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unixadm
07-09-2017, 05:36 PM
I saw some posts on here about the Traeger Timberline 1300. I've been a long time pellet smoker guy, though I have a big variety of cookers. My first pellet cooker with a Cookshack PG1000 and I expanded from there. I decided to part with my PG1000 (will be posting it for sale) and was going to buy a FEC120 for moderate cooks. Then I saw some posts about the Timberline 1300 on here.

I found a Traeger dealer here in Sacramento called Emigh's Outdoor Living. They are a Traeger platinum dealer, so I decided to swing by today to see what the place was all about. Upon pulling up, I see a Traeger PRO 34 outside cooking and a Timberline 1300 sitting next to it, under a Traeger EZ-UP. For those in Sacramento who want to take a look, they have three Timberlines to look at for reference. Two 1300's and an 850. When I walked in, was greeted by a very nice lady named Lynda and she asked what I was looking for. I told her I wanted to check out a Timberline 1300 and she pointed me to it in the showroom. My first impressions were that Traeger has come a LONG way with this cooker because I never would have bought a Traeger in the past. It's vastly improved over their prior products. Is it Yoder sturdy? No. But it's more than sufficient for a backyard smoker and MUCH better than their prior offerings. The grates are very heavy duty stainless and overall the fit and finish on the cooker is nice. It's not a lightweight either by any means. Just ask my back!

I figured they wouldn't have stock (so it was safe for me to visit the showroom) and at first request, she said they had the 850 but did not have the 1300. I asked about lead time and she went to check. She comes back and says they had just gotten four or five 1300's into their warehouse, so I was in luck if I wanted to buy one. Being an impulse buyer, the rubber worm and hook were in my mouth and I bit like a hungry Bass. haha. I bought the 1300, cover (which is backordered), drip tray liners and another pack of grease trap inserts. It was a bit less than $2,300 out the door with CA tax. Big props to this place, they are super helpful and very nice. I'll be going back for other stuff and they have an assortment of rubs and pellets should I ever have an emergency need. They also sell other brands of pellet smokers. After paying, I headed over to their warehouse, which is about five miles away to pick it up. They helped me load it into my 2015 Explorer and I headed home.

Let's just say that having two people is highly, highly recommended for unloading and assembly. Unfortunately, since this was an impulse buy, I had nobody around to help me and my patience is not very good. After breaking my back and sweating like crazy (thanks Cali weather), I got it assembled in about an hour. Hoisting it upright was the hardest part for me, but I got it. It went together easily with extra hardware being included (nice touch). All of the bolts lined up and they provide all of the tools you need to assemble it. There were no missing parts or any issues to report during assembly.

Connecting it to WIFI is easy using their app and the onscreen menu on the smoker. Mine came with the latest firmware, so I didn't need to perform any updates. I loaded it with 100% hickory pellets from Cookinpellets and primed the auger. I then went through the ignition cycle after spraying the grates with some coconut oil. It's heating up to 225 degrees for it's initial burnin, and I'll ramp it up to 350 degrees in a bit to burn off anything in the cooking chamber. Some people said it smokes like crazy on it's first ignition cycle, but mine didn't do anything crazy.

More to come as I get it seasoned and get some cooks under my belt.

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wihint
07-09-2017, 06:31 PM
WOW that is gorgeous! Congratulations on the new member of the family.

CeramicChef
07-09-2017, 06:46 PM
Congrats on your new pellet grill. Looks as if Traeger has spent a lot of time upgrading the quality of their cookers. Enjoy!

tom b
07-09-2017, 06:52 PM
Congrats, I just picked up mine on Friday

tacodude
07-09-2017, 07:29 PM
Congrats on the new cooker! I second the customer service at Emigh's is top notch, great people and very helpful. I have my 1300 being delivered on Friday, can't wait to get it and start learning this pit! Let us know how your first cook goes!

