This is the classic barrel-shaped pellet grill. Built like those old-fashioned charcoal grills of years gone by, this one removes the charcoal and adds an advanced, computer-controlled pellet fuel system. The body is heavy sheet metal and not well insulated, but sufficient for the purpose. As a lower-priced pellet grill, this model from Louisiana Grills isn't a bad choice. The controller, in fact, offers things not generally found in this price range.
- Large capacity grill/smoker
- Built-in meat temperature probe
- Lightweight unit
- Small pellet hopper
- 913 square inches of cooking area on two racks
- 48,000 BTU maximum output pellet burner
- 170 to 600 degree F/75 to 315 degrees C temperature range
- 14-pound capacity side mounted pellet hopper
- Stainless steel rod cooking grates
- Five-degree increment pellet controller with meat probe
- Powder coated steel construction
- Single layer lid
- Made in China
Review of the Louisiana Grills LG-900 Pellet Grill
Louisiana Grills, through their various brand names, is one of the largest pellet grill manufacturers in the world. They have a dozen models and this is one of their least expensive. Stripped down to its basics, this model is comparable to similar models from Traeger, the inventor of the pellet grill. The one feature that stands out about this model and those in its line is the superior pellet controller. This is the standard 5-degree increment digital controller, but with a meat temperature probe built in. Something you don't typically see in this price range (this model sells for around $900USD).
While this is a nice feature, don't expect this pellet grill to do much more than those models you generally find in retail stores. The LG-900 can be found in places like Ace Hardware, specialty retailers, and online and at this price, it is a pretty good option. The pellet hopper is almost unusually small in this model. The 14-pound capacity will have trouble doing a long cook in cold or windy conditions, but it isn't a problem to refill as long as you are present to do so.
The body of this grill is relatively thin powder coated steel and it doesn't do a great job of retaining heat, so this isn't the most efficient of pellet grills, but comparable to similar models. There isn't an easy way to clean out the ashes from this model so a shop-vac is a nice thing to have on hand.
Aside from the extra features of the controller, there isn't anything that much that stands out here. Louisiana Grills, part of Danson, is a large company and they have been in the pellet grill business since around the time that the Traeger patents expired and everyone started making pellet grills. Their support is good and I believe that they will be in this market for a long time to come.