My "free" Pro 780 is going to leave me broke!

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So my daughter won a sales contest at work and one of the choices for her prize was a Traeger Pro780, which she ordered and gave to me for Christmas. So far this "free grill" has cost me:

- Bought at least 10 bags of pellets (various blends) which cost me a few hundred (many of them are Traeger brand but I am starting to just get Pit Boss now)
- Pro 780 front shelf for $70 or so
- Pellet sensor for $60
- Numerous accessories (liners, hooks, silicon brush, etc)...figure about a $100 or so
- Sous Vide for $125 (never on my radar until this)
- Inkbird wifi remote thermometer (didn't like it so I am giving it to my son-in-law) cost $100
- Fireboard 2 with probes set me back around $300

And to top it off...I am already wondering if I should just sell this one "slightly used" and upgrade to a Timberline!

So much for a "free grill". :D
 

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So my daughter won a sales contest at work and one of the choices for her prize was a Traeger Pro780, which she ordered and gave to me for Christmas. So far this "free grill" has cost me:

- Bought at least 10 bags of pellets (various blends) which cost me a few hundred (many of them are Traeger brand but I am starting to just get Pit Boss now)
- Pro 780 front shelf for $70 or so
- Pellet sensor for $60
- Numerous accessories (liners, hooks, silicon brush, etc)...figure about a $100 or so
- Sous Vide for $125 (never on my radar until this)
- Inkbird wifi remote thermometer (didn't like it so I am giving it to my son-in-law) cost $100
- Fireboard 2 with probes set me back around $300

And to top it off...I am already wondering if I should just sell this one "slightly used" and upgrade to a Timberline!

So much for a "free grill". :D
100% true 🙂. My wife and others tell me my 1 1/2 month old Timberline 1300 $2K grill is already up to 4K. I don't hunk I have about $200 in just rubs!!!

And if you don't have these,hers another $80 to spend...

Enjoy!!!
 
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100% true 🙂. My wife and others tell me my 1 1/2 month old Timberline 1300 $2K grill is already up to 4K. I don't hunk I have about $200 in just rubs!!!

And if you don't have these,hers another $80 to spend...

Enjoy!!!
I forgot about the rubs but they were only $40 (so far). Grill grates worth it?
 

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I love them for searing the meats, especially steaks, burgers, chicken cutlets etc. I also a cast iron skillet which is quite handy.

I too use Pit Boss pellets with success, less expensive Bryan Traeger's, especially if you get them at Walmart or Lowes.

-GG
 

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I know why you mean. Year ago Feb 1’st
was my 40’th work anniversary and I chose Ironwood 650 as my gift! Son asks so Dad was it worth 40 years of your life for a free smoker. HE!! No -:)
 

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So my daughter won a sales contest at work and one of the choices for her prize was a Traeger Pro780, which she ordered and gave to me for Christmas. So far this "free grill" has cost me:

So much for a "free grill". :D

Now you need an outdoor kitchen to go with your Free Grill. 🤪
 

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And now just think of all the meat your gonna have to buy to put into your free grill, and don't forget the vacuum sealer!
 
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And now just think of all the meat your gonna have to buy to put into your free grill, and don't forget the vacuum sealer!

I already have a vac sealer. One of my other “vices” is home brewing. I bought the vac sealer so I can buy hops in bulk and keep them vac sealed in the freezer.

Yeah, spend about $100 to save $20. ;)
 

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I already have a vac sealer. One of my other “vices” is home brewing. I bought the vac sealer so I can buy hops in bulk and keep them vac sealed in the freezer.

Yeah, spend about $100 to save $20. ;)
That $20 more you can buy meat with! 😁
 

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So my daughter won a sales contest at work and one of the choices for her prize was a Traeger Pro780, which she ordered and gave to me for Christmas. So far this "free grill" has cost me:

- Bought at least 10 bags of pellets (various blends) which cost me a few hundred (many of them are Traeger brand but I am starting to just get Pit Boss now)
- Pro 780 front shelf for $70 or so
- Pellet sensor for $60
- Numerous accessories (liners, hooks, silicon brush, etc)...figure about a $100 or so
- Sous Vide for $125 (never on my radar until this)
- Inkbird wifi remote thermometer (didn't like it so I am giving it to my son-in-law) cost $100
- Fireboard 2 with probes set me back around $300

And to top it off...I am already wondering if I should just sell this one "slightly used" and upgrade to a Timberline!

So much for a "free grill". :D
I know how you feel. I am a flyfisher and go to New Zealand when ever I can. We have estimated that each trout we catch costs us $50 in relation to gear, flies, wader etc that we never seem to have enough off.
 

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So my daughter won a sales contest at work and one of the choices for her prize was a Traeger Pro780, which she ordered and gave to me for Christmas. So far this "free grill" has cost me:

- Bought at least 10 bags of pellets (various blends) which cost me a few hundred (many of them are Traeger brand but I am starting to just get Pit Boss now)
- Pro 780 front shelf for $70 or so
- Pellet sensor for $60
- Numerous accessories (liners, hooks, silicon brush, etc)...figure about a $100 or so
- Sous Vide for $125 (never on my radar until this)
- Inkbird wifi remote thermometer (didn't like it so I am giving it to my son-in-law) cost $100
- Fireboard 2 with probes set me back around $300

And to top it off...I am already wondering if I should just sell this one "slightly used" and upgrade to a Timberline!

So much for a "free grill". :D
Same here, I not only have 10 types of Pellets, also 10x 5 gal buckets w/ lids, Pellet Sifter, a shed to put them in, Grill Grates, Fireboard 2, Cast Iron Pans, Foil pans (4 sizes), rubs and sauces, new grill tools, High temp gloves, Insulation kit... Now I am buying a lot more Meat in bigger sizes, at least 1x15-19 lb brisket every 2 weeks, Ribs in vac packs, Salmon, whole chicken, Pork butts and Pork Belly.... the problem is that it is so good....
But yes the grill is just a starting point and I traded my Costco Grill in for a Timberline in about 6 weeks ( another story), I am afraid to add up all the stuff that I bought... ( BTW there are only 2 of us left in the house)
 
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I'm lucky in that I had a lot of gear already from homebrewing (lots of buckets and lids, high temp gloves, MK4, vac sealer, etc) so it kept some of the pain down....a little!

I am looking at GrillGrates or a cast iron griddle now. I sear steaks in a cast iron skillet so I figure this would work as well.

And I'm in the same 2 person boat as you! I just sliced a ~9# pork belly so my drinking buddies don't know it yet but they are getting bacon tonight.
 

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