I saw some posts on here about the Traeger Timberline 1300. I've been a long time pellet smoker guy, though I have a big variety of cookers. My first pellet cooker with a Cookshack PG1000 and I expanded from there. I decided to part with my PG1000 (will be posting it for sale) and was going to buy a FEC120 for moderate cooks. Then I saw some posts about the Timberline 1300 on here.

I found a Traeger dealer here in Sacramento called Emigh's Outdoor Living. They are a Traeger platinum dealer, so I decided to swing by today to see what the place was all about. Upon pulling up, I see a Traeger PRO 34 outside cooking and a Timberline 1300 sitting next to it, under a Traeger EZ-UP. For those in Sacramento who want to take a look, they have three Timberlines to look at for reference. Two 1300's and an 850. When I walked in, was greeted by a very nice lady named Lynda and she asked what I was looking for. I told her I wanted to check out a Timberline 1300 and she pointed me to it in the showroom. My first impressions were that Traeger has come a LONG way with this cooker because I never would have bought a Traeger in the past. It's vastly improved over their prior products. Is it Yoder sturdy? No. But it's more than sufficient for a backyard smoker and MUCH better than their prior offerings. The grates are very heavy duty stainless and overall the fit and finish on the cooker is nice. It's not a lightweight either by any means. Just ask my back!

I figured they wouldn't have stock (so it was safe for me to visit the showroom) and at first request, she said they had the 850 but did not have the 1300. I asked about lead time and she went to check. She comes back and says they had just gotten four or five 1300's into their warehouse, so I was in luck if I wanted to buy one. Being an impulse buyer, the rubber worm and hook were in my mouth and I bit like a hungry Bass. haha. I bought the 1300, cover (which is backordered), drip tray liners and another pack of grease trap inserts. It was a bit less than $2,300 out the door with CA tax. Big props to this place, they are super helpful and very nice. I'll be going back for other stuff and they have an assortment of rubs and pellets should I ever have an emergency need. They also sell other brands of pellet smokers. After paying, I headed over to their warehouse, which is about five miles away to pick it up. They helped me load it into my 2015 Explorer and I headed home.

Let's just say that having two people is highly, highly recommended for unloading and assembly. Unfortunately, since this was an impulse buy, I had nobody around to help me and my patience is not very good. After breaking my back and sweating like crazy (thanks Cali weather), I got it assembled in about an hour. Hoisting it upright was the hardest part for me, but I got it. It went together easily with extra hardware being included (nice touch). All of the bolts lined up and they provide all of the tools you need to assemble it. There were no missing parts or any issues to report during assembly.

Connecting it to WIFI is easy using their app and the onscreen menu on the smoker. Mine came with the latest firmware, so I didn't need to perform any updates. I loaded it with 100% hickory pellets from Cookinpellets and primed the auger. I then went through the ignition cycle after spraying the grates with some coconut oil. It's heating up to 225 degrees for it's initial burnin, and I'll ramp it up to 350 degrees in a bit to burn off anything in the cooking chamber. Some people said it smokes like crazy on it's first ignition cycle, but mine didn't do anything crazy.

More to come as I get it seasoned and get some cooks under my belt.

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unixadm
07-09-2017, 09:05 PM
I already made dinner but I tossed on five pieces of bacon (had some I needed to use from an open pack) with a little seasoning and I'm going to cook two full chicken breasts. I'm cooking the bacon at 240 degrees. For the chicken, I'm going to use Super Smoke for 20 minutes at 225 and then raise the temperature to 350 degrees until the internal temp is ~165ish. I'll use the temp probe to see how that function works. I'll chop up the chicken to use on a salad for lunch or dinner this week.

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It looks like even temps between the grates for the most part, since the piece on the middle shelf seems to be cooking at the same rate.

Not much smoke out of this unit though, but that's OK. I'm getting tired of smokey BBQ and stinking like crazy after cooking. :)

LMAJ
07-09-2017, 09:07 PM
Congrats!

unixadm
07-09-2017, 09:30 PM
Bacon is done and is perfect.

