is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Sneak Peek: 2022 Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Review

Share on:
2022 Traeger Timberline Hero

Some exciting enhancements are underway at Traeger and we got a sneak peek before the official rollout of their new and updated Timberline models on March 30, 2022. By the time you read this, we will have seen the new models at an unveiling presentation at Traeger headquarters in Salt Lake City. Traeger plans to send us one shortly afterward to test for our full, detailed review. Meanwhile, we’ll share our impressions based on limited information.

The new Timberlines appear to have many similarities to the previous models released in 2017. The two new models are called “Timberline” (865 square inch cooking grate MSRP $3,499) and “Timberline XL” (1320 square inch cooking grate MSRP $3,799). The current models are called TImberline 850 (850 square inch cooking grate MSRP $2,099.99) and Timberline 1300 (1300 square inch cooking grate MSRP $2,299.99). Traeger currently does not plan to discontinue the older models. Both old and new employ Traeger’s WiFIRE Technology which allows cooks to control and monitor their Timberlines from anywhere with a smartphone app. Traeger claims the new models have a more powerful antenna for an easier, stable wireless connection.

The current models are mounted on four heavy-duty legs and a cart with plenty of storage. The new Timberlines sit on enclosed carts.

Up your game: Join our Pitmaster Club. Try it out for free for 30 days. No credit card is needed. No spam. Join now and Be Amazing!

An interesting feature for the 2022 Timberlines is an outdoor-rated, electric induction cooktop mounted on the left side shelf. Bill McGrath, an electrical engineer who does our thermometer reviews, explains induction thus:

“Induction heating occurs when free electrons in a conductor move under the influence of a changing magnetic field. The induction stovetop has a coil under the burner that is driven by a high-frequency signal. This creates a rapidly changing magnetic field that induces a current in the bottom of a pot, thereby heating it. You might think that any conductive material would work, but the coupling of energy requires a high magnetic permeability, so some materials won’t heat effectively on an induction cooker. Iron has high permeability; aluminum doesn’t. Cast iron and stainless steel will usually work fine, so your All-Clad and Le Creuset are good to go. If in doubt, see if a magnet will stick to the bottom of the pot or pan. If it does, you’re in business. If shopping for cookware, look for the Induction-Ready icon on the package.” 

Traeger Timberline induction cooktop

Induction cooktops are nothing new, but we’ve never seen one built into a pellet smoker. The possibilities are intriguing. For one thing, most pellet smokers are weak when it comes to searing foods. Could the new Timberline’s induction plate and a cast-iron skillet remedy this common limitation?

Traeger claims several other features are upgraded on the new models as well. Here are a few sneak peek photos:

Like what you’re reading? Click here to get Smoke Signals, our free monthly email that tells you about new articles, recipes, product reviews, science, myth-busting, and more. Be Amazing!

Below is the company’s official press release containing additional information about these features. Note that until we are able to conduct our hands-on review, we can not confirm or endorse any of the claims made below regarding performance and functionality.


Wood-Pellet Grill Innovators Fire Up Technology & Innovation with All-New Timberline and  
Timberline XL; Emphasizing Consistency, Convenience and Versatility 

Salt Lake City (March 30, 2022) – Traeger, Inc. (“Traeger”) (NYSE: COOK), the innovators and category leaders in wood-pellet grills, have perfected the outdoor cooking experience with today’s launch of an all-new Timberline grill. The ultimate combination of consistency, convenience, and versatility, the new Traeger Timberline redefines what a grill can do, pushing the limits of cooking outdoors, all while bringing people together to create memorable meals.  

Originally launched in 2017, the Traeger Timberline has a history of revolutionizing the grilling industry by pioneering a connected cooking platform with the introduction of WiFIRE® and an industry-first D2® Direct Drive motor for variable fan and auger control. Both technologies were rolled into Traeger’s introductory and mid-level grill models, Pro and Ironwood. With today’s launch, Traeger is introducing a new future of outdoor cooking, with more improvements and features that will be integrated into forthcoming grill models.  

“Traeger has spent 35 years innovating and perfecting what it means to cook incredible meals outdoors, and the new Timberline has everything you need to do just that,” said Jeremy Andrus, CEO of Traeger Grills. “Our aim is to enhance the cooking experience with each grill launch, building innovation that eventually cascades into different makes, models, and price points across our lineup. We want everyone, everywhere to experience the Traeger difference, and we’re excited for what the future holds with this new technology launch.” 

