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  1. @GiffS How open is your top vent? For 250 mine is open less than a quarter inch and it doesn't overshoot. When I've had it more open I've had it go over.
  2. The advice from @Golf Griller is exactly right in my experience. Too much charcoal is not your issue. Definitely check for and seal any leaks.
  3. Looks great. I've done it twice now and have gone with indirect. How did the bottom of the rice turn out direct?
  4. I don't think I paired through my phone's Bluetooth menu. I believe I open the app and it does the scan but I don't remember what I may have done when I first got it.
  5. They emailed me this morning that there's a new update but it may be slow to arrive in the Google store. I'm not on iOS so I don't know that we'd have matching versions but in Android I'm on 0.0.64, waiting for update. I updated to the new firmware this morning and have a pastrami to smoke through the afternoon so hopefully the app will update in the next few hours.
  6. Did my first cook with the new firmware yesterday with one minor issue and two more annoying ones. First, when I powered on my Signals wouldn't connect to WiFi but I revisited the settings and I just needed to input my password again, no biggie. Second though, when it first powered up the pit temp defaulted to 225. I set it to 300 as my target, let it preheat to there, added wood, waited awhile and added my chicken with a meat probe. Came out to check on it a bit later to find my grill was at 286 and the fan wasn't blowing. Looking closer, the target temp had changed to 225, the same temperature it had defaulted to on startup. They only things I'd touched were to plug in the meat probe and set a target temperature for that probe. Finally, I had set an alarm to check on it when the chicken temp hit 150. A while went by and I eventually stepped outside to see the Signals reading 157 without having given me an alarm. I opened the app and it had lost connection to the Signals, reading at an earlier temperature. It took a shutdown and restart of the app to reconnect. Fortunately I had set my target low to check on it early so nothing was ruined. I have a solid WiFi setup that gives me no issues and I've noticed before with the beta that when I put my phone in my pocket then check the app later it takes some time to refresh to the current readings. I don't see any setting on phone that might be restricting the app's behavior. These issues were reported to the developers. Hope others here are also reporting.
  7. They just released a new firmware update. I've had issues with Signals freezing with the fan blowing nonstop and they are saying this update will fix that issue.
  8. Sheppard's pie or a pot pie. Pizza. Chop some up and make a brisket queso. Mix it in with fried potatoes and put an egg on it. I once brought some pulled pork over to a friend from Venezuela and he made arepas, which would be great with brisket.
  9. Your solution is likely your problem. Bring it up to temp very slowly and wait until the temp is steady before adding your meat. I recommend an hour, which you can cut down on as you learn the grill. Once you get your meat on the temp will drop but don't touch your vents. It should come back you to where it was before with only maybe minor adjustments necessary. For 225 light the charcoal in one place, let the starters burn out with the lid open, place the deflectors in and close the lid leaving vents fully open. At around 150-175, close the vents halfway. Around 200, close them to maybe 1/4-1/2" and keep choking them down until you're dialing in at about 225. Give plenty of time for the ceramic to be absorbing the heat. The temperature will continue to go up as long as the ceramic is still soaking in heat. You want an equilibrium between the heat your fire is putting out and the amount of heat being held by the ceramic.
  10. I agree. I feel like that arrangement has you reaching over the coals more.
  11. People do it but they change out to a faster motor. The popular brand name to buy is Tritogenia. I've been on the fence about trying it out.
  12. Good thinking on the old app. I'm doing wings tonight so I'll try uninstalling it and see what happens. I did report the notes issue and they responded quickly by email asking for more detail so I'm now in touch with them and also shared my alarm issue.