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Chicken is on. Using the multi-step program to smoke at 200 for 30 minutes and then cook to 165 internal at a pit temperature of 350 degrees.

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unixadm
07-09-2017, 10:56 PM
The cook cycle worked great and the chicken turned out very moist, juicy with good flavor. Sliced and vacuum sealed for consumption later this week.

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The Timberline 1300 seems to be working pretty nicely. It doesn't heat up all that quickly but it does hold a steady temperature. Can't have your cake and eat it too sometimes.

Bigbears BBQ
07-09-2017, 11:30 PM
Congrats

rwalters
07-10-2017, 01:27 AM
Congrats! Love Emighs Casual Living! I've bought several grills/smokers from them over the years. Great long term employees there :)

FreeDivr
07-10-2017, 02:01 AM
Congrats on purchase! Good to see some NorCal folks on here...bbq brethren meet up for cold ones perhaps!

Right on Q
07-10-2017, 09:29 AM
Did anyone else notice the display reads "WTF Chicken" HA!!! :-P

Nice looking rig you got there. Hope you have many fun cooks on it

Ron_L
07-10-2017, 10:05 AM
Looks great! It seems that Traeger is stepping up their game lately. One of the local competition teams had a new pellet cooker from Traeger that is targeted at competition cooks. It looked very well built and he said it cooked great!

bproffer
07-10-2017, 12:45 PM
Looks good man! When I did my first burn in on mine, the cook chamber was completely black with soot/creosote. Doesn't look like you had that issue. Nice!

unixadm
07-10-2017, 01:12 PM
I didn't see any creosote or black smoke. I did have a similar issue on my old GMG with a WIFI controller. It was a result of the fan running too slowly, thus causing dirty combustion. They updated the firmware and that issue was resolved. I believe that is the same thing that happened on the Timberline or that it was resolved with a firmware update.

Neither item I cooked had any bitterness to it, so the combustion was very clean.

SirPorkaLot
07-10-2017, 03:54 PM
Congrats on purchase! Good to see some NorCal folks on here...bbq brethren meet up for cold ones perhaps!

I'm in!

bproffer
07-10-2017, 03:59 PM
I didn't see any creosote or black smoke. I did have a similar issue on my old GMG with a WIFI controller. It was a result of the fan running too slowly, thus causing dirty combustion. They updated the firmware and that issue was resolved. I believe that is the same thing that happened on the Timberline or that it was resolved with a firmware update.

Neither item I cooked had any bitterness to it, so the combustion was very clean.

Yep. I have updated to the latest and greatest but still very sooty from what has to be poor combustion. I am waiting to hear back from Traeger again.

unixadm
07-10-2017, 04:08 PM
Yep. I have updated to the latest and greatest but still very sooty from what has to be poor combustion. I am waiting to hear back from Traeger again.

That's unfortunate. A few things that it could be based on my prior experience:

1. Bad pellets.
2. A bad, loose or reversed fan.
3. An air leak in the firepot assembly which allowing air to bypass the firepot.
4. Bad controller which is not properly ramping or controlling the fan RPM.

Have you tried running it without the drip pan, diffuser and lower grate installed? Does the fan change speed and really ramp up? My grill is in the 1600 range for the serial number for reference. Does it come up to operating temperature properly?

bproffer
07-10-2017, 04:22 PM
That's unfortunate. A few things that it could be based on my prior experience:

1. Bad pellets.
2. A bad, loose or reversed fan.
3. An air leak in the firepot assembly which allowing air to bypass the firepot.
4. Bad controller which is not properly ramping or controlling the fan RPM.

Have you tried running it without the drip pan, diffuser and lower grate installed? Does the fan change speed and really ramp up? My grill is in the 1600 range for the serial number for reference. Does it come up to operating temperature properly?

