Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Quick-Take Review

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Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Review

Camp Chef spent the first three-quarters of 2022 working hard to change the pellet grill industry. In June, the company launched the Apex series of pellet grills aimed at addressing issues with getting a high-quality sear. You can check out our quick-take review here.

In early September, Camp Chef began teasing another revolution in pellet grills that was officially announced as the Woodwind Pro. This time, the company attacked the complaint that pellet grills may be the most convenient way to smoke meat but they don’t offer as much wood smoke flavor as a traditional offset smoker.

So Camp Chef upgraded the Woodwind series, a favorite of ours here at Angry BBQ with the 24” model getting the nod as our favorite pellet grill under $1000. The company added a smoke box that sits over the fire pot and can be filled with a pitmaster’s favorite wood or charcoal to add more flavor. 

However, that’s not the only feature that differentiates the Woodwind Pro from the original Woodwind. Read on for a breakdown of all the new features and our thoughts on this new pellet grill.

IMAGE MODEL FEATURES
byb2-table__imageRating 9.0Rating 9.0Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 24
  • Wood Chunk Smoke Box
  • WIFI
  • Side Kick Attachments
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byb2-table__imageRating 9.2Rating 9.2Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 36
  • Wood Chunk Smoke Box
  • WIFI
  • Side Kick Attachments
CHECK PRICE


Pursuing The Best Smoke Flavor On A Pellet Grill

Pellet grills are the most convenient way to smoke meat, especially with more and more technological improvements from WiFi to PID controllers. However, one of the most important areas that people have complained about is the smoke flavor. For people who have eaten barbecue smoked on traditional offset smokers that burn wood logs or splits, pellet grills just don’t pack the same punch of wood flavor.

So Camp Chef made the Woodwind Pro so pitmasters could have unmatched wood smoke flavor with the convenience of a pellet grill. The designers made that happen with three main upgrades. 

The biggest upgrade Camp Chef made to give pitmasters true wood flavor on the Woodwind Pro is the Smoke Box. The Smoke Box slides out of the grill in the front for easy access and can be loaded with wood chunks, wood chips, more wood pellets, or charcoal. It sits right above the fire pot in the grill with a butterfly valve to expose the wood to the open fire pot.

Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Smoke Box
Woodwind Pro Smoke Box

The user will open the butterfly valve to get the wood or charcoal smoldering then close the valve to let the wood slowly burn, releasing all that smoke flavor throughout the chamber. The box can be slid out at any point to quickly and easily refill with wood. 

With the addition of the Smoke Box, Camp Chef added some new features to the Woodwind Pro to take advantage of the extra smoke. Backyard pitmasters can now cold smoke on the Woodwind Pro without any additional equipment thanks to the new Fan Only Mode on the controller to help circulate the smoke without adding extra heat.

Camp Chef also tweaked the lid and ventilation designs to help improve the smoking performance on the Woodwind Pro. The lid is fully gasketed to help prevent any smoke and heat from escaping around the lid. 

Also, the smoke stack is gone and replaced with down-and-out rear ventilation, similar to the new Apex pellet grills from earlier in 2022. This improves smoke circulation throughout the cooking chamber, ensuring whatever is getting smoked gets a full smoke bath before any smoke escapes out the vents.

Stainless Steel Construction

Camp Chef built the new Woodwind Pro with longevity in mind. Both the interior and exterior are made from stainless steel. That includes the grill grates, the butterfly valve, and even the gasket. With proper care, the Woodwind Pro won’t succumb to rust and damage.

Woodwind Pro Interior


Redesigned Legs And Casters

One of the other major differences between the original Woodwind and the Woodwind Pro is the legs and wheels. The Woodwind Pro, regardless of model, sits on four legs that are at an angle for added stability. Then at the bottom of each leg are swivel casters to help make moving the Woodwind Pro around the cooking area a breeze.

Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Legs and Casters

Both models of the original Woodwind sat on straight legs. The original 24” model only had two large wheels and no casters, while the 36” model had two swivel casters and two large wheels. 

Keeping The Best Features Of The Original

Even with all the upgrades from the original Woodwind to the Woodwind Pro, not everything has changed. Users still can connect via WiFi to the Camp Chef App for real-time monitoring without standing right next to the grill. The PID controller to help keep steady temperatures throughout remains as well.

The Woodwind Pro is compatible with the Sidekick set of attachments. This adds the ability to cook on a small flat top grill or the ability to reverse-sear steaks to the pellet grill.

Camp Chef also included their fantastic ash cleanout system to cut down on the number of times the grill needs to be vacuumed. 

Final Thoughts On The New Woodwind Pro

Camp Chef took one of our favorite pellet grills and amplified the smoke flavor. The new Woodwind Pro also holds and circulates smoke better than its predecessor. The 24” model still has 811 sq in of cooking space which is plenty of space for most families, while the 36” model boasts 1,236 sq in for hosting parties and packing the cook chamber full of briskets, pork butts, or racks of ribs.

The Woodwind Pro promises to amplify the wood smoke flavor of pellet grills and starts at $1,199.99. 

Obviously, these thoughts are just on what Camp Chef has released about the new Woodwind Pro, but it sounds promising. Here at Angry BBQ, we look forward to getting our hands on this new pellet grill so we can give readers a full in-depth review. Stay tuned and we will link to that full review when it comes!

IMAGE MODEL FEATURES
byb2-table__imageRating 9.0Rating 9.0Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 24
  • Wood Chunk Smoke Box
  • WIFI
  • Side Kick Attachments
CHECK PRICE
byb2-table__imageRating 9.2Rating 9.2Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 36
  • Wood Chunk Smoke Box
  • WIFI
  • Side Kick Attachments
CHECK PRICE

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