Wired Meat Probes

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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!

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Traeger's 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 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.

Non-Connected (AC) Grills D2 WiFIRE Grills Touchscreen WiFIRE Grills

Controllers with 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.

Controllers with up/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.

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 .
  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Use the controller knob to scroll down to Probe, pressing the dial to confirm.
  3. See the meat probe's current temp and set a timer or goal.
  1. Open the grill dashboard OR press the Menu button on the display
  2. See the probe temp module.

 

How to Set a Probe Temp Goal

Setting a temperature goal for a meat probe depends on on the type of grill you have.

Non-Connected Grills

Setting a probe goal on a non-connected can be done only if your grill's controller has up/down buttons (▲/▼) instead of a dial.

  1. Plug in your meat probe while the grill is running.
  2. Press the CENTER/SELECT button two times to navigate past the timer to the probe alarm.
  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 goal temperature.
  5. Press the CENTER/SELECT button to confirm and set the alarm temperature.
    • This will illuminate the probe icon on the display, and the display will show the current probe temperature until the controller is used again.

D2 WiFIRE Grills

  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Use the controller knob to scroll down to Probe, pressing the knob to confirm.
  3. Scroll to Set Alarm; press to confirm.
  4. Use the controller dial to set the probe goal to your desired temp. Press to confirm.
  5. A tone will sound when your protein reaches the set alarm temperature. If using the Traeger app, you will also receive a push notification on your connected smart device.

Touchscreen WiFIRE Grills

  1. Set a probe goal alarm.
  2. When you first connect a Bluetooth or wired probe, a popup will provide a shortcut to easily set a goal temperature alarm. Select YES and follow the prompts.
    • If you missed the popup, you can set a probe goal alarm via the (...) shortcut in the Dashboard underneath the probe widget, or via the 'Accessories' options within the menu.
  3. Use the controller dial to set the probe goal to your desired temp. Press the dial to confirm.
    • Can't remember the safe internal temperature for your protein? Tap SELECT BY PRESET to find a list of the food-safe temperatures associated with typical protein choices.
  4. A tone will sound when your protein reaches the set alarm temperature. If using the Traeger app, you will also receive a push notification on your connected smart device.

Calibrating Your Meat Probe

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

  1. Create an ice bath for a perfectly 32°F/0°C environment by filling a glass completely full of ice so when you add water, the ice is not floating.
  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. Looking at the app, the probe should read 32°F (0°C).
  5. If the probe is reading off greater than 15°F (9°C), contact our Customer Support team so we can help get it resolved.
  6. If the probe is within 15°F (9°C), use the PROBE OFFSET function. This feature works like a scale's 'tare' feature, offsetting the temp by the amount it's off.
    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.
      1. 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.
       

Wired Meat Probe Errors & Alerts

AC Grills D2 Grills Touchscreen Grills
No meat probe specific errors

 

Common Meat Probe Issues

AC Grills D2 Grills Touchscreen Grills

Wired Meat Probe Troubleshooting - AC Grills

  • Broken Meat Probe
  • Broken Probe Jack
  • Inaccurate Probe Temp
  • ARC Controller not Displaying Probe Temp
  • Pro/Digital Controller not Registering Meat Probe Is in Use

Grill Shuts Down When Unplugging Wired Meat Probe

Wired Meat Probe Troubleshooting - D2 Grills

  • Broken Meat Probe
  • Broken Probe Jack
  • Inaccurate Probe Temp
  • Probe Reading Temp Units Incorrectly (Celsius vs Fahrenheit)

Wired Probe not Showing on controller

Wired Probe Stuck on 32°F

Wired Meat Probe Troubleshooting for  Timberlines & Ironwoods

  • Broken Meat Probe
  • Broken Probe Jack
  • Inaccurate Probe Temp
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