1. I have tried 2 different brands of pellets. 1 lumberjack and 1 Traeger. same issues with both bags.
2. I have not checked on this. Good call.
3. I am not sure about this either. I had a similar issue with my FEC100 so it is a possibility.
4. This is a possibility as well. I hardly ever hear the fan except when I open the lid and the temps drop a few degrees. Then I'll hear the fan ramp up. Upon first opening the lid however, I hardly hear the fan at all.

I also have been thinking it may be the fact that it has been 100°-110° outside when operating the 1300. It may be that it runs that low due the the small differential between ambient temp and grill temp.

I am having other issues as well such as failures to ignite, auger jamming, and pellets burning far up into the auger tube. Its been a fantastically frustrating ride so far.

unixadm
07-10-2017, 04:43 PM
Sounds to me like they should just replace it if you just got it. Jamming auger is interesting. I had that problem on my Yoder YS640. It ended up being a screw had been dropped into the auger assembly during assembly and it would occasionally jam up the auger. I had to disassemble the whole thing to figure that out.

The fact it also has trouble igniting could be another sign of airflow issues. Perhaps the auger/firepot assembly is tweaked.

My initial help request to Traeger was this morning. I noticed a small blemish on the lid of my new 1300. I emailed them, they responded promptly and are shipping me out a new lid assembly.

LMAJ
07-10-2017, 05:12 PM
I am having other issues as well such as failures to ignite, auger jamming, and pellets burning far up into the auger tube. Its been a fantastically frustrating ride so far.
I was having this issue too, and this is what I got form them;
"What was occurring in the original code was, sometimes, not all of the pellets in the fire pot were burning all the way creating a kind of “hockey puck” of partially burnt pellets in the bottom of the firepot. This could cause extra soot to show up inside the grill. In addition, some of the pellets in the auger would ignite at the higher temperature, but not burn all the way solidifying and forming a kind of cement that would jam up the auger. Again, this wasn’t always happening. Updating the grill to version 1.1.0, added a pause in the start up sequence, to allow those original pellets to create an established fire and then add more pellets to get up to temperature. This also prevented the burn into the auger tube causing the auger to jam."
I have done 2 updates since then, and it seems to have resolved the issue, although there is a little soot on the grates, it's nothing like it had been. . I need to so a full cleaning of my rig and vacuum out the burn pot and give it another go. Fortunately (?) everything I've cooked in it so far has been done in pans, so the racks haven't had anything on them - makes it easy to wipe down.
Tis was after my first time firing it up - If you look at the second picture , that is the lid up, and you can see the difference between where the soot is on the top and and where I had wiped it down below.

LMAJ
07-10-2017, 05:16 PM
One other thing - my fan cycles off and on frequently. My Lil Tex just ran pretty consistently - is that the same behavior you folks are seeing?

bproffer
07-10-2017, 05:58 PM
I was having this issue too, and this is what I got form them;
"What was occurring in the original code was, sometimes, not all of the pellets in the fire pot were burning all the way creating a kind of “hockey puck” of partially burnt pellets in the bottom of the firepot. This could cause extra soot to show up inside the grill. In addition, some of the pellets in the auger would ignite at the higher temperature, but not burn all the way solidifying and forming a kind of cement that would jam up the auger. Again, this wasn’t always happening. Updating the grill to version 1.1.0, added a pause in the start up sequence, to allow those original pellets to create an established fire and then add more pellets to get up to temperature. This also prevented the burn into the auger tube causing the auger to jam."
I have done 2 updates since then, and it seems to have resolved the issue, although there is a little soot on the grates, it's nothing like it had been. . I need to so a full cleaning of my rig and vacuum out the burn pot and give it another go. Fortunately (?) everything I've cooked in it so far has been done in pans, so the racks haven't had anything on them - makes it easy to wipe down.
Tis was after my first time firing it up - If you look at the second picture , that is the lid up, and you can see the difference between where the soot is on the top and and where I had wiped it down below.

