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Introducing the new Traeger Ironwood Series

Traeger is renowned for its innovation in wood pellet grills, and the company has once again raised the bar with the introduction of the new Traeger Ironwood Series.

Replacing what is widely considered the best choice when comparing features and price – previously the Ironwood 575 and 885 grills – this is the perfect grill for both beginners and experienced grill pitmasters.

Like its previous model, the new Ironwood series offers unmatched flexibility and features, at a slightly more affordable price compared to its larger counterpart, the Timberline Series (you can find our review of that model here).

In this article, we will explore some of the unique features that make the new Traeger Ironwood Series stand out from a crowded Traeger lineup of amazing grills.

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Downdraft Exhaust®

The Traeger Downdraft Exhaust® is a unique feature found in the Traeger Ironwood & Timberline Series. This innovative exhaust system is designed to improve smoke circulation and distribution within the grill, resulting in enhanced flavor and even cooking.

Unlike traditional grills where the smoke escapes from the top, the Downdraft Exhaust® draws the smoke downwards and then circulates it around the cooking chamber. This downward airflow helps to evenly distribute the smoke and heat, ensuring that every part of your food is infused with delicious wood-fired flavor.

Not only does the Downdraft Exhaust® enhance the taste of your food, but it also helps to minimize temperature fluctuations inside the grill. By controlling the airflow in a more efficient way, it promotes consistent cooking temperatures, allowing you to achieve precise results every time you use your Traeger Ironwood grill.

In addition to its functional benefits, the Downdraft Exhaust® also contributes to the overall aesthetics of the grill. It adds a sleek and modern look to the design, emphasizing Traeger’s commitment to both functionality and style.

With the Traeger Downdraft Exhaust®, you can expect optimal smoke circulation, improved flavor infusion, and consistent cooking results. It’s just another reason why the Traeger Ironwood Series stands out as a top choice for backyard pitmaster.

Grease and Ash Management

Much like the recently launched Timberline Series, the Ironwood Series offers a convenient grease and ash keg system that simplifies the cleaning process. This feature ensures that users can enjoy a hassle-free experience and spend more time enjoying their cooking.

Large Cooking Capacity

Upgraded from the 575 & 885, the new Timberline Series offers a base model with 616 square inches of cooking space or 924 square inches of cooking space on the larger XL model. This allows the new Ironwood Series to handle even the biggest cookouts. Whether you’re hosting a backyard get-together or a family reunion, the Ironwood Series will have you covered.

P.A.L. Accessory System

The Traeger P.A.L. (Pop-And-Lock™) Accessory System is a unique and innovative feature available in the Traeger Ironwood & Timberline Series. This versatile system enhances the cooking experience by offering a range of customizable accessories that allow you to expand your grilling options.

The P.A.L. System includes a variety of add-ons that can be easily attached to your Traeger Ironwood grill. These accessories are designed to provide additional functionality and convenience, allowing you to cook a wide range of items with ease.

Some of the accessories available in the P.A.L. system include:

  1. Folding Front Shelf: These attachable front shelves provide extra workspace for food preparation and plating. They are perfect for holding utensils, seasonings, and other grilling essentials.
  2. Storage Bin: The P.A.L. system includes a storage bin, which provides ample space for storing various items securely. You can fit up to eight large spice blend shakers, like say the whole Smoked Q lineup?

  3. Roll Rack: You don’t have to go inside every time you need a paper towel or aluminum foil. This adjustable roll rack can hold different sizes of paper towels, butcher paper, foil, wax paper, and more.

  4. Accessory Hooks: A useful tool for keeping your spatulas, tongs, cleaning brushes, and other items close by. You can arrange them in any way you prefer for easy access whenever you need them.

Traeger Standard of Versatility and Convenience

The new Traeger Ironwood Series is designed to accommodate various cooking styles. Whether you want to sear a steak, smoke a rack of ribs, bake a pizza, or grill vegetables, this grill can handle it all. Its versatility is further enhanced by the Super Smoke mode, which delivers maximum smoke for enhanced flavor.

In addition to its cooking capabilities, the new Ironwood series also offers convenient features that make your grilling experience effortless. As with previous models, it comes with a built-in meat probe, which enables you to effortlessly monitor the internal temperature of your food without needing to open the lid.

Additionally, it boasts a spacious hopper capacity, minimizing the need to constantly refill it with more pellets. With these added features, the new Ironwood series ensures a hassle-free barbecue experience while still delivering excellent cooking results.


Overall, brace yourself for the Traeger Ironwood XL, the grandson of wood pellet grills for all you folks out there who know a thing or two about top-notch stuff, effortless convenience, and all-around adaptability. Whether you’re an experienced pitmaster or just a proud backyard aficionado, this grill is your ticket to culinary greatness, guaranteed to leave everyone in awe. Say hello to wood-fired goodness and get ready to host the most unforgettable shindigs with the all new Traeger Ironwood Series.

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Mike 'Rock' Rauch

Hey! I’m just a backyard pitmaster excited to share my experience in barbecuing with you! I’ve spent over 14 years perfecting my skills, testing and refining flavors to bring my favorites to your backyard. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to take your taste buds on a new culinary journey.

Whether you’re someone who frequently grills or someone who loves to try new flavors, my experience in food is sure to make your next gathering extra special. From the classics to new, innovative dishes, I love food and I’m excited to share my passion with you. Let’s fire up the grill and make your next get-together unforgettable!

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