Congratulations on the purchase of your Traeger Pellet Fired Grill

OWNER’S MANUAL
BBQPIG
RESIDENTIAL PELLET GRILL
This Grill Protected Under Patent Numbers:
370,823 and 4,823,684
FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY!
WARNING!
DO NOT STORE OR USE COMBUSTABLE MATERIALS
NEAR THIS APPLIANCE!
USE ONLY TRAEGER BRAND HARDWOOD
BBQ PELLETS IN THE OPERATION OF THIS UNIT.
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on the purchase of your Traeger Wood Pellet Grill, Model BBQPIG.
With proper set-up, operation, and maintenance, this grill will provide you with delicious
food and years of cooking enjoyment.
NOTE: NUMBERS FOLLOWING PART NAMES THROUGHOUT THIS
MANUAL REFER TO THE COMPONENT DIAGRAM.
After removing the box from the Grill, remove all parts from inside the Grill. Remove any
remaining packaging material from inside the Grill as well. Make sure you have, and can
identify all of the following parts:
(1) Porcelain Grill (151)
(1) Grease Drain Pan (148)
(1) Heat Baffle (146)
(1) Grease Bucket (153)
(2) Locking Casters (82)
(2) Casters (83)
You will need to complete the assembly process by:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
Removing the Shipping Brackets
Installing the Casters (82, 83)
Positioning the Heat Baffle (146) over the Firepot (101)
Setting the Grease Drain Pan (148) over the Heat Baffle (146)
Placing the Porcelain Grill (151) on the Grill Supports.
Hanging the Grease Bucket (153) on the Bucket Hook.
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY:
One 1/4” socket / driver or wrench.
Follow these step by step instructions and you will be cookin’ in no time!
SECTION ONE: ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
REMOVING THE SHIPPING BRACKETS:
Remove the four Shipping Brackets securing the Grill to the pallet using your 1/4”
socket / driver or wrench.
INSTALLING THE CASTERS:
This process will be much easier and safer if you have another person to help.
Carefully lay the Grill on its back on a non-abrasive surface. Install the four Casters by
following the diagram below: The Locking Casters (82) are to be located on the front
of the Grill (Door Side). Firmly seat each Caster Pin into a Receptacle. With your helper,
stand the Grill upright.
NOTE: If at this point you are ready to start your Grill, refer to the INITIAL FIRING
INSTRUCTIONS in SECTION TWO of this manual or on a separate sheet in the
PELLET HOPPER before proceeding with further assembly.
POSITIONING THE HEAT BAFFLE:
Position The Heat Baffle (146) directly over the Firepot (101) on the two locating
brackets found on the inside walls of the Grill. The notched legs of the Heat Baffle (146)
should be pointing downward to fit onto the locating brackets.
POSITIONING THE GREASE DRAIN PAN:
RECOMMENDATION for ease of clean-up: Line the Grease Drain Pan (148) with
heavy-duty aluminum foil. Be sure the edges and ends of the foil are tight against
the bottom of the Grease Drain Pan (148).
Position the Grease Drain Pan (148) so that the Short Lip end hooks over the Grease
Drain Pan Support (60). The Long Lip end should rest in the V-Shaped Grease Drain
(49) located inside the Grill on the right.
POSITIONING THE PORCELAIN GRILL:
Position the Porcelain Grill (151) on the Grill Supports that run the length of the cooking
area.
HANGING THE GREASE BUCKET:
Locate the Grease Drain Tube on the right end of the Grill beneath the head. Hang the
Grease Bucket (153) on the Bucket Hook.
SECTION TWO: INITIAL FIRING INSTRUCTIONS
(To be used on initial firing or anytime the Grill runs out of Pellets)
In order to ensure proper operation of the Grill, you must first
allow the Auger Tube to be “charged” with Pellets.
1) Open the Door and remove the Porcelain Grill, Grease Drain Pan and Heat Baffle
from inside the Grill.
2) Make sure the Switch/Dial is in the OFF position. Plug the Power Cord into an
appropriate, grounded electrical outlet.
