RTD Sensor. Did I break it?

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It looks like it has two wires fused together at the tip.
Maybe you just knocked off the protector and might could still be be inside the grill.
If it still works and you find the tip, you may be able to reinstall it and move on...
Maybe clean the tip with a soft brush.
Does the temperature still register?
Any chance that someone can post a pic of what it should look like?
 

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Any chance that someone can post a pic of what it should look like?
I checked my Pro 780 today and did not see a protector cap and it looks different than your photo.
Different models may have different looking parts.
I thought I had seen one in there but now I don't.
It may be you don't need one since these smokers run at relatively low temps.
I looked at the new Traeger RTDs and they do not come with a cap.
You may be allright as it is.
As long as it still works its OK. I think you need a reading for the controller to work.
I use a Fireboard for ambient and meat temps and mostly ignore the Traeger ambient probe.
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Any chance that someone can post a pic of what it should look like?

This is a Timberline, its thermocouple just has a ceramic bead covering the junction tip, the wires run thru a spring clip thru the side wall. That's my Fireboard probe below it.

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This is a Timberline, its thermocouple just has a ceramic bead covering the junction tip, the wires run thru a spring clip thru the side wall. That's my Fireboard probe below it.

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When you compare the readings of the two, do they fluctuate some but at times are very similar?
Or are they different all the time?
 

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When you compare the readings of the two, do they fluctuate some but at times are very similar?
Or are they different all the time?
The Traeger thermocouple has very fast response to changes, the Fireboard is slower. They are consistent, but not linear, the Fireboard shows 7-10F higher at temps below 250F. They comes together at the higher temps.
 

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The Traeger thermocouple has very fast response to changes, the Fireboard is slower. They are consistent, but not linear, the Fireboard shows 7-10F higher at temps below 250F. They comes together at the higher temps.
Thanks for the feedback !
 

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The Traeger thermocouple has very fast response to changes, the Fireboard is slower. They are consistent, but not linear, the Fireboard shows 7-10F higher at temps below 250F. They comes together at the higher temps.
My 780 is almost exactly opposite.
 

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And it's no small wonder why these poor new owners get mixed results even after following a recipe exactly. Something we all learned along the way.
Yep agreed, that’s why the FireBoard.
 

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And it's no small wonder why these poor new owners get mixed results even after following a recipe exactly. Something we all learned along the way.
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Yep agreed, that’s why the FireBoard.
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The FB is a must...
Not to change the subject of the thread but...
I did get a couple of the smaller probes for the FB and I am liking those.
You stick 'em in all the way into small cuts and they stay put.
The larger probes are meant more for the thicker cuts I think.
 

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The FB is a must...
Not to change the subject of the thread but...
I did get a couple of the smaller probes for the FB and I am liking those.
You stick 'em in all the way into small cuts and they stay put.
The larger probes are meant more for the thicker cuts I think.

Those small competition probes (or what ever they call them) are great! I use them all the time.
 

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And it's no small wonder why these poor new owners get mixed results even after following a recipe exactly. Something we all learned along the way.
It can be confusing because of the electronics involved and the fact that there are so many variables affecting the cooking temperatures.
I think Traeger has reasonable electronics quality for the price point.
I believe the controller is very slow reacting due to what we are dealing with.
This throws people off.
Traeger had to do this because they don't want the controller overshooting or undershooting when there are sudden changes to the temperatures such as wind, opening the lid, outside ambient temps,, etc.
Once someone understand the shortcomings, then you can adjust and conquer...
That's where the FB and similar systems come to the rescue...
What do y'all think about this? A new thread? :cool:
PuerTex (half Puertorican, half Texan)
 

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It can be confusing because of the electronics involved and the fact that there are so many variables affecting the cooking temperatures.
I think Traeger has reasonable electronics quality for the price point.
I believe the controller is very slow reacting due to what we are dealing with.
This throws people off.
Traeger had to do this because they don't want the controller overshooting or undershooting when there are sudden changes to the temperatures such as wind, opening the lid, outside ambient temps,, etc.
Once someone understand the shortcomings, then you can adjust and conquer...
That's where the FB and similar systems come to the rescue...
What do y'all think about this? A new thread? :cool:
PuerTex (half Puertorican, half Texan)
The earlier firmware had pretty bad overshoot when starting up, especially if you set high temps (over 400F) at ignition. Now the grill creeps up to the set temp with less if any overshoot. It's a challenge to have a fast response and still handle big temp dips (door open) without over compensating the fuel feed. The thermocouple is fast, so the controller should be able to quickly detect a door open condition, it's how it handles it that has been refined in the firmware updates.

Re Fireboard probes, ya those competition needle probes are killer. When I first bought mine, I had seen a needle probe on another brand. I called FB support and asked if they supported it, or would consider making some. He told me that they already had them, "competition" probes, I was thrilled. I told others here to call in their orders (instead of on-line order) and ask if they would sub comp probes and just charge the price difference. They did do it for a few but may have stopped. Considering the minor price difference, I really don't know why anyone would want anything but needle probes? Also, they pass thru the side ports much easier!
 

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