Grilla Grills Silverbac vs RecTec RT-680
We’re often asked to compare Silverbac to the RecTec RT-680 (closest in size). It’s not really a fair comparison when you consider that the RT-680 is nearly twice the price. Plus, it’s more about market philosophy than grill features. Our approach is to build a classic grill that is easy to use, cooks well and is rock solid season after season. We also believe in traditional style and color; a design that complements your deck and patio. If you want a grill that shouts ‘look at me’ and has horns that will make a Texas steer blush, well, we can’t help you there.
Footprint: The RT-680 is 30” deep, due to the hopper being in back, 8” more than Silverbac and nearly every other comparable grill. May not sound like much, but the 8” depth plus 7” longer creates a very large footprint on your deck. Keep that in mind in planning space.
Hopper size: 20lb hopper with changeout doors is the norm and for good reason. It’s enough for 2 or more all day cooks, but it’s small enough to easily switch out flavor profiles and keep pellets fresh. If you’re not cooking every day, a 40lbs. hopper may result in the pellets being exposed to the elements too long.
Chamber size: Always a consideration. The RT-680 is very large and that requires more fuel/cost to create a comparable level of heat and smoke for your cook.
Controller: Silverbac includes a meat temp probe; RT-680 does not. As far as our digital vs. PID, see below.
Grilla Grills Silverbac vs Traeger Elite 34
Another comparison is Silverbac vs. Traeger Elite 34. To their credit, Traeger was among the first in large scale pellet smoker sales. Large scale doesn’t mean better, though, and we believe the Silverbac is far and away a more solid investment than the comparable (in size) Traeger Elite 34.
Here’s a few key issues:
Controls: Digital with adjustable setting in 5 degree increments from 180-500 vs their Dial control in roughly 25 degree increments. That can make a significant difference in longer cooks.
Customer service: See if you can get the engineering manager to answer questions on the phone, especially after hours! Grilla Grills has a great team and being family owned we take this serious.
Cooking grates: 1/4″ Stainless on BOTH Silverbac grates vs the Elite’s single .170 powder coated steel. This is a big deal in our opinion; one that will begin to surface after cooking.
Warranty: Grilla Grills provides a 4 year warranty vs 3 year Traeger warranty.
Steel construction: Silverbac is built like a tank, 14GA body and heavy duty 12GA stainless steel lid, which is 20% thicker than Traeger’s Elite materials.
All this and $200 cheaper to your door step!
PID Controllers: Do They Produce a Better Cook?
Let’s talk controllers. Most consumer pellet grills have a temperature controller designed to adjust auger feed and fan speed as a way to maintain the smoke chamber at the desired temperature. There are a variety of controllers on the market, ranging from analog dial to digital push button to PID controller.
The type of controller, like any other pellet grill feature, influences the purchasing decision, but often for the wrong reasons. The PID controller, for example, is a fairly sophisticated industrial mechanism that uses a continuous feedback loop to make very precise adjustments of the fan and auger. That may be all well and good, but the end goal is not just temperature control but temperature control that produces the best quality and quantity of smoke. If the goal was simply precise temperature control, then why not just cook your ribs and brisket in the oven.
In fact, a digital controller, one that allows a +/- 10*F temperature swing (as opposed to the +/- .5*F swing of the PID) may actually produce MORE good smoke because of more pellet smoldering in the temperature cycle. We believe that’s one reason why Grilla and Silverbac produce a smoke flavor equal to or superior than any PID grill on the market.
We’re not stating that the PID controller is not a good controller. We’re simply pointing out that there is no documented evidence that correlates better smoke production or flavor to the more costly PID controller.
Grilla Grills doesn’t believe in frills that offer pretend luxury. We don’t want excess. We want results. So, rely on Grilla Grills to deliver maximum smoke when you set the digital temperature control. Flowing from under the rack, the robust smoke produces the deep, rich, unbeatable flavor.
And remember to use a meat thermometer too when checking if your cook is ready for the table!
|Overall dimensions (W x H x D)||47x51x22||54x49x22||53x48x30|
|Meat probe with digital readout of food temp||Yes||No||No|
|Convenience tray with utensil hooks||No||No||Available|
|Hard rubber tires||No||No||Yes|
|Stainless steel no-warp lid||Yes||No||No|
|Insulated firebox for very cold weather||Yes||No||No|
|Second tier cooking grate||Standard||Available||Available|
|Stainless steel grate||Yes||No||Yes|
|Open cooking area||692 sq in||646 sq in||702 sq in|
|Igniter (hot rod) diameter||0.375||0.375||0.375|
|Cooking grate dia||0.25 S.S||.180 steel||0.25 S.S|
|Body material||.06 16GA||.045 18GA||.067 15GA|
|Lid material||.09 12GA S.S||.083 13 GA||.11 11GA|
|Warranty||4yrs||3yrs||4yrsoption for more|
|Distribution||Ship Direct||Dealer||Ship Direct|
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