Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill Review

Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill review

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The Camp Chef Woodwind is one of the most highly recommended pellet grills on the market today.

You can pick one up for well under $1000, and because it’s been available for a few years there are no teething issues (cough Weber SmokeFire cough).

Camp Chef has continued to improve the grill with the release of the Gen 2 digital PID controller and a range of useful accessories and attachments.

In this review, I’ll be sharing my experiences cooking on the Woodwind over the last few months.

Camp Chef sent me this grill for free in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Camp Chef Woodwind overview & first impressions

The Woodwind is available in two sizes. You can get the mid-sized 24″ model, which comes with a combined 811 square inches of cooking surface, or spend a little extra and get the 36″ model which will give you 1236 square inches to play with.

For this review, we went with the 24, which I think will be the model most people will go for.

Camp Chef has made a big deal about their new and improved digital PID controller. Setting your grill temperature is easy, but the more interesting addition is the option to set your smoke level.

Let’s get the main specs out of the way, run through my first impressions and then get stuck into my experience cooking on the Woodwind.

Camp Chef Woodwind 24 Specifications

Cooking Area811 sq in (429 lower rack + 382 upper rack)
Pellet Hopper Capacity22 lbs
Temp Range160º F – 500ºF (up to 650° with direct flame grilling)
Shelves & StorageTwo side shelves, one front shelf
Temp ProbesFour meat probes
ControlerColor screen PID controller
WiFi/AppYes
ConstructionStainless steel
Warranty3 years
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The Woodwind uses the same slide and grill technology as the cheaper SmokePro SG and is similar to what Pit Boss offers with their pellet grills.

Essentially this lets you create a high heat sear zone by exposing the direct flame.

I measured 650-700°F with the grill set on high and using direct flame mode.

This worked better than I expected, but I was much more excited by the promised searing capabilities of the SideKick attachment.

I’ll go through all my experiences using that attachment later in the review, but for now, I’ll just say I highly recommend getting it.

I recorded a reverse sear Picanha cook I did on the Woodwind if you want to see both the Sidekick and main grill in action.

When you opt for the sidekick attachment, you do have to give up some prep area. I’ll make that trade every time, but I did want to point that out. You can get an optional front shelf attachment which is easy to install and adds some much-needed prep area.

What I like:

  • Ash Cleanout System – By far the easiest pellet grill to clean out of the many I’ve tested.
  • Smoke Level Adjustability – Nice to be able to control the level of smoke when cooking different types of food.
  • Accessory options – You can add some great functionality to this grill including the sidekick and front shelf.
  • Direct Flame Slider Rod – Gives you decent searing capability if you decide not to get the sidekick add-on.
  • Temp Probes – This is the only pellet grill I’ve seen that comes with 4 temp probes. Most grills only give you 1 or 2 temp probes.

What I don’t like:

  • App Connectivity – The app interface is really nice, but the connectivity is a little glitchy. This seems to be a common problem among pellet grill manufacturers, and Camp Chef’s App is still very manageable.
  • No cabinet door – You get a storage shelf but there’s no door to keep things protected from the elements.
  • Some temperature accuracy issues – Not a deal breaker but I found a fair bit of variance between what temp I set and what was recorded.

The Camp Chef Woodwind is a feature-packed pellet grill and smoker.

The design makes it easy to adjust the smoke level, easy to manage your cook with the versatile upper rack system, and easy to clean up after the cooking is done.

Unboxing and setup

The Woodwind grill was packaged very tightly using plenty of cardboard, styrofoam, and clear plastic.

All bare metal was coated well with an anti-corrosion coating. All parts appeared to be protected quite well.

Assembly for this grill proved to be fairly simple and straightforward.

I completed the entire assembly in about 40 minutes using mostly hand tools and, occasionally, a cordless drill with a Phillips bit.

Camp Chef also include a recipe guide and Woodwind booklet.

Build Quality

All painted parts have thorough and smooth coatings. There were two parts that showed small nicks in the paint, but they were quite minimal.

