Traeger Silverton 620 & 810 Pellet Grill Review [Special Edition]

The Traeger Silverton 620 is a special edition pellet grill from the brand that has been at the forefront of modern day pellet grilling for years. It’s difficult to find, but is it worth the extra expense and effort to uncover? Our review takes a closer look at what the unit has to offer.

Traeger Special Edition Silverton Grill

Traeger have long held the torch for pellet smoker grills, with the brand being one of the first to champion the grill type at the end of the 20th century.

With other brands now providing stiff competition, how do newer offerings from Traeger hold up?

One of their most recent additions is the Silverton, which came out in 2018 as a special edition grill.

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This is a special edition grill from Traeger that had a limited circulation. It’s worth saying that as far as I’m aware, it’s no longer in production but I do see one turn up on second-hand selling sites from time to time.

Is the update an upgrade? How does it compare to other pellet grills from rival brands? Let’s take a deeper look in this Traeger Silverton grill review.

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TRAEGER SILVERTON SPECIFICATIONS

615 square-inch grilling area
25lb capacity hopper
Gen2 motor and cleanout
12-inch cast iron grate
Digital pro controller

Silverton alternatives

If you’re keen for a brand new Traeger grill then I recommend taking a look at the Pro Series 22 (the original version of the Silverton). Check it out here on Amazon

Stainless steel construction

As part of this new model, Traeger have included stainless steel construction on the inside of the grill chamber too. This eliminates the powder coating showing up on the inside of your grill as you cook, which is definitely a welcome feature in my book!

The Traeger SIlverton acts as a great upgrade on the Traeger 22 series, which has been one of their best sellers over the past few years.

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Large hopper capacity

Where the 22 series had an 18-pound hopper capacity, the Silverton dwarfs that with an offering of 25 pounds. This equates to about 5 gallons of pellets, making it one of the most outstanding hopper volumes we’ve seen in recent years at The Online Grill.

Not only this, but it has a pellet dump door, which helps you to recycle pellets for your next grilling sessions, and in turn helps to keep your hopper clean.

Although the pellet dump door in itself isn’t new, what is new is how it works. Traeger have reworked the sloped design of the hopper to help better funnel pellets out of the hopper, which helps to keep the hopper clean.

Gen 2 motor series

Its auger is fitted with Traeger’s Gen 2 motor series, which until now have mostly been used on their high-end pellet grills, like the Timberline.

In practice the Gen 2 motors have a lot in advantage over the Gen 1. They’re DC powered, and have the D2 direct drive brushless auger motors. In real terms this is about 8 times the power of their Gen 1 auger motors.

They also have clog sensors that pick up on any unwanted pellet buildup, and can go into reverse motion to remove the hazard.

It’s one heck of an upgrade, and one we love to see in a limited edition pellet grill range.

It comes with a different heat defuser to what we’ve seen in the past from Traeger, which helps to eliminate warping after continuous use.

Grilling power

It’s built with double lining to help retain heat and maximise durability. This added heat retention helps the Silverton boast a power rating of equivalent to 32,000 BTUs of cooking power.

It has a reworked ‘downdraft’ venting system to previous models. Gone is the smoke stack, and instead is a ventilation system that diverts the exhaust smoke and air out the side.

Although the pellet dump door in itself isn’t new, what is new is how it works. Traeger have reworked the sloped design of the hopper to help better funnel pellets out of the hopper, which helps to keep the hopper clean.

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Traeger have also moved the drain from outside the grill to now inside. This has helped eradicate a real bug bear of mine, which was that the drain funneling outside of the grill meant that a lot of fatty run-off would find its way to the floor or ground around your grill, which isn’t that hygienic.

This funnel system is now inside the unit and accessible through the doors at the foot of the unit. This helps keep everything cleaner and safer while grilling.

Heat shield

Trager have also reinvented their heat shield system for the Silverton. Gone is the box-like shield from their 22 model, and supplied instead is a rounded shield that sits like a rainbow above the fire box.

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Its shape means that it should resist warping far more efficiently. 

The drip tray then sits above the heat exchanger but beneath the grill grates, easily able to catch any run-off and funnel it into the drain.

It has porcelain enamel grates for good heat distribution and flare-up reduction, although it does come with an added cast iron grate insert that sits on top of the porcelain to help provide a better sear for your meat. This is one of those things where I didn’t realise that it should be a thing until I saw it. Why don’t more grills offer this?

There’s good distance between the main grates and warming rack, so you have plenty of room to work with.

Grill size is about 18 inches deep and 24 inches wide.

Capacity is definitely not an issue with this grill. Whole turkeys, beer can chicken, whole hams. It can all fit.

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