How Does a Pellet Grill Work?
The Original Wood Pellet Grill
Traeger invented the very first wood pellet grill in Mount Angel, Oregon over 30 years ago and is still the best-selling pellet grill on the market. As a leader in the industry, Traeger continues to develop new grill innovation such as WiFIRE® control, allowing users to access their grill on the go right from their smartphone, and Smoke Science technology, ensuring the best-tasting smoke flavor.
How it Works
Wood pellet grills use an auger that moves the hardwood pellets from the hopper to the fire pot underneath the grill. The higher the set temperature, the more pellets are dispensed into the auger. Once in the fire pot, a hot rod ignites the pellets creating a fire, then a fan stokes the fire creating convection heat to evenly cook your food in the grill. A drip tray sits over the fire pot, keeping the direct flames off your food while catching food drippings to help prevent flare-ups.
Digital electronic controls make setting your grill as easy as setting your oven, all it takes is the turn of a dial. Traeger grills use Advanced Grilling Logic® to ensure that you get consistent temperatures throughout your cook, and some models even offer Smoke Science technology. This increases smoke production within the grill when you use the Super Smoke mode function, and ensures your grill only uses the highest quality smoke, thin blue smoke, for optimal flavor.
Why Wood Fired?
Wood pellet grills are the easiest way to achieve amazing wood-fired flavor without all the work. Traeger grills offer 6-in-1 versatility that allows you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ food all with the same grill. That means you can smoke a rack of ribs low and slow, or grill a wood-fired pizza hot & fast, and even bake a berry cobbler. They have precise temperature controls making them super easy to use and give you consistency you can count on cook after cook. Just set it and forget it and let your Traeger do the rest.
They use hardwood fuel giving your food real-hardwood taste. When you use Traeger pellets you can rest easy knowing you’re cooking with 100% all natural hardwood giving you the purest flavor possible. Cooking with wood also means having the option of selecting from a variety of hardwood flavors that complement the different foods you cook. Fruit woods like cherry or apple wood allow you to achieve a sweeter flavor, and bolder woods like hickory and mesquite give a stronger, savory smoke flavor.
Traeger also offers thousands of free wood-fired recipes to try from BBQ classics, to appetizers and cocktails on our website as well as the Traeger App.
Wood Pellet Grills vs. Gas & Charcoal Grills
Wood pellet grills offer taste, versatility, ease of use, and consistency you can’t get with a gas or charcoal grill. Nothing beats pure hardwood flavor, and thanks to simple controls, cooking like a pro has never been easier. Say goodbye to a labor-intensive start-up, or standing around flipping food to prevent it from getting burnt, and say hello to a whole lot more flavor and convenience.
Want to learn more about Traeger? Check out our Pro Series grills and Timberline grills, or shop our full line of grills at your local dealer or online.
Check out our Smokenomics page for tips and tricks from the pros to take your BBQ skills to the next level.