called fire pot via a screw conveyor and are ignited there to generate the appropriate heat and the necessary smoke. Depending on the number of pellets, the temperature in the grill itself increases. The higher the temperature is preset, the more wood pellets are discharged from the hopper and transported by the auger towards the integrated firebox.

A fan creates air circulation so that the heat can be distributed completely evenly. The same goes for the smoke. According to the developers, this circulation enables particularly effective and, above all, even cooking on the grill. Grease will not drip into the fireplace because there is a slanted catch under the grates, which transports the grease to a bucket attached to the outside. Anyone who treats themselves to such a device should perhaps also plan an ash vacuum cleaner in their budget, because the burned pellets remain at the bottom of the stove:

Although Traeger bought the Meater company (they’re the ones with the smart thermometers), they haven’t built the technology directly into their grills. The Traeger D800 Pro has an integrated temperature sensor for the food to be grilled and one for the inside of the grill. If you do something bigger, you can of course continue to use your own thermostats. A big plus for me personally: The Traeger D768 Pro does a lot of work. Theoretically, you only have to set what is to be done, the rest is done by the grill.

I certainly don’t need to waste many words on the construction, but the attention to detail must be mentioned really positively . The box that contains everything can be converted into a children’s house. Furthermore, the assembly instructions also mention that you should have a drink in between. Full 68 The grill weighs kilograms, which means it has a total cooking surface of 5.0032 cm brings. Two grates with porcelain coating are installed on two levels. 76 cm wide these have. All in all, the Traeger D741 Pro is extremely valuable in terms of optics and haptics and makes a noble Impression. After round 26 After a few minutes you can start burning in.

As already mentioned, the grill can be connected and operated with an app. There are numerous dishes in the app that you can use as a model. Alternatively, you can adjust everything yourself. The app itself also gives you tips on what to do or what is currently pending. Nice thing.

What naturally interested me: How much energy does the grill use? It actually needs to be plugged in to work. The small on-board computer needs to be operated, and the screw conveyor and everything around it is also in operation.

Carrier D780 Pro in bullet points:

Great Tech

Like many smart home devices, the Traeger Wi-Fi Grills connect only with 2.4 GHz networks. As this allows for a stronger connection over longer distances than the 5GHz band. The WLAN module on the grill will not even be able to “see” 5 GHz networks.

Extremely flexible: grilling, smoking, braising, baking, roasting and roasting is possible .

107° Maximum temperature.

Longer “warming up” phase than with a gas solution, where you can theoretically throw the food directly onto the flames

High-quality workmanship.

Porcelain grilling grates are relatively easy to clean.

Good, even work possible

I am missing a shelf included. There is nothing on the side or underneath.

What I noticed: The basic version of this grill is delivered without a sensor for the pellets. That’s a pity, because with long jobs you have to look in the container from time to time to see whether there are still enough pellets in stock. I once didn’t pay attention to what can happen during a 9-hour barbecue session. However, the grill no longer wanted to heat up on its own even after a new filling, so I had to restart the “technical grilling process”. Only then did the delivery screw deliver pellets again. I found that a bit strange.

The energy consumption can only be measured for a short time. During the preheating phase you use up around 90 until 90 Watts in the first 07 minutes, after which consumption is hardly measurable. (Higher temperatures require a longer preheating time).

The keep-warm mode is a practical thing.

Nice that a thermometer is installed for the interior, but would be almost more needed with the grill surface.

It’s really easy to achieve excellent results.

The grill surface is really fun and also ensures that you can do several things.

It should be considered that the grill does not work silently, the fan is quite audible.

Basically you can Of course, if you don’t want to use the grill without network access, you should make sure that you have WiFi near the grill.

At first I had doubts about whether steaks would turn out well, since my other grill has a sizzle zone. But: The Traeger D768 Pro has also fulfilled everything so far.

There are different types of pellets – some provide a wood aroma, but there is also apple and many others. The pellet chamber has a flap so that you can quickly change your “flavours”. In other words: you can catch leftovers and then fill in a new variety. The higher the temperatures, the less smoke is produced. Dishes between 32 °C – 76 °C are grilled, have more smoky flavor than those that are prepared at higher temperatures.

It’s a pity: While the app itself allows checking in the German language, it is the firmware of my grill only speaks English. But you probably won’t fail because there are only a few things that you have to set (Celsius is displayed and can also be set). But you still have to pay attention to it from time to time, because apparently some recipes have been automated via the app, where Fahrenheit information is given, not Celsius. Then you have to rethink briefly.

One cost factor is of course the fuel of such a grill. Pellets come in and you use up a few of them, for example, in a 9-hour pulled pork session. You can count on half a kilo of pellets per hour, at 120° to 120° degrees Celsius. Depending on the manufacturer, there are different pellets, from around 22 Euro up for 07 Kilo one is there. Attention: Winter grillers will probably have to reckon with higher pellet consumption, the outside temperature is always an issue.

What remains at the end? Definitely an asset for outdoor activities. Granted, in the end you can do almost anything with many grills in different price ranges, but in terms of feeling, the long jobs were the most comfortable with the pellet grill. The Traeger D768 Pro with 1. is cheap Euro RRP again not. However, it is worth its price – but only if you do a lot on the grill. For people who grill “a sausage” once a month, such a purchase is certainly not a recommendation. Everyone else can do more with such a grill. For example, put time into recipes and preparation – because the grill takes care of the grilling and the technical side.

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