Remove drip pan for extra heat?

Slgoss

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any thoughts on removing the drip pan to get a little extra heat to sear?

I’m new to the Traeger world and started off on a pretty bad foot. My pro575 was not getting anywhere close to the set temp.

HOWEVER - the new software changed everything and now I’m quite pleased. I’ve done a reverse sear, 8hr small brisket and regular steak sear.

I’ve read there is more heat on certain spots on the grill. Any thoughts? Also, given the more daily use would be steaks/burgers/dogs, would removing the drip pan give the grates a little extra heat for better sear?

Thanks!
 

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My 2 cents. The new D2 controller is programmed to maintain an efficient wood fire in the flame pot. The flame pot heat shield and the drip pan both work to direct the air in what Traeger considers to be an optimum air pattern. This is only my opinion, but to remove the drip pan you'll lose the more even air pattern and wind up with 2 uncontrollable hot spots on each open side of the flame shield. All grease will drop into the bottom cavity and could produce the grand daddy of all grease fires.
 

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