Pellet Grill vs. Saffire
The wood that is in pellets has not been through the charcoal process that removes a whole lot of unwanted, unpleasant compounds. More of these compounds are present in the flames and gasses of burning wood (and pellets). That's part of the reason that most cooking with wood is done when the flames of the fire die down and the clean, steady radiant heat of charcoal can be utilized. A pellet grill is subject to all of the smoke, gasses and byproducts of burning wood during the entire cooking process.
Most people take charcoal for granted. They don't realize why it is so excellent for cooking or all that has happened to the wood in the charcoal process. While it looks dark and dirty, all of the really nasty tars and carcinogenic compounds in the wood have been burned off when it is made. 75% of the wood's original mass is burned off in this process. The remaining charcoal is mostly carbon that burns clean, hot and steady without much of any smoke. It is similar to the activated charcoal that is used to filter and purify water. Now wood chips or chunks are added to get the right amount of smoke just in the early stages of cooking/smoking.
Requires connection to electricity
No electricity or gas needed
More service problems with two motors, auger, glow plug, electric control panel, etc
No electric or moving parts
Totally Silent Operation
A pellet grill has a blower that is forcing a large volume of air through the grill.
The Saffire is well insulated with two layers of 1" thick ceramic walls in the firbox area! This means minimal fire and very minimal air is needed to keep the grill hot.
Forced air dries out the food a lot more.
The tiny amount of airflow preserves the moisture and volume of food, expecially during roasting and smoking.
Forcing a lot of air through the grill has a cooling effect even though it is fanning the fire. It is also forcing the hot air out of the grill much faster. This requires more fuel to be burned in order to make up for the cooling and the heat that is blown out.
Again with a tiny airflow the Saffire is not being cooled down and the heat is not being forced out. This means much less fuel is burned throught the entire process.
You can’t stop flare ups with forced air and temperatures over 375 degrees.
Reduced, minimal airflow eliminates flare-ups while grill holds high temperatures to finish cooking.
Mostly configured for roasting and smoking and not a true "grill" for searing. Cannot produce the high temperatures of charcol for searing.
Searing up to 1000 degrees! With the grid in the low position and the thermometer at 600 degrees F. the temperature at the grid is 1000 degrees!
"Searing" area, if available, is very small and not readily available.
Full size searing area. Entire Cooking Grid is exposed to intense, radiant, searing heat. Especially with Saffire's unique new patent pending "Crucible" firebox.
Any "Searing area" is engulfed in flames. No flameless, radiant bed of coals for searing. Lots of flame directly on fat produces carcinogens.
Charcoal bed produces clean burn with much more dirct radiant, infra-red heat.
Lower temperatures and sheet metal construction cannot produce the high temperature environment that is ideal for cooking pizza.
Pizza Perfect! The wood fire, Ceramic Dome and high temperatures of up to 600° & 700° + allow you to product true wood-fired Pizza oven flavor and texture.
Most pellet grills have painted/powdercoated sheet metal surfaces
Saffire has super-tough, high-temperature, fired-on ceramic glaze finish With Lifetime Warranty!
Stainless Steel versions are very expensive
Saffire Platinum models have all 304 stainless steel hardware with Lifetime Warranty available at prices over 50% less than a pellet grill with similar quality materials!
If exposed to moisture pellets disintegrate
Charcoal remains intact
Does not operate in a power outage without a backup system or generator.
Unaffected by power outages. The most efficient, verstile, alternative-fuel cooking option to use in a power outage. Or any time! Grill - Smoke - Bake!