Traeger Ironwood 650 Review

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When it comes to wood pellet grills and smokers, everyone’s heard of the brand Traeger. But it seems with their Ironwood 650, they may have outdone themselves, what with its smartphone app and all.

But, when you’re spending upwards of over 1,000 dollars, you want to be sure it’s worth the money. That’s why it’s worth reading articles like this one that will give you a thorough review of the product before you spend a dime.

In this article, I’m going to cover its various features, especially the newer ones, before going into what people are saying about it elsewhere on the net.

Then I will go into whether it’s good value for money, and by the end of the article, when I reach my conclusion, you will be in a position to decide whether the Traeger Ironwood 650 is right for you.

Please feel free to scroll ahead to any section that jumps out at you. Here goes!

Contents

Features

Let’s take a look at the smoker’s features one by one.

Size/Capacity

Now, when I first saw the photo for the Ironwood 650, I thought it looked kinda small for a smoker. However, looks can be deceiving. It’s called a 650 because it has 650 inches of grilling space to work with, across two tiers of cooking grates.

And it turns out that you can actually fit a whopping 8 chickens in there, or 5 racks of barbecue ribs.

Alexa Voice Assistant Functionality And WiFIRE Technology And The Corresponding Smartphone App

A main selling point of this machine is how it works with other technologies. You can link it to your Amazon Alexa to use your voice to set or change the temperature, without having to fuss around with the firebox and such.

There’s also a compatible app which is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can use it to set or change the temperature, monitor your food, set a timer and receive an alert when your food is ready.

This way, you don’t have to stand around your smoker, and you can head back inside to watch TV while your meats cook low and slow.

Versatility

You can do all kinds of cooking on an Ironwood 650. Grilling and smoking of course, but also baking, roasting, braising, and barbecuing.

Temperature

The Ironwood series is an improvement on previous series. They start quicker, heat up faster, and put out better smoke quality.

Better yet, it also features double side wall insulation, which means that you can host a great cookout even when it’s cool outside in Spring, Fall, or even Winter.

Maneuverability

The Ironwood 650 has large wheels on one side, making it easy to take from your garage to your backyard, and over difficult terrain, whenever you want to host a cookout.

Accessories

Some accessories, such as a built-in internal meat probe, come with the machine. But unfortunately, some have to be paid separately. And I 100% recommend that you invest in a cover for it if you’re going to be keeping it outdoors.

Easy To Use

The Ironwood 650 is easy to use, thanks to such features as auto-ignition, and a variable fan speed to circulate the smoke from your wood pellets.

It’s also fairly easy to install, too.

My Personal Experience Using The Traeger Ironwood 650

I really put this machine through its paces – I used it for everything from basic grilled chicken to a full rack of beef ribs right the way through to smoked patties for burgers, and sausages.

I found the cooking easy to monitor with the dedicated up, and I was able to go back to the kitchen to make and grab a few side dishes, all the while knowing I could tweak the temperature settings at any time.

The food always turned out great, every time, and it got a lot of compliments from my family and guests. When you’re smoking meat, that delicious wood smoked flavor really comes through.

Admittedly, however, there were a couple of drawbacks, but to be honest none of them were so bad as to put me off recommending the machine to anybody.

The first little niggle is that the grill needs AC power, which means it needs to be within reach of a power outlet, which can be tricky when you’re in the backyard.

The other thing that I noticed was that you sometimes have to empty the ashes out while the meat is still smoking if you’re going real low and slow.

What Are People Saying About it Elsewhere on the Net?

Traeger Ironwood 650 Review (3)

I’m pleased to report that the Traeger Ironwood 650 has attracted a lot of positive customer ratings and reviews. Here’s a summary:

Traeger Website

First off, it appears that Traeger does not stop negative customer reviews from appearing on their website, like some manufacturers do. And after nearly 500 individual customer reviews their average customer rating comes in at 4.5 stars out of 5.

Amazon Website

After nearly 400 individual customer reviews, Amazon’s average customer rating comes in at 4.7 stars out of 5.

Amazon customers also rated it between 4.5 and 4.7 stars for such features as ease of assembly, ease of use, value for money, and flavor. These ratings are correct at the time of writing.

Home Depot Website

And after over 350 individual customer reviews, Home Depots average customer rating comes in at 4.4 stars out of 5. Negative comments anywhere are usually far and few between, saying things like it’s rather heavy etc.

Good Value For Money?

If there’s anything that varies in price, it’s grills and smokers. At the cheap end, you can pick one up for as little as $100, and at the other end of the scale, you can expect to pay over $2,000.

And when you narrow the range down specifically to Traeger grills, the range of prices goes from about $520 to over $1,500.

When this article was written, the listing price was at about $1,400. And you might be tempted to assume that this high price tag is due to the inclusion of Alexa and WiFIRE Smart Home Technology…

However, it turns out that you can buy a Traeger smoker WITH Alexa and WiFIRE Smart Home Technology for a significantly lower price. We’re talking about $900.

So, when you look at it like that, It’s hard to argue that the Traeger Ironwood 650 is good value for money. Check out this alternative, it’s bigger, cheaper, and it has Alexa and WiFIRE Smart Home Technology.

Summary Of Pros And Cons

Pros

  • The app and voice assistance is amazing – super convenient
  • Excellent dimensions – not too big to stow away, and a stupendously generous cooking space capacity
  • Excellent customer ratings and review across the net, averaging 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5 stars
  • Great selection of accessories available, including a cover
  • Really gives that amazing wood smoked flavor we all love
  • Incredibly versatile, allowing you to do a range of cooking methods
  • Really easy to use in terms of setting it up, getting the app working, and getting it to ignite etc
  • The variable fan really helps to get that smoke moving all the way through your food

Cons

  • This premium product comes at a premium price.
  • Traeger has cheaper models with pretty much the same features
  • It needs to be plugged into a power outlet
  • It’s kinda heavy to maneuver around

Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Traeger Ironwood 650 Big Enough?

In the photos, the Traeger Ironwood 650 doesn’t look all that big, however, this is very deceptive, and the grill is more than big enough, even for large cookouts with plenty of guests.

It’s called a 650 because it has 650 square inches of cooking space. You can fit 6 whole chickens on there, or 3 racks of ribs, or 28 burger patties.

It’s not quite big enough for brisket, however. If you feel like you need an even bigger grill however, you might be  interested in the Traeger Ironwood 885, which has a whopping 885 inches of cooking space to work with.

Can You Use A Traeger As A Regular Grill?

We mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating here. You can use a Traeger not only to smoke, but also to grill, roast, bake, braise, and barbecue.

Wrap Up

So, the Traeger Ironwood 650 is clearly an excellent wood smoker. Versatile, and incredibly easy to use and control. You get more power and more flavor every time you fire it up with the D2 Direct Drive drivetrain.

But you have to admit that it’s rather expensive, and there are some great alternatives out there, as mentioned earlier, that offer the same great technology, but with even more cooking space, that aren’t quite as bad for your bank balance.

 

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