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

You may experience the following when grilling in cold weather:

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

TIPS FOR GRILLING IN COLD WEATHER

  • Cook to temperature rather than by time.
  • Make sure your pellets are fresh and dry. They should have a shine and be able to snap easily.
  • Keep your grill clean so pellets burn more efficiently.
  • Place the grill in a location out of direct wind.
  • If compatible with the customer's model and temperatures are below freezing, use an Insulation Blanket.

HIGH ALTITUDE

You may experience the following when grilling at high altitudes:

  • Varied cook times from recipes

TIPS FOR GRILLING AT HIGH ALTITUDE

  • Cook to temperature rather than by time.

HOT WEATHER

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.

You may experience the following when grilling in hot weather:

  • Running hotter than the set temperature
  • If the ambient temperature outside is over 85°F/30°C, customers may find difficulty maintaining temperatures lower than 225°F/107°C.

TIPS FOR GRILLING IN HOT WEATHER

  • Cook to temperature rather than by time.
  • Keep your grill clean, paying special attention to keep it clean from grease buildup.
  • Move your grill out of direct sunlight, especially when grilling at lower temperatures.
  • Consider beginning low-and-slow cooks when the grill is either not in the sun or when the sun has set and the outside temperature has cooled.
  • If your grill has a P-Setting option, adjust the setting to a higher setting to reduce the speed by which the pellets feed 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 a grill over a sprinkler or leave the lid open when raining.

You may experience the following when grilling in rainy weather:

  • Slower ignition times from humidity

TIPS FOR GRILLING IN RAINY WEATHER

  • Cook to temperature rather than by time.
  • Make sure your firepot is free of sawdust and ash for easier ignition.

WINDY WEATHER

You may experience the following when grilling in windy weather:

TIPS FOR GRILLING IN WINDY WEATHER

  • Cook to temperature rather than by time.
  • Try to place your grill out of the wind's direct path.
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