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It official.  The 2nd Generation Timberline will hit selves in April.  It sound like they’ve done a lot to address some of the shortcoming in the first generation model with a redesign D2 system and an improved controller with improved smoke circulation.  We’ll have to wait for reviews to see the difference. 

 

What do you guys think of the 2019 Timberlines?  

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1 hour ago, retfr8flyr said:

Looks like a nice package, I just wish they had included an upgrade path for all us first gen owners.

 

They made changes to the Auger system that required some changes to the internals.

 

They could’ve done way with the magnetic cutting board on the new model.  It’s really not a huge selling feature.  I would’ve preferred a storage area of some kind.

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The D2 is a really nice system. The multi gear with reverse capabilities is really nice.  The temps recovery is definitely quicker, however, don’t discredit first generation timberline.  Still a hell of a grill and I’m not totally sure if an upgrade is required from what you have.  

 

With all of that said.... if they offered me the new panel as an upgrade.... I’d likely buy it

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1 hour ago, bosco said:

The D2 is a really nice system. The multi gear with reverse capabilities is really nice.  The temps recovery is definitely quicker, however, don’t discredit first generation timberline.  Still a hell of a grill and I’m not totally sure if an upgrade is required from what you have.  

 

With all of that said.... if they offered me the new panel as an upgrade.... I’d likely buy it

I'm not complaining, I love my 1300, it just seems to me that they could have done the engineering on the new system, with upgrade capability in mind. I don't see how it would have been that difficult.

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8 hours ago, retfr8flyr said:

I'm not complaining, I love my 1300, it just seems to me that they could have done the engineering on the new system, with upgrade capability in mind. I don't see how it would have been that difficult.

 

None of the Pellet Grill makers consider upgrades outside of controller upgrades.  

 

People who buy the Timberline 2 will feel the same way in 2021 when they release the Timberline 3.  

 

If you’re enoying your food I wouldn’t worry about it too much.  

 

The biggest difference is a faster recovery time, slightly better performance in freezing weather and a slightly stronger smoke profile.  

 

 

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5 hours ago, Charcoal Addict said:

 

None of the Pellet Grill makers consider upgrades outside of controller upgrades.  

 

People who buy the Timberline 2 will feel the same way in 2021 when they release the Timberline 3.  

 

If you’re enoying your food I wouldn’t worry about it too much.  

 

The biggest difference is a faster recovery time, slightly better performance in freezing weather and a slightly stronger smoke profile.  

 

 

 

I disagree with smoke profile.  Everything is the same, downdraft, super smoked controller software etc.  

 

The faster recovery winter and summer so I wouldn’t isolate it by season.... in my opinion. 

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Interesting grill, at times I find the draw of the pellet grills set it and forget it operation attractive.

 

On the other had the purist side of me sees only a stick burner or a kamado as viable backyard grills leaving the pellet grill orphaned in between.  It can't compete with the smoke profile of the stick burner nor can it compete with the energy efficiency and year round consistency in colder climates as a ceramic grill nor can it replicate the searing power, baking or smoking ability of a kamado 

 

I recommend them only to people fixated on buying a propane bbq... the ease of operation, better flavour vs. propane and price points make them a much better alternative than a gaser if you could only have one grill IMO.

 

Do you agree or do you see more redeeming qualities in the pellet grill slotting between a stick burner and a Kamado than what I've listed?  I am not saying that if a Yoder Ys640 showed up at my door I wouldn't keep it :) 

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50 minutes ago, Smokingdadbbq said:

....Do you agree or do you see more redeeming qualities in the pellet grill slotting between a stick burner and a Kamado than what I've listed?  I am not saying that if a Yoder Ys640 showed up at my door I wouldn't keep it :) 

 

Ive never cooked on a stick burner but really want to try one out!

 

however, I have extensive kamado and now pellet experience and find my Timberlines to out perform in all aspects with the exception of high-heat searing.  My bbq is better & baking isn’t even close.

 

i got in to Kamado’s with the notion that I’d have only the one grill that would be outstanding at everything but that idea has changed. 

 

Others may have different experiences and ideas and that is great. 

 

On the note about price-point, In my area a good Weber gasser is cheaper than the same quality/size pellet grill.

 

not sure where @Charcoal Addict is getting the info about D2 increasing smoke flavor? I did not see that claim or understand the mechanics.  @Charcoal Addict Which model timberline do you have? Thinking it must be one of the versions that the rest of us have unless you got a new D2 already?  If you have that, I have a couple questions.  I have no desire to upgrade my d1 timberlines, they both perform flawlessly so far 

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My first gen Timberline 850 has zero issues.  I could not ask for any better performance.  I am happy that Traeger has improved the grill though.  I am also ZERO disappointed that the upgrades won't retrofit to my grill.  I just don't need them.  If my grill was failing due to PROBLEMS that these upgrades FIXED then I might want them.  

