Hello everyone, just found this forum and have found it very useful! So I have a quick question and it's one I am sure you have all heard before...typical rookie mistake. Anyhow I recently bought a Traeger Lil Tex elite 22 and decided to do a 10 pound pork shoulder for pulled pork. Since it was my first time, I followed the directions closely and opened it up every hour to spray apple juice on it but I had to leave for a couple hours for an unexpected emergency. I figured it was a slow cook so no big deal. Anyhow, when I got back I noticed that it flamed out for some reason and like an idiot I just fired it back up. I completely forgot that it kept feeding the tray after the flame went out so needless to say, after I started it up again and walked away it ignited a huge flame. I looked out my window and saw all the the smoke pouring out of it and immediately turned it off, so it wasn't going like that very long but the temp read over 400. So I pulled everything out to assess the damage praying that I didn't kill it on my first smoke! The paint on the inside was peeling and chipping off but nothing was warped. I did notice that the tan wires that go from the unit into the grill were blackened a little but non of the rubber was burned through or anything like that. Anyhow I have used it a few times since then and have not noticed anything wrong, I do sseem to get a lot of ash when I use it but from what I have read that is normal (?) I ust wanted to ask in here if this has happened to anyone else to see if I should be looking for any issues that may pop up and also wanted to ask if it is ok to continue using without the interior paint? And if not, can anyone recommend a good paint to use for the interior.
Sorry for the rookie questions guys....it took ALOT to get me to finally purchase one of these, I have been using the same type of Weber charcoal grill for 30 years and I swore I would never change. But living here in the PNW, people swear by their pellet smokers and my friends finally talked me into buying one. So far, aside from that one issue I love it! Planning on putting a big Prime Rib Roast on this weekend, can't wait to see how she comes out! Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your posts in the future!