This is exactly what mine was doing as well and I got the same response from Traeger. However, updating has not really fixed the problem. Here is a pic from the crap I removed from the casings of some Kielbasa's I smoked yesterday for 40 minutes. Note: I had just did a full cleaning of the grill and grates before I put them on. I had to wipe them down since they looked sooty/dirty. :sad:

sparky'
07-10-2017, 06:19 PM
Emighs is a great store. I shop there a lot

McSpazatron
07-10-2017, 06:44 PM
Very nice cooker. Congrats !


Not much smoke out of this unit though, but that's OK. I'm getting tired of smokey BBQ and stinking like crazy after cooking. :)

Wait a minute, it's a pellet smoker. You may be doing it wrong. :peep: :wink:

unixadm
07-10-2017, 07:43 PM
Very nice cooker. Congrats !



Wait a minute, it's a pellet smoker. You may be doing it wrong. :peep: :wink:

lol. Well I've never had much of a problem with pellet cookers, but open the door on my Southern Pride or Ole Hickory, and I smell like I've been fighting a forest fire after tending meat. That smoke sticks with me for days, even after multiple showers. hahaha.

unixadm
07-10-2017, 07:44 PM
This is exactly what mine was doing as well and I got the same response from Traeger. However, updating has not really fixed the problem. Here is a pic from the crap I removed from the casings of some Kielbasa's I smoked yesterday for 40 minutes. Note: I had just did a full cleaning of the grill and grates before I put them on. I had to wipe them down since they looked sooty/dirty. :sad:

I wouldn't be eating anything off of that cooker. That's exactly what I had happen with my GMG Davy Crocket when it had a firmware issue and very low fan speed.

Did you buy it from a local dealer? Perhaps you can get them to swap the thing?

unixadm
07-10-2017, 08:38 PM
I ended up pulling mine apart when I got home to check. I too have some soot issues. The grates have a light coating of soot, and there was soot under the drip tray and also on the heat diffuser. I've emailed Traeger.

My hunch is that because they are trying to maintain such tight temperature swings, they are slowing the fan down too much. I'm running it right now without the lower grate or drip pan installed, so I can test different temps and sneak a peek while it's running to see what it's up to. Teething issues with a new design, that's my hunch.

unixadm
07-10-2017, 08:52 PM
I ran it opened up and it's a firmware or fan issue. When it approaches its set temp, the fan is cycling on and off. The same occurs in Super Smoke mode. When the fan shuts off or goes to a very low level, black soot is coming from the flame in the fire pot. My GMG did the exact same thing and it's because they are trying to limit overshoot and temp swings. Unfortunately, it creates dirty combustion, since the fire pot has ample fuel in it to flame up. I emailed Traeger support with my findings. I also took a video.

tacodude
07-10-2017, 09:00 PM
Keep us posted on what you find out

I ran it opened up and it's a firmware or fan issue. When it approaches its set temp, the fan is cycling on and off. The same occurs in Super Smoke mode. When the fan shuts off or goes to a very low level, black soot is coming from the flame in the fire pot. My GMG did the exact same thing and it's because they are trying to limit overshoot and temp swings. Unfortunately, it creates dirty combustion, since the fire pot has ample fuel in it to flame up. I emailed Traeger support with my findings. I also took a video.

Pstores
07-10-2017, 10:15 PM
Yes I am very interested in what's going on.... May want to direct Traeger to this thread so they can see others are having issues also. May help to get resolved sooner. Unless they have house doo doo for customer service.

McSpazatron
07-11-2017, 12:53 AM
This is exactly what mine was doing as well and I got the same response from Traeger. However, updating has not really fixed the problem. Here is a pic from the crap I removed from the casings of some Kielbasa's I smoked yesterday for 40 minutes. Note: I had just did a full cleaning of the grill and grates before I put them on. I had to wipe them down since they looked sooty/dirty. :sad:

Reading through this thread, I never realized how much needs to go into the design of pellet smokers, both hardware and software. Sounds a bit like rocket science, actually.

