Maintaining & Cleaning Your Timberline

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Learn how to maintain and clean your new Timberline to keep it running in optimal Information on maintenance and cleaning for the new 2022 Timberline. 


  • AFTER EACH COOK: Wipe down and clean grates before and after each cook. 
  • EVERY 2 MONTHS OR 24 HOURS OF COOK TIME: Do a deep clean on your grill.
  • EVERY 8 COOKS: Empty the Grease & Ash Keg.


Pro Tips

  • Turn off the grill and disconnect the power cord before initiating any maintenance.
  • Make sure that the grill is COLD and ashes are extinguished and COLD before checking the grease & ash keg.
  • Accumulated grease is easier to clean off when the grill is still warm—not hot. Be careful not to burn yourself. Heat-protective gloves are recommended.
  • A dedicated vacuum cleaner is the best way to remove ashes from the firepot, but this must be done with extreme care to avoid the risk of fire. Again, cleaning the ash from in and around the firepot should be done only when the grill is COLD.
  • Cleaning the grill grates works best while they are still warm. Be careful not to burn yourself. Heat-protective gloves are recommended. We recommend keeping a long-handled cleaning brush near the grill. After removing your food, give the grill grate a quick brushing. It takes only a minute and it will be ready the next time you want to use the grill.
  • Wipe down with Traeger Grill cleaner after short, fatty cooks (bacon, burgers, etc.)

Before Each Cook

  1. If needed, remove grill grates and scrape debris into the Grease & Ash Keg.
  2. Remove the Grease Governor (cap).
  3. Use a stiff, non-metallic tool to scrape the drip tray and scrape excess buildup into the Grease Tube.
    • Good options include a plastic putty knife, plastic scraper, or a wooden spatula or grill scraper
  4. Check the Grease & Ash Keg, and empty if needed.
  5. Replace grill grates.

After Each Cook

  1. Scrape excess food from the grates while still warm.

Deep Clean

  1. Remove the grill grates and scrape debris into the Grease & Ash Keg.
  2. Remove the Grease Governor (cap).
  3. Use a stiff, non-metallic tool to scrape the EZ Clean Drip Tray and scrape excess buildup into the Grease Tube.
  4. Use a brush to clean ash buildup off the grill's walls and backsplash, and sweep any remaining ash from the EZ Clean Drip Tray into the Grease Tube.
    • A good option is a handled dishwashing brush.
  5. Remove the EZ Clean Drip Tray.
  6. Remove the Evenflow Heat Shield.
  7. Brush ash into the Grease & Ash Keg.
  8. Remove the firepot and dump any ash into the Grease & Ash Keg.
  9. Empty your pellets from the hopper.
  10. Use a shop vac to remove residual sawdust and ash from the barrel, underneath the firepot and from the bottom of the hopper.
  11. Wipe down the grill cavity surfaces with Traeger Cleaner.
  12. Wipe down the Evenflow Heat Shield, EZ Clean Drip Tray, Grease Tube, Grease Governor and grill grates with Traeger Cleaner.
  13. Empty the Grease & Ash keg and replace the keg liner with a new one.
    • The Keg is underneath the grill body, directly under the grease tube. To remove and check the keg, simply grab the keg with two hands and push the button to release.
  14. Reinstall the grill components.
    • When putting the firepot back into the firepot cavity, make sure the firepot lip does not get caught on the auger tube. The lip should sit flush with the grill cavity.
  15. Refill your hopper with pellets.
  16. Wipe down additional grill surfaces as needed.


The new EZ Clean Drip Tray is designed to be just that--easy to clean.

To clean the drip tray, use a non-chemical degreaser like our Traeger All-Natural Grill Cleaner or a mixture of dish soap and vinegar.

For a cleaning tool, use a nylon brush or a silicone/rubber putty knife to remove cooked-on residue rather than any abrasive or metal products like steel wool or steel brushes, which can scratch the drip tray and potentially cause rust.


WARNING: These models conduct heat more than other models, so liners or even foil can be detrimental to your grilling success, causing the grill to cook food at a higher temperature than desired.

Please understand that foil on your drip tray can increase the risk of fire and can also significantly raise the temperature in your grill, resulting in undesired cooking results.


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