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I LOVE my Traeger smoker. My only frustration is temperature fluctuations. Right now I'm smoking ribs and the instructions said to set it @ 180° for 3 hours. To get the temperature to stay close to 180° I had to set it on SMOKE. Setting it on 180° makes the temp fluctuate at 210-220°. Any sage advice out there, other than buying a new unit.
 

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I LOVE my Traeger smoker. My only frustration is temperature fluctuations. Right now I'm smoking ribs and the instructions said to set it @ 180° for 3 hours. To get the temperature to stay close to 180° I had to set it on SMOKE. Setting it on 180° makes the temp fluctuate at 210-220°. Any sage advice out there, other than buying a new unit.
Not a sage, but just a piece of advice from a fellow user. I have the "smallest one" too.
First of all, outside temperature will play a big part of your maximum temperature, they are made out of relatively thin metal, and it is being force fed cold air from outside by the fan, a lot of people forget this important fact.
Second, it depends on pellets. Which brand do you use? (I use BBQ'ers Delight)
Third, I just put an oretech controller on my lil' Tex about 2-months ago and my temps are pretty solid now. Maybe a 10-20 total variance at higher levels and less at lower temps, but zero wild swings incidents now.
 

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This is my first post.
I have the same problem as the OP but I also have additional problems.
I have the Tailgater Pellet Grill and the temperature fluctuations are pretty severe.
Trying to smoke ribs at 180, it will drop to 155 and then surge to over 300.
Doesn't matter if summer or winter, same issue.
I have had the smoker for a little over 8 months and it has given me problems from day 1.
I am to the point now that I don't even use it anymore as it feels like just a waste of money buying it, a waste of money on meat and a waste of my time trying to cook with it.

Using Traeger pellets.

The other issue is that the smoker sometimes just dies.
The fire goes out and when it cools off enough the blower shuts off.
When that happens I cannot fire it up again because the pot is full of unburned and partially burned pellets.
Additionally there is a LOT of ash.
So much ash the igniter cannot come into contact with the pellets.
I have to vacuum it out before firing it up again and by that time the meal is ruined as there is no way to salvage the situation due to all the time lost.
Even if the fire doesn't die there is still so much ash that the interior of the smoker is thoroughly dusted with it and so is the food.
I have to vacuum it out after each and every use.
I have been down to the retailer to speak to them about it.
They showed me what it looks like when properly set up and it was the same as mine.
I asked for that because I wondered if I had set it up incorrectly.

Any insight into this issue will be appreciated.
 

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I have the same problem as the OP but I also have additional problems.
Well, heck; you need this more than I need it...



But if I knew of some advice I'd certainly offer it.
 

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I LOVE my Traeger smoker because of it a top-class smoker grill which cool when cooking. My only frustration is temperature fluctuations which control processes are good. My Smoker Model Traeger Grills Pro Series 22
 

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