What is the Grate in the hopperfiller

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Hi guys, what is the angled grate installed into the pallet hopper for?

Because the pallet door for removing pallets is just plain awkward, some refer to simply scooping pallets out from the top, yet if the angled grate is installed then you cant.

At a guess its designed to reduce the weight on the auger below if filled up alot? But if someone could clarify for me please.
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Its called either the "Pellet Hopper Interior with Grate" or the "Hopper safety grate", it wants to prevent people from sticking their hands into the auger, getting hurt in the process.
It needs to be removed for a certain tasks, like installing a pellet sensor.
 
I removed mine. Makes changing pellets so much easier.
 
I removed mine. Makes changing pellets so much easier.
You scope the pellets out? you don't use the door at the back? Or for scoping the last bits of pellets?
 
Not sure about other grills, but on the Silverton it’s easily removed by just loosening up the two screws holding it in place.
 
Mine is still in there for the hell of it, but I never secured it with the screws. Just sits in there at the angle and can be taken out in an instant if needed.
 
I took mine out first thing because during long cooks you'll get a tunnel effect and pellets would not feed or fall to the auger and I can keep pellets level so sensor shows correct reading
 
Yeah, it is similar to the guards on your weed whacker, and other tools. It is there to prevent the liability of Traeger should you injure yourself by putting your hand into the auger while it is operating. I pulled the screws on mine so I can set it in place, but and also remove it easily when it gets in the way.
 
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The Traeger Rep at the MN State Fair told me it was a Canadian Safety requirement. Ours was removed while we were assembling it. (Also removed the one on our first Traeger)
 
I just ended up removing it. I figure if my fingers get stuck in the auger then it’s my own fault for being an idiot who would stick his fingers in the auger while it’s running.
 
Same as most in the forum, I removed mine, it's much easier to change pellets. Doesn't effect the pellet sensor at all.
 
Hi guys, what is the angled grate installed into the pallet hopper for?

Because the pallet door for removing pallets is just plain awkward, some refer to simply scooping pallets out from the top, yet if the angled grate is installed then you cant.

At a guess its designed to reduce the weight on the auger below if filled up alot? But if someone could clarify for me please.View attachment 1598

Finger safety to reduce Darwin awards being given out I think...it annoys me too.

I empty pellets using the cubby door, I bend the grate out of the way and scoop the pellets out the door into my bucket.

I don’t like this setup either, hanging a bucket on the hook doesn’t catch all the pellets flying out of the door. You do need to hold the bucket closer. Seems like the door should be towards the bottom.
 

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