This article includes information on what to do if an AC grill is running too hot.

Ensure proper start-up

An improper start-up can affect the temperature of a cook even hours in.

Are you running on smoke?

Smoke is a temperature range between 160° and 225°. As long as the temp is in or close to that range, the grill is operating correctly.

How is the weather outside?

Higher temperatures outside may cause the grill to run a little hotter than expected.

Before starting the grill

  • Check that the firepot is empty or only has a few pellets in it. An excess number of pellets in the firepot during startup will cause a flare-up at the beginning of the cook. However, this should even out over time.
  • Check the internal pieces are placed correctly inside the grill and undamaged (grease tray, heat baffle, grill grates, fire pot).

Does your grill have a P-setting?

You will know by seeing a small hole, a blank black sticker, or a sticker that reads “Call Service” on the controller to the right of the LED screen (WiFIRE grills do not have p-settings).

  • If your grill has a P-setting, visit for more information.
  • You can adjust the p-setting by using a paper clip to press the button in the small hole. Adjust until the controller flashes “P-3.”
    • If the grill continues to run too hot, adjust to “P-4.”
    • We do not recommend adjusting past “p-4” as this can cause the flame to go out during the cook.

Test that the RTD is reading accurately

  • With the grill cooled down, turn on the grill. Compare the temp on the controller to the ambient temperature. If it is off by over 10 degrees, try to clean the RTD off.
  • If the issue continues, a replacement RTD may be needed. Please contact Customer Service.

Traegers cook on an average

Traegers, just like conventional ovens cook on an average. The difference is that Traegers will give you a real time read out while conventional ovens will show you a real time read out while it pre-heats and then will show you the set temp. If the average temp is within 15 degrees of the set temp the grill is working accurately.