The bracket for the rack system was slightly bent and required slight rebending. I’m not sure what happened here. I don’t believe they were damaged during transport. I believe they were already bent when the parts were packaged in the box. 

Overall, the Woodwind showed to be good quality. All the parts installed just as designed. The grill comes with rubberized wheels, similar to wheels found on rollerblades. They appeared to be more than adequate to move the grill around and will last quite a while.

Most of the grill is made of painted steel. The legs and barrel of the grill are a little thicker steel and provide a sturdy foundation.

The pellet hopper lid is a thin steel, as expected, and as is common with most pellet grills. There’s also a narrow window on the front side of the hopper so you can keep an eye on your pellet level without opening the lid.

The lid is made like the barrel of the grill. The inner grill flame diffuser plate is made of thick steel but will warp over time. However, that shouldn’t actually affect the performance of the grill in any way.

Cooking on the Camp Chef Woodwind

Before writing this review, I put the Woodwind through its paces in a variety of different cooking situations.

I cooked pulled pork and chuck roast low and slow and seared steak and burgers. I also did chicken wings and quarters.

Here are my observations after a few months of regular use.

Ease of operation

This is the reason why you buy a pellet grill to begin with, and I’m pleased to say the Camp Chef Woodwind did not disappoint.

Just turn it on, set the temp using the dial, set the “smoke level”, and the grill will do the rest.

I found the temp probe design simple but effective. It allows the probes to be used without smoke and heat escaping from a large gap in the lid and closes off the hole when not in use)

Best of all, the phone app will notify you when the grill reaches the set desired temperature.

The slider rods and locking plates for the pellet chute, ash cleanout, and direct flame grilling are well designed.

The slider rod on the pellet chute opens a slot located in the bottom of the hopper. When you pull the rod, the slot opens and allows pellets to drop if you want to swap wood type or remove them for storage.

The ash cleanout feature is innovative making it the easiest to clean pellet grill I have tested to date. The slider rod attaches to the a flat plate below the burn pot. When the slider rod is pulled, it moves the plate and drops burnt pot ash into the cleanout cup. The locking plates prevent the slider rods from moving accidentally while the grill is in use. 

The versatile upper rack system is also grilling gold. The two half-rack systems can be placed side by side to be used as a full rack or one rack can be slid under the other to open up access to more of the grilling area. I found this to be very useful.

The grill controller also has a feed function that I found to be very useful. The feed function allows the user to feed pellets without the igniter element being activated. This is great for not only feeding pellets initially through the auger system but also for clearing remaining pellets from the auger to prevent them from swelling and causing an auger jam. 

Overall grilling performance 

Getting the result you desire is easy on the Woodwind. You can set the grill temp with the turn of a knob.

And you can go from indirect flame mode to direct flame grilling with just the pull of a handle. I tested the grill using both methods and yielded pleasant results.

The steaks cooked below were done without using the direct flame. The grill was hot enough to get sear marks, but I would recommend using the slide system for searing.

Overall smoking performance

I was extremely pleased with the smoking ability of the Woodwind. Camp Chef takes it to the next level with the flexibility to adjust the smoke level from 1-10.

So, you can really dial in the level of smoke you prefer. 

In my testing I found that increasing the smoke level did somewhat increase the temperature

What are the storage and prep areas like?

The Woodwind does provide a little bit of prep area in the form of a shelf, but that real estate is lost if you add the SideKick or sear box.

In my case, I had the SideKick installed. So I lost this area. You can still balance a plate or chopping board on it when not in use though.

There is a little bit of prep area on top of the pellet hopper, but it is minimal.

This means there are also no hangers for grill utensils, which to me, is disappointing. There is a shelf underneath the grill that could be used for storing a bag of pellets.

Like I mentioned in the intro, Camp Chef does offer an add-on front shelf for the Woodwind for additional prep area.

