Traeger Pellet Grill and Smoker Initial Firing Instructions

In this video we take you through the 10 initial steps required before using your Traeger Grill for the first time.

Step 1: Remove the porcelain-coated grill grates, grease drain pan, and heat baffle from the inside of the grill.

Step 2: With the switch in the OFF (O) position, plug the power cord into an appropriate grounded electrical outlet.

Step 3: Make sure there are no foreign objects in the auger. Turn the switch ON (I) and the temperature dial to SMOKE. Make sure the auger is turning (inside the pellet hopper).

Step 4: Check that there is air movement from the draft inducer fan by placing your fingers over the firepot. If the hot rod is getting hot, it will turn red. CAUTION! Do not touch the hot rod. Turn the temperature dial to SHUT DOWN CYCLE.

Step 5: Fill the hopper with Traeger Hardwood Pellets and turn the temperature dial to HIGH.

Step 6: When the pellets begin to fall into the firepot, turn the temperature dial to SHUT DOWN CYCLE to reset the hot rod. Then with pellets still in the firepot, turn the temperature dial back to SMOKE.

Step 7: When flames start coming out of the firepot, turn the temperature dial to SHUT DOWN CYCLE and switch to OFF. Let the grill cool down.

Step 8: Now you’re ready to place the heat baffle, grease drain pan,
and porcelain-coated grill grates back into the grill.

Step 9: With the door open, turn the switch ON (I) and the temperature dial to SMOKE. In about 2 minutes, the pellets will ignite and whitish-gray smoke will come out of the grill. After the pellets have ignited, close the door and turn the temperature
dial to any cooking setting desired.

Step 10: Before using your grill for the first time, it will need to be seasoned. Turn the temperature dial to HIGH and let run for 45 minutes with the door closed. This is a great time to grab a six-pack, if you haven’t already.

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34 replies
  1. Dr QXX
    Dr QXX says:

    I was very lucky enough to negotiate one of these for free this is the exact model that I have and I really appreciate this video. Thank you so much for showing this to me I know what to do May your meat be delicious

  2. Hằng Lê Ngọc
    Hằng Lê Ngọc says:

    We have used this at least 4 times a week since we received it a month ag MyBest.Kitchen Temperature control is spot-on even on long cooks. We throw a welding blanket over it in the cold and it doesn't burn through pellets. Fantastic smoky flavor and is easy to clean.

  3. Ant R
    Ant R says:

    Wow wish my grill had the burner in the freaking middle !
    The treager I have looks exactly the same
    Except my dam burner is all the way on the left
    Right next to the pallet dispenser

  4. Danny Vargas
    Danny Vargas says:

    Please read!
    At the end of step 7, once you turn the dial to Shut Off Cycle. DO NOT TURN THE POWER OFF JUST YET. Let it be in the SOC for 10 MINUTES. Then turn the POWER OFF. Follow the necessary after that. Happy cooking everyone.


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