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How To Turn Off Traeger After Cooking? (Explained)

There are several things to remember safely while grilling, but just as much when turning off the Traeger.

The last thing you want to do is assume the Traeger grill is off, especially for older models.

Older models take 20 minutes longer to ensure the Traeger is entirely off. Newer models are not so bad, but the precautions should never be overlooked.

We will explain how to properly turn off the Traeger after you are finished cooking so it can be stored with peace of mind nothing will catch on fire.

Traeger Shutdown Cycle

The first thing that is important to remember about the Traeger shutdown cycle is that it takes at least 20 minutes for the grill to cool down completely.

This time frame may be even longer if you have an older model. In any case, do not try to open the lid or tamper with the grill until this timeframe has elapsed.

The second thing to remember is that you should never leave the house with the Traeger on.

This may seem like common sense, but many people make the mistake of thinking they will just “check on it real quick.”

If you must leave the house while grilling, be sure to turn off the Traeger completely and disconnect it from the power source.

The third and final thing to remember is that once the grill has cooled down completely, you should always disconnect it from the power source before storing it. This will help to prevent any accidents or fires from happening.

Proper Shutdown Procedure

So, now that we have gone over the basics of the Traeger shutdown cycle, let’s get into the specifics of how to properly turn off your grill.

Step 1: Make sure the grill is turned off and disconnected from the power source.

Step 2: Let the grill cool down for at least 20 minutes.

Step 3: Once the grill has cooled down, remove any food or debris that may be left on it.

Step 4: Disconnect the grill from the power source.

Step 5: Store the grill in a safe and dry place.

Do Traegers Automatically Turn Off?

No, Traegers does not automatically turn off. You must manually turn off the power to the unit by either unplugging it from the outlet or flipping the switch on the control panel to the “off” position.

Additionally, you should open the unit’s lid to release any built-up heat and fumes before turning off the power.

Failure to do so could result in a fire.

Should I Unplug My Traeger?

It is not necessary to unplug your Traeger after cooking.

However, if you are not using it for an extended period, we recommend that you unplug it and store it in a cool, dry place.

Additionally, it is essential to clean your grill thoroughly after each use to prevent corrosion.

Should The Lid Be Open Or Closed During the Shutdown Cycle?

It is best to keep the lid open during the shutdown cycle. This allows for proper ventilation and prevents any potential fire hazards.

1. Set the temperature to “High” for 15 minutes.

2. Turn off the pellet supply.

3. Remove the food from the grill.

4. Turn off the power switch on the control panel.

5. Disconnect the power cord from the outlet.

6. Open the grill lid and allow it to cool completely before removing any ashes or debris.

Safety Tips When Turning Off the Traeger

Fires can start at any time while grilling, whether the grill is on or in the process of turning off. Keeping a fire extinguisher near the grill is the most essential thing you can do.

You never know when accidents may occur, and you should always be prepared for the worst.

Here are some valuable safety tips to remember when turning off your Traeger:

  • Make sure that the grill is turned all the way off. The best way to do this is to push and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds.
  • Disconnect the power cord from the outlet.
  • Let the grill cool down completely before attempting to clean it.
  • Never use water to try and clean a hot grill. This could result in serious injury.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about turning off your Traeger, please consult the owner’s manual or contact customer service.

Turning Off Old vs. New Traegers

As technology advances, some things stay the same while others change.

The process of turning off your Traeger is one example of this. If you have an older Traeger model, the process is different from turning off a newer model.

To turn off an older model Traeger:

  • Set the temperature to “Smoke;”
  • Push and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds;
  • Disconnect the power cord from the outlet;
  • Let the grill cool down completely (20 minutes longer for older models) before attempting to clean it.

To turn off a newer model Traeger:

Final Thoughts

As you can see, turning off an old Traeger is a bit more involved than turning off a newer model.

However, both methods are effective and ensure that your grill is turned off properly.