We just bought a new traeger jr this week and today is our fifth day of smoking. Noticed that our temp was going to high after about an hour, up to 300. Opened the lid, not getting much smoke and couldn't get temp to stay down.
Noticed we had smoke coming our of the hopper section where the pellets go. Removed food, grate, drip pan thing and baffle that goes over the fire box. All looked okay, so removed all the pellets we could from the hopper. Got down to the auger and realized that the pellets IN the auger, visible from the hopper, we burning. At this point, shutting it all down, will vacuum everything out and attempt to restart.
Did we do something wrong? It is a little windy today, but nothing gusty. Maybe 10 mph. Would that make a difference? Are we supposed to vacuum out the fire box every time we use it? If it makes any difference, we are using traeger apple pellets but that last of the bag we put in was kind of "sawdusty".
Any advice?? Thanks in advance