Camp Chef Pellet Grill Front Shelf

Add a convenient front shelf to your 24" Camp Chef pellet grill for more prep area. The shelf can be folded down when not in use.

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How good is the temp accuracy & consistency? 

While smoking at low temperatures, the accuracy seems to be pretty close.

But in my tests, the Woodwind appeared to be off quite a bit as the temps increase toward grilling temperatures. On the plus side, the grill was fairly consistent once it reached its set temperature.

I’ve included more detailed testing details in a section below.

How useful is the App?

The Camp Chef App has a lot of functionality, allowing the user to change the temp and smoke level on the fly, set up to four meat probe doneness temperatures, and shut down the grill.

The probes can also be named in the App.

The App has WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.

With all that said, this App is not without its issues either. I found the App randomly lost connection on a regular basis. It’s easy to get it connected again, but it is a little aggravating.

However, this seems to be a problem that many pellet grill manufacturers tend to struggle with when it comes to their Apps.

Interestingly there seems to be a big gap in performance between Apple and Android users as the Camp Chef app rates an impressive 4.3/5 on the Apple App Store and a disappointing 1.8/5 on the Google Play store.

It looks like the App was last updated on July 16th 2020, so its good to see Camp Chef are actively improving the experience.

Ease of cleaning

Here is where the Woodwind shines. The people at Camp Chef put enough forethought into their grills to come up with a far superior way to clean out the ash left in the burn pot.

The quick cleanout “coffee can” and sliding rod/base plate mechanism makes it super easy to clean the grill after use. Most other pellet grills require a shop vac.

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Grill grate performance & quality 

Everyone has their preference when it comes to grate material, as do I. These grates left me split down the middle.

While I was not super excited about their ability to leave grill marks, the porcelain coated finish does allow the food to release with ease.

I would have also preferred if the diameter of the bars been a little larger, but being fair, that still did a fine job. 

Is the SideKick worth it?

All pellet grill manufacturers love to wax lyrical about how versatile their grills are.

Despite claims of “6 in 1 cooking”, the truth is most pellet grills make far better smokers than grills due to their inability to sear at high enough temperatures.

The slide and sear is one option to get around this limitation, but Camp Chef has come up with a clever attachment that goes a step further.

The Sidekick is essentially a propane burner that attaches where the prep shelf would normally be.

The Sidekick replaces the popular Sear Box attachment. While the sear box was a dedicated sear station, the Sidekick gives you more versatility:

  • Use the burner to warm sauce or boil water for vegetables or pasta.
  • Use the included steel griddle to fry bacon, onions, eggs, or anything you wouldn’t want on the main grill.
  • Add extra add-ons like the grill box and pizza oven.

If you are going to get the Woodwind, spend the extra and opt for the Sidekick.

It is worth the extra! Yes, it runs off of propane and it doesn’t disappoint. It put out 30,000 BTUs of heat and IT IS NOTICEABLE.

I cooked breakfast on the included heavy duty griddle. I also tested it out by searing some steaks on it using the Deluxe Grill Box. Believe me when I say this beast of a burner can be used to heat up anything, including a stock pot.

I was pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of the grill box when used with the Sidekick.

The grates are made of enamel coated cast iron and very sturdy. A little goes a long way when it comes to heat from the Sidekick.

I accidentally turned it up too high and left it for only a few minutes. When I returned, the temp gauge was maxed out. I measured the temp with my IR temp gun at almost 1100°F! Needless to say, I didn’t make that mistake again.

You can purchase the Woodwind and sidekick as a package, or buy it on its own.

Camp Chef Sidekick Grill Accessory

The propane powered 28,000 BTU single burner attaches to most Camp Chef pellet grills, allowing you to griddle, grill, sear and boil.

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Besides the Sidekick and Grill Box, Camp chef offer a range of other accessories.

