Yes, you can grill easily and new smart technology means you can do faster and stay mobile while handling it. Three new grill models that Traeger Grills released today aim to enhance your wood pellet grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, braising, and BBQing — and let you manage it all using your phone.
The launch includes two brand new grills and a complete redesign of Traeger’s Pro series, outfitting each with its proprietary WiFi connectivity and a new drivetrain optimized to enhance the spread of heat across the grill.
The connectivity feature, which Traeger calls WiFIRE (which is obviously a great name) connects sensors in the grill to an app on your phone. You can use it to change temperature, set timers that will trigger the grill to action (or inaction), and monitor the temperature of your food. And yes, the app also includes a ton of recipes you can download onto the grill and it will automatically adjust its temperature and timing to assist you. At an event in New York recently, I was awed by the seamless ease that this grill affords anyone who wants to enjoy wood-fired dishes.
You can quite actually enjoy the game or party and still keep constant watch over your creation. The new D2 Direct Drive drivetrain — which is basically the brain behind how much heat, air, fanning, and other temperature regulators are behaving — improves the last edition with a new variable speed fan and auger, giving you a bit more control over the inside of this 6-in-1 grill. On top of that, the drivetrain’s range has increased to 165 to 450 degrees, as well, and you can set increasing temperatures in five-degree increments for precise results.
Traeger Pro Series Grills, starting at $800 at Traeger: The Pro series is a retrofit of an existing set of grills, now with the D2 Direct Drive drivetrain and a controller you can use to change its settings. It comes in two sizes: 575 square inches of grilling space goes for $799. If you want more space, 780 sq. in. goes for $999.
Traeger Ironwood Series Grills, starting at $1400 at Traeger: This brand new grill has a pill-shaped barrel design and includes Traeger’s new exhaust and convection technologies, aimed to help you cook with wood fire more precisely and, more importantly, in less time. A single button triggers the Super Smoke Mode, which does exactly what you think it does — and with the click of a button. The top temperature here climbs to 500 degrees — a Keep Warm mode lets you, well, you know. The 650 sq. in. model is selling for $1200. Upgrade to 885 sq. in. for $1400.
Traeger Timberline Series Grills, starting at $1800 at Traeger: This is also a brand new grill and includes the new Timberline D2 Controller. Unique here is the ability to sense pellets in the grill, allowing you to monitor how many are currently in the hopper to ensure you don’t run too low. The 850-sized model is $1800. The 1300 sq. in. size goes for $2000.
“Traeger has been pushing the boundaries of outdoor cooking since its birth over 30 years ago, reinventing the way people around the world think about grilling through remarkable wood-fired taste and convenience,” Traeger CEO Jeremy Andrus said in a release.
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