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My traeger smokes but won't heat up...I have it on high...not smoke.

My traeger smokes but won't heat up...I have it set on high.

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Have you cleaned the ash out of the firepot? I clean mine with a shop vac after every five or six uses because the ash builds up and "insulates" the fire, keeping air from the fan reaching it so it just smolders and never really gets hot.

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SOURCE: I have a Traeger Executive 100 with a digital

Call Traeger direct.
You have a bad control unit
Mike Treager is really good about replacing anything that goes wrong

Posted on Mar 07, 2010

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SOURCE: Our traeger smoker is smoking but is not emitting

You need to replace the element inside the smoker!

Posted on Apr 04, 2010

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SOURCE: My Traeger heats up but is not smoking. What's

What type of wood are using. I use mesquite - Oak - mapel - hickory Charcoal For the fire not all at the same time. After the fire is going need to buy Oak or Hickory or Mesquite wood large chips soak them in water for about 30 minutes. throw some into the fire about every 20 30 min.

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SOURCE: should my traeger be 350 smoke and med it over

Your question was rather confusing, but the generic answer for smoking any type of meat. poultry or fish, is 225 - 250 degrees F. Any hotter, you've gone from smoking to grilling. Smoking any type of food is "a low & slow process."

The adjustment for maintaining a certain temperature with a smoker is by opening or closing the air intake damper(s) Closing the damper(s) slows the intake air flow to the fuel and it burns slower and cooler. Opening the dampers does the opposite.

Hope this helped you. Please let me know.

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SOURCE: The barbecue smokes considerably.

It could be it just needs a clean bottom tray under burners could need cleaning

Posted on Aug 28, 2011

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Traeger grill not smoking

This is a common complaint about Traeger grills. Some people have resolved it with smoke pipes which contain pellets that smolder during the cooking process.

Others use different pellets than Traeger pellets but they void their warranty when they do. For me, Traeger pellets seem to put out enough smoke at the low temperatures I use (less than 200 degrees) but if I get above 200, the smoke goes sway.

When I cook pork shoulders, I try to keep the temperature at 180. In ideal conditions the Traeger will fluctuate between 160 and 200, averaging 180. If I can maintain this low-slow cooking temp-speed, I get a good smoke ring and decent smoke flavor.

If I get above 200, I lose much of the flavor but usually have a smoke ring though not as intense as at the lower temps. There are lots of conversations about this on blogs at the Traeger website and at the Pelletheads website.

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The fan is not supposed to run consistently. The purpose of the fan is to help control the temperature. It runs hard at first to help get the fire started then it slows down to maintain the temperature you've set. If you change to a higher temperature or if the temperature drops below what you've set, the fan will run faster causing the fire to burn hotter. You'll also find that as the temperature increases the amount of smoke will decrease.

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the smoker does not emit smoke continuously. The pellets are pushed into the firepot at a speed relative to the temp setting. If you listen to it you will hear it go through the heating cycle and see that is a normal condition.

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