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Traeger Wood Pellet Grills Vs Weber Charcoal Grills (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

May 19th, 2020 | 5 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Framingham Grill Display

Ten years ago, you bought a grill. It was a gas grill. You hooked it up to propane or a natural gas outlet, and you started to grill.

Gas grills are fast, precise, and easy. But what flavor does a gas grill infuse into your food?

Charcoal and pellet types are different because they do add flavor and texture, but in different ways.

In this article, you will learn the difference between charcoal and pellet grills (Hint: One can't grill).

weber-grill-display-yale-appliance-framinghamBBQ Grill Display at Yale Appliance in Framingham 


There isn't one best type of grill for everyone. However, you will learn what might be best for the way you cook.

Weber Charcoal Grills

Weber-Charcoal-Grill_1Weber Charcoal Grills 


Charcoal has been around for a while. You probably have used a charcoal grill when tailgating or starting.

Weber has been at the forefront of charcoal grills. Their Charcoal Summit is the best on the market.

Charcoal can heat to 1100 degrees like a sear burner on a professional gas BBQ grill, but it adds texture and flavor gas does not.

Weber Summit Charcoal BBQ Grill 18501001 - $1,999.99



  • 452 sq. In. of cooking area
  • Air Insulated Double Walled - Helps retain heat for consistent cooking
  • Diffuser Plate - creates indirect heat for slow cooking
  • Gasket Lid - Creates a heat-trapping seal to retain temperature
  • Gourmet BBQ System - an interchangeable system that adapts to cooking a variety of foods using optional accessories like pizza, wok, griddle, etc.
  • Snap-Jet Ignition System - Quickly start the grill using propane gas.

The Summit Charcoal Grilling Center might initially look like a larger Kettle grill on a cart, but it's a different grill.

You still use charcoal for flavor, but there is also gas to quickly light the charcoal.

The unit is constructed with air-insulated double walls to retain and control heat. This design is comparable to using ceramic but helps make the grill lighter to move.

This type of construction is essential for smoking because a single load of charcoal can retain heat for hours.

Pros: What's great about this grill is the versatility you have with different types of cooking. It's excellent at slow cooking but also can sear with the adjustable grate.

Weber offers a lineup of accessories using the Gourmet BBQ System to reconfigure the grill for any grilling situation.

This grill is easy and straightforward to use with charcoal while also being very versatile to food and cooking methods.

Cons: The biggest con is the unit takes up space. It is large, and there isn't a lot of cooking area compared to the size.

It is nice to have the work area but would be better with more cooking space for more items.

Cleaning out the charcoals isn't easy either. You have to use the basket on the bottom, and it can fill with ashes quickly.

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Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 14401001 - $165.00

Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill


  • 363 sq. In. of cooking area
  • Porcelain-Enameled Lid and Bowl - helps protects against the elements for long-lasting use
  • Built-In Thermometer - Easy temperature to manage the cooking process
  • Lid Handle with Heat Shield - helps to open and close the lid without heavy-duty gloves on
  • Ash Catcher - easily remove and dispose of ash or spent Charcoal
  • Air Vents - Swivels to regulate air and smoke

This was my first grill and still, use it at a friend's house. It doesn't have the accessories of the Summit or the LP tank. It is a great little grill. With some patience, you can cook some great food.

Pros: Easy to maneuver around. You can keep it outside on your porch, or bring it with you for that Sunday Tailgate.

Cons: Small size doesn't give you options for cooking multiple different items.

The New Weber Summit Charcoal Grill [VIDEO]

Traeger Wood Pellet Grills

Traeger-wood-pellet-grill-lil-pig-1Traeger Lil' Pig Wood-Fired Pellet Grill at Yale Appliance in Boston


Pellet grills have become popular over the last 5-10 years. If you read online reviews, it is divided between people who love and people despise it.

Wood Pellets are not grills in the conventional sense. They cannot reach temperatures over 500 degrees.

Grill PelletsWood Pellets for a Wood-Fired Pellet Grill


However, you can control the temperatures precisely unlike charcoal.

How Do Pellet Grills Work?

We cover this in greater detail in other posts, but a motor turns a screw-like device, an auger, to feed the burn pot. The pellets are then ignited and exhausted by the chimney.



Pellets are available in almost every flavor imaginable. So you can infuse your food with Applewood, Pecan, or just about any other flavor.

Traeger Timberline 1300 Pellet Grill TFB01WLE - $1,999.99



  • Timberline D2® Controller
  • WiFIRE® Technology
  • Timberline D2®Direct Drive
  • TurboTemp®
  • GrillGuide®
  • Three tiers of stainless steel grates
  • Double-wall stainless steel interior
  • Pellet Sensor
  • Magnetic Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Concealed Grease Management System

The best features are the flavor. Pellet cooking, especially with different pellet flavors, can add a level of taste second to none.

It is more of a “low and slow” smokey flavor. Chicken wings and ribs come out wonderfully.

This type of grilling is best for the all-day outdoor chef. Taking the time, having a couple of cold ones, and enjoying the day. If you want to grill burgers and dogs quickly, this grill is not for you.

Pros: You can set the precise temperature with a pellet grill. So you can follow a recipe more precisely.

Their newer grills have WiFire or the ability to control the temperature through an app on your phone.

Cons: Time. You need time. This grill only has a max temperature of 500 degrees whereas grills can heat to 1100 degrees. You cannot sear or char with a 500-degree oven, unlike charcoal.

Traeger Pro 575 Pellet Grill TFB57GLE - $799.99

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  • Pro D2® Controller - As easy as using an oven. Just turn the dial to the desired temp, hit ignite, and you're Traegering.
  • WiFIRE® Technology - Allows you to monitor and adjust your grill anywhere.
  • Pro D2® Direct Drive - Improves searing and allows you to cook low and slow or hot and fast.
  • TurboTemp® - Lightning fast start-up times and quicker recovery.
  • GrillGuide® - Step-by-step cooking instructions and alerts for over 1,500 recipes in the Traeger app.

Should You Buy a Traeger Grill? [Video]


Traeger Wood Pellet Grills Vs. Weber Charcoal Grills

  Weber 14401001 Weber 18501001 Traeger TFB57GLE Traeger TFB01WLE
Fuel Charcoal Charcoal, Gas Ignite Pellet Pellet
Best Feature 363 Cubic Ft
Cooking Area
Multi-Use Features Turbo Temp Pellet Sensor
Cooking Quick Char Several Slow / Steady Single Level Slow / Steady Single Level
Result  Char-Grilled Depends on Use Smokey Flavor Smokey Flavor
Price $165 $1999 $799 $1999

What Do Weber And Traeger Have In Common?

Full disclosure, these items don't have much in common except that they both are outdoor grilling units and alternatives to gas.

What Are Weber's And Traeger's Key Differences?

The biggest difference is the heat source.

Charcoal is for that quick sear and char flavor.

Pellets are more of a low and slow method for a smokey flavor and not put a quick sear on the product. More of a crust around the edges of the product.

With a charcoal grill, you can grill with the lid open. You would need to keep the lid closed for maximum results on the Traeger because it loses temperatures so rapidly.

Traeger Wood Pellet Grills Vs. Weber Charcoal Grills [VIDEO]



Key Takeaways

That would depend on your type of outdoor cooking. If you like to smoke the Traeger is the way to go. It will provide you with great results on ribs, wings, and briskets.

If you are having a cookout with family and friends, then charcoal will provide you with what you need. Charcoal will provide the speed of gas with better flavor and texture.

Additional Resources 

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

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