Camp Chef vs Traeger: Everything You Need To Know

If you are anything like me, you must be confused between a Camp Chef pellet grill and a Traeger pellet grill? Indeed, it’s a tough decision to make.

Do not worry.

Here I will help you out in deciding between the two. Stick around with me to reach a meaningful conclusion.

Let’s see how one fares against another. Be aware its a tough call and not a one-sided avenue.

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Camp Chef Versus Traeger Pellet Grills-Complete Comparison

  • Great customer service
  • Side and Grill technology (direct flame grilling up to 650 degrees F)
  • Extended chamber height for more cooking space
  • Gen 2 Digital Controller with ten levels of smoking
  • Ash cleanout and grease management system
  • Efficient Digital Controller with menu
  • 6 in 1 versatility cooking in all grills
  • WiFire technology, D2 Direct Drive, TurboTemp, Advanced Grilling Logic
  • Impressive pellet hopper capacity
  • Barrel-shaped chamber

Best Overall: Camp Chef Smokepro SG Vs Traeger Ironwood 650

Best Overall Camp Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro SG Wood Pellet Grill Smoker, Black (PG24SG)
Best Overall Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB65BLF Grill Ironwood 650, Black
This smart-looking pellet grill is a Camp Chef SmokePro unit with side shelves, rolling wheels, auto igniter, automatic auger, dual meat probes, and Dual Led temp screen. It has a large cooking space area as well large pellet hopper capacity with a 3-year warranty.
This Traeger unit has a barrel-shaped chamber, 650 sq. inches cooking space, advanced digital controller, two side shelves, all-terrain wheels, and everything else. This makes it a power package with all things included.
Best Overall Camp Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro SG Wood Pellet Grill Smoker, Black (PG24SG)
This smart-looking pellet grill is a Camp Chef SmokePro unit with side shelves, rolling wheels, auto igniter, automatic auger, dual meat probes, and Dual Led temp screen. It has a large cooking space area as well large pellet hopper capacity with a 3-year warranty.
Best Overall Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB65BLF Grill Ironwood 650, Black
This Traeger unit has a barrel-shaped chamber, 650 sq. inches cooking space, advanced digital controller, two side shelves, all-terrain wheels, and everything else. This makes it a power package with all things included.

Camp Chef Smokepro SG Wood Pellet Grill Smoker

Do you also fall for extra cooking space? This grill and smoker has a total rack surface area of 811 sq. inches with the main cooking area of 429 sq. inches and secondary cooking area of 382 sq. inches. This extra cooking area is possible because of its expanded chamber height.

Impressive isn’t? The hopper capacity is also kept super sufficient at 22 lbs. It has a PID controller with increments of 5-degree F.  A lot more is yet to be unfolded. Just stay with us!

PROS:
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty
  • More than sufficient pellet hopper capacity
  • Easy to read out and glare-free LED display
  • Temperature range from 160 degrees F to 500 degrees F
CONS:
  • More of a grill than a smoker

This impressive wood pellet grill is self-sufficient, which includes nearly all advanced technology. The pellet grill has two meat probes, a user-friendly menu dial, easy ash cleanout, and grease management system, and so much more. 

Download the Camp Chef app to monitor, control, and set the temperature control remotely. Not only this, it has a side shelf to the right, and two wheels in front for easy mobility. The patented Slide and Grill technology can also be used for direct flame grilling to reach a temperature upto 650-degree F. 

Traeger Grills TFB65BLF Grill Ironwood 650

The best overall in Traeger Grill against Camp Chef is this 650 sq. inches Traeger grill from Ironwood series. Like every other Traeger grill, Ironwood 650 supports every advanced technology Traeger grills are equipped with.

To name some, it is compatible with Alexa, uses WiFire technology, Turbo Temp, and D2 Direct Drive. 

PROS:
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Stable and sturdy unit
  • Keep Warm features keeps your food warm anytime
  • Wifi-enabled
CONS:
  • Wifi works well with good internet speed only

Apart from this, Ironwood 650 has a barrel-shaped chamber that facilities better smoking, 6 in 1 cooking versatility, decent cooking space that accommodates eight chickens or five-rib racks at a time, and much more. The hopper capacity is 20lbs, i.e., 2 lbs less than Champ Chef’s SmokePro.

