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On smoke setting my temp goes up over 300 degrees

Older model texan traeger with digital controller

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Traeger suggests realignment of the augur for grills that are not getting hot enough. I wonder if this might be the same solution for grills that are getting too hot.

Here's their solution which I copied from the Traeger website at http://www.traegergrills.com/.

I've been noticing that my grill temperature keeps dropping lower. What is the problem?

You need to "true" your auger. To do this:

  1. Run the unit out of pellets.
  2. Remove the allen screw and nut out of the auger and motor shaft.
  3. Try spinning the auger shaft over the motor shaft. The auger shaft should spin freely over the motor shaft without binding.
  4. If the auger binds, loosen the 7/16th inch bolts on the motor bracket and move bracket until you can rotate the auger shaft over the motor shaft. Then re-tighten 7/16th inch bolts. Make sure auger shaft still rotates over motor shaft, or repeat step 4 again until it does.
  5. Reattach auger and motor shafts using the screw and nut which you removed in step 2.
You might want to contact Traeger at their website to verify that this is a solution for overheating. In the above case, the improperly aligned augur was not dropping enough pellets in the firepot. In your case, it sounds like it may be dropping too many. This sounds like a routine maintenance thing that ought to be done periodically anyway.

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Call Traeger direct.
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Mike Treager is really good about replacing anything that goes wrong

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Yes you can. The digital control goes in place of the old controller and it is a un plug and replug in the ends. Make sure you keep track of what color plug in what color. Some have a purple dot to purple wire, orange dot to orange wire etc., but I don't know for sure on the older grills. Just write it down and be safe. FIRST make sure you unplug the grill before you start and DO NOT plug in till you have the new controller in place. It will short out when you touch the side if it is not unplugged.

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Not sure which Model Traeger Grill/Smoker you have, but they all work pretty much the same way.

The following is a link to the model BBQ055. It should help you solve the problem, which simply may be an incorrect adjustment. If that doesn't help call Technical Service @ 1-800-872-3437.

http://www.traegergrills.com/Media/pdf/Manuals/BBQ055_Manual.pdf

Posted on Feb 14, 2011

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