When I looked at the pic of the soot that came off the kielbasas, the first thing I thought of was the black soot that I get on my stickburner under certain conditions, namely when I have a small coal bed, and a small, but very hot fire.

Basically, whenever I am asking my flames to do too much of the heat production, I get soot. However, If i work on maintaining the coal bed large and healthy, which in the end require a less intense flame, my soot goes away.

Could it be that those pellets are getting stoked too hard, to where the flame is too intense?

unixadm
07-11-2017, 01:05 AM
When the pellets are getting ample airflow, there is no soot. It's when the controller backs off on the fan and you go from an intense flame to a relaxed flame. At that point, some soot is expelled. This would be less of a problem at higher temps IMO, but it certainly shows itself in the low and slow range on this particular smoker. I'm hopeful they issue a fix soon, since they don't want their premier new smoker putting out black smoke.

My guess is if they add 10-20% more fan speed at the lowest setting, this issue would be resolved.

rwalters
07-11-2017, 10:12 AM
I really like the new Timberlines! With that said, the fact you guys are plunking down this kind of $$$ and then having to take apart your grill/record cooking behavior/open a dialogue with Traeger in hopes of them releasing an update to fix a soot problem...seems crazy. 100% agree with you, unixadm...I really hope they get this resolved soon.

When I bought my MAK, I had a pretty cool conversation with them about the design/programming that goes into a pellet cooker. Super interesting stuff...and it's quite a science to get it just right. But when right, IMO, it's very hard to beat the super consistent results of a pellet cooker.

unixadm
07-11-2017, 11:47 AM
I really like the new Timberlines! With that said, the fact you guys are plunking down this kind of $$$ and then having to take apart your grill/record cooking behavior/open a dialogue with Traeger in hopes of them releasing an update to fix a soot problem...seems crazy. 100% agree with you, unixadm...I really hope they get this resolved soon.

When I bought my MAK, I had a pretty cool conversation with them about the design/programming that goes into a pellet cooker. Super interesting stuff...and it's quite a science to get it just right. But when right, IMO, it's very hard to beat the super consistent results of a pellet cooker.

Speaking from direct, hands on experience - Yoder had issues, Cookshack had issues, GMG had issues. Every brand of peller smoker I've bought has had issues. There is some variability in altitude, ambient temperatures, pellet type/brand, etc. Some do a better job than others. The only smoker (and I forgot I had one of these), was the Woodmaster D2400. It ran pretty good, though the temps were pretty inconsistent in the pit because it had three manually lit fire pots. I do believe it used a better controller than some of the competitors though, similar to the one on Rec Tec.

I don't like the situation, but I honestly expected to have a couple of bumps in the road. Thankfully, if they listen, it should be fairly easily solvable at the sacrifice of temp swings and overshoot. I cooked on it and the food came out tasty, but the fact there is soot occurring means I could be getting an even better product off of it when that is resolved.

Bacchus2b
07-11-2017, 01:34 PM
Speaking from direct, hands on experience - Yoder had issues, Cookshack had issues, GMG had issues. Every brand of peller smoker I've bought has had issues. There is some variability in altitude, ambient temperatures, pellet type/brand, etc. Some do a better job than others. The only smoker (and I forgot I had one of these), was the Woodmaster D2400. It ran pretty good, though the temps were pretty inconsistent in the pit because it had three manually lit fire pots. I do believe it used a better controller than some of the competitors though, similar to the one on Rec Tec.

I don't like the situation, but I honestly expected to have a couple of bumps in the road. Thankfully, if they listen, it should be fairly easily solvable at the sacrifice of temp swings and overshoot. I cooked on it and the food came out tasty, but the fact there is soot occurring means I could be getting an even better product off of it when that is resolved.

