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Traeger Renegade Pro

Updated On May 18, 2020

When you’re shopping for a grill, the two options that tend to pop up pretty often are charcoal and gas grills. And while these are excellent options that are extremely viable for long term use, there’s also a third that will give you an unparalleled taste – the pellet grill. Just like Weber somewhat rules the world of gas and charcoal grills, Traeger Grills are the go-to option when it comes to cooking with wood.

Now, even though Traeger Grills are the creators of the original wood pellet, at this point they’ve got quite a few options. For the person who’s looking to get their first grill, or they just want something simple they can use every once in a while, this makes for a confusing shopping experience. You won’t be sure which one to go for, and there’s a high chance that you’ll make a costly mistake.

If this is something you’d rather avoid, we’ve got just the recommendation for you – the Traeger Renegade Pro. It’s priced very competitively, especially when you pit it against the competition it’s fighting, and it has a lot going for it. If this piques your interest, read on as we take a closer look at it and everything it offers. While on the topic of pricing, check out our list of the best grills under 500$


In true Traeger fashion, it’s obvious that the design team worked quite a bit on the Renegade Pro. We’re talking about the TFB38TOD model, which is an all-black grill with subtle chrome and orange accents. The entire thing is pretty subtle, and you can store it in a garage without it attracting too much attention when you don’t want it to. 

The Design Is Excellent

In true Traeger fashion, it’s obvious that the design team worked quite a bit on the Renegade Pro. We’re talking about the TFB38TOD model, which is an all-black grill with subtle chrome and orange accents. The entire thing is pretty subtle, and you can store it in a garage without it attracting too much attention when you don’t want it to.

The entire grill is made of steel, which means it’s as durable as they come. You should be able to use this for at least a couple of years, which is pretty reassuring for people who don’t want to buy a new one every year. To add to this, it’s also powder coated as a finish, so it’s scratch resistant and really easy to clean.

The two wheels at the bottom make sure you can move it around rather easily when that’s required. On the other hand, you have two stationary legs, which means that when you want it to stay in place, it will do that, no questions asked. The handle on top of those stationary legs makes things easy to move, and the fact that overall this isn’t too heavy, you won’t have too much issues with moving it around.

The last thing we’d like to discuss is the handle that’s on the top of the grill. It’s a silver handle with a rubberized grip surface which ensures you won’t get burnt when you grab it to open or close the grilling area. It’s a very well thought out design that works admirably and is pretty user-friendly.

Let's Talk Functionality

While the design is obviously something the Renegade Pro has going for it, it wouldn’t mean much if it wasn’t for the functionality. Fortunately, it’s excellent in terms of functionality, too. The fact that it takes wood pellets as its power source means that you’ll get really close to that wood-fired taste with your food, something that was previously thought to be impossible unless you had a big furnace somewhere in your home.

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The cooking size is ideal for in-home use. On the other hand, if you’re going to be hosting parties and would like to use the Renegade Pro as your main grill, you’ll be left wanting for more. It only has a cooking capacity of 380 square inches. This does accommodate anything from two chickens, to up to twelve burgers, but there are admittedly situations where it simply isn’t enough. If you think you’ll need more, look elsewhere. If, however, you only need it to sue around your home, by all means read on.

When it comes to the Traeger Renegade Pro, the one big thing it’s got going for it is versatility. While other grills limit you in how and what you can cook, the Renegade Pro is practically limitless if you don’t mind the size. You can cook hot and fast, or you can cook low and slow – it’s completely up to you, and you’ll get an opportunity to do either of those, and anything in between. Aside from grilling, you also get the ability to bake, roast, smoke braise or BBQ food, which makes for an excellent all-round grill. Everything is done on porcelain grill grates, which means that when you’re done cooking, you won’t have any problem whatsoever with cleanup.

To add to the functionality, you’ve got very precise temperature control. The Digital Pro Controller comes with Traeger’s Advanced Grilling Logic, which keeps things within a 15 degree F temperature. The two probes you get with it work really well, too. If you’re looking to get things just right, this is the one to go for. Oh, and you also get an electronic auto-start ignition, so you won’t have to struggle to get things up and running when it comes to your grill.

Traeger Renegade Pro

Does It Have Competition?

Well, just like any other market where you have a lot of brands with their own respective products, yes, the Traeger Renegade Pro does have quite a lot of competition. However, if you take a closer look, you realize that most of its competition comes from Traeger themselves. You’ve got the Lil Tex Elite 22, you’ve got the Bronson, and there’s even the Renegade Elite, all within a very similar price range.

The thing is, none of them really come with the combination of features and functionality that the Renegade Pro has. For example, the Bronson has a much smaller cooking surface, at 300 square inches. The Renegade Elite does have a few small extra accessories, but you pay for them which makes it a more expensive variant. The Lil Tex Elite 22 has a larger cooking surface, but it’s more expensive and the temperature control isn’t as accurate. Oh, and it’s a lot more difficult to move around than the Renegade Pro.

As you can see, even though you do get a lot of products that get close to the Traeger Renegade Pro, none of them is a good allrounder. They od have some advantages over it, but that only makes them better for more specific situations, whereas the Renegade Pro is good at pretty much everything it does.

Should You Go For It?

Quite honestly, this depends on your specific needs. If there’s one thing that’s definitely true, it’s the fact that at this price, you can’t get anything that does all the things the Renegade Pro does. As you saw in the comparison with its competition, there are some other grills by Traeger themselves that do get close, but we’ll put an emphasis on the fact that they’re not as good in terms of an allrounder.

If your goal is to get a wallet-friendly wood pellet grill that works admirably, has ample room for a family lunch, and is built like a tank, the Traeger Renegade Pro should be right up your alley. Add to this the all-terrain wheels, as well as the excellent temperature control with dual probes, and you’ve got yourself an excellent grill that you can use any time you feel like making your family a great lunch. It’s definitely worth it, and if this fits the bill for you, by all means go for it. (1)
  • Digital Pro Controller with AGL
  • Dual Meat Temperature Probes
  • Hopper Clean Out
  • All-Terrain Wheels
  • Electronic auto-start ignition
  • Fair Customer Support

References

(1) Pellet Fuel- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellet_fuel

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