WIRED MEAT PROBE

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If you're using one of our meat probes, 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

For best results, insert your meat probe entirely into the meat, staying away from fat and bone (fat and bone will generally be hotter than the surrounding protein). If inserting the entire probe is not possible, try to get at least 2" into the protein.

WHERE IS THE PROBE'S SENSOR?

Traeger's wired meat probes provide readings that take an average over the entire probe length, which is why inserting the probe into the meat as much as possible (2" minimum) will provide a more accurate reading.

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.

 

HOW TO VIEW A MEAT PROBE'S TEMPERATURE

Accessing the meat probe temperature reading varies on your grill's controller.

PROBE TEMP ON A WiFIRE GRILL 

  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, you can locate the meat probe temperature and set an alarm.

PROBE TEMP ON A NON-WiFIRE GRILL

Non-WiFIRE grills will have one of two controllers--each has its method of finding the probe temperature.
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PRO & DIGITAL ELITE CONTROLLER

Please take the steps below:

  1. Press the Probe Selector.
  2. The display will show P01, and Probe 1's temperature will flash.
  3. Press the Probe Selector again to view Probe 2's temperature.

ARC CONTROLLER

Please take the steps below:

  1. Press the center button twice.
    • Pressing once will display a timer.
  2. The meat probe temperature will show for 5 seconds before reverting to the grill's temperature.

 

DAMAGED PROBES & JACKS

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. 

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 meat. Please insert your probe to resolve this error. See "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 completely 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

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, and the display will show 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. 

 

HOW TO CALIBRATE & OFFSET A MEAT PROBE

Only WiFIRE-enabled grills have a calibrate and offset feature.

  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 that ±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.

Please take the steps below:

 

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