Seasoning Your Grill

We're so excited that you've chosen to join the Traeger Nation. Before cooking on your Traeger, you will need to season your grill--sometimes called burning in your grill. This is a simple, one-time process that will burn off any residual, non-toxic oils/lubrication from the manufacturing process.

Please note that during the burn in process, it is normal to experience an odd smell due to burning off the residual manufacturing oils.

Timing

A WiFIRE-enabled (D2) grill will typically take around 1 hour and 30 minutes from startup to shutdown to complete the seasoning process.

A non WiFIRE-enabled (AC) grill will typically take about 1 hour from startup to shutdown.

WiFIRE-Enabled (D2) Seasoning Process

Before seasoning your grill, take advantage of your grill's WiFIRE capacities. You can do almost all of the seasoning process from your phone. Download the Traeger app and connect your grill.

  1. Make sure all internal components are inside the grill. This includes the heat baffle, drip tray, and grill grates.
  2. Plug in the grill to an electrical outlet and turn on using the switch on the back of the grill.
  3. Add hardwood pellets to the hopper.
  4. On your controller, Navigate to Select Auger > Prime Auger.
  5. Once pellets begin to fall into the firepot, select Done to turn off the auger.
  6. Turn selection dial clockwise to 350°F (177°C) and press the controller knob to set the temperature.
  7. Close the lid and press the the Ignite button on the front of the controller.
  8. Once the grill reaches 350°F, set a timer for 20 minutes.*
  9. After 20 minutes, adjust the temperature to 450°F (232°C).*
  10. When the temperature reaches 450°F, set a timer for 30 minutes.*
  11. After 30 minutes, you are good to throw a steak on the grill and start cooking. If you aren’t ready for your first cook, shut down the grill. * * For a Pro Series Grill, press the selection dial for three seconds. * For an Ironwood or Timberline, press the Standby button for three seconds. * In the app, select your grill, hit the "Shut Down" button, and slide down on the flames to begin the shutdown cycle.
  12. Once the shutdown cycle finishes (can take up to 30 minutes), the seasoning of your grill is complete and you are ready to start cooking.
  • These steps can be done from the app.

AC (NON-WiFIRE) Seasoning Process

  1. Make sure all internal components are inside the grill. This includes the heat baffle, drip tray, and grill grates.
  2. Plug in the grill to an electrical outlet. Turn it on using the switch on the front of the controller.
  3. Add hardwood pellets to the hopper.
  4. Prime the auger with pellets.
    • Open the lid and remove all internal components, like the grill grate, drip tray, and heat baffle.
    • On the grill controller, set the grill to High (or highest temp possible) until you see pellets fall into the firepot, about 2 to 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the grill using the power switch on the front of the controller.
  6. Return all internal components to their correct places inside the grill (heat baffle, drip tray, and grill grates).
  7. Turn the grill back on, close the lid, and set the controller to Smoke.
  8. Wait approximately 15 minutes for the fire to establish in the grill. Once the fire is established, the smoke should be thin and light blue in color, not thick and white.
  9. Using the grill controller, turn the grill to High (or highest temp possible).
  10. Run the grill on High for 30 minutes.
  11. After 30 minutes, you are good to throw a steak on the grill and start cooking. If you aren’t ready for your first cook, shut down the grill. * Set the grill to Shutdown Cycle. The shutdown cycle will run approximately 25 minutes.
  12. Once the shut down cycle is complete, turn off the grill using the power switch.
  13. Your grill seasoning is now complete and you are ready to start grilling.

Additional Burn Ins

If during the life of your grill, you receive new internal parts (grill grates, heat baffle, drip tray, firepot), you will need to re-season your grill to remove the manufacturing oils on the new part.

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