Scout Paint peeling

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Bought a Scout back in August. 13 calls to Traeger at this point. They’re customer service is wonderful, no disputing it. MY Scout however has been problematic at best. A Smoke Daddy Controller definitely resolved the temperature issues I was having. But, I wanted to get a closer look inside today and, figure out how to remove the auger so I could clean it. I’m troubled that the paint inside the hopper and auger channel has bubbled, melted away, and probably made its way in to the Smoke that our food has been exposed to. I’ve spoken with Traeger again today who is getting me the MSDS on the black finish they use. I would think it’s non-toxic as long as it doesn’t separate and end up in the pot where high heat makes it burn and those fumes get in to the food. Maybe I’m overthinking it. Either way, here’s a look.
 

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Seasoning the grills is "supposed" to burn off the majority of materials that you wouldn't want on your food. I imagine a hopper fire would heat additional areas and could spew additional undesirable gasses at that time as well.

Probably minimal risk after seasoning I'd think.
 
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Seasoning the grills is "supposed" to burn off the majority of materials that you wouldn't want on your food. I imagine a hopper fire would heat additional areas and could spew additional undesirable gasses at that time as well.

Probably minimal risk after seasoning I'd think.
Think it’ll rust? I guess time will tell.
 

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Think it’ll rust? I guess time will tell.
I saw an interesting video from the BBQ scientist. Spray cooking oil, grate spray etc. on the bare spots, heat will "Blue" the steel. This is a polymeric coating that prevents rust. A million years ago in metal shop, we would take red hot steel and quench it in oil, that would give it a nice black finish.

Give it a try!
 

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