BBQ Tool Set- These accessories, while nothing exotic or exciting, are built sturdy to last for years of grilling. If you can pick these up for a reasonable price, go for it, especially if you can use them for camping gear also. 
Grill Cover- I consider a grill cover a must-have for pellet grills to protect the electronics. The Woodwind grill cover is made of a tough material that fits snugly over the grill to keep your prized possession well preserved. From the grill covers I have tested, this is one of the strong ones.

Testing the Woodwind

I used my trusty ThermoWorks Signals to test the real temperature of the Woodwind at different locations on the grill.

Time to come up to temp

After initial startup, it takes about 11 minutes to reach 225°F.  For grilling, it will take you a little longer, about 18-21 minutes for 450°F. 

Temperature accuracy test

Grill SettingLeftMiddleRight
225°F (smoke level 1229°F233°F252°F
225°F (smoke level 10)235°F239°F258°F
450°F510°F550°F640+°F

There is a noticeable temp variance between the left, middle, and right side of the grill.

These numbers aren’t the end of the world, but are helpful to know and understand as to how to use the grill. There must be a natural pull of heat toward the right side of the grill, even when smoking low and slow. It could be possible that my grill was not quite level, but I don’t believe this to be the case

  • At lower temps, actual gill temp accuracy was off by 0~8° in the middle of the grill
  • At high temps, actual gill temp accuracy range was 0~100° off in the middle of the grill

I’m a little surprised by these numbers at higher temps. I would have expected them to be a little closer. A user would need to be aware of this while grilling so they do not overcook their food.

Although the accuracy is off at times, I will note that the temperature consistency is spot on. There is very little swing in temperature once the grill gets to the set temperature.

Wood pellet usage per hour

For these tests, I used Camp Chef premium hardwood pellets but I would assume similar performance with other pellets.

The tests were conducted on an 80°F day.

  •  Average consumption rate at 225°F: ~¾ lb per hour
  •  Average consumption rate at 500°F: ~1¾ – 2 lb per hour

I’m happy with these results, although you should expect worse efficiency with the larger Woodwind or if cooking in cold weather.

Alternatives to consider

The $800-$1000 pellet grill price range is pretty crowded with competition. Check out our full guide to pellet grills for a comprehensive list, and here are a few of the main Woodwind alternatives worth considering.

Weber SmokeFire

Weber SmokeFire Pellet Grill Review

We had a lot of hope Weber‘s first entry into the competitive pellet grill market would be a hit.

The SmokeFire is available in two sizes. The EX4, which offers 672 square inches, and the EX6 which comes with 1008 square inches of cooking space.

That puts the Woodwind 24 right in the middle.

The famous grill manufacturer promised some innovations to allow for a better grilling experience.

A rushed release led to a number of problems and a flood of bad early reviews.

While Weber has managed to address most of the big issues, and all the food we cooked tasted excellent, this is a grill I would probably pass on until the next version is released.

Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24

If you can’t quite stretch your budget for a Woodwind, the SmokePro SG is a popular choice that gives you most of the same features.

You get the exact same updated digital controller with adjustable smoke settings although you only get two meat probes included.

The cooking surface and hopper capacity are also the same.

You can add on the Sidekick or Sear Box, and the App and clean up experience is the same as well.

You are giving up the large color screen and easier to use interface on the Woodwind. The lid on the SmokePro is made from powder coated steel compared to stainless steel on Woodwind which will last longer.

Given the small price difference I would recommend spending a little extra and getting the Woodwind. Even though the differences are minor.

If you are in the market for a portable grill, then you should check out the Camp Chef Pursuit 20 as well.

REC TEC RT-700 Wifi

rec tec rt 700

If you can spend a little more, the REC TEC RT-700 offers a unique design, quality construction, and decent app experience.

By default, you get 702 square inches of real estate, although this can be expanded up to over 1000 with the optional warming shelf.

The huge 40lb hopper gives you up to 40 hours of continuous cooking.

Unlike the Woodwind, you don’t have any special options for searing, so you are limited to the standard pellet grill experience with temps maxing out at 500°F. There is a setting to go higher but we haven’t tested where it maxes out.

