WEATHER EFFECTS ON GRILLING

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Your Traeger grill is built to operate in most weather conditions, including rain and snow. That said, different weather conditions may cause different symptoms that we'll discuss below. Keep in mind that none of these symptoms should affect your grilling experience.

 

COLD/SNOWY WEATHER

  • Slower ignition
  • Darkening of the controller screen
  • Running a bit cooler than the set temperature
  • Using more pellets to maintain temperature

You can use Insulation Blankets on select grills to help conserve pellet usage.

 

HOT WEATHER

  • Running a bit hotter than the set temperature
  • If the ambient temperature outside is over 85°F, you may find difficulty cooking at lower temperatures.

Remember that grills are large, black/dark pieces of metal that often sit in direct sunlight. During sunny and warmer days, the sun can increase the grill's internal temperature without the grill even being powered on.

TIPS

  • When cooking at lower temperatures, try to move your grill out of direct sunlight.
  • When attempting to cook low and slow in hot weather, you may want to try to begin your cook at a time of day when the grill is either not in the sun or when the sun has set and the ambient temperature has cooled.
  • If you have a non-WiFIRE grill, it may have what's called a P-Setting, which allows you to adjust the speed in which the grill feeds pellets into the firepot.

 

RAINY WEATHER

  • Traeger Grills are protected from water spray less than 60 degrees from vertical. In other words, a grill can function in the rain, but don't place your grill over a sprinkler or leave the lid open when it's raining or wet outside.
  • The humidity may cause slower ignition times.

 

WINDY WEATHER

  • A slight increase in temperature swings.
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