Pros & Cons – Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

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The Ninja Woodfire is not a pellet grill or smoker in the traditional sense, as it does not use wood pellets to generate heat. The Woodfire uses an electrical heating element, and it just uses a small amount of pellets to create some smoke. This type of outdoor grill has its own Pros & Cons.

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So, a benefit of the Nina Woodfire using electrical energy to generate heat as opposed to burning wood pellets is that its pellet usage is much lower than that of a typical pellet grill/smoker.

The pellet consumption of the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill is very low.
Just a small half cup of pellets is enough to provide the cooked food with smoke flavor

This Ninja Woodfire is very similar to the GE Profile Indoor Smoker in the sense the heat comes from electricity, and the pellets are just used to produce smoke.

However, please note, the Ninja Woodfire is not suitable for indoor use.

You would think to look at the size of the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill, that it would be perfectly suitable as a portable grill. Ninja even advertises it as such, but it’s not really a practical portable model at all.

The high power consumption of the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill means its not practical as a portable model.
Check out that power usage of 1760 watts. That’s the reason this is not a practical portable pellet grill

Now, every portable pellet grill/smoker needs a source of power, but its only a few hundred watts, and that’s just to get the pellet fire going. During use, power consumption will be under 100 watts.

The Ninja Woodfire will require seventeen times the amount of energy, and it could need it constantly if its set to its highest setting for grilling. Your cars/RVs battery cannot provide that power for long.

While the high electrical power demands mean the Ninja is not a practical portable grill, the use of an electrical heating element means temperature regulation/accuracy is very good.

Using electricity to power a heating element means very accurate temperature control.
The Ninja Woodfire can maintain a very accurate temperature

Now, pellet grills, especially those with PID controllers, can also maintain a very accurate temperature, potentially even within 5 degrees of the set temperature.

However, for a pellet grill/smoker to run accurately, it means correct cleaning and maintenance are needed, and well-maintained/good quality pellet fuel is used. The Ninja doesn’t have those concerns.

There is no getting away from the fact that the cooking area on the Ninja Woodfire grill is very small; even cooking enough food for a small family may be a stretch in one go.

The cooking area on the Ninja Woodfire is very small.
Don’t expect the Ninja Woodfire to meet the needs of a large group of friends/family

Now, the small cooking area may be just fine for your needs. My point is that compared to most conventional pellet grills/smokers, the cooking area is very small.

With a typical price point well under $400 (check our database), the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill is at a price point that is generally affordable to most people purchasing an outdoor BBQ.

The typical price point of the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill is generally affordable.
The price of the Ninja Woodfire makes it a viable purchase for many people

Now, while I will argue the price point of the Ninja Woodfire is affordable, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I think it provides good value…

Over recent years there has been an explosion of budget pellet grills coming onto the market. There is now a wide collection of pellet grills/smokers under $400.

It's debatable as to whether the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill is actually good value.
There are several pellet grills/smokers at or below a similar price point to the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

If you check out our database and pre-filter for models under $400, you will find over 30 entries. Such examples include the Pit Boss Lexington Onyx Edition pictured above.

My Final Thoughts On The Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

I do think the Ninja Woodfire can be a good option for some people. Say you are single or a couple, and you’re looking for a very simple-to-use/maintain grill that will provide some additional smoke flavor.

However, let’s say you want to cook for a larger group of people, then I think you’re going to find the cooking area of the Woodfire very limiting, and you would be better off with a traditional pellet grill/smoker.

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