Taste! Food coming off a Traeger grill simply tastes better… It is just that simple! In fact, most people purchase Traeger products because they have already tasted the Traeger difference at a backyard BBQ at a friend’s house or at a Traeger demonstration at a local business. But be careful - once you taste it, you’ll be hooked…
Ease! With the Traeger auto-start system, just turn the grill on, set your temperature and let your Traeger do the work. No hassles, just professional results. You will be amazed at how simple award winning BBQ can be with Traeger. And cleanup is a snap. Just change the aluminum foil on the angled drip pan and empty the drippings bucket.
Green! Traeger grills are the environmentally responsible way of cooking outdoors! Every Traeger grill is fueled by food-grade hardwood pellets. This is the source of the fuel and the flavor. The pellets are made from 100% pure wood sawdust and have a 99% burn rate. This means low emissions and lower carbon footprint. Not to mention that replacing fossil based fuels (propane and charcoal) with renewable natural wood makes better BBQ. You can taste the difference!
Health and Safety! Utilizing an indirect cooking system, Traeger grills prepare food in a way that reduces fat and reduces the burning or charring of meats that can transform amino acids and other natural substances in foods into carcinogens. With flavorful wood as a fuel there is no need to worry about gas or the nasty effects of charcoal.
$$ Savings $$ - With Traeger grills you can buy less-expensive cuts of meat and get amazing results. Talk about savings! And when you do splurge on that expensive cut of meat, you know that your Traeger grill will make it taste even better. No need to worry about destroying the main course due to a flare-up. Traeger grills eliminate all of the hassles that come with operating a fossil-based propane or charcoal fuel. Now you can use renewable and flavorful hardwood as a fuel at about the same operating cost as propane or charcoal
How Traeger Grills Work
Easy Operation & Automatic Start
The Traeger Wood Pellet Barbecue Grill is simple and safe to operate. Traeger grills require standard household electric current (110 VAC), which powers the igniter rod, auger motor and draft induction fan. Once you turn the grill on, the igniter rod is activated, the auger begins to feed pellets into the firepot, and the draft induction fan feeds air into the firepot. The igniter rod is a small heating element that gets red hot and then shuts off after two minutes - just long enough to ignite the pellets in the firepot.
Electronic Temperature Control
The start-up process and operating temperature of the grill are controlled by Traeger's patented electronic control board. The microprocessor circuitry regulates the heat and smoke in the Traeger by stopping and starting the auger motor. The standard three-position smoker control has three settings: smoke, medium, and high.
The optional Traeger Digital Thermostat Control allows you to lock in a specific temperature by stopping and starting the auger in 15-second intervals, feeding pellets as needed to maintain the desired temperature. The operating temperature inside the Traeger Barbecue is monitored by an RTD (resistance temperature detector) probe and displayed on a bright red LED display.
Even Heating & Convection Airflow
The draft induction fan and auger in the Traeger Barbecue operate continuously, as long as the Traeger grill is turned on. Air is fed to the firepot via several small holes in the cylindrical wall. Directly above the firepot is a heat shield that acts as the primary point of heat diffusion, forcing heat from the centrally located firepot to spread to the sides. A few inches higher is the steel drip tray. Besides catching the drippings from the cook surface (we recommend lining it with foil for easy cleanup), this piece also serves as a secondary point of heat diffusion, channeling the heat into the front and rear of of the cooking chamber. This effective system of heat distribution makes for a grill that cooks evenly enough to grill or smoke the most delicate fish or even bake a large pizza - right on the grill.
As the hot, smoky air circulates around the cooking chamber, it surrounds your food with heat, cooking it evenly on all sides, both top and bottom. This means that Traeger Grills do not need a rotisserie. In most cases, you don't even need to turn food unless you are cooking at a high temperature or want grill marks on both sides of the meat. This even heating means that you achieve perfectly cooked food every time, with no flare-ups, no burnt food and no hassles.
During the start-up stage of operation (first four minutes), the igniter rod is on and the unit will draw 300 watts, and then drop down to 50 watts per hour for the remaining operating time. This is equivalent to a standard household light bulb!
Most Traeger Barbecue Grills ship fully assembled. Those that are not require only about 20 minutes' assembly time. Once your Traeger Barbecue is unpacked and set up, you will need to run it on high for an hour to finalize the curing of the paint and burn off excess paint vapors. Then, you're ready to cook!
The major components of a Traeger Barbecue are:
Auger - A corkscrew-like rod that feeds pellets through a tube from the pellet hopper to the firepot. Auger Drive Motor - The motor that turns the auger. Cooking Grate - The non-stick, easy-to-maintain surface upon which your food rests while cooking. The porcelain-coated steel we use is the same material used by many other high-end grill manufacturers.
Draft Induction Fan - Blows fresh air into the firepot through perforations in the cylindrical firepot wall.
Electricity - Standard household current (110 VAC) is needed to power the igniter rod, auger motor and induction fan. The Traeger Grill operates on 300 watts during the first four minutes (when the igniter rod is active), then drops down to just 50 watts per hour, less than a standard light bulb.
Firepot - Located in the heart of the grill, below the cooking area. This is where the combustion takes place, as the fire is fueled with hardwood cooking pellets and fresh air.
Grease Bucket - The galvanized bucket into which excess grease drains from out of the grill and away from the fire and your food.
Grease Drain - The spout from which the grease drains into the grease bucket.
Grease Drain Pan/Drip Tray - The angled piece of steel that extends from one side of the grill to the other, and extends almost all the way from front to rear. Its two purposes are to drain grease out of the grill, and also to serve as the secondary point of heat diffusion, forcing hot air through the very front and rear of the cooking area. We recommend that you line this pan with heavy-duty foil for quick and easy cleanup when needed.
Heat Shield/Fire Baffle - The heavy-gauge piece of angled steel that fits directly over the firepot to act as the primary heat diffusion point.
Hopper-Auger Assembly - This refers to the entire modular assembly that attaches and extends into the main body of the grill during the easy assembly process on the BBQ070, BBQ075 and BBQ100.
Igniter Rod/Hot Rod - A small heating element at the bottom of the firepot that gets red-hot for a few minutes upon startup--just long enough to start the pellets on fire.
Pellets - Made from 100% pure hardwood sawdust, Traeger wood pellets are the source of both fuel and flavor in your Traeger Barbecue. Traeger cooking pellets are manufactured using heat and pressure (10,000 psi) and provide more than 8,500 BTUs of heat per pound. Traeger hardwood cooking pellets contain no added substances-just pure hardwood goodness. Pellet Hopper - holds pellets above an opening to the auger. The hopper is situated to the side or front of the cooking area, depending on the model.
RTD Sensor (Resistance Temperature Detector) - A precision temperature sensor that measures the temperature inside the cooking chamber of a Traeger Barbecue. As the temperature inside the cooking chamber changes, so does the resistance created by the RTD. The circuitry within the Traeger Digital Thermostat Control monitors these changes and causes the auger motor to turn or not turn depending upon the difference between the selected temperature and the desired temperature.
Smoke Stack/Vent - The point from which hot, smoky air exits the cooking chamber. This is designed to look like a smokestack, a subtle slot on the back of the unit or even the snout of a pig, depending on the model of grill.
Temperature Control Board - The microprocessor circuitry and control settings that regulate the auger motor to stop and start the auger. The standard control has three settings: Smoke, Medium and High. The Digital Thermostat Control allows you to dial in a specific temperature and monitor the grill's internal temperature via the LED readout.
Traeger Barbecues and the technology behind them are protected by the following patents:
- Patent #370,823
- Patent #4,619,209
- Patent #4,823,684
- Patent #5,251,607