Last Updated on March 26, 2021 by Maggie
The two most outstanding features of this (new up-graded 2021) Z Grill 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo are;
#1 How easy it is to use #2 Its amazing value for money
Just plug it in, put in the pellets, wait a few minutes for it to reach the target temperature, add your food, then forget about it until your phone app alerts you that the food is done.
It’s that easy. Even for someone who has never used a combo grill before.
I used to think that part of grilling was the constant tending that I had to do to make sure the food came out just right. However, I’ve found out that using a pellet smoker is much simpler and doesn’t need me to babysit the cooking.
With the Z Grill 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo, You can watch a football game, play with your kids, enjoy your guests, or do whatever it is that you want to do. This Combo Grill does almost all your cooking work for you.
It’s like having your own professional grill master in your backyard without the premium price tag.
Z Grill ZPG-450APRO
Material: Stainless Steel
In this Z Grills Review of the new (upgraded) 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill we will explain;
- How this easy-to-use, low-cost pellet smoker can provide phenomenal tasting smoked foods.
- We’ll discuss all of its features and benefits
- What buyers like and don’t
- How well it performs
- Answer questions
Table of Contents
The 450APRO looks and cooks differently from other grills like charcoal or gas.
- The look: Handsome bronze-colored lids and a bronze hat on the smokestack
- Cooking surface: 452 square inches of cooking space which is perfect for families
- Pellet hopper: holds 15 pounds of pellets for 15 hours of unaided cooking time
- Temperature range: 180°F to 450°F
- Easy-drain grease system: included grease drain bucket for easy cleanup
- PID temperature controller: maintains a consistent cooking temperature
- LED temperature display: gives real-time temperature readings
- Automatic pellet delivery system: delivers pellets for temperature consistency
- Advanced Woodfire Technology: gives a wood-smoked flavor with the convenience of electric or gas
- Electric auto-start ignition: is easy to turn on without an external fire source
- Fan-forced convection heating: ensures food cooks evenly and consistently
- Front and side shelves: provides extra space to place platters and utensils
- High-temperature powder-coated steel: resists rust for longer life-span
- Porcelain-coated iron: provides a healthy non-stick surface for cooking grates
Or, if you would like more details to help you decide if this smoker combo grill is the right one for you keep reading;
What’s in the Box
- Z Grills 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo
- Waterproof grill cover: protects the grill from the elements and prolongs its lifespan
- Wireless thermometer with two probes: connects to a phone app to report live food temperature needs (needs two L5V AA batteries not included)
- Waste oil drip bucket
Set-up of the Smoker Grill
This smoker grill combo is easy and will only take about an hour to assemble. It comes with picture-only instructions, gloves, a screwdriver, and a wrench.
Check out the setting up VIDEO if you need extra help
Ease of Use
The technology inside the cooking chamber continuously monitors the grill temperature, and an app monitors food temperature.
You won’t have to keep going out to check the smoker or food temperature.
Unlike with charcoal smokers, it isn’t necessary to add charcoal every time the wind whips up, the outdoor temperature changes, and the internal grill temperature drops.
And you won’t have to fiddle with dampers and vents to get the temperature just right like with a charcoal smoker.
Automatic Pellet Delivery System
When the pellet smoker drops below the set temperature, the hopper automatically delivers pellets into the fire pot to keep the temperature steady.
Then they automatically ignite and are fanned to deliver the appropriate amount of heat and smoke.
Having an automatic pellet delivery system means there’s no need to put someone else on grill-watch duty and charcoal-adding duty while you take a well-earned afternoon nap.
The Z Grills 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo operates at temperatures ranging from 180°F to 450°F. That’s low enough to dry ingredients and high enough for browning meats.
Temperature settings for a variety of food types also include:
- Medium Rare
- Medium well
- Well done
Wireless Grill Thermometer
Without a wireless grill thermometer, I always dreaded opening the lid to check if my maple chili pulled pork shoulder had reached 203°F because it would affect the internal grill temperature.