You are also limited to two probes.

REC TEC have a super loyal following and great customer service. The RT-700 is not a bad option, but we think the Woodwind is better value for money.

Should you buy the Camp Chef Woodwind?

By now it should be clear that I like the Woodwind.

Yes, the temp accuracy of the grill is a bit off and the temp variation can be high from one side of the grill to the other, but the more pellet grills I test, the more I am seeing similar results.

I cooked chicken quarters, wings, chuck roast, Boston Butt, New York Strips, pork chops, and cheeseburgers without overcooking or drying anything out. Everything turned out juicy with a nice smoky flavor. 

If you are looking for a pellet grill/smoker that is easy to use, easy to clean and maintain, and is going to last for years then you should give this grill a hard look.

You’ll be able to cook great food with minimal effort with the base model.

The Woodwind really comes into its own when you combine it with the SideKick attachment

Camp Chef offers a large range of accessories and options for the Woodwind line. 

If the temperature accuracy and variance concern you greatly, I would look toward a different option. 

As always, feel free to ask questions in the comment form below if there’s something that you want to know about this grill. Reader feedback is always welcome too!

22 Responses

  1. Ryan-

    Thanks for the review. I have a Woodwind wifi 24 but haven’t tried the grilling feature yet, I was considering doing the reverse sear, does it come up to heat fast enough to simply go from smoking to searing?

    Also they do make a front collapsible shelf, which was a must have for me.

    1. Hi Jeremy.
      Totally agree of the front shelf. It’s a must have. These grills, including all other pellet grills, don’t really crank up the heat that fast. It takes a little bit to go from say 225F to searing hot. You can still reverse sear with these grills, you will just have to take a very specific approach.
      There are 2 options I would recommend:
      1. If you have the Sidekick add on with the grill box or the griddle, use it. It puts out a ton of heat and its a quick move from pellet side to gas side.
      2. If you don’t have a Sidekick, I would wrap the steaks (or other meat) in aluminum foil and sit them off the grill. Then crank up the temp as hot as possible and slide the rod for direct flame mode. Then when it gets hot, put your steaks back on. It you are concerned of the steaks cooling down too much, you could always wrap then and place them on your top rack in the left corner of the grill. I’m thinking you are probably looking at about 10 minutes to get the grill searing hot.
      Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Rick,
      I don’t believe they do, at least, not in the Woodwind any way. You don’t HAVE to use the wifi though. The Woodwinds can use Bluetooth on your phone as well. And even then, you don’t have to use the app at all in order to use the grill. You have a lot of options as to how you want to use your grill.

  2. You mention temperature variances with the Woodwind. Which pellet smoker would you recommend that has more consistent temperature?

    1. Hi Ken,
      There are 3 categories that come into play here; so it depends on which one you are referring to. The 3 categories are: 1. temp consistency (pertaining to temperature swings) 2. temp variances (how temp differs from left, middle, and right side of grill) and 3. temp accuracy (display temp versus actual temp inside the cooker). We have found that pretty much ALL grills we have tested have some forms of all 3. Some are a little better than others pertaining to these categories. The Woodwind was great at temp consistency, fair at temp variance, and poor at temp accuracy. It was certainly better at smoking temps and not so great when it got to grilling temps. This is mitigated some by making sure the grill is preheated well also. If temp swings are your concern; the woodwind is top notch. If variances are your concern, other grills we’ve tested have been a bit more consistent through the 3 cooking zones (Pit Boss, Memphis, Weber,etc). If temp accuracy is your concern (especially at high temp), you are probably better off with any other grill.

      Final conclusion: it really just depends on how you like to cook, and what you want to be able to control. The Woodwind does give you some adjustability that doesn’t come with other grills. And no matter what grill you get, the most important thing you can do is: GET TO KNOW YOUR GRILL. Knowing how your grill cooks makes all the difference in the world.
      Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Ross,
      I’m sure it will eventually, but it seems to be holding up very well. I would be surprised it it didn’t last for at least 3 years or so of moderate use. Plus, it is extremely easy to change when that time comes.