3) Open the Pellet Hopper Lid and locate the Auger. Make sure there are no foreign
objects in the Auger. Turn the Switch/Dial ON and look into the Pellet Hopper to
confirm the Auger is turning. At the same time, place your fingers over the Firepot
and feel the air movement from the Draft Inducer Fan. Look to see if the Hot Rod is
getting hot. DO NOT TOUCH IT! Turn the Switch/Dial OFF.
4) Fill the Pellet Hopper with TRAEGER BBQ PELLETS. WARNING! USE ONLY
TRAEGER BRAND BBQ PELLETS, which are specifically made to work in our
Grills. NEVER use heating fuel pellets in the Grill. Turn the Switch/Dial ON, set
the Temperature Dial to HIGH. Note: During the initial charging of the Auger, it will
take time for the Pellets to travel from the Pellet Hopper to the Firepot. When the
Pellets begin to fall into the Firepot, turn the Switch/Dial OFF.
5) Turn the Switch/Dial ON, set the Temperature Dial to SMOKE. Let the Pellets come
to full flame. Once you see flames come out of the Firepot, turn the Switch/Dial OFF,
and let the Grill cool down.
RECOMMENDATION for ease of clean-up: Line the Grease Drain Pan with
heavy-duty aluminum foil. Be sure the edges and ends of the foil are tight
against the bottom of the Grease Drain Pan. Position the Heat Baffle, the foil lined
Grease Drain Pan and Porcelain Grill in their proper locations.
6) With the Door open, turn the Switch/Dial ON and set the Temperature Dial to
SMOKE. In approximately 2 minutes you will notice whitish-gray smoke coming out
of the Grill as the Pellets ignite. After assuring the Pellets have ignited, close the
Door and set the Temperature Dial to any cooking setting desired.
7) Note: Before cooking the first batch of food in your new Grill, you will need to
season the Grill. Turn the Temperature Dial to HIGH and run for 45 minutes at
this setting with the Door closed. This must be done before cooking any food
on the Grill.
8) The Grill should be allowed to pre-heat for approximately 10 minutes with the Door
closed before placing food in the Grill.
ALWAYS START THE GRILL ON SMOKE SETTING
WITH THE DOOR OPEN
Once the Pellets are ignited, close the Door and
set the Temperature Dial to any cooking temperature desired.
NOTE: When operating this Grill, maintain a minimum
clearance of 10 inches from Grill to combustibles
SECTION THREE: SUBSEQUENT START-UP
With the Door open, turn the Switch/Dial ON and Temperature Dial to SMOKE. In
approximately 2 minutes you will notice whitish-gray smoke coming out of the Grill
as the Pellets ignite. After assuring the Pellets have ignited, close the Door and set
the Temperature Dial to any cooking setting desired.
If the Grill fails to light or if the fire in the Firepot goes out while cooking or
smoking, follow these steps:
1) Turn the Switch/Dial to OFF. Open the Door and remove all food, Porcelain
Grill, Grease Drain Pan and Heat Baffle.
2) IMPORTANT: Remove all unburned Pellets and ash from inside and around
the Firepot.
3) Before replacing the Heat Baffle, Grease Drain Pan and Porcelain Grill,
restart the Grill and confirm that the ignition cycle is working. (The Hot Rod
should begin to turn red and Pellets should fall into the Firepot from the Auger
Tube.)
4) If this procedure is not successful, see SECTION SIX: FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS for troubleshooting tips or contact Traeger Technical Support
(SECTION SEVEN) to help diagnose the problem before proceeding to the
MANUAL LIGHTING INSTRUCTIONS below.
MANUAL LIGHTING INSTRUCTIONS:
If the Hot Rod only is not operating, the Grill can still be used to cook and smoke
using the MANUAL LIGHTING PROCEDURE below:
1) Making sure the Switch/Dial is set to OFF and the Hot Rod connector (Purple / White
wire pair) is disconnected, plug the Power Cord into an appropriate, grounded
electrical outlet.
2) Open the Pellet Hopper and fill with TRAEGER BBQ PELLETS. WARNING! USE
ONLY TRAEGER BRAND BBQ PELLETS, which are specifically made to work
in our Grills. NEVER use heating fuel pellets in the Grill.