However, the included app-connected wireless grill thermometer makes it so that I don’t even have to open the lid. The thermometer connects to your phone via Bluetooth.
You can monitor the food temperature from your phone in real-time from 100+ feet away without having to go outside. If you’re already outdoors, the range increases to 160+ feet away.
Z Grills uses proportional-integral-derivative (PID) technology. Sensors regulate the internal temperature of the cooking chamber to make sure it stays consistent.
The inside of the smoker tends to stay within 10°F of the set temperature.
What does the food taste like from a pellet smoker?
If you are new to pellet smoking, you may be curious about the taste you’ll get from a pellet smoker. I find that the smoke in a pellet smoker is clean and mild and gives food a subtle smokey flavor.
This flavor is not nearly as strong as the smokiness from charcoal or an offset smoker. However, it’s better than the zero-smoke flavor from an electric or gas grill.
I like that the 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo allows you to choose the smoke level of your food.
If you want a really strong hardwood smokey flavor, use the “smoke” setting to bump up the smokey flavor of the food.
Oil cleanup is easy with the enclosed waste oil drip bucket.
There is no pellet hopper cleaning door to remove the ashes. However, I find that I can easily vacuum out the ashes after they have cooled, or you could simply use a scoop or a cup.
The Z Grills Pellet Combo Grill weighs about 105 pounds. It’s not too difficult to move the grill alone since it has attached wheels at the bottom. You will need a little help if you need to lift it off the patio or into the garage since it has an awkward shape.
What’s the overall size of the 450PRO?
The Z Grills 450APRO is on the smaller side of grill smoker combos. It’s 49” tall, 45” wide, and 28” deep.
The 450APRO features 452 square inches of cooking surface, so it’s ideal for household use rather than commercial use or feeding the masses at a barbecue competition.
- Grill area: 324 square inches
- Smoker area: 128 square inches
Four hundred fifty-two square inches is still large enough to serve a medium-sized family and friends.
That’s enough space for 18 hamburgers, three whole chickens, or four racks of ribs, so nobody’s going to go hungry at your house. You can also cook some to eat now and some to freeze for later.
I find I can use the 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill every day of the week because it isn’t just for smoking. After all, I don’t have 4 hours available to smoke a rack of ribs every day and I’m pretty sure you don’t either.
But it does allow you to Smoke, Grill, Bake, Braise, Roast, and Barbecue at any time.
I’ve baked up smoky-flavored wood-fired pizza, barbecued up some pulled pork for sandwiches.
Made smoked mac and cheese, made some grilled corn on the cob, satisfied my sweet tooth with smoked chocolate chip cookies, and even made a smoked turkey on a day that wasn’t even a holiday.
You can enjoy years of use from this 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo. Both the high-temperature powder-coated steel outer components and the porcelain-coated iron cooking grates are durable and rust-resistant.
Using the waterproof cover (included) will also help this smoker grill last for years to come.
Pellet smokers range from $350-$5000, and the 450APRO is at the lower end. $399 on sale.
It isn’t as big as some other options and doesn’t have a large hopper or a storage area, but it is a solid grill that offers reliable performance.
Someone who is just getting into grilling or is on a budget won’t miss anything choosing this grill. It still makes incredible grilled and smoked food.
What Buyers Liked
- The price is right.
- Assembling and seasoning the grill is easy.
- It’s easy to use.
- Food comes out with an incredible taste.
- Customer service from Z Grills is excellent.
- It has a 3-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
What Some Buyers Didn’t Like
- It doesn’t have a door to remove ashes, but they’re easy to vacuum out.
- The grill is made in China. However, not all Chinese factories produce inferior products; this grill seems to be a top-quality grill.
- A large turkey wouldn’t fit into this grill, so size is a consideration when purchasing meats to grill or smoke.
Owners of the Z Grill 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo like that the temperature controllers keep the grill within about 10° of their target internal temperature.
Only a couple of reviewers mention having difficulty keeping the internal temperature within the range. Temperature problems seem to be more of an anomaly than a common occurrence.
