There is no worse feeling in smoking than your grill unable to get up to temperature.
Even Traegers cannot avoid that sometimes.
You are ready to throw that brisket on but that temperature reading just will not hit 225 no matter how long you wait.
How do I make my Traeger grill hotter?
One of the easiest ways you can help your Traeger run better is by keeping it clean. Just like any other grill, airflow is key to heat.
If you have too much ash or grease buildup, that can affect airflow around the firepot.
You should be cleaning out your Traeger at a minimum of every 20 hours of cooking if not more often.
How do you fix a low temp on a Traeger?
If you are getting a Low Temp Error on your Traeger, there are a few ways to fix it.
If you have kept your grill cleaned well and you are using good pellets, you need to make sure you have performed the proper startup.
WiFire-enabled grills need to be started and go through the preheating process with the lid closed.
Why is my Pellet grill not heating up?
Pellet grills in general have a lot of moving parts to make them work properly.
If your grill isn’t heating up, there are three likely culprits:
The hot rod is failing, the induction fan is not drawing in air, or the auger isn’t pulling pellets from the hopper.
To fix the problem, you will need to test out the possible root causes.
How long does it take a Traeger to get up to temp?
Remember, all grills take time to heat up, and a Traeger is no different.
If you are trying to smoke any meat, it should take around 10-15 minutes to reach that magic 225-250 temperature range, while if you are looking to grill or sear, you are looking at 15-20 minutes until you can throw those steaks or burgers on.
How to tell if Traeger hot rod is bad
In order to check to see if the hot rod is working, you need to have access to the hot rod and start a cook cycle on your Traeger to see if there is any heat being generated.
With your grill off, you need to remove the internal components to get to the hot rod.
Once the area is clear and cleaned of any ash buildup, you can turn your grill back on and start a cook cycle.
If the hot rod heats up, it is good.
If the hot rod does not generate any heat, you will need to reach out to Traeger Customer Service.
Traeger won’t heat past 300
If you are trying to grill up hot dogs and burgers for a cookout or searing steaks for a nice dinner, you want serious heat.
If your grill isn’t getting past 300 degrees, you could be having a pellet problem.
You could be using low-grade pellets or your pellets could have been compromised by time and moisture.
Traeger slow to heat up
If you notice that your temperature readout is going up slowly, there could be a problem with your thermocouple.
If the thermocouple is not operating properly, you could be getting a false readout.
You need to verify there is no damage to the thermocouple, then with your grill cooled down, you need to compare the temperature readout to the exterior ambient temperature.
Traeger induction fan not spinning
If you are used to a charcoal grill or smoker, you know how important airflow management by way of vents is for your fire.
A Traeger uses an induction fan for airflow.
How do you fix a Traeger fan?
If you have verified that the large induction fan at the bottom of the hopper does not spin during a cook cycle, there may be dirt, ash, and grease buildup that has stopped the fan.
If this does not work, reach out to Customer Service.
Does the fan always run on a Traeger?
Yes, the fan runs continuously while using the Traeger.
The fan is how air is brought into the grill to help the fire and to circulate the smoke from the burning pellets throughout the cooking chamber.
Due to the difference in how pellet grills run, they need fans rather than the traditional vents on a charcoal grill and smoker.
Traeger temperature fluctuations
One major key to great barbecue is temperature control. Crazy fluctuations can lead to bad barbecue.
There will be fluctuations throughout the cook, but as long as it stays within an average of 20 degrees over the length of the cook, you will be fine.
If you are seeing swings bigger than that, external weather conditions could be at play.
If you are operating in blazing hot direct sunlight, your grill will run hotter.
Finding shade could be beneficial.
If you are cooking in windy conditions, try to find some shelter that blocks the worst of the wind.