Do Traeger Grills Use Charcoal? [1-Minute Read]

The Traeger Pellet Grill was introduced to the world by Joe Traeger in 1985. Joe’s family owned an Oregon heating company and used to install wood pellet heating stoves in homes. Joe had the genius idea to apply the technology to an outdoor cooking appliance. And so, the Traeger Pellet Grill was born!

Despite being the number wood pellet grill on the market, not everybody is familiar with how a Traeger grill works and what fuel Traeger grills burn. In particular, you might be wondering if Traeger grills use charcoal.

Here’s what you need to know:

Traeger grills are a brand of wood pellet grills. Traeger grills in particular, and wood pellet grills in general, burn food-grade wood pellets as a fuel source. So, unlike conventional charcoal grills, Traeger grills do not use charcoal. However, certain brands of wood pellets manufacture “charcoal flavored” pellets, for die-hard charcoal lovers.

Thinking about buying a pellet grill, or a Traeger grill in particular? Learn more before you splash the cash with my write-ups below:

Is A Traeger Grill Right For You?

Weighing Up Your Options?


I’m Glen, an ordinary guy with an extraordinary passion for grilling. I was recently gifted a Traeger wood pellet grill for my birthday. I knew little about setting up, operating, cooking with, or maintaining a Traeger grill. I started this website to document my findings as I learn to "master the flames".

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