Grill owners like how easy it is to use the grill. They can just set the internal temperature and monitor the cooking of the food from their phone app. So, there’s less work involved in cooking.
Owners are also impressed with the temperature range that allows them to make a wide variety of tasty, smoke-infused foods.
Useful Tips & Suggestions
A few tips and suggestions to help you get the most from this grill.
Using Fewer Pellets
While PID technology ensures that the cooking temperature remains the same, If it’s cold outside, using grill seal tape or investing in a thermal blanket can reduce the number of pellets you need to keep the internal temperature up, providing maximum fuel efficiency.
Still not sure if this is the right Combo Grill for you? Check out the question and answer section below to help you with your decision.
(FAQ) Questions and Answers
# Does the Grill Lid Have a Tight Seal?
The 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo has a tight seal and works as a smoker should. It doesn’t leak, and the only place smoke escapes is through the smokestack.
# How Do You Remove Unused Pellets?
There is no reason to remove unused pellets if you’re going to be using your grill within a few days. Just leave them in the hopper until the next time you grill.
If more than a few days then it’s advised to scoop them out with a cup or scoop. If pellets are left for long periods they can become damp and block the feeder which could be dangerous.
#Can I Use an Extension Cord Without a Problem?
Yes, use a heavy-duty extension cord (rated for outdoor use)
# What Is the Difference Between the 450A and the 450APRO?
The difference between the 450A and the 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo is that the Pro version comes with a wireless grill thermometer. The cost difference is about the same as it would cost to purchase a wireless grill thermometer separately.
# Does the Wireless Grill Thermometer come with Food Probes?
# How Much Do Pellets Cost?
Pellets have the lowest fuel cost of any fuel type for grills or smokers. At around $1 a pound, they’re cheaper than charcoal, propane, chips, or chunks.
A pellet grill smoker burns about a pound of pellets per hour, making the cost only about $1 an hour.
What I like most about the Z Grills 450APRO Grill Combo is that it doesn’t need constant tending because of the PID internal temperature control, automated pellet delivery, and wireless thermometer app.
This Z Grills review of the 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo shows just how impressive a low-cost, family-sized pellet smoker can be.
If this is the right Smoker Grill Combo for your family,
It has plenty of space for a family’s grilling and smoking needs and can perform a wide variety of cooking tasks.
Suitable for those just starting out and experienced grill masters and smokers alike.
It’s economical to run and makes a handsome statement in your backyard on your patio, or deck. It’s very well constructed, durable, and comes with a 3-year warranty.
If for some reason you’re not happy with your Z Grill 450APRO Pellet Smoker Grill Combo you can return it within 30 days of purchase. What could be fairer than that?
Here at Awesome Backyard Living, we have given you lots of information on one of Z Grills Combo Smokers.
But if you’re thinking you need one that gives you a higher temperature capacity, a larger grilling area, or you would like a combo grill that includes a storage cabinet and you’re willing to pay extra to get extra we have written a complete review on the Z Grill700E
We have also provided a list of alternatives for you below.
If you want to explore further click any of the links and you will be taken directly to the Z Grills website where you will find more information on each one.
Z Grills Alternatives:
The prices shown in the alternatives below are non-sale price differences and may be less during the sales.
|Z Grills-L600D: This smoker grill has 572 square inches of space and a grill that can reach temperatures up to 750°F. It also has a storage cabinet. It’s approx $80 more than the 450APRO|
|Z Grills-7002BPRO: This smoker combo has 694 square inches of cooking space and a 20-pound hopper. This one includes a wireless thermometer and a rain cover. It’s approx $145 more than the 450APRO.|
|Z Grills-700D2: This smoker grill has 697 square inches of cooking space, a 20-pound hopper, and a hopper clean-out feature. It also has a storage cabinet. and is approx $280 more than the 450APRO|
|Z Grills-10002E: This smoker grill has three tiers, 1060 square inches of cooking space, and a 20-pound hopper. The ash clean-out system is easier than vacuuming. It’s approx $260 more than the 450APRO|
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