3) Remove the Porcelain Grill, Grease Drain Pan and Heat Baffle to expose the Firepot
in the bottom of the Grill.
4) Pour 1/2 cup of TRAEGER BBQ PELLETS into the Firepot.
5) Squirt 2 tablespoons of Alcohol Gel fire lighter into the Firepot on top of the Pellets.
6) Light the Alcohol Gel with a fireplace match or a long-reach butane lighter.
WARNING! NEVER SQUIRT ALCOHOL GEL INTO A BURNING FIRE OR A HOT
FIREPOT. THE ALCOHOL GEL BOTTLE COULD EXPLODE AND CAUSE
SERIOUS INJURY.
7) Let the Alcohol Gel and Pellets burn for approximately 4 minutes.
8) After assuring the Pellets have ignited, install the Heat Baffle, Grease Drain Pan and
Porcelain Grill back in place.
9) Turn the Switch/Dial ON and the Temperature Dial to any setting desired. With the
Door closed, let the Grill pre-heat for approximately 10 minutes before placing food
in the Grill.
SECTION FOUR: OPERATING TIPS
1) The Temperature Dial can be changed at any time to increase or decrease the
cooking temperature of the Grill. The HIGH/HIGHER Temperature settings are for
Grilling. The MED/MID RANGE Temperature settings are for Slow Cooking. The
SMOKE setting is for Smoking and adding Smoke Flavor to foods being cooked. The
SMOKE setting can also be used to “hold” foods at approximately 180 to 200
degrees F.
2) Your TRAEGER PELLET GRILL should never be moved while it is hot. If you are
transporting your Grill in a vehicle after cooking on it, make sure the fire is
completely out and the Grill is COLD before placing it in any vehicle. NEVER put
water into the Firepot. It will jam the Auger.
3) The TRAEGER PELLET GRILL is designed to operate with the Door CLOSED.
Cooking with the Door open greatly lengthens your cooking time.
4) NEVER add Pellets by hand to a hot Firepot. This is dangerous and you may be
seriously burned. If you run out of Pellets and lose your fire while cooking, let the
Grill completely cool and start again with the INITIAL FIRING INSTRUCTIONS.
5) Make sure the Heat Baffle is properly seated on its locating brackets. The long lips of
the Heat Baffle should be pointing down over the Firepot. If not seated properly,
direct heat and flame could come up out of the Firepot and cause a grease fire in the
Grill.
6) When estimating cooking times, the outside temperature will be an important factor.
If it is hot outside, it will take less time for food to cook. If it is cold, wet or windy, it
will take longer.
7) Grease fires are caused by not properly maintaining the Grill by failing to clean your
Grease Drain Pan, V-shaped Grease Drain and Grease Drain Tube on a consistent
basis. In the unlikely event of a grease fire while cooking, TURN THE SWITCH/DIAL
OFF and KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED until the fire is completely out. Never keep
the Door open during a grease fire. If it does not go out, lightly sprinkle baking soda
on the fire. Be careful not to burn yourself. If this does not work, then carefully
remove the food from the Grill and keep the Door closed until the fire is completely
out. Again, be careful not to burn yourself. When the Grill is completely cool,
remove the Porcelain Grill and replace the foil on the Grease Drain Pan. Clean any
grease accumulation from the V-shaped Grease Drain and the Grease Drain Tube.
Replace the Grease Drain Pan and the Porcelain Grill in their proper positions,
restart the Grill and resume cooking.
SECTION FIVE: MAINTAINING
YOUR NEW GRILL
1) Change the aluminum foil on the Grease Drain Pan frequently. Periodically, clean
the grease out of the V-shaped Grease Drain and Grease Drain Tube and off of the
interior surfaces of the Grill. Empty the Grease Bucket occasionally and line with
aluminum foil for easy clean-up. It is easier to clean off accumulated grease when
the Grill is warm. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF. If too much grease is
allowed to build up on the Grease Drain Pan and in the V-shaped Grease Drain, or
is allowed to plug the Grease Drain Tube, a grease fire could result. We recommend
cleaning these locations regularly.
