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New purchase Traeger 07E and after reviewing the forums I am still stumped. My digital timer is on P2 and at 225 degrees it will swing from 210 to 270, sometimes on my maverick wireless i have observed it continuing to climb, i let it go and it was above 400 degrees. Forget it on smoke, it gets hotter than it does at 180 degree setting. I am perplexed, I read where some other MFG units swing less than 5 degrees and hold the temp settings. Help!!! James Alvin, TX

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