 

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3 hours ago, Smokingdadbbq said:

Interesting grill, at times I find the draw of the pellet grills set it and forget it operation attractive.

 

On the other had the purist side of me sees only a stick burner or a kamado as viable backyard grills leaving the pellet grill orphaned in between.  It can't compete with the smoke profile of the stick burner nor can it compete with the energy efficiency and year round consistency in colder climates as a ceramic grill nor can it replicate the searing power, baking or smoking ability of a kamado 

 

I recommend them only to people fixated on buying a propane bbq... the ease of operation, better flavour vs. propane and price points make them a much better alternative than a gaser if you could only have one grill IMO.

 

Do you agree or do you see more redeeming qualities in the pellet grill slotting between a stick burner and a Kamado than what I've listed?  I am not saying that if a Yoder Ys640 showed up at my door I wouldn't keep it :) 

 

Incouldnt disagree with you anymore to be honest.  A pellet grill is an excellent product.  Purist?? Charcoal isn’t purist and new pellet grills can compete with fuel consumption in any climate.  

 

As for your offset.... the unfortunate thing is that most people think that the taste of smoke from a stick burner is real bbq when in fact majority of users struggle with clean burning and are eating white smoke.  Stick burners are amazing when you learn to dial them in.... I agree that nothing will compare to that flavour. 

 

Whe I first switched to pellets from the charcoal Kamado I struggled with the profile.  Then I learned that clean burning smoke was a smooth flavour and one that didn’t kill me with heart burn.   

 

I have pizzaovens, Weber’s, multiple kamados and pellet grills. I can honestly say that I use my pellet grill 95% of the time.  

 

The only thing I will say is similar with propane and pellet grills is the ease of use and heating up.   They are really quick... but other than that pellet grills dominate in all areas.  

 

There is a stigma that they are easy bake ovens and real men cook on open flames and offsets.  Total crock to be honest and I will gladly outcook anyone who disagrees.  

 

13 time grand champion DivaQ cooks exclusively on a Traeger... try telling her that they are propane grills...

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36 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

My first gen Timberline 850 has zero issues.  I could not ask for any better performance.  I am happy that Traeger has improved the grill though.  I am also ZERO disappointed that the upgrades won't retrofit to my grill.  I just don't need them.  If my grill was failing due to PROBLEMS that these upgrades FIXED then I might want them.  

 

 

I agree with this!!! Don’t need to chase the rabbit!!!

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9 hours ago, freddyjbbq said:

 

Ive never cooked on a stick burner but really want to try one out!

 

however, I have extensive kamado and now pellet experience and find my Timberlines to out perform in all aspects with the exception of high-heat searing.  My bbq is better & baking isn’t even close.

 

i got in to Kamado’s with the notion that I’d have only the one grill that would be outstanding at everything but that idea has changed. 

 

Others may have different experiences and ideas and that is great. 

 

On the note about price-point, In my area a good Weber gasser is cheaper than the same quality/size pellet grill.

 

not sure where @Charcoal Addict is getting the info about D2 increasing smoke flavor? I did not see that claim or understand the mechanics.  @Charcoal Addict Which model timberline do you have? Thinking it must be one of the versions that the rest of us have unless you got a new D2 already?  If you have that, I have a couple questions.  I have no desire to upgrade my d1 timberlines, they both perform flawlessly so far 

 

That’s a quote of the sales pitch from the Marketing Agency Traeger hired to promote the new D2 system.  

 

We’ll have to wait for independent reviews comparing the old and new units in the coming months to see what the real world performances differences are between the two model gens of Timberline. 

 

Most Marketing teams love adding their own version of “extra thick blue smoke” when promoting products. 

 

Let’s see what the reviews say in the coming months.

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5 hours ago, Charcoal Addict said:

 

That’s a quote of the sales pitch from the Marketing Agency Traeger hired to promote the new D2 system.  

 

We’ll have to wait for independent reviews comparing the old and new units in the coming months to see what the real world performances differences are between the two model gens of Timberline. 

 

Most Marketing teams love adding their own version of “extra thick blue smoke” when promoting products. 

 

Let’s see what the reviews say in the coming months.

 

Do you have the same version timberline as us or getting the d2? 

 

It’s great that Traeger is making improvements, but I’m extremely happy with what I’ve got 

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