Coating/cap?

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I’ve had the grill for about 3 months, multiple cooks no issues. I did notice today that I seem to have more ash than normal so I decided to clean it today during commercials for the Super Bowl. I hit this sensor thing with my grate cleaner by accident. The coating/cap that was the sensor flew off and there’s no way it’s getting back on.

Questions:
1. What is it?
2. Did I break it?
3. If I broke it, how do I fix it?

Thanks!
 

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1. Its the rtd which sends temp signal to the controller.
2.Yes it is broke.
3. Some ppl put high temp epoxy or JB weld.
4. Call Traeger CS.
 

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1. Its the rtd which sends temp signal to the controller.
2.Yes it is broke.
3. Some ppl put high temp epoxy or JB weld.
4. Call Traeger CS. If under warranty.
It may work temporarily.
 
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1. Its the rtd which sends temp signal to the controller.
2.Yes it is broke.
3. Some ppl put high temp epoxy or JB weld.
4. Call Traeger CS.
Thank you for the great info and quick response. I definitely need to be more careful next time. The replacement process looks more involved than when I initially set it up! 🤦🏻‍♂️
 
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Thanks again for the help a few weeks ago. I received the part from Traeger CS in about a week. I finally got around to fixing it yesterday.

I wish I could say it was an easy fix, it was extremely hard to remove the screws, which led to one completely stripped screw. There was also a missing step from the otherwise helpful video, and then on re-installation, two screws (not stripped) won't completely seat and continue to spin. They can't be tightened or taken out. If the thermocouple breaks again, I won't be able to replace it because I won't be able to remove that panel. Frustrating process to say the least.
 
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Nice. So we should be able to get the job done in under 3 minutes like the video. 🤣
Hahaha. I wish. Including the time on the phone with customer service (was trying to see if they could send replacement screws...they can't. They weren't 100% sure, but I think they are 1/4 20 3/8 length screws for the heat shield) a trip to Ace, a trip to Home Depot, the job clocked in at just under 5 hours. I'm more worried about the constantly turning screws if there's an additional problem that requires me to get behind the top heat shield. Oh well. It used to cook well, now I'll see how she does with the new RTD. :unsure:
 

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Thanks again for the help a few weeks ago. I received the part from Traeger CS in about a week. I finally got around to fixing it yesterday.

I wish I could say it was an easy fix, it was extremely hard to remove the screws, which led to one completely stripped screw. There was also a missing step from the otherwise helpful video, and then on re-installation, two screws (not stripped) won't completely seat and continue to spin. They can't be tightened or taken out. If the thermocouple breaks again, I won't be able to replace it because I won't be able to remove that panel. Frustrating process to say the least.

How much time did it take to do the job? I'm looking at the same thing. Mine is in the same shape and I get a 30 to 40 degree difference from what the D2 says and what my Fireboard says with the probes in the same location.

D2 vs FireBoard.jpg
 

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Same issue here. I knocked a piece of ceramic off yesterday. Those screws holding the thermocouple won't budge. I may have ruined the Phillips heads. I have had some luck using vise grips on the screw heads before. I'd like to try to install some kind of protection first. Does anyone know if the side wall can be drilled? I was thinking of installing self tapping screws for some kind of shield.
 

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I coated mine with JB Weld. It still had most of the ceramic coating so I just patched the chipped part. I'll have to run a test soon to compare with the Fireboard.
 

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I coated mine with JB Weld. It still had most of the ceramic coating so I just patched the chipped part. I'll have to run a test soon to compare with the Fireboard.

Got a pic of it after coating? My new sensor arrived today. Don't know when I will get to changing it out.
 

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First cook since the fix. After the warm up the temps were about 15-20 degrees off. That's not for off from what they were before so I'm okay for now. Could be the Fireboard probe needs to be repositioned.
 

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First cook since the fix. After the warm up the temps were about 15-20 degrees off. That's not for off from what they were before so I'm okay for now. Could be the Fireboard probe needs to be repositioned.

If mine is not almost touching the Traeger probe then immediately it is almost 20° off
 

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My internal temperature probe was replaced under warranty for my CostCo Century 885. I looked at the Traeger video and then looked at the grill. I took out the two screws holding the probe and cut it off the cord. I then shoved the rubber (?) gasket and probe wire into the void between the pellet hopper and the side of the grill. I removed the D2 and unplugged the other end of the probe wire. It was simple to pull the old probe wire out as it went down from the void into free air space inside of the hopper. Starting from inside the grill, I shoved the plug end of the new probe through the side of the grill into the void. Using my really long articulating needle nose pliers, I pulled most of the wire through the hole and threaded it down into the free space of the hopper. I reached through the D2 hole and brought up the yellow plug to attach it to the computer board. The contacts of the plug are slightly different widths to insure proper polarity. I re-attached the D2. I then addressed getting the rubber (?) gasket around the wire and positioned the ambient air temperature probe so the two screws could be re-inserted.

I spent more time going back and forth to get tools in the garage then the job took.

I also received a new meat temperatureprobe under warranty. So when I powered the grill up to check things, I did the ice water calibration comparing the Traeger probe to my Thermapen MK4. I set the off-set to the displayed temperature so it agreed with the Thermapen Mk4. I checked ambient air temperature on the MK4 and compared it with the air temperature sensed by the newly installed grill internal air temperature probe and they were within three degrees which is an acceptable variance.

So I have my first really big grilling session tomorrow and hope the darn thing cooks properly. If it is a disaster, then the 885 is out of here and I will try the 1300 which by design should have a more even temperature in the cooking space.
 
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