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Cleaning your Traeger

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  • MichaelJB
    Club Member
    • Aug 2015
    • 4

    Cleaning your Traeger

    Hey All,

    New Traeger owner here. How do you go about cleaning your Traegers? Their website shows cleaning the whole unit (inside the chamber, etc..) with a degreaser. I understand cleaning the grill grates but the walls of the chamber?? I never cleaned the walls of my PBC, kept all that "goodness".

    Thoughts here??
    Thanks in advance
  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 863
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
      Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
      Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
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    I have had my Recteq pellet grill for about a year and a half now. I change the foil over the drip pan and vacuume out the ash from in and around the firepot every 2-3 cooks. But that's it on the inside. In fact that’s all they recommend. No issues so far. 🤷‍♂️


    • tenphases
      tenphases commented
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      I second this in my Camp Chef.

    • surfdog
      surfdog commented
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      Same way my father cleans his Traeger.
  • SmokeyNate
    Club Member
    • Jan 2020
    • 67
    • The Willamette Valley

    Kinda hate to admit this but I have owned my Traeger for 10 years and have NEVER cleaned the inside chamber walls. I clean the grate, drip pan, and vacuum out the firepot and the bottom of the chamber of any loose ash regularly. I have never used any kind of degreaser inside the chamber though. Never thought it needed it.


    • Whiskeyman53
      Club Member
      • May 2020
      • 148
      • Massachusetts

      I have a camp chef and have never cleaned it other than to shop vac the firebox and hopper.


      • glitchy
        Club Member
        • Jul 2019
        • 665
        • Central IA
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
          w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
          Weber SmokeFire EX4
          Weber Q1000
          Fireboard 2 Drive
          Anova Precision Sous Vide

        I'll chime in here as well with a me too. I've had a number of pellet grills including 3 Traegers and never did more than the foil, vacuum, and scrape the grates. If grates got really nasty I might pressure wash those or something. Obviously, if something unusual where to happen and you splattered all over or something that might be different where you might want to wipe off or scrape down the inside of the barrel, but that would probably be more of an accident than something normal.


        • zzdocxx
          Club Member
          • Jun 2020
          • 145

          Agree with all above.

          If you are OCD and it gets greasy in there other than the grill, you could wipe it down, and could even spray some degreaser like Simple Green in there.

          I think I gave my grease channel a cursory wipe with a paper towel the other day, it was a bit gunky.

          BTW which model do you have ?


          • jerrybell
            Charter Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 342

            I have a Cabela's branded pellet cooker. I don't use a degreaser, but about twice a year I use a putty knife and scrape any buildup from the inside walls. I then vacuum everything up and do a high temperature burn off.


            • Rod
              Club Member
              • Dec 2015
              • 639
              • Phoenix, AZ
              • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
                Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
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                Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

              The only thing I would do in addition to the above would be to scrap the inside of the lid. After a couple years, the build up would drip a couple drops onto the front shelf during higher temp cooks. So I'd crank it up to 350+. Once it was at temp I'd put on gloves and use a plastic scraper to remove the gunk build up. I'd have to close and open the lid several times to reheat it to make getting the gunk off easier.


              • Superchief05
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 30

                I saw an Ace Hardware video where they used the Traeger solution to clean the inside of the cooker. I am like everyone else, I scrape the big chunks, vacuum the ash and change the foil. I will steam clean it once a year if it needs it




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