Decided to go commando

Rdover

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New owner and heavy user of my RT 700. Absolutely love it with 1 exception. I like most of you would cover the drip tray with heavy duty foil every 3 or 4 cooks. I noticed that all the grease would not make its way to the grease bucket. Its like some of it would settle on some places on the tray. Well this obviously generated a lot of smoke when cooking at high temps. Could not tell if the foil was buckling or the tray would twist with heat. So decided to stop with the foil and just give the tray a good cleaning every now and then.
Also it seem to me that the slop on the drip tray could be a little more.
Any thoughts.
 

Mastertech59

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New owner and heavy user of my RT 700. Absolutely love it with 1 exception. I like most of you would cover the drip tray with heavy duty foil every 3 or 4 cooks. I noticed that all the grease would not make its way to the grease bucket. Its like some of it would settle on some places on the tray. Well this obviously generated a lot of smoke when cooking at high temps. Could not tell if the foil was buckling or the tray would twist with heat. So decided to stop with the foil and just give the tray a good cleaning every now and then.
Also it seem to me that the slop on the drip tray could be a little more.
Any thoughts.
I tried foil for the first few cooks and gave up, way too much hassle especially when it got welded to the drip pan on the higher temperature cooks. I found the grease pooling on top of the foil and getting underneath the foil. Commando and scrape to clean the drip pan is the best and easiest way to clean the drip pan on these grills and to get the grease to drain properly. Make sure the grill is level or grease bucket side slightly down if not level to get the grease dripping to drain properly.
 
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Greg Jones

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I tried foil for the first few cooks and gave up, way too much hassle especially when it got welded to the drip pan on the higher temperature cooks. I found the grease pooling on top of the foil and getting underneath the foil. Commando and scrape to clean the drip pan is the best and easiest way to clean the drip pan on these grills and to get the grease to drain properly. Make sure the grill is level or grease bucket side slightly down if not level to get the grease dripping to drain properly.
I’m not sure most of us cover the drip tray, at least not after the first few cooks. @Mastertech59 experience pretty much mirrors my own, plus what he didn’t mention that the pooling on the foil is a grease fire waiting to happen. A 5”-7” stainless spackling knife to scrape the drip pan is the way to go. As the Rec Tec folks are fond to say, “Easy Peasey”.
 

johnwick

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I continue to foil my tray but occasionally I will prop up the left side of the grill wheels on a 2x4 to increase the slope. For fattier meats or long cooks this is a clutch move.
 

Azajyum

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I continue to foil my tray but occasionally I will prop up the left side of the grill wheels on a 2x4 to increase the slope. For fattier meats or long cooks this is a clutch move.
Interesting, may try this. Right now using Traeger liner which seems to work a lot better than foil, but there is still some pooling. Thought about increasing slope, and this sounds very interesting, since if I do not like it , I can simply remove the 2 x 4.
 

johnwick

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The way I have my grill positioned on my patio slab, there’s already a slope to the left side (in the wrong direction) so the 2x4 is perfect. If working from a perfectly level surface I think a 1x4 would be adequate.
 

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