ARC Controller Guide

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An ARC Controller installation, user guide, and how to clear controller error messages.

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ARC Controller SKUs & Grill Compatibility

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While each of the SKUs listed below are ARC controllers, they are calibrated according to their compatible grill.

SKU GRILL ADDITIONAL NOTES
BAC519

Bronson 
Junior Elite 20
Tailgater w/Digital Elite

These grills do not come standard with BAC519. BAC519 is an upgrade and includes a bracket to install on grills with different controllers

KIT0372 Ranger
Trailhead

Ranger Min Temp: 165°F, Max Temp: 450°F

Trailhead Min Temp: 215°F, Max Temp: 450°F

KIT0573 Tailgater w/ARC Controller Min Temp: 165°F, Max Temp: 450°F
KIT0758 Fremont

While ARC controllers may be set to Keep Warm (165°F), you may find that the Fremont will only go as low as 185°F.

(Keep Warm should not be used for cooking)

 

Installing an ARC Controller

  1. Turn your grill's power off (O) and disconnect your grill. 
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  2. If the grill has one, unscrew and remove your grill's bottom hopper cover. 
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  3. Unscrew and carefully pull your grill's current controller away from the hopper to expose the back wires. Disconnect all wires connected to the controller. 
    If the replacement controller did not include screws, use these screws to install the new one. 
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  4. Screw on the top screw on the plate and thread the cables. 
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  5. Connect the cables to the new controller, referring to the wiring diagram color coding in step 6.
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  6. Cable Diagram
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    • Red White White (Auger Motor)
    • Orange White White (Induction Fan)
    • Black White White (Power Cord)
    • Black Black (Switch)
    • Purple White (Hot Rod)
    • Metal loop - Ground Wire
  7. Connect the RTD wires to the back of the controller.
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    • NOTE: Loosen the two screws of the terminal block, then insert the RTD wire ends (the customer can install cables in either combination). Tighten the screws to secure the wires.
  8. Connect the ground screws. 
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  9. Feed cables into the hopper.
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  10. Hook the top of the controller onto the plate and snap the bottom. 
    NOTE: Install screw #2 into the bottom of the cover.
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  11. Install the cable ties. 
    NOTE: Use the cable ties to bundle the wiring away from moving components.
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  12. Reattach the hopper bottom cover (if the grill has one and it was removed).
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Using an ARC Controller

Startup: Turning on & Igniting

See also, How to Start a Traeger Pellet Grill.

  1. Plug in and switch on the grill to place it in standby mode. The display LEDs will flash.
  2. Press the UP, DOWN, or CENTER/SELECT button to take the grill out of standby mode. The primary temperature setting screen will be displayed.
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Priming the Auger

See also, Seasoning Your Non-WiFi Pellet Grill

You should prime your grill's auger during the following scenarios:

  • Initial firing/seasoning
  • After replacing the auger or any part that requires removing the auger
  • After running out of pellets

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  1. With the grill in standby mode (display LEDs flashing), press and hold the UP and IGNITE buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds.
  2. The display will flash Pri, and the auger will prime continuously.
  3. Once a small amount of pellets are in direct contact with the igniter, press and hold the UP and IGNITE buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to stop priming.
    NOTE: Priming is only necessary if the auger tube is empty of pellets.

Setting & Adjusting Grill Temperature

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Setting Grill Temperature

  1. Once in grill temperature setting mode, the digits will flash as a prompt to set the temperature.
  2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to select the temperature; the digits will continue to flash.
  3. Press the IGNITE button to start the grill. Once the grill is started, the actual grill temperature is displayed without units.

Adjusting Grill Temperature

When adjusting the temperature, once set, the grill will continue to display the actual temperature, not the set temperature.

  1. When the grill is running and in grill temperature mode, press either arrow button to display the current set temperature in Fahrenheit instead of the actual temperature.
  2. Press either arrow button again to begin to adjust the temperature as needed. The digits will flash 3 times and confirm the adjusted temperature.

Shutting Down the Grill

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  1. When the grill is running and in grill temperature mode, press and hold the CENTER/SELECT button
  2. OFF will flash 9 times.
  3. The grill will go into shutdown mode, and the display will scroll COOL DN XXX, followed by a 10-minute countdown.
  4. If you want to cancel the shutdown process, press the CENTER/SELECT button while the display is flashing OFF.
  5. Shutting down an ARC Controller grill can take from 5-15 minutes depending on the type of grill.
Shutdown Cycle Behavior between Grill Models
Ranger Flashes 'OFF' for several seconds, goes automatically into 'COOL DN' and then actual temperature.
Tailgater w/ARC Controller
Trailhead 'OFF' will flash 9 times before displaying 'COOL DN' for 15 minutes.
Fremont Display will flash 'OFF' for several seconds, then to 'COOl DN.' The actual temp will follow until the grill cools down enough to put out the fire.