  3. Ryan,
    Great review, ive been researching pellet grills for a couple months and was leaning toward the woodwind. This will be my first pellet grill, im used to having a 4 burner gas grill.
    I like the convenience and quick cooking capability to gas, but understand the better taste in a pellet grill. Is cooking on the pellet style that much more inconvenient? Also size, you used the 24. I was leaning toward the 36 though. How many burgers do you think you can cook on the 24 at once. Sometimes we host larger parties thats why i ask. I also have a black stone 36 inch griddle if needed to back up. Thanks

    Rick

    1. Hi Rick,
      Coming from a gas grill background as well, I know exactly what you mean. Sure my family did a lot of smoking growing up, but when it came to grilling, we used gas predominantly. Truth be told, I was skeptical the first time a tested a pellet grill. Sure, I like the flavor of charcoal cooked food, but had ZERO plans of going through that whole process to cook my food every time. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that pellet grills are that happy medium between cooking with the taste of charcoal with the speed and convenience of gas. I can really only think of two areas where gas is better than a pellet grill: heat up time and clean up.

      1st point: Nothing is faster than gas when it comes to start up times. You just can’t beat it. Turn on gas, ignite, 10 minutes later, you got serious heat. When pellet grills are not that fast, they ARE still just as convenient. Most pellet grills can be turned out, set the temp, and walk away. 15-20 minutes later you are ready to grill. Yes, it takes longer, but still just as easy to get ignited and up to temp.

      2nd point: Since it is gas, there is no ash cleanout. It wins this area by default. However, Camp Chef Woodwind has done a fantastic job in this area. They have an ash pot that the ash will drop into via a slide plate. All the ash drops into something the looks like a coffee pot. You just un hook it and dump. Simple as that. Sure there is some ash that is dispersed around in the bottle of the grill barrel, but it only needs to be cleaned out every once in a while. To me, the clean up is significant outweighed by the taste of the food.

      About 24 vs 36: Now you have reached the size paradox. I say that because there are trade offs between a smaller grill and a larger ones.
      24 = Pros: faster heat up times, less pellet consumption, less recovery time from opening lid
      Cons: Less room for smoking large quantities of meats, smaller batches of food able to be cooked for large parties
      36 = Pros: more smoking space, more grilling space
      Cons: longer heat up times, more pellet consumption, more recovery time from opening lid

      Hopefully, the above information will help you make your decision.
      There is nothing wrong with having a larger grill/smoker, just be aware that it will take a bit longer to heat up and take more pellets to run and recover slower. So it really depends on your normal cooking habits. Depending on the size of your burgers, I would say that you could cook 12-15 burgers are a time on the 24.
      Let me know if you have any additional questions, and thanks for reading the articles!

  4. I bought a SGX 36 a year ago, it’s doesn’t have WiFi. I’m happy not having WiFi it just works better for me. Yes the woodwind had great features as stated within this blog by Ryan Black. WiFi can be added.
    I had a Green Mountain before and wasn’t unhappy with it. It was hard to clean. Oh one thing my grill burns the pellet up very little ashes to vac. I also put aluminum foil over dip pan.
    Sorry I hit & missed with my thoughts, my mind just works that way st my age.

    1. Hey John,
      Thanks for the feedback. The wifi isn’t for everyone. Some like it. Some couldn’t care less. Some use other methods such as the Thermoworks Signals, Smoke, or Smoke X as their monitoring agents instead of the grill/smoker itself. It’s really about doing bbq how YOU want. And I’m glad these various grills are giving people the ability to do that. I also like the competition and seeing these companies push the envelop with new technology and features!

