Regardless of your model, you should always shut down your grill using the grill's shutdown feature.
Following the correct shutdown process is especially important for grill maintenance and for your safety as improper shutdowns lead to backburn and grill fires. It can also lead to temperature fluctuations on the following cooks.
Backburn and Grill Fires
Backburn is when the pellets in the auger ignite and begin to burn. When you turn off the grill without using the shutdown feature, mechanical components like the auger stop functioning; meanwhile, the fire is still burning at full force in the firepot. This can lead to a warped auger, a jammed auger, and grill fires.
Improper shutdowns can also prevent the grill from burning out the build-up of pellets in the firepot at the end of your cook. The next time you start your grill, there may be too many pellets in the firepot, causing a grill fire.
If you have a WiFIRE-enabled grill, you have two options to initiate the shutdown cycle.
Shut down the grill using your grill's controller.
Shut down the grill using the Traeger App.
The shutdown cycle on WiFIRE-enabled grills will last between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the grill's temperature at shutdown. Once the shutdown cycle is complete, the grill will deliver a small number of pellets into the firepot to aid with future cooks.
Non-WiFIRE Enabled Grill
Following a proper shutdown cycle on a non-WiFIRE grill is easy.
If you have a WiFIRE-enabled grill, it is normal for the auger to continue to feed pellets during the shutdown cycle as it helps prevent backburn.
Non-WiFIRE enabled grills should not continue to feed pellets during the shutdown cycle. If you The most common reason for this is swapped wires.
In order to resolve the problem, make sure the fan and the motor wires are not swapped. This will cause the fan to stop working during shutdown and the motor will continue to feed pellets. To fix it, let's check if the wires are swapped.
Correct Wire Connections