You might have a situation where the Traeger is not working as it should.
This creates a situation where the Traeger is feeding too many pellets and that leads to major issues with performance.
If the Traeger is feeding too many pellets, this means the fan is not strong enough to control the flames, the auger is malfunctioning, the grill grate is too dirty, or the calibration is off. Start by testing the fan, cleaning the auger, and removing debris from the grate.
You do not have to rush this process.
You will want to work your way through each step since all Traegers are different. For the calibration part, you will have to go through the user manual to see what the steps are for that specific model.
It is important to test each part and then pinpoint which one is giving you issues before correcting it. This is the only way to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
This article is going to take a look at why the Traeger is feeding too many pellets and what to do about it.
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How To Fix A Traeger Feeding Too Many Pellets
1. Fan Is Not Strong Enough
The first issue is going to be the fan.
The Traeger fan has to be strong enough to stoke the flames. This can create a situation where the flames are not in your control and that is what is causing the overfeeding of the pellets in the grill.
You will need to make sure it is strong enough.
As the Traeger ages, this type of problem can arise. You will need to swap out the fan in the Traeger if this is something that cannot be fixed by tightening the part.
If it is loose then just tightening it will get the job done.
If the flames are out of your control, this is going to cause excessive feeding. It is not good for the Traeger and you will want to get to the bottom of this as soon as you can.
2. Auger Is Malfunctioning
You will need to test the auger.
The auger tube can get clogged and that is when you will need to cleanse it. If the grill is being used all the time, this is the type of situation you’re going to have to deal with.
You will want to take the time to dig through this part of the grill to see what is going on.
If it is clogged, the temperature is also going to be off with the grill. Some will notice it is also not going to run properly.
This is why cleaning the auger is a must.
3. Dirty Grill Grate
Have you taken the time to look through the grill grate?
The grill grate is a common sign there is something wrong with the grill. You have to be diligent with what you are doing and how you are doing it.
This is the best way to make sure the grill grate is safe.
If the grill grate is unclean, this is going to lead to issues with the pellets. There will be excess feeding.
Take the time to clean the grill grate and make sure it does not have debris on it. This will require a bit of work on your part but it is something you should be doing to maintain the Traeger anyway.
You should always do this when cleaning the Traeger at home.
4. Improper Calibration
This is often associated with the grill grate.
However, if you are taking the time to set up a Traeger, you will also want to think about other issues such as the temperature or how it is calibrated.
To do this, each Traeger is going to have a unique setup.
You will want to start looking into this if you notice things such as the Traeger smoking a lot. This is a sign you might have to look into the calibration of the grill.
Read through the user manual and go through the steps as indicated by the company.
Sometimes, this is all you are going to have to do and it will get the grill back to how it needs to be.
Why is the Traeger feeding too many pellets?
If the Traeger is feeding too many pellets, the most common reasons include the fan not working properly, the auger tube getting clogged, the grill grate being dirty, or the pellet grill needing to be recalibrated.
Work through these problems one by one to figure out what is going on with your Traeger.
This is the best way to ensure you are not ruining anything and the Traeger does work the way you want it to.
These are details you want to think about when maintaining a Traeger even if the pellets are not being overfed.