For stability, it is provided with four wheels, the two wheels at the back with locks. That’s something we love about it. It also has one meat probe and other features like Keep Warm, Super Smoker, and Timer accessible through the digital control panel on the hopper.

Best Budget: Camp Chef PG24XT Vs Traeger Renegade Pro

Best Budget Camp Chef
Camp Chef PG24XT Smoke Pro Pellet BBQ with Digital Controls and Stainless Temp Probe Smoker Grill, Black
Best Budget Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. In. Cooking Capacity, Black/Orange
this is a versatile wood pellet grill perfect for backyard parties with 570 sq inches cooking space, patented ash cleanout system, side shelf on pellet hopper lid, and advanced digital control system. It has a digital screen and knob for maintaining temperature rightly with a stainless-steel meat probe.
The cool-touch handle is the best thing about Renegade Pro. Apart from this, it has two meat probes, digital controller with a knob. It has a powerful construction and cooking space for having a backyard or patio party.
Best Budget Camp Chef
Camp Chef PG24XT Smoke Pro Pellet BBQ with Digital Controls and Stainless Temp Probe Smoker Grill, Black
this is a versatile wood pellet grill perfect for backyard parties with 570 sq inches cooking space, patented ash cleanout system, side shelf on pellet hopper lid, and advanced digital control system. It has a digital screen and knob for maintaining temperature rightly with a stainless-steel meat probe.
Best Budget Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. In. Cooking Capacity, Black/Orange
The cool-touch handle is the best thing about Renegade Pro. Apart from this, it has two meat probes, digital controller with a knob. It has a powerful construction and cooking space for having a backyard or patio party.

Camp Chef PG24XT Smoke Pro Pellet

This is the best budget Camp Chef unit as it is priced affordably. Even at this price, it is featured with all the patented technology Camp Chef uses in its grills, namely Slide and Grill technology, Smart Smoke Technology and patented Ash cleanout system. It comes with a cooking surface area of 570 sq. inches, sufficient enough to hold backyard parties. 

PROS:
  • Affordable and packed with great features
  • Best for beginners who hassle with the temperature control setting
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Decent cooking surface and a pellet hopper capacity
CONS:
  • Temperature swing issues

Along with this, it comes with a stainless-steel meat probe, stainless steel firebox, Blue LED digital temperature control display, grease management system, etc. It boasts a hopper capacity of 18lbs. The temperature ranges from 160 degree F to 500 degree F.

Controlling temperature is not a big deal on this unit as it has a versatile digital controller. The digital control on 24 XT is the most advanced and versatile of all. It also has automatic auger feed pellets that don’t allow wood pellets to be added to hopper manually. 

The next best thing about this unit is the patented ash cleanout that just uses a lever to be pulled out to get all the ash out. The surface of the pellet hopper can be conveniently used as a side shelf. It also includes a bottom shelf for extra storage. More storage is always welcomed while grilling, ins’t?

Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke

The best budget model of Traeger is Renegade Pro pellet grill and smoker. It is the best pellet smoker in the market.

With a cooking surface area of 380 sq. inches, it is sufficient to cook two chickens or three racks of ribs or 12 burgers. 

It is equipped with cool-touch handles, a bucket at the side to collect ash, and a long steel handle to the right of pellet hopper for moving it around. The pellet hopper capacity is 18lbs. Apart from this, the main highlight of the model is its digital control panel with two meat probes. 

PROS:
  • 6 in 1 versatility cooking
  • Easy to control the temperature
  • Comes with two meat probes and digital panel as well
  • All-terrain wheels
  • Electronic auto-start ignition
CONS:
  • Less cooking surface area

This pellet grill also features Traeger’s Advanced Grilling Logic that sets the temperature for your food automatically. The temperature control can be maintained in the increments of 15 degrees F for precision cooking.

