Novel Method To Calibrate Temperature Probe

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I’m a relatively new Traeger owner and have been inspired by some of the ideas I’ve read on this forum. I want to contribute something that I think will help others enjoy their Traeger more.

I’ve seen people say that their temperature probe isn’t accurate, and I’d agree. Calibrating my probe with a glass of ice water as the owner’s manual describes didn’t help. Here’s how I fixed it.

Atnormal elevations water boils at 212 F. I rolled my grill inside next to my stove, turned it on, and put the probe in a pot of boiling water. In the Settings/Probe Calibration menu there is an option for a manual probe offset. The key thing to know is that you’ll have to look at your probe’s temperature on the Traeger app on your phone. Adjust the offset on your grill until it reads 212. You won’t find this method in any manual, but it works great. My probe was reading high by 4 or 5 degrees, which is huge when it comes to pulling your meat off at the right time. Hope this helps.
 

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I agree that calibrating the grill with boiling water is the better way to be accurate in that range. You can also boil water in the grill or bring out the pot and compare with an instant read like a ThermaPen MK4. Sadly, many have reported that the Traeger temps are inconsistent, and the alerting is anemic at best.

But the best tool in the shed for serious consistant grilling with amazing graphing and alerts is the Fireboard 2, worth every penny.
 

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THNX for the tip and I hope it does help those who use the Traeger Probe, I'm just not one of them. (FireBoard)
If you do choose to try this method, one thing to keep in mind, the probe cannot touch anything but water in the boiling pot... so you'll have to rig something to keep it elevated while you mess with the settings... touching the bottom of the pot or anything but water will not be the reading you want.
 

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I did the hot water method and used my Thermapen mk4. This allowed me to check the temps from 200 degrees all the way down to 150 degrees as the water cooled off. I inserted a -11 degree offset and now my Traeger probe is reading within a degree consistent through the temp range. I am very happy. I will do it again whenever I must replace the meat probe. I recommend this method for everyone.
 

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