Traeger grills cook on an average, meaning that there may be some slight fluctuation higher or lower than the set temperature, leading to a correct average temperature throughout the duration of the cook.
If you feel that your grill is consistently running too hot, let's run through some common troubleshooting to have your grill meet expectations. If this is a one-off experience due to a grill fire, or if you getting an HEr error message, please review Grill fires or HEr - High Error Reading
Out of date versions of your firmware and app can lead to temperature inaccuracies. Ensure your grill is running the latest firmware and you have the latest app version installed on your phone. You can find the latest versions by visiting www.traegergrills.com/status.
To check your grill's firmware version, navigate to Menu > About Grill on your controller.
An improper start-up can affect the temperature of a cook even hours in. Check out our Startup Guide to determine the proper startup procedure for your grill.
Repeated opening of the grill can cause the temperature to fluctuate quite a bit. This can cause multiple issues including the increased temperatures as the grill tries to compensate for the repeated opening of the lid.
Remember, "If you're lookin, you ain't cookin'."
Hot weather can particularly have an affect on your grill's temperature. If you have a WiFIRE-enabled grill, the controller should be able to make up for this given time. However, if you have an AC grill, try adjusting the P-Setting to a higher setting.
An excess number of pellets in the firepot during startup will cause a flare-up at the beginning of the cook, which can in turn affect the temperature for the remainder of the cook.
Internal pieces of the grill include the drip tray, fire pot, heat baffle, and thermocouple. The grill will run much hotter if the heat baffle or drip tray are not in the grill or severely damaged
Look in your grill and check to see if the thermocouple is bent or if it is touching anything.
If this is your first cook, make sure the orange protective cover on the thermocouple was removed. If the cover was not removed prior to the burn-in, please contact Customer Service.