Grease trap…..

Chef Mongo

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Aug 20, 2023
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Ironwood 650
Hi guys, let me ask you a simple question, how often do you clean the grease trap on your Traeger? I had a prompt just before I was due to use it and it threw me a bit……said to clear the grease trap. Although there is no mention of such a thing in the manual, it kinda skirts round the V shaped channel in the bottom of the body……now I know there is a prompt, hopefully I will be more prepared next time.
That is a generic message that will pop up using "time cooking" as it's gauge.
Your machine doesn't know :poop:
It's just wanting you to check the area for anything building up.
I've got a V channel that dumps into my mini bucket, the HEAT cleans that out, I've never manually cleaned it in the 3 years I've had this.

Again, it's not like your 27K vehicle that tells you everything from monitors and sensors... cuz Traeger ain't got none of that.
I hate cleaning my grease trap, so my answer to your question is "NEVER". I do everything possible to keep grease from ever reaching the trap. When doing most cooks, I cook on the top rack of my Ironwood and place a baking pan on the rack below the cook to catch any drippings. I line the baking pan with foil so I can remove the foil when it gets dirty and toss it in the garbage. If I am cooking something so large (like a turkey or ham) such that it does not fit on the top rack, I place the protein in a large roasting pan with a rack to elevate the cook above the bottom of the pan. The roasting pan catches all the dripping making it easy to clean up after the cook..

I have heard that necessity is the mother of invention, but I also believe that laziness is the mother of invention. I tend to be somewhat lazy, so I try to invent easier ways of doing things.
I use a wood chisel (1/2”) to clean mine all the way down the drip spout in to my lined drip bucket. It works great.
In addition, after using a shop vac to clean the inside of the grill I use my leaf blower to remove the remaining pellet dust. Be sure you do this outside and protect your eyes.
Should be something like this available on your side of the pond. One inch wide works for me.
Spray Traeger grill cleaner in the channel and chute. Let it sit while you clean something else. Scrape the gunk into the bucket and dump it.

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