Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill Review

The Camp Chef Woodwind has been one of the brand’s feature pellet grill for years. But does it still stand out among its competition today? Find out everything you need to know with our in-depth wood pellet smoker review.

camp chef woodwind pellet grill review

Every grilling enthusiast will know that not all grills are made equal. They may come in similar shapes and size but offer varied qualities. If you are considering buying a top-of-the-range pellet smoker grill, we can help you with what to expect from it and what could be better. In this article, we take a look at the Camp Chef Woodwind.

Main Features

If you are a grilling fanatic, or you just simply appreciate a good outdoor meal, then you will most probably always be on the lookout for the best that the market has to offer you. Some features make it a good buy and others that should send you running back to the shop or person that sold it to you. It’s important to know what is important to you.

Ask yourself where you intend to use it. This will influence how important features such as portability are. It will also influence the type of fuel you want the grill to use. You may also want to think about how easy it is to use and control and how to get the best results from it.

Imposing presence

This grill is not one that you can easily ignore. It is large and easily gives off the impression that something big is going down, and some real cooking is about to be done by a pro! Let’s just say, the way this grill looks, you won’t look like you showed up to a gunfight with a knife. It has a 24inch grill box, giving you a lot of space to work with and cook a meal for more than just a few people.

It stands 42inches high and weighs 150pounds, with a hopper that can take 22 pounds in smoking pellets. You can get the camp chef woodwind grills in any one of three sizes. These dimensions are for the 24-inch unit. It also comes in 20inches and 36inches.

Cooking grates

It has cooking grates positioned on the top and bottom of the cooking chamber. These are non-stick and help keep your food intact.

Large cooking chamber

The cooking chamber is large and gives you more cooking space than other models. The total chamber capacity is 4850cu. in. With this amount of space, it is easy to cook for a larger crowd.

Meat probes

It comes with four meat probe ports. This is how you get to know how well the meat is cooking, and the many probes mean that you have more help to cook better. The meat probes, mean that you do not need to constantly open the grill, and cut through your meat to know how it is progressing. You can have meat that looks good and with no holes from poking and prodding trying to see if it is cooked enough.

The meat probes, work hand in hand with the digital display, and this also helps you monitor closely everything happening under the hood. More probes mean higher levels of accuracy.

Temperature control

One of the things that makes this grill cook well consistently is controlling the temperature. Unlike when you cook over an open flame and need to gauge your eyes when you think the meat is properly cooked, this feature allows you to control the temperature better. The PID controller helps to keep your food temperatures between +/-5˚F. It also helps control smoke.

The PID controller is precise and detailed. It is industrial grade and will give you precise, accurate temperatures that will have you cooking like a pro with minimal effort. The smoke controller tells you how much smoke is being released. The higher the number, the more smoke is being released. So if you set it to 8, you know that more smoke is being released than when it is set to 3. The lower the number, the tighter the temperatures hold.

Reaches high temperatures.

This is something a lot of people ask about when it comes to grills. The camp chef woodwind pellet grill, reaches up to 500˚, this is for indirect grilling and when you don’t need a lot of heat. Use high temperatures to infuse more heat. This will usually apply in cases where you need the smokey flavour. If you need to crank it up a notch, the camp chef woodwind can go up to 650˚F using direct heat from the pellets, to sear a piece of meat.

You can reach high temperatures and still maintain good control. This is something you may miss when you use other types of grills, which use direct heat and a gas or wood. The temperatures on this grill will range from 160˚F going all the way up.

Large cooking space

In addition to the cooking box being spacious, it has two levels on which you can cook. The top grates will give you 382square inches of cooking space, whilst the bottom is 19.5 by 22inches. In total, you have 800 square inches of cooking space, which is more than enough space for more than three people. You can use this grill when you are entertaining and have plenty of food to go around!

Wifi control

This grill has wifi connectivity, and this is what keeps it modern and up to speed. But what does it mean to have wifi connectivity on a grill? Wi-Fi connectivity means that you can always know how hot things are getting, as long as it is connected to the internet. You can then control smoke output levels using the camp chef connect app on your phone. Using this app, you can control smoke using a scale of 1 -10.

It’s convenient, and you only need to be within the wifi range. Wifi control means that you can control your grill from your sofa, and don’t need to go to the grill physically to check on progress constantly. The app also means that you can independently control smoke.

