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Traeger Pellets Not Feeding? (Here’s Why)

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If your Traeger pellets are not feeding properly, you can check a few things:

  1. Make sure that the pellet hopper is full and that the pellets are dry.
  2. Check the auger to see if it is jammed or obstructed.
  3. Clean out the firepot and ash pan to make sure they are not clogged.

If the problem persists after doing all of these things, you may need to replace the auger motor or other parts of the grill.

Why is My Traeger Not Feeding Pellets?

One of the most common issues when using a Traeger pellet grill is pellets not feeding.

If your pellets are not feeding properly, it can result in uneven cooking, wasted pellets, and even a fire.

There are several reasons why your Traeger might not be feeding pellets correctly, and fortunately, many of them are easy to fix. 

The first thing you should check if your Traeger is not feeding pellets is the auger.

The auger is responsible for delivering pellets from the hopper to the fire pot, so if it’s jammed or clogged, the pellets won’t be able to reach the fire.

To clean the auger, unscrew the cap on the hopper and remove any debris that might be blocking it.

You can also try manually moving the auger to see if it’s stuck.

If the auger is clear and the pellets are still not feeding, the next thing to check is the igniter rod.

The igniter rod is located in the fire pot and is responsible for igniting the pellets.

If it’s broken or damaged, the pellets won’t ignite and will just pile up in the firepot.

To replace the igniter rod, simply unscrew it from the fire pot and screw in a new one.

Another possible reason why your Traeger pellet grill is not feeding pellets correctly is because of a problem with the hopper itself.

The hopper is where the pellets are stored before being fed to the fire pot, so if it’s damaged or not sealing properly, the pellets can fall out or get stuck.

To fix this, you’ll need to replace the hopper.

If you’ve checked all of these things and your Traeger still isn’t feeding the pellets correctly, there may be an issue with the controller.

The controller is what controls the auger and igniter, so if it’s not working properly, it could cause the pellets not to feed.

You can try resetting the controller by unplugging it for a few minutes and then plugging it back in.

If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the controller.

In some rare cases, the problem might not be with the Traeger, but with the pellets themselves.

If the pellets are old or of poor quality, they might not ignite properly or burn well. In this case, you’ll just need to get new pellets.

Perhaps they may have gotten wet or the expiration date for best used by has passed.

The pellets are the easiest fix, just go to the store and purchase some new ones.

Even if the pellets are the cause of the problem, you should still troubleshoot everything to make sure the components are working properly.

Consider it an inspection.

How Do You Unclog a Traeger Auger?

If your Traeger smoker isn’t feeding pellets into the firepot, there’s a good chance that the auger is clogged.

Listed are the steps to unclog the Auger.

Tools needed:

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pair of pliers


1. First, use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom of the hopper lid. With the lid off, you should be able to see the auger down inside.

2. Next, use a flat head screwdriver to loosen the set screw that holds the auger in place. This screw is located on the side of the auger, near the top.

3. Once the set screw is loose, you can pull the auger out of the hopper. Inspect it for any blockages such as pellets that may be jammed in the auger blades.

4. If you find any blockages, use a pair of pliers to remove them. Be careful not to damage the auger while doing this.

5. Once the blockages are removed, reassemble everything and try running your smoker again. The auger should now be able to deliver pellets correctly, and your smoker should work properly.

How Do You Prime a Traeger Auger?

If you need to prime a Traeger auger, here is how you do it:

1. Disconnect the power to the Traeger.

2. Remove the hopper lid and pellet auger tube from the hopper assembly.

3. Visually inspect the inside of the auger tube for any blockages or debris that might be preventing pellets from feeding through. If you see anything, clear it out and reassemble the parts.

4. Reconnect the power to the Traeger and turn it on to the “smoke” setting. Allow the unit to run for a few minutes to prime the auger with pellets.

5. Turn off the Traeger and reassemble the hopper lid and pellet auger tube. Your unit is now ready to use.

Final Thoughts

By following these steps, you can have your Traeger grill working like new in little to no time.

If, for some reason, nothing works or you feel uncomfortable performing any of the steps, contact Traeger’s Customer Service.

They will be more than happy to assist.