Is your grill running hotter than the set temperature? We've got some tips to help you grill at your desired temperature.
Before troubleshooting, it is important to note that Traeger grills, like conventional ovens, cook on average. The difference is that your Traeger will give you a real-time reading throughout the entirety of your cook, whereas conventional ovens will show you a real-time reading while it pre-heats but then show you the set temperature. Your grill is functioning properly if the average temperature is within 15 degrees of your set temperature.
Check the internal pieces (grease tray, the heat baffle, grill grates, fire pot) are placed correctly inside the grill and undamaged.
Before starting your grill, check that the firepot is empty or only has a few pellets in it. Excess pellets in the firepot during startup will cause a flare-up at the beginning of the cook. The temperature should even out over time, but a flareup occasionally affects the remainder of your cook.
An improper start-up can affect the temperature of a cook even hours in. Visit Grill Startup & Shutdown Guides to find your proper start-up.
Is your controller set to SMOKE? The SMOKE setting maintains a temperature range between 160°F and 225°F. As long as the temperature is in or close to that range, the grill is operating correctly.
If you are trying to grill during the heat of Summer, you may find that your grill runs hotter than normal. Higher temperatures outside may cause the grill to run a little hotter than expected. See P-Setting below to understand how to account for higher ambient temperatures. For additional weather-related troubleshooting, check out our Weather Effects on Grilling article.
Some grills have P-setting functionality. If your grill has this function, you will notice a small hole, a blank black sticker, or a sticker that reads “Call Service” on the controller to the LED screen's right.
You can adjust the p-setting by using a paper clip to press the button in the small hole. Adjust until the controller flashes “P-3.” If the grill continues to run too hot, adjust to “P-4.”
Check out P-Setting for more information.
With the grill cooled down, complete the following:
Checking for Damage
Verify that your RTD temperature sensor is not damaged.
The best way to test your thermocouple is by comparing the ambient temperature of the grill to the external temperature. With the grill cooled down, complete the following: