Hot Rod & Firepot Replacement Instructions for Non-WiFi Grills

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Replacing the hot rod on your Traeger grill is easy. In a few simple steps you should be back grilling in no time.

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The steps outlined here are for our signature grills without WiFIRE connectivity. If you're replacing a hot rod or a firepot on a WiFIRE-enabled grill, click on the link below that's right for your grill.

Applicable SKUs

Use this article when replacing a hot rod or firepot on an Traeger pellet grill without WiFi using any of the following SKUs:

  • Firepot only: KIT0024, KIT0224, KIT0261, KIT0370, KIT0396
  • Hot rod only: BAC195, BAC199, BAC432, KIT0024, KIT0088, KIT0184, KIT0804
  • Hot rod harness: KIT0223
  • Firepot & Hot Rod combo kit: KIT0319, KIT0320, KIT0464, KIT0467

Replacement Instructions

Instructions for Hot Rods only vs Firepots only vs Combo Kits

The videos and instructions below can be adapted to the type of part you're replacing. Both sets of instructions below go through steps to replace the hot rod, which requires removing and re-installing the firepot. 

  • Replacing a Hot Rod only: Follow instructions as outlined
  • Replacing a Firepot only: Disregard steps to disconnect the old hot rod and replace with a new one. 
  • Replacing a Firepot-Hot Rod Combo: Disregard the steps to remove the hot rod from the firepot and installing the hot rod into the new firepot.

If you have any questions as you go through these steps, contact our Customer Support Team.

  1. Turn off and unplug the grill. Make sure the grill is cool to the touch.
  2. If your grill has a guard or panel on the underside of the hopper, unscrew it from the hopper.
  3. Access the grill's wiring from under the hopper and find the purple and white wires. 
  4. Disconnect the white Molex connector that connects the purple and white wires to the hot rod's two off-white wires. You may need to cut zip ties to do this more easily.
    • You may need to cut zip ties to do this more easily.
  5. Open the lid and remove the grill grates, drip tray and heat baffle.
  6. Vacuum out any residual ash and pellets from the firepot.
  7. Remove the four wing nut screws that secure the firepot to the auger tube. If your grill doesn't have wing nuts, use a 1/4" wrench or nut driver.
  8. Push the firepot away from the hopper, rotate it 45° and wiggle it out to expose the hot rod wires. 
  9. Loosen the set screw that secures the hot rod in place to the firepot and pull the hot rod out of the firepot.
  10. Pro Tip: Tape the off-white wires' Molex connector of the new hot rod to the old hot rod to help guide the new hot rod wiring through the grill as you remove the old hot rod.
  11. From under the hopper, pull the old hot rod's wires to remove the old hot rod. The new hot rod's wires should come with it if you opted to tape them together. 
    • If you opted not to tape the new hot rod, feed your new hot rod's wires through the grill until they enter the hopper.
  12. Plug the new hot rod into the purple and white wires coming from the controller.
  13. Insert the new hot rod into the firepot, making sure the end of the hot rod is only exposed about 1/8-1/4"/4-6 mm.
  14. Tighten the set screw to secure the hot rod placement in the firepot (do not overtighten).
  15. Place the firepot back in place and secure it using the four screws you removed in step 7. 
  16. Replace the heat baffle, drip tray and grill grates.

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