I've never had ANY issues with my Cookshack FEC-100, although as a smoker it's been around for years and is in it's third generation of softwear and controller. I think that the Timberline is a new model, and they probably should have done more extensive testing before release.

rwalters
07-11-2017, 01:59 PM
I've never had ANY issues with my Cookshack FEC-100, although as a smoker it's been around for years and is in it's third generation of softwear and controller. I think that the Timberline is a new model, and they probably should have done more extensive testing before release.



Have had zero issues with my MAK. It just does what it's told...lol.

rwalters
07-11-2017, 02:05 PM
Speaking from direct, hands on experience - Yoder had issues, Cookshack had issues, GMG had issues. Every brand of peller smoker I've bought has had issues. There is some variability in altitude, ambient temperatures, pellet type/brand, etc. Some do a better job than others. The only smoker (and I forgot I had one of these), was the Woodmaster D2400. It ran pretty good, though the temps were pretty inconsistent in the pit because it had three manually lit fire pots. I do believe it used a better controller than some of the competitors though, similar to the one on Rec Tec.

I don't like the situation, but I honestly expected to have a couple of bumps in the road. Thankfully, if they listen, it should be fairly easily solvable at the sacrifice of temp swings and overshoot. I cooked on it and the food came out tasty, but the fact there is soot occurring means I could be getting an even better product off of it when that is resolved.



You definitely have more patience with this type of stuff then I do!!!! I'd be super frustrated to buy a higher end product where I felt it wasn't quite ready for prime time.

I hope you don't misunderstand me...I really like what I see in the Timberline!! It just seems that something like this should have been caught pre-release.

I'm sure Traeger will resolve it soon...and I'm sure Timberline owners will be good to go :)

unixadm
07-11-2017, 02:29 PM
There is usually a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in most cases. They assume some risk of releasing, because the best feedback comes from your customers. I am not a patient person, hence why I bought it on a impulse. However, I have a large array of cookers and bought it as something to play around with. For that reason, if it takes a month to sort out some issues, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. If it were my sole cooker, I'd be much more pissed. :)

Like I said, I've had problems with most pellet smokers I've owned and in the end, all of the issues were sorted out.

Thus far, I have not heard back from Traeger after sending them a few emails with updates on the Timberline. That could be good or bad. I'll provide updates as I get them.

tom b
07-11-2017, 03:22 PM
zero issues with our so far but only 2 cooks

70monte
07-11-2017, 06:23 PM
Reading things like this is why I have no desire to own a pellet grill. I get the fact that it's pretty much set it and forget it but there are too many things that can go wrong with these things for me to trust them. I don't have the patience to wait and get this type of stuff ironed out, especially for the price you have to give for them. Maybe some day I will change my mind but not at this time.

I hope you get it lined out, especially for the money you put down. I guess I like the KISS concept when it comes to grills and smokers.

unixadm
07-11-2017, 08:12 PM
Reading things like this is why I have no desire to own a pellet grill. I get the fact that it's pretty much set it and forget it but there are too many things that can go wrong with these things for me to trust them. I don't have the patience to wait and get this type of stuff ironed out, especially for the price you have to give for them. Maybe some day I will change my mind but not at this time.

I hope you get it lined out, especially for the money you put down. I guess I like the KISS concept when it comes to grills and smokers.

I think there is a level of OCD that comes along with smokers which have electronics and some folks invent issues. This is a relatively minor issue and should easily be addressed. If you want set it and forget, for the most part, pellet smokers deliver. This is a new product and a drastic change in design from their previous smokers. It will get ironed out and once you have a pellet smoker that's working reasonably well, you'll appreciate it at certain times.

Just my two cents.

70monte
07-13-2017, 03:31 PM
I think there is a level of OCD that comes along with smokers which have electronics and some folks invent issues. This is a relatively minor issue and should easily be addressed. If you want set it and forget, for the most part, pellet smokers deliver. This is a new product and a drastic change in design from their previous smokers. It will get ironed out and once you have a pellet smoker that's working reasonably well, you'll appreciate it at certain times.

Just my two cents.