Did we miss telling you about its warranty? It comes with a 3-year warranty and can reach a temperature of about 450 degrees F max. The cooking grates are made from porcelain, which makes them easy to clean. 

Best Portable: Camp Chef Pursuit Vs Traeger Ranger

Best Portable Camp Chef
Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill PPG20,Black,Silver
Best Portable Traeger
Traeger TFB78GZE Pro Series 780 Pellet Grill, Smoker, Bronze-Fulfilled
This one can be mistaken for a luggage bag because of its easy to roll away features, also the best highlight of this model. This is an efficient portable with ample cooking space, Gen 2 Controller, dual shelf convection cooking, and so much more, making your outdoor grilling just perfect.
This Ranger Grill can help you keep feeding yourself even on your adventure. You can just place at the back of the truck and be gone. With 184 sq. inches cooking space, grill as well as a griddle, it includes every other special feature that Traeger grills include.
Best Portable Camp Chef
Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill PPG20,Black,Silver
This one can be mistaken for a luggage bag because of its easy to roll away features, also the best highlight of this model. This is an efficient portable with ample cooking space, Gen 2 Controller, dual shelf convection cooking, and so much more, making your outdoor grilling just perfect.
Best Portable Traeger
Traeger TFB78GZE Pro Series 780 Pellet Grill, Smoker, Bronze-Fulfilled
This Ranger Grill can help you keep feeding yourself even on your adventure. You can just place at the back of the truck and be gone. With 184 sq. inches cooking space, grill as well as a griddle, it includes every other special feature that Traeger grills include.

Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill PPG20

This portable pellet grill by Camp Chef has to be the most convenient portable grills of all. You can just roll it along with you wherever you go with the help of its push-button folding legs. 

Not only this, but the pellet grill also comes with more than enough 501 square inches of cooking space and a 10lbs pellet hopper capacity. This cooking area is sufficient enough to accommodate four chickens or four racks of ribs or four tri trips or 16 ½ pound burgers or a 12-inch pizza.

The heavy-duty wheels and locking lids make it even better for tailgating, RVing, backyard party, camp siting, and whatnot. 

PROS:
  • Ultimate portable grill
  • Top-rated portable grills on Amazon
  • Gen 2 digital controller
  • Folding legs and leg levelers
  • Locking chamber and hopper lid
CONS:
  • Auger feeding issues

The other highlight of the unit is the Camp Chef Gen 2 Controller. This Gen 2 PID controller has a 10 level smoking setting, increments in 5 degrees F for precision temperature control, two meat probes, menu dial, 110-volt outlet, and high visibility LED display.

Other than that, it includes all the patented features of Camp Chef pellet grills as well. It also comes with a 3-year warranty. 

Traeger Grills Ranger Grill TBT18KLD Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

This Ranger grill from Traeger is ready to be loaded to the back of your truck and go out on an adventure. This is one of the best pellet smokers. This portable Traeger wood pellet grill is priced at $399. This makes it a close call to choose between the two. 

PROS:
  • Conveniently priced
  • Lock latches in the front for safe transportation
  • Also includes a meat probe
  • Sturdy, stable and easy to use
  • Grill as well as a great smoker
CONS:
  • The design flaw in quite a few cases

Ranger grill has a cooking surface area of 184 square inches only. This space is enough to accommodate six burgers or one rib rack or ten hot dogs. Dissapoints a little with a cooking space but is super convenient for a solo trip. The hopper capacity is 8lbs for the cooking space it provides.

It also features Digital ARC Controller that allows the temperature to set in increments of 5 degrees F for precision cooking. It also includes a griddle as a flat cooking surface. 

The maximum temperature this pellet grill can reach is 450-degree F. It includes all the trademark advanced technology features Traeger grills are equipped with. The Keep Warm feature, Timer, Ignite are all part of this small power package. 

