Help! Ironwood As "Slide In" - Outdoor Kitchen

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Hi. New here. I'm looking at the new Ironwood model. It will be replacing a Memphis Pellet Grill on castors. I will place it in the same spot in our outdoor kitchen. So it will be in a three sided slot in the counter. The countertop is 33 inches high so the back vents on the Ironwood would be above the counter. No combustible material surrounding the grill. I will be able to slide it out if necessary. Does anyone have a situation like this and has it caused any problems with the smoker? Thanks.
 
I use my IW885 in stand along configuration, but as long as you do not block the rear vents, you should have no issue built in.
 
I use my IW885 in stand along configuration, but as long as you do not block the rear vents, you should have no issue built in.
Thank you so much. Traeger does not officially support any type of built in for the new Ironwoods. So I just wanted to get some opinions. BTW, are you happy with your Traeger?
 
Thank you so much. Traeger does not officially support any type of built in for the new Ironwoods. So I just wanted to get some opinions. BTW, are you happy with your Traeger?
I have an IW885. I have the same issue that nearly everyone has with Traegers. The RTD thermocouple does not measure chamber temps accurately and I do not trust the internal meat probe. Otherwise I have had no issue in two years.

I drilled a hole in the lid of my IW and mounted an analog grill thermometer like you see on offset smokers and gas grills. That seems to read accurately so I set the controller as necessary to achieve the analog temperature I want.

I use a third party wireless temperature probe to monitor my cooks. However, I use an instant read thermometer to do the final check to determine when the cook is done to perfection.

The 885 is larger than I typically need for my cooks. I do most of my cooking on the top shelf. I place a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil on the bottom shelf. The cookie sheet captures nearly all of the drippings. When the cook is completed, I ball up the foil and toss it in the garbage. That is a lot easier than cleaning the drip tray, grease chute and grease bucket. When doing a large cook such as a turkey or ham, I have to remove the top shelf, but I place a baking pan on the bottom shelf and use a rack to elevate the turkey or ham off the bottom of the pan. The pan catches all the drippings making cleanup easy.
 
I have a similar setup with my Ironwood model and so far I haven't faced any issues with the back vents being above the counter. As long as there no combustible material around and you have the option to slide it out if needed you should be good. Just make sure to keep an eye on clearance when its in use and it sounds like you've got that covered.
 
I have a similar setup with my Ironwood model and so far I haven't faced any issues with the back vents being above the counter. As long as there no combustible material around and you have the option to slide it out if needed you should be good. Just make sure to keep an eye on clearance when its in use and it sounds like you've got that covered.
Thanks. My space is tight and with castors on just 2 wheels I’m not sure how easy it would be to slide out. Don’t want to drag it out. Any ideas?
 
I have an Ironwood 885 as far as maneuverability its much better than my original Traeger (Homestead 520) that only had two wheels that didn’t rotate side to side. With the limited space to move it what I would suggest is buy two more of the legs that have the rotating casters and replace the two with regular wheels. While I haven’t done it yet myself I did look into it and they are the same length and diameter as the others. But make sure you buy one front and one back so all the bolt holes line up and you can still put the piece in between the two legs.
 
Another thing you might try is using Super Slider pads under all four wheels. They work well on carpet, but I am not sure how well they might work on a wooden deck or concrete slab. If concrete is smooth finished they might work fairly well.
 
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