Timberline 1300 - how often do you have to prime grease trap?

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I just got a new Timberline 1300 over the holiday season. I have done maybe 10 smokes so far.

Some how I missed the need to prime the grease trap in set up. I see the need to do this in the owners manual and have done it now.

My question is how often do I need to do this? I’ve looked all over YouTube and Reddit and cannot find an answer.
 
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I just noticed that I accidentally posted this in the wrong section. Can a moderator move this to the appropriate area.
 
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This is the manual that came with mine new: https://traeger-web-public-prod.s3-...rline-d2/en/Timberline+OM+-+English+-+USA.pdf

The grease trap is discussed on page 26 but does not say it has to be primed. But I also saw this owners manual online:


Page 11 discussing the priming but not how often.

Traegar also posted this YouTube video in 2017 but again does not say how often:


So marked me down as confused....
 
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yes seen that video too. It seems to imply you should do it when its new and maybe that’s it?
 

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Perhaps, but what is the part about re-filling if, is this a water tray ?
 
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I really don’t know or understand. I’m hoping someone from Traegar will see this thread and respond.
 

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The gen II TL 850's do not look like the one in the video and there is no mention of priming.
 
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Well that might be why my particular owners manual did not require it.

I did prime it with a cup of linseed oil and made quite a mess.
 

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Well that might be why my particular owners manual did not require it.

I did prime it with a cup of linseed oil and made quite a mess.
Linseed oil? That is furniture polish, Does the inside look like the video? Mine has a different set up with a cover over the chute on the left side.
 

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The newer 850 Timberline's looks like this and I suspect the 1300 does as well.
 

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The newer 850 Timberline's looks like this and I suspect the 1300 does as well.
Yep that is how mine looks. Do you happen to know what the dimensions of the lower grate are on a TL-850?
Mines covered up for today and I'm old and lazy.;)
 

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Yes, priming the grease trap with water is a one-time requirement when you season your grill for the first time.
 

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What exactly is the purpose of doing this? I questioned on their youtube video, though never got a response.
I suspect that this provides a "smoke trap" similar to a J Trap in a sink.

I know my newer TL850 has a gasket sealed drip drawer to prevent the grill gasses from flowing thru the drawer. Maybe the earlier models handled this a different way. I'd need pictures of that area to confirm this.
 

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What exactly is the purpose of doing this? I questioned on their youtube video, though never got a response.
I am assuming the purpose of priming the grease trap with water is to ensure there are no blockages throughout the entire grease management system. That's why its a one-time process. Any blockage within the grease management system will certainly cause a fire inside your grill once it reaches the fire pot
 
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