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Keeping Consitant Heat

How do I keep consistant heat. Any time I am grilling I am fighting the temperature, some too hot, cools completely down, I need trick to keeping the heat and a smal flame. How do I ventilate properly? My kids gave it to me as a gift, assembled themselves and threw away the box. Help.

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    burzerko May 11, 2010

    Have you put in any ceramic briquettes or plates on the grill directly above the burners?

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After looking at this you need to purchase either cermic briquettes or plates. Make sure you buy enough to cover the lower grate completly.

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Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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Why does my Traeger keep turning off and on? It looks like the electric cuts in and out because the entire unit stops for a couple seconds and then runs a few seconds, then repeats cycle. Is this a h


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Traeger grill get to hot on smoke


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Does not heat to right temp.


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Other reasons could be mechanical in that the hot rod may not be keeping the firebox as hot as it should or the fan may not be running as hard as it should to get the temperature to the right setting.

If your firebox has not been cleaned, ash will effectively insulate the fire, preventing heat from building up in the cooker.

Some people clean their Traeger thoroughly after every use. Some never clean theirs until something goes wrong. I clean mine after every 4-6 uses, depending on how long my cooking sessions have been.

If I've been cooking pork shoulder low and slow for many hours, I'll clean it more often than if I had grilled steaks multiple times for 15-20 minutes at a time.

Likely, if you're cooking in "normal" outside temperature of 60-80 degrees, your Traeger should be holding fairly close to the temperature you've set. If it's not then you may have a fan or hot rod problem and you ought to contact Traeger to set what they suggest.

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Confirming that it works well. Super idea and very effective tool for keeping the fire consistently hot. Roughly $12 for one at local depot. This takes the frustration factor out.

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