I guess I have been spoiled by my Good One Marshall and Open Range because they are both pretty much set it and forget it and I also don't really worry about temps as long as they stay between 225-275.

I get that there will be teething problems on a new product. I guess I'm just too impatient to have to wait for a fix, especially on something I'm cooking food on.

I'm not saying I will never have a pellet grill but at this time, I don't feel the need for one. I have a friend at work that just got his first pellet grill(Traeger, not sure what model) but he thinks it's the best thing ever and from the looks of the pictures he has posted, puts out some great food.

Puchvn
07-25-2018, 05:53 AM
I saw some posts on here about the Traeger Timberline 1300. I've been a long time pellet smoker guy, though I have a big variety of cookers. My first pellet cooker with a Cookshack PG1000 and I expanded from there. I decided to part with my PG1000 (will be posting it for sale) and was going to buy a FEC120 for moderate cooks. Then I saw some posts about the Timberline 1300 on here.

I found a Traeger dealer here in Sacramento called Emigh's Outdoor Living. They are a Traeger platinum dealer, so I decided to swing by today to see what the place was all about. Upon pulling up, I see a Traeger PRO 34 outside cooking and a Timberline 1300 sitting next to it, under a Traeger EZ-UP. For those in Sacramento who want to take a look, they have three Timberlines to look at for reference. Two 1300's and an 850. When I walked in, was greeted by a very nice lady named Lynda and she asked what I was looking for. I told her I wanted to check out a Timberline 1300 and she pointed me to it in the showroom. My first impressions were that Traeger has come a LONG way with this cooker because I never would have bought a Traeger in the past. It's vastly improved over their prior products. Is it Yoder sturdy? No. But it's more than sufficient for a backyard smoker and MUCH better than their prior offerings. The grates are very heavy duty stainless and overall the fit and finish on the cooker is nice. It's not a lightweight either by any means. Just ask my back!

I figured they wouldn't have stock (so it was safe for me to visit the showroom) and at first request, she said they had the 850 but did not have the 1300. I asked about lead time and she went to check. She comes back and says they had just gotten four or five 1300's into their warehouse, so I was in luck if I wanted to buy one. Being an impulse buyer, the rubber worm and hook were in my mouth and I bit like a hungry Bass. haha. I bought the 1300, cover (which is backordered), drip tray liners and another pack of grease trap inserts. It was a bit less than $2,300 out the door with CA tax. Big props to this place, they are super helpful and very nice. I'll be going back for other stuff and they have an assortment of rubs and pellets should I ever have an emergency need. They also sell other brands of pellet smokers. After paying, I headed over to their warehouse, which is about five miles away to pick it up. They helped me load it into my 2015 Explorer and I headed home.

Let's just say that having two people is highly, highly recommended for unloading and assembly. Unfortunately, since this was an impulse buy, I had nobody around to help me and my patience is not very good. After breaking my back and sweating like crazy (thanks Cali weather), I got it assembled in about an hour. Hoisting it upright was the hardest part for me, but I got it. It went together easily with extra hardware being included (nice touch). All of the bolts lined up and they provide all of the tools you need to assemble it. There were no missing parts or any issues to report during assembly.

Connecting it to WIFI is easy using their app and the onscreen menu on the smoker. Mine came with the latest firmware, so I didn't need to perform any updates. I loaded it with 100% hickory pellets from Cookinpellets and primed the auger. I then went through the ignition cycle after spraying the grates with some coconut oil. It's heating up to 225 degrees for it's initial burnin, and I'll ramp it up to 350 degrees in a bit to burn off anything in the cooking chamber. Some people said it smokes like crazy on it's first ignition cycle, but mine didn't do anything crazy.

More to come as I get it seasoned and get some cooks under my belt.

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That is great as looking to buy one and ship abroad! Can you help me in telling me the dimensions of the box it came in?? and the shipping weight if you know it. it would be really helpful!!! The timberline 1300.
Thanks for any feedback and any updates on how it's been doing!
Thanks, Jeff