 

Changing Temperature Units (Celsius & Fahrenheit) 

While the grill is on, whether running or not, ask the customer to press and hold the UP arrow and DOWN arrow buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to change between °F and °C.

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Checking Firmware

AC Timberlines only: To view the controllers' firmware version, press and hold the DOWN arrow and the CENTER BUTTON together. The Firmware version will then scroll across the display. 

  • NOTE: The letter "v" will display as "u."

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Setting & Canceling the Timer

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  1. When the grill is running, use the CENTER/SELECT button to switch between grill temperature, timer, and probe alarm screens.
  2. Press the CENTER/SELECT button twice to navigate to the timer screen. The hours' digits (00:) will flash.
  3. Use the UP arrow button to select hours, press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm your hours, and advance to minutes (for example, 2:00).
  4. While the minutes' digits flash, use the UP arrow button to select minutes.
  5. Press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm minutes and start the timer. The timer icon will display and show the current timer setting until the controller is used again.
  6. Press and hold the arrow buttons to advance through the digits more quickly.
  7. If the timer is set, press the CENTER/SELECT button to display the time remaining on the timer screen (for example, 1:46).
  8. Press the UP or DOWN arrow buttons to change the set time. Hour digits will flash (for example, 01:).
  9. Use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust hours; then press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm your hours and advance to minutes (for example, 1:46).
  10. While the minutes' digits flash, use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust minutes.
  11. Press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm minutes and restart the timer.

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  1. The alarm will sound when the timer is over, and the set time and icon will flash.
  2. Press and hold the CENTER/SELECT button to exit the timer mode.
  3. To cancel a set timer, press the CENTER/SELECT button if needed to navigate to the timer screen; then press and hold the CENTER/SELECT button.

Setting the Probe Alarm

NOTE: If the probe is not plugged in, this feature will not be available.

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  1. When the grill is running, use the CENTER/SELECT button to switch between grill temperature, timer, and probe alarm screens.
  2. Press the CENTER/SELECT button twice to navigate past the timer to the probe alarm. Then, the actual probe temperature is displayed (for example, P 72).
  3. Pressing the UP or DOWN arrow buttons activates the alarm temperature setting. The digits will flash (for example, P 72), prompting you to adjust the temperature.
  4. Press the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to set the desired probe alarm temperature (for example, 140°F).
  5. Press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm the alarm temperature and illuminate the probe icon on display. The display will show the current probe temperature until the controller is used again.
  6. If a probe alarm is set, press the CENTER/SELECT button to display the probe's temperature on the probe alarm screen (for example, P 155).
  7. If desired, press the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to change the alarm temperature. The currently set temperature will flash (for example, 140°F).
  8. Pressing the UP and DOWN arrow buttons again will change the probe alarm set temperature (for example, 200°F).
  9. Press and hold the CENTER/SELECT button to cancel.

Probe Temperature Not Showing

ARC controllers may see an issue where they do not show the meat probe temperature. Before attempting to replace the meat probe, have the customer set the probe alarm. The probe temperature should display by pressing the center button.

Using Keep Warm

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  1. Keep Warm can be used to pause the cook cycle at any time during grilling. Press KEEP WARM to activate the function and maintain the grill temperature at 165°F (75°C).
  2. The Keep Warm icon will appear on display and show the Keep Warm temperature until the controller is used again.
  3. Press KEEP WARM again to resume cooking.
  4. Keep Warm should not be used for cooking.

ARC Controller Error Codes

Although rare, the customer may see an error message displayed on their control panel. Refer to the chart below for potential issues and how to resolve them:

CODE ERROR SOLUTION
LEr Low temperature

This will occur if the temperature of the grill falls below 120°F (49°C) for 10 minutes, causing the grill to go into shutdown mode.

HEr High temperature

This error will occur when the temperature in the grill reaches temperatures above 550°F (288°C) for more than 45 seconds.

Er1 Temp sensor loose/Bad probe Ensure your temp sensor is correctly plugged into the controller.
Er2 Temp sensor bad The temp sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced.
Er3 Failed to ignite The hot rod needs to be replaced.
Er4 Fan disconnected If the fan is connected and displaying this message, the fan needs to be replaced.
Er5 Ignitor disconnected Hot rod needs to be replaced.
Er6 Auger disconnected Check the auger. If it looks right but is still showing the error message, replace the auger motor.
Er7 Auger jammed Put the grill in 'Idle' mode. Press and hold the DOWN & IGNITE buttons at the same time. The display should flash 'Clr' and the auger will cycle between moving forwards and backwards for 60 seconds to clear the jam.

 

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