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By: Max Good
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.
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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 AmazingRibs.com 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.”
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:
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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:
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 www.Traeger.com and key retailers across the US and Canada.
ABOUT TRAEGER GRILLS®
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.
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.
Published On: 3/25/2022 Last Modified: 7/21/2022
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