2) Outside surfaces: DO NOT use oven cleaner, abrasive cleansers or abrasive
cleaning pads on the outside Grill surfaces. Use warm soapy water to cut the
grease.
3) If the Grill is stored outside during the rainy season, care should be taken to ensure
that water does not get into the Pellet Hopper. Wood pellets, when wet, expand
greatly and will jam your Auger. A TRAEGER GRILL COVER to protect the Grill is
highly recommended! Covers are available from your Traeger Dealer, or log on
to our Web Site – www.traegergrills.com.
4) Depending on use, periodically remove the Porcelain Grill, Grease Drain Pan and
Heat Baffle to clean the ash from in and around the Firepot. A shop-vac is handy for
this chore. Make sure the Grill is COLD before starting this procedure.
5) We recommend keeping a long-handled cleaning brush near the Grill. After
removing your food, give the Porcelain Grill a quick brushing. It takes only a minute
and it will be ready the next time you want to use the Grill. Be careful not to burn
yourself.
SECTION SIX: FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS
WHY WON’T MY GRILL IGNITE?
1) Verify power at the electrical outlet.
a) If Power Cord is connected to a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter), check and reset
if necessary.
b) Initiate startup.
Still no ignition – Proceed to step 2.
2) Disconnect Power Cord from electrical outlet.
a) Remove the Control and check the fuse on back. Replace the fuse if blown.
Reinstall the Control!
b) Unplug Hot Rod connector (Purple/White wire pair), plug Power Cord into an
appropriate, grounded electrical outlet and turn the Switch/Dial ON. NOTE: At
this point the Grill will not ignite.
c) Check the Draft Inducer Fan and the Auger Drive Motor for operation. If both
are operating -- the Hot Rod needs to be replaced. If one or both are not
operating, contact Traeger Technical Support (SECTION SEVEN) for additional
troubleshooting help. Contact your Traeger Dealer or the Traeger Parts
Department (SECTION SEVEN) to place an order.
3) If the problem is identified to be a failed Hot Rod, the Grill can still be used to cook
and smoke by following the MANUAL LIGHTING INSTRUCTIONS in SECTION
THREE of this OWNER’S MANUAL.
WHY ARE NO PELLETS BEING DELIVERED INTO THE FIREPOT?
1) Verify that there are Pellets in the Pellet Hopper. If this is the INITIAL FIRING or the
Grill has run out of Pellets, allow sufficient time for the Pellets to travel from the
Pellet Hopper to the Firepot (can take up to 7 minutes).
2) Initiate startup. See INITIAL FIRING INSTRUCTIONS in SECTION TWO of this
OWNER’S MANUAL.
Still no Pellets in the Firepot – Proceed to step 3.
3) Disconnect Power Cord from electrical outlet.
a) Unplug the Auger Drive Motor ( Red/White wire pair connector) and the Draft
Inducer Fan (Orange/White wire pair connector).
b) Reconnect the Draft Inducer Fan to the Red/White wire pair and the Auger
Drive Motor to the Orange/White pair.
c) Plug Power Cord into an appropriate, grounded electrical outlet and turn the
Switch/Dial ON.
d) If the Auger Drive Motor is operating (check the small fan blade on the back of
the motor), the problem is in the Three Speed or Digital Control, which will need
to be replaced. Contact your Traeger Dealer or the Traeger Parts
Department (SECTION SEVEN) to place an order.
4) If the Auger Drive Motor is not operating but the Draft Inducer Fan is operating, the
problem is in the Auger system, which will need to be checked.
a) With the Switch/Dial OFF, locate the small fan blade on the back of the Auger
Drive Motor.
b) While watching the fan blade, turn the Switch/Dial to ON. If the fan blade does
not turn, turn the Switch/Dial to OFF. This indicates a defective Auger Drive
Motor and it will need to be replaced. Contact your Traeger Dealer or the
Traeger Parts Department (SECTION SEVEN) to place an order.
c) If the fan blade turns a bit and then stops, continue watching and turn the
Switch/Dial to OFF. If the fan blade UNWINDS slightly, this indicates a jam in
the Auger system which will need to be cleared.
d) Disconnect Power Cord from electrical outlet and remove Pellets from the Pellet
Hopper. Check for foreign objects and wet/decomposed Pellets, both of which
can cause a jam in the Auger system. The Auger will need to be removed to
clear a jam in the Auger system. See “HOW DO I REMOVE THE AUGER IF IT
JAMS?” section below.
