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No smoke Trager Confused.

Ricko72

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I am on my third trager in 15 years. The first one I bought absolutely turned my BBQ life around. Sold the gas grill and sold the weber grill. It was a little tex which I upgraded the control panel. That thing would give you a 1/2" to 3/4" smoke ring on some meats. Moved from WA to AZ so I gave it to a friend. In AZ I bought a PRO Series at COSTCO. I swear that in the 4 years I have had it it only smokes when you start it up. It is set on a P2 setting. Never have noticed a large smoke ring on meat. I travel a lot so I bought another little Tex last year to put in the back of my tow vehicle. It smokes like crazy when you are smoking meat on a P2 setting. Meat never tastes like an ashtray. Have talked to Traeger 3 times about different traeger's smoking differently. Trager tells me that the BBQ's should not smoke??????? You should just see a small blue haze around your meat.Yet they now sell a new model that has a super smoke setting. Am totally not believing Traeger - but would appreciate any advice as to the amount of smoke the traeger (Pro Series) should give me. Not including pouring gas on it and setting it a fire. I really like the pellet type smoker. Does it need a different controller?
 

tallbm

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I am on my third trager in 15 years. The first one I bought absolutely turned my BBQ life around. Sold the gas grill and sold the weber grill. It was a little tex which I upgraded the control panel. That thing would give you a 1/2" to 3/4" smoke ring on some meats. Moved from WA to AZ so I gave it to a friend. In AZ I bought a PRO Series at COSTCO. I swear that in the 4 years I have had it it only smokes when you start it up. It is set on a P2 setting. Never have noticed a large smoke ring on meat. I travel a lot so I bought another little Tex last year to put in the back of my tow vehicle. It smokes like crazy when you are smoking meat on a P2 setting. Meat never tastes like an ashtray. Have talked to Traeger 3 times about different traeger's smoking differently. Trager tells me that the BBQ's should not smoke??????? You should just see a small blue haze around your meat.Yet they now sell a new model that has a super smoke setting. Am totally not believing Traeger - but would appreciate any advice as to the amount of smoke the traeger (Pro Series) should give me. Not including pouring gas on it and setting it a fire. I really like the pellet type smoker. Does it need a different controller?
Hi there and welcome!
I don't have a smoke ring solution as that comes from stuff burning a certain way... HOWEVER, I can help you get more smoke flavor and smoke production if that is an issue.

Many of the pellet grills/smokers have issues producing smoke and smoke flavor because their source of smoke is also their source of heat. The hotter the pellets burn the less smoker you get so you see the problem with the pellets being the heat source.
There is a tube like the A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker tube where you fill it with pellets. Light one end and let it burn for like 10 min then blow it out and it will produce smoke for like 3hours or so.
Using one of these tubes and your favorite/best wood pellets you will get as much smoke flavor as you want to add.
Something like this, there are many variations of it out there: https://www.homedepot.com/p/A-MAZE-N-12-in-Expanding-Smoker-Tube-AZACC00FX40080/301432604

I've read a ton of pellet grill/smoker posts on this forum and if I ever bought one I would have a me a pellet tube of some kind to use on day 1 smoking my meals on it AND I would burn my best 100% wood pellets in the tube and use the cheapest well working pellets as my heat/fuel :)
 

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