Best Large: Camp Chef DLX Vs Traeger Pro Series 780

Best Large Camp Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill w/New PID Gen 2 Digital Controller - Bronze
Best Large Traeger
Traeger Grills Ranger Grill TBT18KLD Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker Black
570 sq. inches cooking space, side shelves, bronze touch, Gen 2 PID controller, 2 meat probes and a lot more. This is an ultimate wood pellet grill with a classy look as well. This unit is an upgraded model and is the best as well.
this unit probably have to the best of Traeger with ample cooking space, latest technologies, front shelf (optional), side shelf, meat probe Pro D2 Drive, TurboTemp, Pro D2 Direct Drive etc. if you are looking for serving an average size family, just go it blindly.
Best Large Camp Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill w/New PID Gen 2 Digital Controller - Bronze
570 sq. inches cooking space, side shelves, bronze touch, Gen 2 PID controller, 2 meat probes and a lot more. This is an ultimate wood pellet grill with a classy look as well. This unit is an upgraded model and is the best as well.
Best Large Traeger
Traeger Grills Ranger Grill TBT18KLD Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker Black
this unit probably have to the best of Traeger with ample cooking space, latest technologies, front shelf (optional), side shelf, meat probe Pro D2 Drive, TurboTemp, Pro D2 Direct Drive etc. if you are looking for serving an average size family, just go it blindly.

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill w/New PID Gen 2 Digital Controller

The Camp Chef SmokePro DLX is an upgraded version of Camp Chef SmokePro XT series grills. So, we described the SmokePro XT in the best budget category. The SmokePro DLX is much similar to SmokePro XT with some additional features.

PROS:
  • True hardwood smoke flavor
  • Gen 2 PID controller makes temperature setting flawless
  • Electronic auto-start ignition helpful after power cuts
  • Dual LED digital temperature readouts
CONS:
  • Hard to pellets out of the hopper

This unit has 570 square inches of cooking space, has a meat probe, pellet rake, 18lbs pellet hopper capacity, ash cleanout system, drip bucket, two wheels, and comes with a 3-year warranty.

These features are all the same as SmokePro XT. The additional features in this unit is an extra side shelf in the right and a large pellet hopper lid surface to act as another side shelf. 

Also, you will see a more advanced digital controller here known as Gen 2 PID Controller. This will provide ten levels of smoking, precision cooking, and make setting temperature much easier. This unit is priced at around $700, which makes it a good pellet grill at affordable price. 

Traeger TFB78GZE Pro Series 780 Pellet Grill, Smoker

The best large in Traeger has to the Pro Series 780 pellet grill and pellet smoker. The unit is priced around $1000, and here is why it is worth every additional penny. 

This unit has a total cooking area of 780 square inches, as the name suggests. This is a big space that can accommodate six chickens or six rib racks or 16 burgers sufficient enough to plan a family time anytime. 

PROS:
  • Pretty large cooking area
  • Barrel-shaped chamber
  • Adjustable grill racks in the chamber for versatility cooking
  • 6 in 1 versatility cooking
  • Alexa enabled
CONS:
  • May not be an impressive wood pellet smoker

The pellet grill is constructed from sturdy 16 gauge high-grade stainless steel. The unit has a wood pellet hopper in the right but lacks the presence of a shelf. However, you can use the top of the wood pellet grill as a small storage space.

You can ‘Set It and Forget It’ completely with the help of its amazing inbuilt features like Pro D2 Controller, Pro D2 Direct Drive, TurboTemp, and WiFire technology. 

The above features help the unit to work the same as convection, improve searing marks, operate it remotely, and provides it with the ability to reach the desired temperature in no time. This is one of the top-rated pellet grills on Amazon. 

Final Verdict

With this, we come to the end of this Camp Chef vs Traeger article. Choosing one from Camp Chef and Traeger would be a really tough task. There is no clear winner here. Both of the brands have a close call despite their history, patented technology and stuff. Camp Chef has some good options under pellet smokers as well. 

