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While I was doing a brisket this weekend I heard a squealing sound which seemed to be the auger. It didn’t jam but scared me
 

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How long since you pulled the Auger and cleaned out the channel ?
 
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I’ve never done this. How often should you?
 

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I am thinking about 1000 hrs of cooking, but I could be way off. perhaps comments from others
 

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While I was doing a brisket this weekend I heard a squealing sound which seemed to be the auger. It didn’t jam but scared me

Are you sure it wasn't a neighbor jealous of your Traeger and BBQ? It's a certain sound, but obvious from non-Traeger neighbors. They tend to get loud upon smelling the aroma of meat being smoked by a Traeger. I've tried to capture them on video with a game camera during an overnight cook, but they are sneaky.
 
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Are you sure it wasn't a neighbor jealous of your Traeger and BBQ? It's a certain sound, but obvious from non-Traeger neighbors. They tend to get loud upon smelling the aroma of meat being smoked by a Traeger. I've tried to capture them on video with a game camera during an overnight cook, but they are sneaky.
Bahaha
 

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Squealing? If you were cooking pork butt I would say your butcher didn't do a thorough enough job in preparing the meat! :D
 

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About every two or three times I vacuum out the grill I empty the hopper, clear the augur and vacuum out the augur cylinder from each end. I don't (or at least haven't yet) removed the augur. I had a failure early on when the pellets pulverized after a lot of rain, and the pellet dust does not burn, so the fire self-extinguished.

I hear some "squealing" every so often, usually more clanking or grinding. I presume it is the augur loading pellets to the firebox. I think it happens when the hopper is low, or when the girl is heating (more pellets added?). But I'm not sure.
 

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I heard the same out of mine this last weekend. I had it cranked up as high as it goes. (450F) when I came out to do the shutdown cycle the Pellet box had incredibly thick smoke billowing out of it. What do you think caused this? Has anyone seen this before?
 

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Recently I've heard my auger squealing from time to time, if it warms up this weekend ima gonna dump the hopper and clean out the auger/tunnel and see if that helps.
 

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I had a loud squeal once on ignition!!!
had a chipmunk make a bed outta my firepot!!!
 

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Since i got my grill, I've purged and blew out the auger tube once. I ran an air hose out from my air compressor and blew it out . First through the firepot opening out the hopper opening. Then reversed the other way, did it a couple times till nothing came out anymore. I havent had any issues with squealing or smoke coming out the hopper.
 

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