The Skinny:

  • Top of the line Camp Chef
  • Stainless steel lid and firebox
  • Meat probes included
  • Extra-large capacity hopper
  • Patented simple ash cleanout system
  • Slide & Grill Technology for direct flame cooking (SG models only)
  • Sear box and Sidekick side burner upgrade for faster cooking

Things We Love:

The Woodwind Series of pellet grills are the best Camp Chef has to offer. The shiny stainless-steel hood and sturdy black painted steel cart will definitely make you take notice. Great features and loaded with cooking versatility, Woodwind grills are ready to grill, smoke, sear, bake or anything else you may have in mind. They have a wide temperature range of 160-500 degrees. The digital controllers have Camp Chef’s Smart Smoke Technology which keeps the grill within +/-15 degrees of your selected temperature. Camp Chef’s patented ash clean out system offers easy, no hassle clean-up. After you cook, pull the knob on the bottom right side of the grill and the ash is dropped down into an easy-to-remove ash cup for dumping. You’ll be ready for your next cook in no time with minimal effort.

One of my favorite features is exclusive to the Woodwind SG models. Camp Chef’s Slide and Grill Technology, allows you to switch from low and slow smoking to searing burgers, steaks and more over an open flame. Pull the knob located on the left side of the grill and gain access to the direct flame instantly. This feature is not available on non-SG models.

Included with Woodwind SG models are two stainless-steel meat probes. The probes plug into the easy-to-use control panel. Toggle between temperatures on the display with the push of a button. Easily monitor the grill’s ambient temperature as well as internal food temperatures during your cooks. Non-SG models include one probe.

All Woodwind models offer a 22-inch wide main cooking grate giving the grill 429 square inches of main cooking space. Woodwind SG models has two secondary cooking grates giving you a total cooking area of 811 square inches, while non-SG models have one secondary cooking grate for a total cooking area of 570 square inches.

Woodwind SG has an extra-large 22-pound hopper, which is the largest hopper of any Camp Chef grill. Most popular brands of pellet bags are 20 lbs., so the hopper can accept an entire bag at once. This allows you to smoke food longer without having to check or add more pellets. This is convenient for long cooks or when smoking overnight. They also have window on the hopper to keep an eye on your fuel level. Non-SG models offer an 18-pound capacity hopper which is still considered large. The handy pellet clean-out door lets you easily change your pellet flavor or remove and store your pellets for your next cook. Simply ready your bucket, open the chute by pulling the knob located on the hopper.

Traditionally pellet grills are associated with low and slow cooking; however, the Sear Box and Sidekick Woodwind models provide quicker cooking options, great for weeknight cooks. Their built-in ignitions allow you to be cooking in no time. Both are conveniently mounted to the side of the grill and powered by propane. Hang your tank on the provided propane tank holder. The Sear Box features a 16,000 BTU stainless steel burner and enameled cast iron grates. It allows you to get a quick high-heat sear. Perfect for getting a nice crust on steaks, grilling burgers and more. The Sidekick includes a flat top griddle with a ready-to-cook seasoned surface. The 30,000 BTU cast aluminum burner makes cooking a breeze. Remove the griddle and use the sidekick as a camp stove.

Things To Consider:

While Woodwind SG models with Sidekick or Sear Box are the most popular models, the propane tank mounts to the back of the grill. This expands the overall footprint of the grill so keep that in mind when you are ready to store it when not in use. Also, non-SG models have less features, such as the larger cooking area, bigger hopper and Slide & Grill Technology.

You'll Like This Grill If:

You want a feature packed pellet grill from a popular brand, that offers versatile cooking options at an affordable price.