Pit Boss Pro 820 vs 600

fstellab

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Folks,
I am just about to purchase a Pro 850-sq in Hammer Tone Pellet Grill Model #PB850PS2 from Lowes. I was looking at the Pit Boss Pro 600, but then I saw the 820 with the Smoke App and I really want it. Problem is that most of the time I will be cooking for 2 people only, just my wife and I. This will be my first grill, so I am totally new to this. Is the 820 too much for 2 people? Does the larger grill use a lot more pellets? Does the lack of a smoke chimney on the 600 make a big difference?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I would go with the 850. When you have a party, it's nice to be able to cook more food so know one is waiting. There will have more room when you go to smoke something like a brisket or turkey.
 

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The most common advise I've heard on this topic is get twice the size you need. You'll never hear anyone say they wish they had a smaller grill, but lots of people say they wish they had a larger grill. Since things are cooked low and slow for hours, you'll need to cook enough for everyone all at once in order to feed everyone at the same time.

I also have issues with the app, hopefully they fix this.
 

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Thanks Folks, I will buy the larger Grill today ...
I am concerned about the APP ... will I be able to use the Grill without the APP ? until they get it fixed.
 

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Folks,
I am just about to purchase a Pro 850-sq in Hammer Tone Pellet Grill Model #PB850PS2 from Lowes. I was looking at the Pit Boss Pro 600, but then I saw the 820 with the Smoke App and I really want it. Problem is that most of the time I will be cooking for 2 people only, just my wife and I. This will be my first grill, so I am totally new to this. Is the 820 too much for 2 people? Does the larger grill use a lot more pellets? Does the lack of a smoke chimney on the 600 make a big difference?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I have the hammer tone on my Austin Xl and it has separated and rusting on the lid after a year I don’t know if it’s a defect I take very good care of it out in good weather and put it away in bad so I am not to sure about the hammered finish
 

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Folks,
I am just about to purchase a Pro 850-sq in Hammer Tone Pellet Grill Model #PB850PS2 from Lowes. I was looking at the Pit Boss Pro 600, but then I saw the 820 with the Smoke App and I really want it. Problem is that most of the time I will be cooking for 2 people only, just my wife and I. This will be my first grill, so I am totally new to this. Is the 820 too much for 2 people? Does the larger grill use a lot more pellets? Does the lack of a smoke chimney on the 600 make a big difference?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I have the 820 and I smoked two pork butts and 20 burgers for our family party awhile back. Worked out perfectly. With that being said , to each their own and what makes you happy. Roll the smoke!!
 

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Got the Austin XL for its simplicity, non PID controller and size. You'll be surprised how quickly you can use up the space! I thought I'd never use 1000 sq inch but I'm glad I got something bigger. You also want room for a smoke tube if you're planning on using one🤙🏽
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Also for me, if I'm putting hours into prep and smoking I'm gonna make it worth the time and put a couple racks, chickens or whatever it may be.
 

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Oh and for your water pan and those delicious sides like smoked mac and cheese or beans. You'll need room for that too.... OK I'm done, back to work!
 
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