TRAEGER WIRED MEAT PROBE

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If you're using one of Traeger's wired thermometers, you're bound to have a successful cook. Using a meat probe is easy, and so is troubleshooting any potential issues. We're here to help!

HOW TO USE YOUR WIRED MEAT PROBE

  1. Plug the wired thermometer into the probe jack on the controller.
  2. Insert the probe into the thickest part of the protein, avoiding touching any bones or particularly the fatty portion of the protein.
  3. Load your food onto the preheated grill.
  4. Monitor the food's temperature on either the grill's controller display or in the Traeger app.

HOW FAR SHOULD I INSERT THE THERMOMETER?

Insert your wired meat probe at least 2" (5.1 cm) into the protein.

  • This probe may not be suitable if you cannot insert the probe into the thickest part of the protein and 2 inches (5.1 cm) into the protein.

Chef's Tip: When checking the internal temperature, insert the probe into the thickest part of the meat past the center, then slowly pull the probe out. Use the lowest temperature you see. Always clean your probe with hot soapy water after every use.

HOW TO VIEW YOUR PROBE'S TEMPERATURE

Steps to view your meat probe's temperature varies depending on the type of grill you have.

In the Traeger App

Viewing probe temp in the Traeger app is available only for WiFIRE-enabled grills

  1. Open the Traeger app.
  2. Tap the grill icon in the bottom center of the app.
  3. View the probe temp in the Probe Temp module .

New Timberline Grills

  1. Open the grill dashboard OR press the Menu button on the display
  2. See the probe temp module.

WiFIRE-enabled D2 Grills

  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Use the controller knob to scroll down to Probe.
  3. Press the knob to confirm the selection. From here, the customer can locate the meat probe temperature and set an alarm.

Non-connected Grills

  1. If your controller has a dial:

    1. Press the Probe Selector button

    2. The display will show P01, and then Probe 1's temperature will flash.

    3. Press the Probe Selector again to view Probe 2's temperature.

  2. If your controller has up and down buttons:

    1. Press the center button twice (Pressing once will display a timer).

    2. The meat probe temperature will show for 5 seconds before reverting back to the grill's temperature.

    3. If you cannot see the probe temperature, see Controller Not Displaying Meat Probe Temperature below.

HOW TO CALIBRATE & OFFSET A MEAT PROBE

Only WiFIRE-enabled D2 grills have a calibrate and offset feature. Non-connected grills and new Timberline grills do not have a calibrate option.

  1. Create an ice bath for a perfectly 32°F/0°C environment.
  2. Navigate to MENU > SETTINGS > PROBE CALIBRATION.
  3. Select CALIBRATE PROBE.
  4. Place the probe in the ice bath. Stir gently for 1 minute to get an accurate reading.
  5. The probe should read 32°F. If it does not, proceed to HOW TO OFFSET A MEAT PROBE below.
  6. If the reading is more than ±15°F in the ice bath, contact Customer Support.

HOW TO OFFSET A WiFIRE GRILL'S PROBE

WiFIRE grills allow you to offset meat probe readings. Offsetting a probe allows you to adjust the temperature a controller displays to accommodate for slight misreadings, similar to pressing the "Tare" button on a scale.

For example, if a probe reads 41°F while sitting in an ice bath, you can offset the probe by 9°F so the probe more accurately reads the 32°F that it should. To do this, please follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to MENU > SETTINGS > PROBE CALIBRATION.
  2. Select PROBE OFFSET.
  3. Rotate the dial to adjust the probe temperature offset in 1° increments, from -15° to +15°F/-8° to +8°C.
    • The default setting is 0, so if this is the first time you have adjusted the offset, you will be able to increase or decrease the offset by 15°F.
  4. Press the center of the dial to confirm your offset amount and return to the SETTINGS menu.
  5. If, after calibrating and offsetting your meat probe, the probe is still reading incorrectly, contact Customer Support.

TRAEGER WIRED MEAT PROBES VS INSTANT-READ THERMOMETERS

Traeger's wired meat probes read temperature by averaging the temperature of the entire length of the probe. Instant-read thermometers generally have sensors right on the tip.

WiFIRE MEAT PROBE ERROR MESSAGES

'INSERT MEAT PROBE'

This notification generally means your probe is plugged into the controller, but the probe does not recognize that you are inserting it into your meat/food. Please re-insert your probe to resolve this error. See the "Insert Meat Probe" Notification for more information. 

'BAD MEAT PROBE'

If you receive a Bad Meat Probe message, please contact our Customer Support

'CALIBRATION FAILED'

This message occurs when a WiFIRE controller is unable to calibrate a probe successfully. Please take the steps below:

  1. Make sure your probe is inserted entirely into the jack, and try to calibrate again.
  2. Power Cycle your grill. 
  3. Calibrate your probe again.
    1. If you get this message again, contact Customer Support

COMMON MEAT PROBE ISSUES 

BROKEN MEAT PROBE

If your meat probe breaks, please contact Customer Support

BROKEN 3.5 MM JACK

The 3.5 mm jack is the part of the meat probe that inserts into the controller.

If the jack breaks off in the controller, you'll need to remove the broken piece.

  1. The best way to remove a jack is to purchase a jack removal tool. There are other DIY methods, but the tools designed for this purpose are what we recommend.
  2. Once you get the jack out of the controller, contact our Customer Support to order a new meat probe. 

PROBE NOT READING TEMPERATURE CORRECTLY

A properly working Traeger meat probe will read within 7.5°F of the actual temperature.

If you believe your meat probe is not reading temperature correctly, follow the instructions under How to Calibrate a Meat Probe below.

ARC CONTROLLER NOT DISPLAYING MEAT PROBE TEMPERATURE

If the ARC controller is not showing the meat probe temperature, try setting a probe alarm:

  1. Plug in your meat probe while the grill is running.
  2. Press the CENTER/SELECT button twice to navigate past the timer to the probe alarm. This is where the actual probe temperature should display.
  3. Press the UP or DOWN arrow buttons to activate the alarm temperature setting. The digits will flash, prompting you to adjust the temperature.
  4. Press the UP and DOWN arrow buttons again to set the desired probe alarm temperature (for example, 140°F).
  5. Press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm and set the alarm temperature. This will illuminate the probe icon on display, showing the current probe temperature until the controller is used again.
  6. If the probe alarm still does not display, contact Customer Support

GRILL POWERS OFF WHEN PLUGGING IN MEAT PROBE

If your grill turns off when you plug in your meat probe, it is due to electrical discharge. The controller shuts down as a safety precaution.

To fix this, try grounding yourself before plugging in your meat probe by touching the grill frame before picking up your meat probe and then picking up the meat probe and plugging it in.

If your grill still powers off, try to Power Cycle your grill and try again. You can also contact Customer Support for help. 

 

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