Best Overall Camp-Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro SG Wood Pellet Grill Smoker, Black (PG24SG)
Best Portable Camp-Chef
Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill PPG20,Black,Silver
Best Budget Camp-Chef
Camp Chef PG24XT Smoke Pro Pellet BBQ with Digital Controls and Stainless Temp Probe Smoker Grill, Black
Best Large Camp-Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill w/New PID Gen 2 Digital Controller - Bronze
Best Overall Camp-Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro SG Wood Pellet Grill Smoker, Black (PG24SG)
Best Portable Camp-Chef
Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill PPG20,Black,Silver
Best Budget Camp-Chef
Camp Chef PG24XT Smoke Pro Pellet BBQ with Digital Controls and Stainless Temp Probe Smoker Grill, Black
Best Large Camp-Chef
Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill w/New PID Gen 2 Digital Controller - Bronze
Best Overall Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB65BLF Grill Ironwood 650, Black
Best Portable Traeger
Traeger TFB78GZE Pro Series 780 Pellet Grill, Smoker, Bronze-Fulfilled
Best Budget Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. In. Cooking Capacity, Black/Orange
Best Large Traeger
Traeger Grills Ranger Grill TBT18KLD Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker Black
Best Overall Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB65BLF Grill Ironwood 650, Black
Best Portable Traeger
Traeger TFB78GZE Pro Series 780 Pellet Grill, Smoker, Bronze-Fulfilled
Best Budget Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. In. Cooking Capacity, Black/Orange
Best Large Traeger
Traeger Grills Ranger Grill TBT18KLD Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker Black

Camp Chef has some of the best pellet grills and smokers at a budget price. Camp Chef, according to us, is the first brand to stand against the Traeger grills fairly. However, that doesn’t make Traeger grills bad, but Camp Chef grills just as good as Traeger’s in less price. Traeger grills, however, have the upper hand with all the precision temperature control features it has.

You can choose from cheaper low-cost grills to more expensive and advanced ones. Again, Traeger owns this category without any room for argument. 

So, depending on your needs and preferences, choosing either of them would not make your regret a bit.  Don’t forget to check out Camp Chef versus Rec Tec comparison here.

FAQs

  • Is Camp Chef better than Traeger?

Camp can reach the lowest of lows and highest of highs with the temperature range of 160-degree F to 500 degree F. on the other hand, Traeger can only manage to reach the maximum of 450 degree F. The temperature range of Traeger grills are 180-degree F to 450 degree F. So, Camp Chef can be treated a tough competitor of Traeger and could actually be treated better too. 

  • Can you use Camp Chef wood pellets in the Traeger?

Technically, all pellets work for Camp ChefTraeger, Green Mountain, and nearly all other grills. However, the brand does suggest making use of their own pellet to avoid any sort of trouble. 

Camp Chef on using other brands of wood pellet says that different flavors and pellets of different brand burn differently. Use the 100% natural wood pellets with no flavors, glue, corn, oils, and binders, if you are using pellets of other brands.

Traeger on using other brands of wood pellet says using wood pellets of other brands will void the warranty. So, you are free to use Camp Chef pellets in the Traeger. However, you can no longer use the warranty in that case.

  • Is Camp Chef a good brand?

Camp Chef dates back to the 1990s. It has a rich history and deals in a variety of grills and products alike. They first started with the flat-top grills, portable grills, and outdoor grills. Now, Camp Chef is everywhere excelling in every type of grill they make. So, that sums up that Camp Chef is a good and trusted brand when it comes to wood pellets at least.

The products are fairly priced with hi-tech inclusions. We will highly recommend you check out Z grills as well as they are known for delivering power-packed performance.

  • Are Camp Chef pellet grills too?

Camp Chef pellet grills are worth the money. In fact, Camp Chef and Traeger are the two best wood pellet grill makers. Camp Chef pellet grills provide rich smoky flavor; Wi-Fi equipped, comes with Gen 2 PID controller that makes them perfect wood pellet grills for both beginners and pros. They are also the top-rated grills on Amazon. 

If you want to know more about grill competition read our comparison of Pit Boss vs Traeger and  Camp Chef vs Pit Boss

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This article is written by Noam Shahar the founder of Limited-Red, Noam is a serious carnivore, And he has a strong passion when it comes to meat and cook, He Decided to review the "BBQ world" 9 years ago after discovering how many people struggle with choosing their dream grill.
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