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HOW DO I REMOVE THE AUGER IF IT JAMS?
1) Remove any covers necessary to access the Auger Drive Motor.
2) Remove the screw connecting the Auger Drive Motor shaft to the Auger shaft and
the screw retaining the Auger Bushing into the Auger Tube.
3) With a small pipe wrench or locking pliers on the Auger shaft, turn the Auger counter
clockwise. It will turn hard until it breaks free, then the Auger will turn freely.
4) Remove the Auger and clean all Pellets, ash or foreign objects from the Auger,
Auger Tube and Firepot. A shop-vac is ideal tor this task.
5) Sand the outside surfaces of the auger with medium grit sandpaper. Check the
inside of the Auger Tube and sand it if needed. Vacuum sanding grit out of the
Auger Tube and Firepot when finished.
6) Reinstall the Auger Bushing and the Auger into the Auger Tube, making sure that
the Auger rotates freely.
7) Re-attach the Auger shaft to the Auger Drive Motor shaft.
WHY DOES MY GRILL FIRE GO OUT ON “SMOKE” SETTING?
Excess ash in the Firepot may be the problem.
1) Open the Door and remove the Porcelain Grill, Grease Drain Pan and Heat Baffle
from inside the Grill.
2) IMPORTANT: Remove all unburned Pellets and ash from inside and around
the Firepot. A shop-vac is ideal tor this task CAUTION! ASSURE THAT THE
GRILL IS COLD TO AVOID A FIRE FROM HOT ASH.
3) Replace the Heat Baffle, Grease Drain Pan and the Porcelain Grill and initiate startup procedure.
4) If this didn’t remedy the problem, contact Traeger Technical Support (SECTION
SEVEN) for additional troubleshooting help.
WITH THE TRAEGER DIGITAL CONTROL, WHAT DIAL SETTING IS
RECOMMENDED FOR STARTING THE GRILL?
The auto-start procedure is the same for all Grill Controls. With the Door open, turn
the Switch/Dial ON and Temperature Dial to SMOKE. In approximately 2 minutes
you will notice whitish-gray smoke coming out of the Grill as the Pellets ignite. After
assuring the Pellets have ignited, close the Door and set the Temperature Dial to
any cooking setting desired.
HOW DO I PROTECT MY PAINT FINISH?
1) Use a protective Cover on the Grill and touch-up paint to repair any scratches. A
TRAEGER GRILL COVER to protect the Grill is highly recommended! Covers
and touch-up paint are available from your Traeger Dealer, or log on to our
Web Site – www.traegergrills.com.
2) Every 90 days, use a high quality car wax on the outside surfaces of the Grill. ONLY
APPLY WAX TO A COLD GRILL.
WHERE CAN I GET A NEW PART FOR MY GRILL?
Check with your Traeger Dealer. They may have the part in stock or can order the part
for you. Or you can contact the Traeger Parts Department (SECTION SEVEN) to place
an order. In either case, please provide your name, phone number, address, Model and
Serial Number of the Grill (located on a label inside the Hopper Lid), along with the part
identification.
SECTION SEVEN: TRAEGER SUPPORT
Parts are identified in the front of this manual on the COMPONENT DIAGRAM PAGE.
To order parts: Call, E-mail or write to your Traeger Dealer or Traeger Pellet
Grills. Please provide your name, phone number, address, Model and Serial
Number of the Grill (located on a label inside the Hopper Lid), along with the part
identification.
TRAEGER PELLET GRILLS, LLC.
9445 SW Ridder Road #310
Wilsonville, OR 97070
TRAEGER TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Available 24/7
TRAEGER PARTS DEPARTMENT
Available Weekdays 8AM to 4:30PM
Pacific Time
TRAEGER SALES/ORDER DESK
Available Weekdays 8AM to 5PM
Pacific Time
TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE: 1-800-872-3437
E-mail: service@traegergrills.com
Website: www.traegergrills.com
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