  13. Tried it out last night on some beer brats. First of all, much improved. The graphing finally works well and the interface is good. No issues manipulating the temperature. Fortunately this is beta. I took some notes during the session and ended the session when I was finished. Now the session displays in the app and when I click on it I'm taken to their cloud site where the graph is available to view but I don't see my notes. They seem to have disappeared into the cloud. There is a note area there but it's blank. My second issue is the alarm was kind of obnoxious. I didn't know the best temperature to get my beer bath up to a simmer and I wanted it gentle so I started low and and kept bumping the temperature up in 25° increments. Every time I adjusted the target temperature I got three notifications on my phone that I had to clear. Two low alarms that might have been both the app and the Android system giving me a notification, and then an additional notification that the cloud site was being updated in the background. I don't think a low alarm needs to be generated when you've just started a session or adjusted the temperature. I also received the same three notifications every time I opened the lid. If the lid open function is activated it should know that it's unnecessary to send a low alarm.
  14. Search the Apple app store. It comes up in the Google store just searching Thermoworks. When you click on it there you see it labeled as "Early Release." Anybody know if we get a notification when the firmware is available? I expect the app release will improve features but it would take the firmware to fix the glitch that has my Signals occasionally freezing on me.
  15. I have it on my Classic I. I needed it because we get rain most of the year here. It keeps out the rain and is very easy to clean but I believe rain is no problem for you with your style vent. It feel like it's harder to dial in temps vs the daisy wheel but that might be in my head.
  16. Doesn't look like you visit the site any longer but I saw an old post saying you live a couple blocks from Cooking Woods and I do too. Shoot a message if you log in again.

  17. Yes, it's compatible. You need to buy the mounting plate from Thermoworks.
  18. A drip pan is another bare essential. You can use disposable ones but I recommend a good stainless steel pan over wasting.
  19. I cooked a duck this evening and had a bit of a scare with the Signals + Billows controller. I got my coals lit and closed the lid, set the controller to 300° and headed off to the kitchen figuring 30-40 minutes of prep time was about right to get the grill stable. Finished my prep, headed over to the grill and was surprised to find the Signals reading at only 92.5°. I'd removed the dome thermometer because I've been experimenting with the setup in the attached picture so I didn't have a second reading but I felt the dome with my hands and it was clearly over 300°. I took a look at my app and it showed 91.1. While I'm trying to figure out what was wrong with my setup that was blocking the probe from the heat I realized that the temp reading wasn't fluctuating at all from the 92.5 and my app was stuck at 91.1, not updating at all while the fan was blowing away. I decided to turn off the Signals and restart it only to find it now reading 417°, which seemed about right and also set my dinner back about an hour while I cooled it down. The Signals cooperated for the rest of the cook. The reason I say this is concerning rather than just an annoyance is what if it were to happen sometime mid cook? The whole reason I got a wireless thermometer and graduated to a controller is for the peace of mind during overnight cooks, knowing I'd have an alarm should things go awry. If I were to go to bed with a butt rolling away and some glitch set the fan going non-stop I'd have an inferno on my hands in little time. I've posted about my Signals before and raved about its functionality. I bought it second hand so a warranty is not a recourse and now of course I'm wondering if the guy who sold it to me dumped it because if this issue. Despite the lack of warranty I'll be contacting Thermoworks about the issue because this represents a real danger.
  20. I'll be doing a duck tonight following this recipe: https://barbecuebible.com/recipe/tea-smoked-duck-with-hoisin-barbecue-sauce/ I've done this before but it was when I was first learning my grill and it's been a few years. It came out good but I do remember throwing the smoking packet into the coals and watching it just evaporate. So, in a setup with the deflectors down low and the bird on the grate, where would you put a smoking packet filled with rice, delicate herbs and smaller pieces of smoking wood? Just onto the deflector? Will that get hot enough to smoke?
  21. I believe the statistic is that it rains 150 days a year here and I cook year-round. The only reason I replaced the daisy wheel with the Smokeware is I got caught in the rain cold smoking cheese. Everything else has been fine. The bigger issue is keeping steady temperatures as outside humidity fluctuates.
  22. @&roid It matters how you set the top vent. I was having trouble at around 350 until I closed that up to maybe 1/4-1/2". I find it typically overshoots by a few degrees initially but corrects quickly.
  23. @&roid What issues have your read about? I know John was justifably pissed about the cost of a replacement part he lost but any functional issues?
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