Construction

It is sturdy and made to be able to withstand being outside. The firebox is made of stainless steel which is durable and easy to clean. Also, stainless steel doesn’t only serve a practical purpose, but it also looks good. As long as you keep it clean, you will always have a shiny looking grill that doesn’t rust.

You must clean the grill after every cooking session. This way, you maintain the integrity of the grill and the materials that it is made of.

The grill is set on heavy-duty legs. Two of them have wheels so that you can easily move the grill around without throwing out your back. Meanwhile, the other two legs are sturdy and will allow you to set the grill down and be sure that it won’t move around. The legs are 50mm and strong enough to hold up the grill as you cook up a storm. 

Usability

Versatility is a big deal and one of the reasons why people like smokers. You can use them to smoke, grill, and bake outdoors, all whilst getting the earthy wooden flavour from the smoke. It is easy to use, and the wifi connectivity enhances this quality even more.

Setting it up is a breeze and will not need too much expertise. When you first fire it up, it will need a bit of time to reach the set temperature. Allow it to run through its paces before loading it up and cooking.

Sidekick

The Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill is not a one-trick pony. It has a sidekick, which adds to its versatility feature. The sidekick is like getting another grill and smoker all for the price of one. Whilst traditional grills and smokers will have one function. The camp chef woodwind sidekick gives you options.

It has one burner and comes as an attachment to the grill. It is powered by propane and can easily be attached to most camp chef grills. The sidekick has 28 000 BTUs and is great for searing and getting the char grill to look on your food. The sidekick lets you do many cooking tasks at the same time.

The sidekick will also allow you to cook over direct flames. You can use a stockpot, or use any other attachment to cook different meals.  You can use a flat top griddle, for instance. The great thing about the sidekick is that it is compatible with different camp chef attachments.

Other highlights

Efficient ash cleanout system

As you cook, ash is inevitable. This is where the ash kickin’ cleanout comes in handy.  There is a collection plate for the ash under the grill, and this allows you to empty it after every cook easily. The ash plate can be removed whilst you cook. You do not need to take apart the entire grill to clean out the ash.

At the side of the grill, you will find a knob that you simply need to pull. This will release the ashes from the burn cup to a removable cup, which you can then easily pull out and empty. The knob provides an easy way for you to keep things clean and efficient.

 Slide and grill

This grill has a knob at the side that has more than one purpose of cleaning out the ash. It also helps to switch between direct and indirect heat. Turning and pulling the knob, will do this for you. There is a louvred drip tray that will let in flames to reach the bottom grill racks. This gives a variation to the way the flame and heat reach the meat.

When you pull the grill knob to the left, the deflector moves away from the firepot and allows the heat to rise high and towards the meat on the grate.

Bottom utility shelf.

The grill has a bottom utility shelf, which gives you extra storage space for utensils and so forth as you cook.

Digital display

The Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill has a full-colour digital display. This helps you easily monitor temperatures and details concerning your cooking process. The display is easy to read and also looks good. So in as much as it may be an outdoor grill, it doesn’t mean that it needs to look rugged or unkempt.

The digital display adds an air of sophistication that you’d expect on indoor cookware.

To control the display, you turn and press the knob at the bottom of the display. The grill has a flap covering the display for protection.

 

Protective cover

One of the handy accessories that this grill comes with is the protective cover. When you are not using it, you can use the cover to protect the grill from anything that has the potential to damage it such as the weather.

Bottle opener

How many times have you thought of using your teeth or a makeshift opener to open a bottle when you were at the barbeque, simply because there was no opener in reach? Well, this grill comes with a bottle opener, which may not be a necessary feature but it certainly makes your life that much easier.

Cons

  • As with anything that has a technological side to it, there is a chance that the digital display and wifi connectivity could act up.
  • It doesn’t come with the sidekick, and this can be misleading if you are buying online.

 

Final Verdict

Grilling and smoking as well as baking, and any outdoor cooking for that matter, can give your food a unique flavour that can only come from the right grill. That is why it is important to make sure that you get the right one for what you want to do. List what is most important for you, ranging from versatility and portability to the flavours infused. All these are factors that influence the features that you look for in a smoker.

We recommend the Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill, because of its many attributes that land you with a great tasting meal at the end of the day. Its large capacity and versatility make it a definite buy for us. We also like its wifi compatibility and can be operated from afar. However, the ultimate decision lies with you and what you need the smoker for. Happy cooking!


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