Traeger should put an hour meter on the grills with a dummy light to clean 'em. It would also be neat seeing your total cook hours!
I clean mine before every cook I didn’t spend $1800 on a smoker to have it fail because I didn’t do maintenance. My T850 does tell me every time I turn it on to clean it though which is weird. I always inspect the grease channel and drip tray and have zero ash in mine when I start up. I leave the shop vac plugged in right next to mine just because I know if it’s tucked away somewhere I might get lazy. Luckily mine is inside our screened in porch and covered up when not in use.How often do you vacuum out the firepot? Is there any other maintenance you do on a regular basis?
Mine is always clean and literally tells me to clean it every time on start up.Ok, so I did a full clean on our 780 for the first time yesterday. Used the shop vac on the ash and firepot etc. Cleaned the grates and wiped it down. As soon as I fired it up to do some chicken a message popped on the screen to clean the grease trap!!!
Was it coincidence? Was there a number of hours that it did that? Or does it pop up every time and I just had not noticed it before during pre-heat? Or did that damn thing actually realize I had cleaned it and forgotten to clean out the little spout going down to the bucket? (Smile)
Good luck all.