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Unread 05-26-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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Hey all! I'm new here, so if I'm posting in the wrong place just point me in the right direction. I got a traeger grill yesterday, a slightly used one. It's the one that looks like a John Deere tractor, totally cute. I used it yesterday, cooked ribs, corn, pork loin. Here's the thing, I turned it to the "smoke" setting this a.m. and it shot up to 300 degrees and was smoking like crazy! I turned it off, let it cool down, took all the pellets out of the hopper to make sure the auger was working. I took the cover off the heating chamber it seems to be working. Why is it getting so hot so quick? Is there a way to reset it? I didn't get an owner's manual with it, probably can find one online, but thought someone on here might have a simple solution! Thanks!
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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ahhhh, nothing like the sound of a traeger rookie! "this thing has a mind of it's own??!!" But take a deep breath, it is probably nothing. Even if it is something, I will tell you that traeger has some of the best customer service in the industry. If the problem persists, don't hesitate to call. I've owned a traeger for five years, I was given this traeger from my mother who owned it for 20 yrs. It's been in the family for years, and it still has some little quirks every once in a while that are difficult to explain, but usually I can figure out that it was 'operator error.'

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You say your traeger is old, does it have a self starter with hot rod, or do you have to load the pellets into the hopper by hand and light them yourself? If you can answer me this - I might have some experience to offer.

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It's not old, just slightly used. It has a self starter. After I turned it off, unplugged it, plugged it back in, started it again on "smoke" the digital readout shot to 300 quickly, but the actual temp wasn't that hot, still hotter than it should be for the "smoke" setting. I took the whole thing apart, cleaned it good. I'll keep trying! Thanks for helping.
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Make sure all the ash is out of the bottom and when u start it ur supposed to leave ur lid open for about ten minutes before u close it and bring it up to temp that's what the book says if disentangle work I'd call customer service like the last Guy said there great to work with. Hope this helps.
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Do you have the controller with the 180 on the markings? One thing to learn about the controller is how it operates.

Have you verified the temp it's reading independently?

Reason I ask, is that the smoke setting is a set duration for the auger to turn and feed pellets from what I know about them.

What happens from a cold start if it's not on a timed feed, then it's trying to dump pellets in and really puts a lot out, when those catch fire, it tends to overshoot the temp, but eventually settles down.

I'd do this. Turn it on, let it get to 300 and them open it up and dump the heat some, a little at a time and see if it stabilizes somewhere lower.
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I don't own one, but have seen some posts on Traegers discussing the "P" settings on the controller and how they must be adjusted to get the proper auger/fan speeds and maintain a certain temp. Also some Traegers have to be shut down and restarted at the 180 setting if they are running at a higher temp, you can't just turn down the dial. You might read the Traeger forums at "pelletheads.com" for some useful info and alot of Traeger experienced people. Especially if you have the old dial control rather than the digital. Good luck and welcome to the dark side with your pellet pooper!
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I think you just had some leftover ash or something on the heating rod, which caused the mechanism to release more pellets into the chamber. Make sure to clean out the pellet pot after each use, makes for a quicker start-up and less issues. I wouldn't be alarmed...unless it stays at 300 indefinitely on the Smoke setting. If that happens, call Traeger and they can troubleshoot it with you.
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...by the way, that's a cool lookin' Traeger!
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That's a great Traeger if u want to sell it let me know
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Thanks for the help guys. I think it was the extra ash as someone mentioned. It seems to be doing fine. I did check the temp with my digital thermo, and it's ok. It's a new toy, so I gotta learn how to use it. I'm gonna download the owner's manual. I got this thing really cheap. Tho I do prefer to smoke the old fasioned way, this is something fun to have. I wouldn't have paid retail for it though.
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