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12ring
09-04-2016, 12:20 PM
Im using my brother in laws Traeger this weekend to cook ribs and a brisket while we're renting a cabin.

Yesterday the ribs turned out great but I noticed the temp spikes and drop over and over. Today I'm doing a brisket. I wanted to run it at about 275. Here is where I have the igrill probe and here is what it is reading. It looks like the average to me is about 320. Could it be that the heat is coming up around the defuser and directly hitting it causing it to read higher temps that the center of the grate?

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Al Czervik
09-04-2016, 01:10 PM
That's a good possibility... Any where close to the edge where the convection air blows up around the edge of the defuser is considerably hotter than the rest of the smoker. Don't ask me how I found this out the hard way... :tsk:

DoradoDave
09-04-2016, 01:45 PM
The addition of six firebricks around the pellet pot and a baseball sized wad of foil placed in the exhaust pipe will stop the temperature swings. It add some small increase in smoke flavor too.

Good luck.

SteveKing
09-04-2016, 05:18 PM
I had a Pit Boss pellet pooper. I used it about 4-5 times and used my HeaterMeter to track pit and food temps. Between me not being happy with the smokiness and the major temperature fluctuations I sold it on CL.

Hibuckhobby
09-04-2016, 08:48 PM
Tip of probe is touching grate. I've found this to give higher readings .
Go by meat internal temp.
Hibuck...