WHY USE TRAEGER WOOD PELLETS?

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NOT ALL PELLETS ARE CREATED EQUAL. The best wood-fired grill on the market demands the best pellets on the market. Real taste doesn’t just happen, it’s tied to quality materials and achieving perfect smoke. At Traeger we don’t just manufacture our own pellets, we created the “gold standard” in pellet production, ensuring your fuel delivers incredible pure, hardwood taste, and consistency in your cooks you can rely on time after time.

Flavoring your food with rich, hardwood taste just makes sense! Flavoring with gas? Not so much.  Our 100% all natural hardwood pellets ensure you get only the highest-quality pure hardwood flavor, and nothing else. Whether you’re grilling, smoking, roasting, baking, braising, or barbecuing your food, it will all get infused with amazing wood-fired taste. 

SMOKE SCIENCE

When it comes to pellets, the best-tasting smoke starts from the inside out. Thin, blue smoke, the highest quality smoke, can only be achieved with the right moisture ratio. Our hardwood's unique compact cell structure results in a balanced, dependable burn. Traeger has spent years mastering the development of hardwood pellets that have just the right amount of moisture content—the sweet spot—to maintain a perfect burn-to-smoke ratio. Pellets that don’t hit our moisture ratio, create bitter-tasting white smoke, instead of pure, blue smoke, due to high carbon content. Our hardwood is also completely bark-free giving you a clean burn that won’t increase your ash content and cause lots of pesky buildup. 

100% ALL-NATURAL HARDWOOD

Other pellet mills bind their pellets with additives and source their wood from old flooring or cabinetry, meaning you never really know what’s in your hardwood or where it came from. When purchasing Traeger pellets, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting 100% virgin hardwood that doesn’t contain unnatural additives or fillers, giving you superior and unmatched flavor. Aside from a food-grade oil used as a die lubricant in the manufacturing process, our pellets only have 1 ingredient; 100% natural hardwood—that’s it. 

QUALITY

Quality is the name of the game! Traeger has had the same team leading our pellet mills for 20 years, creating the perfect patented process for the highest-quality pellets on the market. Our  teams go through a strenuous daily process of quality control,  leaving no pellet behind so you know you’re getting the best no matter the flavor. It takes top-performing pellets to have a top-performing grill, as well as the ultimate flavor and taste, so Traeger ensures that only the best hardwood is used. This also means implementing three to five burn tests a week at our mills to make sure we’re achieving consistency, and perfect smoke, you can rely on bag after bag.

MILLS IN THE U.S.A

Traeger’s four pellet mills are all located right here in the U.S., and are owned and operated by Traeger, for ultimate quality control. Having our pellet mills located in the U.S. gives Traeger the ability to oversee the process from raw wood, all the way to bagging, and ensure it meets our strong guidelines for smoke perfection every step of the way. Traeger is the only wood pellet grill company in the industry that owns their own mills, and it’s something we take pride in. If our pellets don’t meet our standard requirements, they don’t make it into a bag—simple as that.

PELLET PRODUCTION PROCESS

After being in the business for 30 years, we’re more than just resident experts—we’ve created the “gold standard” in pellet production. Traeger pellet mills use a special pelletizing process to create the best pellets on the market. We start by bringing in clean, green hardwood sawdust, then dry it to the optimal moisture content for smoke creation, using a rotating drum and furnace. The hardwood material is then run through a hammer mill to uniformly grind the sawdust to an optimal size. Once uniform, they’re compressed and run through a rotating die and extruded out into the signature Traeger pellets you know and love. The last step is cooling them in a holding bin before getting bagged and ready to ship to your Traeger dealer, or right to your doorstep.

SUSTAINABILITY 

Did you know Traeger doesn’t harvest a single tree for our pellets? We only use reclaimed hardwood from freshly cut timber that meets our industry leading standards. We utilize the sawdust from clean, green hardwood that would otherwise go to waste to make our pellets. Because of our manufacturing process and the quality of our wood, our pollutant emissions are also lower on average than any other pellet manufacturer. In an effort to support our community and implement more “green” initiatives, Traeger has partnered with Tree Utah to plant trees in our community and find unique ways to support the local environment.

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