The all-new Timberline truly perfects the outdoor cooking experience through the following: 


  • PERFECT RESULTS EVERY TIME – Traeger set the standard for precision temperature control and has taken it to an entirely new level of performance with its new smart combustion system. This system uses a series of smart sensors and cooking environment data to avoid flare-ups and provide an ultra-consistent cook for perfect results, every time.  
  • SET-IT-AND-FORGET-IT® – Dialing in your temperature is easier than ever before with a vibrant, full-color touchscreen display. The new Timberline controller opens more functionality with guided onboarding, monitoring temperature, and performing grill maintenance checks. 
  • ULTIMATE WOOD FIRED FLAVOR – Traeger’s patented DownDraft Exhaust envelopes food with wood-fired goodness and an improved Super Smoke Mode delivers even more smokey flavor when activated thanks to a new FreeFlow™ firepot capable of producing maximum smoke output. 
  • HOTTER MORE CONSISTENT TEMPERATURES – Full stainless-steel insulation delivers precision temperature regulation, no matter the weather. The new Timberline also features a redesigned heat delivery system thanks to radiant heat from a full stainless steel interior, resulting in hotter temperatures at the grates for improved searing capabilities. 


  • NO HASSLE CLEANUP – A proprietary Traeger technology, the EZ-Clean™ Grease & Ash Keg system channels not only the grease, but also excess ash into one convenient, accessible unit for easy disposal. 
  • CONTROL YOUR GRILL FROM ANYWHERE – Grilling freedom is at your fingertips with the Traeger App featuring WiFIRE® Technology allowing consumers to control and monitor every aspect of the grill from anywhere. The new Timberline grill also features a more powerful 360 WIFI antenna than previous models for easier connection. 
  • NO STRINGS ATTACHED – The new Timberline is equipped with two Traeger x MEATER® Wireless Meat thermometers for precise monitoring of food temperature from literally anywhere utilizing WiFIRE technology via the Traeger App.  


  • SEAR, SAUTÉ, SIMMER, AND FRY– A first-of-its-kind in North America, Traeger’s outdoor-rated Induction Cooktop provides fast and efficient heating for grilling versatility when sautéing onions, simmering sauces, searing steaks, or frying hot wings.  
  • ENDLESSLY CUSTOMIZABLE – The patented Traeger P.A.L.™ Pop-And-Lock rail system provides endless possibilities to customize the Timberline with an entirely new set of accessories aimed at improving the cooking experience, all while ensuring cooks are seamless and efficient.  ModiFIRE™ accessories allow customers to utilize a variety of cooking styles by easily swapping out the cooking surface of their grill. 
  • DREAM DECK READY – Consumers looking to outfit their patio with the ultimate backyard setup can now build the new Timberline grills into their pre-existing or newly fabricated spaces with ease. 

The new Timberline and Timberline XL represent the pinnacle of the premium product offering of Treager smokers, coming in at $3,499 and $3,799. Both grills will be available later this spring at and key retailers across the US and Canada.  

To learn more about Traeger Grills, please visit or follow them on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Traeger Grills, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the creator and category leader of the wood pellet grill, an outdoor cooking system that ignites all-natural hardwoods to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbecue. Our grills are versatile and easy to use, empowering cooks of all skill sets to create delicious meals with a wood-fired flavor that cannot be replicated with gas, charcoal, or electric grills. Grills are at the core of Traeger’s platform and are complemented by Traeger wood pellets, rubs, sauces, premium frozen meal kits, and accessories. 

Forward-Looking Statements 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our product offerings, including the Timberline Grill, its pricing and its features.  These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our history of operating losses; the sustainability of our growth rates; our ability to manage or future growth effectively; our growth depends in part on our continued penetration and expansion into additional markets; our dependence on maintaining and strengthening our grand to generate and maintain ongoing demand for our products; our ability to cost-effectively attract new customers or retain our existing customers; our failure to maintain product quality and product performance at an acceptable cost; product liability and warrant claims and product calls; the highly competitive market in which we operate; use of social media and community ambassadors may affect our reputation or subject us to fines or other penalties; any decline in sales of our grills would negatively affect our future revenue and results; any decline in demand from certain retailers; our ability to anticipate customer preferences; our ability to maximize short-term financial results; the market for wood pellet grills; the COVID-19 pandemic; and the other factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our periodic and current reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.  Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release.  While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. 

  • Item Price:
    $ 3,499
  • Made in USA:
  • Review Method:
    Researched it from Afar
    We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.
  • Primary Function:
  • Burner Type:
  • Fuel:
    Wood Pellets, Electric
  • Primary Capacity:
    865 square inches

Related articles

Related reviews

Published On: 3/25/2022 Last Modified: 7/21/2022

  • Max Good - Max Good,'s Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, is the man in charge of finding the best products for the Equipment Reviews section. Max bottles his own barbecue sauce recipes and now sells them around the country.


High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.

Post comments and questions below


1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.



Click for comments...


These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys:

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker


Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

Click here to order.

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order directly and get an exclusive deal

Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review

The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review

Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order