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JWheeler

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    Competitive Shooting, Grilling, sous vide, football, politics
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    Pit Boss

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  1. I too use the 4oz mason jar method, 181 for an hour. I've made some with Amaretto (2oz) but I think the next time i would use the entire little airline bottle for more flavor, and I did an egg nog topped with nutmeg, both were awesome. Next batch Coconut with toasted coconut on top..... Dying to do Cinnamon, but not sure how that would taste
  2. Also as i am reading this post, i find that others were having the FB overshoot the programmed Pit Temp. I had this happen recently too and it DROVE me crazy. I started my own testing and posted it to the Pitt Boss thread since that is what I have. Here is the link and description around my testing https://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/37889-troubleshooting-k22-help-with-maintaining-low-temp-digital-controller/ I hope this helps. I did call Flame Boss support and asked if anyone had the same issue I had. The support guy said he would ask the engineers. i provided him the TEST cook and he was able to review the cook"
  3. Also if you have an Echo device you can enable the FB skill "Alexa enable Flame Boss" It will ask to either hear the current TEMP as well as change the PIT Temp REALLY KOOL !!!!!!!!!!
  4. https://www.visiongrills.com/product/cast-iron-top-vent/ Here is the one most of us are using
  5. i replaced mine with this..... and its pretty close Bought it from amazon, so not sure if they ship there CoZroom BBQ Temperature Gauge Grill Thermometer for Barbecue Meat Cooking Pork Lamb Beef
  6. Here is the graph. Top vent closed and the smoker knob shown is the size of a pencil
  7. Alright, Thank you all for the suggestions. I did another test today and discovered the following.......... I set the temp to be 225deg. Cleaned pit of all ash, set up charcoal in volcano and placed 1 starter on top. Deflector plate on and both racks were placed in grill. To prevent drafts, I wrapped a beer coozie around fan and made sure it did not impede the flow of air. Top vent was set the same as yesterday. Pit temp clip was on the bottom rack in the middle as it was yesterday. I started the test..... I found that it did the same @#@%#^& thing, it went up to 20+ above the set temp. I looked at the dome thermometer and it was reading 225deg same as what I was set at. I then opened up the PB and clipped the pit temp clip onto the upper rack. I went to 225deg and stayed there for 6 hours only with only a few ups and downs, but not more then 2degs variance. So since the racks sit on the three legs of the deflector plate, is this a normal thing that it varies 20+ deg ? Maybe that much heat is transferred from the plate to the bottom rack? Maybe this was a know issue that I am just learning this? In any event, the problem is solved, it holds 225deg fine for a good 6+ hours and the only reason it stopped was it ran out of charcoal. Thanks again for the help
  8. Thanks, That might explain the issue with 20deg over the set temp, since it was around 60deg outside which might have increased the draft effect. I was also thinking that it might the positioning of the pit probe. It was set in the middle on the bottom grill above the deflector. I though as it was strung across the space between the shield and the side of the open pit it might have been affected by heat, but its supposedly shielded from that. I am leaning more towards the fan opening and cooler temp affecting the draft. I may also look to see if i can come up with a better seal for the top vent.
  9. top vent was almost completely closed with just the smoke dial open a sliver. Although that doesn't explain why it climbed 20deg each temp reset with no fan activity
  10. Hope the picture shows up..... FB set at 225, followed by 250, followed by 265. Each reset the Pit temp climbed 20deg above the programmed temp. Before starting, vacuumed the entire PitBoss, cleaned grate, and set up charcoal volcano style, and lit with 1 fire starter in the middle. i re-taped up my fan adapter plate with new gasket material to better seal it and prevent drafts. I can not figure out why the temp is always climbing 20deg higher, so I started a controlled test using my sous vide unit 9:00pm Testing Temp, Pit and Fan using ANova Sous Vide set at 155 deg. Temp of FB is 155 deg 9:20pm Since fan was running, reset temp to 154deg @ 9:23 left Sous Vide at 155deg - fan continued to run at low percentage 9:30pm set Sous Vide to 165deg, FB to 165deg 9:38pm Sous Vide hit 165deg So I thought I either have a problem with the pit control reading the temp and not stopping the fan, seeing that the fan is not stopping at 1 deg under the set temp. BUT, during the actual cook, the fan never ran and my PitBoss continued to climb exactly 20deg each temp reset. I am hoping there is a simple fix for this, seeing my son who owns a BGE does NOT have this issue, and I don't want him to say you should spent the extra money for a BGE
  11. thanks for the suggestions. I do normally clean the ash each cook, but may have forgotten on this one. I too have added extra gasket around the top and bottom. I use lump, never briquettes. I light with one fire starter in the middle but will try the "volcano" shape next time. I have been able to keep low temps with and without the Flame Boss so I don't think its the controller. As it was cold this past weekend, I made sure i ramped up the temp slowly before putting the meat on the grill and when i did it was a real short time it took to put it on. As everything in life its a trial and error process, I appreciate the suggestions.
  12. Hello All, Let me thank you in advance for posting suggestions to my issue. I have the K22 (new in Summer), and I replaced the top vent with the Cast iron one with the smoker control dial from Vision Grills. I have a Flame Boss 300 digital controller. I have also used some gasket material to "tighten up" the seal around the bottom vent (including the fan adapter) and top vents. I am trying to maintain a 225-250 pit temp. I use nothing but Royal Oak Charcoal and light with 1 fire starter. the top vent is completely closed but the smoker dial is slightly open. Bottom vent has the adapter and fan. The lowest I can maintain is between 300-320 Has anyone experienced this or something similar? What was the issue, solution, etc
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