  5. Hey Ryan,
    I want to buy a pellet smoker for my husband as a surprise gift. I think primarily he will use as a smoker. However likes to sous vide and prob like to sear at high temps. He’s also a tech guy so I think wifi good. Everything about this grill sounds great except for the temp variance. Do you think this is the one I should go with or I was looking at a Traeger. Thoughts? Thanks

    1. Hi Rachel,
      The grill is actually quite accurate at smoking temperatures. It was at grilling temps that it was off a fair amount. Since, you said he would mainly use as a smoker, that would be right in his wheel house. And with the cool tech features this grill comes with, he has quite a variety of cooking methods he could explore. And for searing after sous vide, the side kick, assuming you got this also, would put some serious char marks onto any meat. Even the direct flame mode would give you quite a bit of searing power as well.

      As for some of the temp variation from left, middle, and right; I have found that some grills can equalize those temps a little better if they are preheated at a bit higher temperature than you are planning on using for about 15-25 minutes, depending on ambient temperatures. Traeger is a great brand as well. I don’t think you would go wrong with either choice. Both are grills any husband would be ecstatic to get for a surprise gift!

  6. Hey Ryan,
    How accurate are the food temp probes? I’m looking at getting a Woodwind 24 with sidekick to replace a worn out gas grill. Can the sidekick with the grilling fixture be used to make small (4 burgers or chops) but quick meals like gas grills can? Thanks for your review.

    1. Hi Mark,
      Thanks for reading! The food probes are accurate. I would have all confidence in relying on them. With that said, my personal preference is to use leave in food probes as a guide and then confirm with a quick read thermometer. The accuracy of leave in probes can vary a little, but the placement of it can cause the temp to vary a little also. Because I this, I usually pull my food off a few degrees early and check several times with a quick read thermometer. With that said, if you’re not anal retentive like me, Camp Chef’s temp probes will serve you just fine.

      The Sidekick with the deluxe grill box will absolutely work as a miniature gas grill for you. Essentially, the Sidekick is the same thing as a side burner of a gas grill, except jumbo is size and nature. With 30,000 btu’s it is more like a turner fryer gas burner. But with the Sidekick versatility system, it can be used with a grill, or the grill box, or a pizza oven. Back to your question; yes, it can definitely cook quick meals; anything you can think of. Burgers, chops, vegetables. The deluxe grill box can heat up and be ready to cook in about 5 minutes. I really like having the option to use it when time (or just plain laziness) is of the essence.

  7. Hi Ryan,

    I’ve been tossing between the Woodwind and the Traeger Ironwood. The big disappoint for me with the Traeger is that the WiFi has to be 2.4ghz rather than the 5ghz that I currently have. Do you know if the Woodwind will work with the 5ghz WiFi?

    1. Hi Zach,
      I will have to refer you to Camp Chef’s customer service to answer the question on the wifi as I only ever used the 2.4 ghz wifi at my house. The 2.4 has such a broad range compared to 5 ghz, I just naturally use it, especially since this grill wouldn’t be transferring a lot of data.
      As far as the two grills you are tossing around, I believe you won’t be disappointed if you ended up with either of them. Both are worthy grills to have.

  8. Hi Ryan,
    This is very thorough review and and excellent read. I just bought a Woodwind 24 and am will use it today for the first time. Your review provided more useful information than I could find anywhere else, including Camp Chef’s manual or on YouTube. I appreciate the time you put into this review and the unbiased info you provide.

    1. Hi Michael,
      Thank you for the feedback and kind words. We try to provide solid, honest information for our readers to help them make informed decisions. We are also make an effort to record more videos to include with the reviews as well to give our readers additional support. Stay tuned! I’m glad we were able to help you. Enjoy the new grill!

  9. Ryan, how about cold smoking something like cheese or salmon for lox? Can we accomplish that with the woodwind?

    1. Hey Peter,
      Yes and no. No, you can’t cold smoke with the Wood wind AS-IS. It was never set up to deliver temperatures low enough for cold smoking. The “YES” comes in as you could use a smoker tube or maze smoker box INSIDE the wood wind which would allow you to cold smoke. In summary, it’s possible, but will require supplemental equipment.

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