My TS has the 40 pound bags of Pit Boss pellets for somewhere around $15-16. I need to give them a shot. I saw them yesterday but just went Bear Mountain out of familiarityWhere I live, Menards carries Pit Boss pellets. 2 weeks ago, they had 40 Lb bags of the competition brand on sale for $15 with an additional $3 rebate AND their usual 11% off. I bought 4 bags. That should last all summer. I believe their 20Lb bags of Hickory, Cherry and others were $7 per bag. At Menards, pellets go on sale quite often.
Yeah, we've never had any problem with anything we bought at Costco. That's where we bought the grill to start with. ;-)I have seen reports that the Traeger brand pellets sold at Costco are less flavorful than those bought elsewhere, but I cannot confirm that. Stuff sold at Costco is usually quite good, so I would be surprised if the Costco pellets were inferior to Traeger pellets sold elsewhere. Of course, the pellets sold at Costco are supposed to be a mix of maple, hickory, and cherry, so that blend is not designed to be as bold as some blends.
Not only is it okay to use other pellets, but it is generally recommended. Traeger has a questionable patent that seems to show they add oils to their pellets - not something I want in my food.Thank you all! I suppose my original post could have been worded more wisely. It wasn't so much a question of "best" but more if it's okay to use pellets other than Traegers in the grill, and if so, which ones seem to work the best. So it sounds like based on everyone's input so far, any brand of pellet can be used. I have to go to Costco to get ours which isn't always convenient. Lowe's is much closer so I might switch over to their brand.
Thanks again for your input!