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We just purchased a new 2020 Tailgater 20. I’m confused by the temp settings. I start it up at 165. It never sets at 165. It varies between 200 and 225. I can not get the temp to go under 200. Is this normal? Why would the grill have a setting of 165 if it never gets that low?
 

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It's probably because it's hot outside already and mine is the same way. The grills aren't designed to just heat by 65* or 70* and 220 seems typical. When it's cold out that should change.
 
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So you’re saying it won’t heat to 165? Starting point is going to be 200-225? I’m learning here thanks
 

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When it's hot and it looks like you're in AZ, I can't imagine it's cold there right now.
 

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So the inside of your grill is already at 100 or even more... start a pellet fire in there and only expect it to raise the temp only 65?? That's what Walleye meant by The grills aren't designed to just heat by 65* or 70* and 220 seems typical. When it's cold out that should change.

I took my pro22 back because I wanted to be able to make Jerky at a low temp, it wouldn't go below 250 when set at 165... with the 575 I hope I get better results but I know I will probably NEVER only hold 165 on a HOT day in the 90s. Jerky can go as high as 200 but better at 190... if I have to wait for FALL, WINTER, and SPRING to make Jerky then so be it.
 

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I'm having the same problem with a brand new 575, I'm in Az., but I started it this morning as a trial at 65 degrees outside, and yep, zoomed right to 220 and stayed there. If I wanted higher temps, I would just cook in the oven in my house.
 
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I also live in AZ. Contacted Traeger. After quite a few calls and letting them know I am not happy they are sending me a new Digital Pro Controller. You may have to be firm with them. Good luck
 

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I also live in AZ. Contacted Traeger. After quite a few calls and letting them know I am not happy they are sending me a new Digital Pro Controller. You may have to be firm with them. Good luck
Thank you so much! Yes, so far it feels like just fishing by the techs and not really knowing what's wrong. It's a surprise gift for my husband who arrives home tomorrow...I'm so bummed it's not working right.
 

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Thank you so much! Yes, so far it feels like just fishing by the techs and not really knowing what's wrong. It's a surprise gift for my husband who arrives home tomorrow...I'm so bummed it's not working right.
Lucky guy, what a sweet gift!

I haven't used low temps much, smoked briskets 24 hours, 1st 12 hrs at 190F. I used a 3rd party WiFi thermometer (Fireboard2) to measure grate temp. I had to set the grill to 175 and to maintain 190F on the Fireboard so the grill's temp probe is off at low temps on mine.

I'll try minimum temp on mine in the morning and see what happens.
 
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You might want to take it back tomorrow where you bought it from
 

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Here's my test results;
 

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