Pellets Can you use any Pellets with a Traeger & how fast do they run out?

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At $1/lb, don't know if that is cheap or expensive & wondering about alternatives.

First day was a Rib Roast for about an hour & then yesterday was pulled pork for 9 hours (needed way longer as it did not "pull", but was time for dinner & still very good).

Concern is that if I am spending $5-$10 per use, that adds up.

Looks like I've used at least half of the 20lb bag. Looks more expensive then propane.

Can you other pellets too with a Traeger?

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Yes you can use other manufacturers pellets without worry regardless of Traeger saying it will void your warranty. In terms of pellet consumption yes it can add up especially in the winter months. I use a insulated blanket on my ironwood once the temps drops and especially if it is windy while cooking to reduce the pellet consumption. Depending on temp and time of year I would say you will burn 1 to 3 pounds per hour depending on cooking and ambient temperatures.
 
Yes you can use other manufacturers pellets without worry regardless of Traeger saying it will void your warranty. In terms of pellet consumption yes it can add up especially in the winter months. I use a insulated blanket on my ironwood once the temps drops and especially if it is windy while cooking to reduce the pellet consumption. Depending on temp and time of year I would say you will burn 1 to 3 pounds per hour depending on cooking and ambient temperatures.
And yes winter here & bbq all year round...... Spring around the corner (I hope).....
 
I found pit boss pellets are cheaper if you get the competition blend bag 40# for $30 here in Edmonton. That's a good savings from $22 per 20# bag. They don't burn as hot or for as long as Traeger pellets i found so they do get consumed by the fire a little faster but are still cheaper in the long run.
 
I get pellets made locally and they are under $10/lb for hickory and maple and they work fine. I also use premium hardwood stove pellets @$6.50/40 lbs with no complaints. I smoke my bacon with hickory and use the hardwood pellets for everything else. Nobody notices the difference.
 
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