Question on the metal grate in the hopper on my Traeger.

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Original poster
Apr 5, 2017
I have a Traeger Bronson grill. Can anyone tell me what is the reason for the honeycomb shaped grate in the hopper. The only reason I can come up with is that Traeger wants to make harder to empty the hopper! :)

Thank you in advance.


Fire Starter
Mar 23, 2017
I like that on my Traeger Elite Renegade, I keep a wood shim on it for moving pellets around and out the dump door when I change flavors. I have only filled my hopper up once or twice over that grate for some extended smokes like the all night brisket.

I am guessing it is there to stop things from big things getting in there and problems with the auger. I see so many variations in even the same model, I have seen an Elite Renegade with bolts for hanging the add on front shelf, mine doesn't have it, most I see do not have the grate your refering to, but mine does.


Original poster
Thread starter
Apr 5, 2017
Thank you for your reply! I wish my Traeger had a dump door. The only way to empty the hopper on mine is to remove 4 small screws and take out the grate. I see no useful reason for this grate so it won't be going back in.


Nov 27, 2016
Cresson, TX
It's a safety feature to keep you from putting your fingers into the Auger ..

I removed mine so that I can stir the Pellets around to keep the auger fed. I have had it create a hole over the auger opening and cause the fire to go out when it ran out of pellets .

joe dierte

Apr 4, 2017
I'm thinking about taking the grate out of my hopper as well. Kind of a pain[emoji]128526[/emoji]

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Fire Starter
Jun 26, 2016
Rural northeast NY State
Only one of the very good features and reasons I chose another brand is a hopper clean-out chute. Put a bucket under the chute, pull a knob. instantly empties the hopper. They did put the idiot grate in it though. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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