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  1. I second Vanole's comments: 1. Newest generation of Smobot does have a rain protector. I live in the Netherlands and rain is our bread and butter. No issues whatsoever with the Smobot. In that sense, fans can be more sensitive towards heavy rain (e.g., Pit Viper). Having said that, you will get some rain in the pit when long periods of rain occur, not a big deal. 2. I would also be tempted to wipe off the soot, but the best is to use a torch (heat) if stucked. This can happen when cold, but unlikely to happen during a cook. 3. As Vanole pointed out, direct mode is available I own both Fireboard/Pit Viper combo and Smobot. As Vanole, I use the latter with more frequency (less wiring/less messy around the grill), but both systems give you great temperature control and most importantly, help you cook great food. Cheers
  2. -Fireboard/Pit Viper is an excellent combo. It will definitely get you in control. The Fireboard is probably the app that has most potential to be developed, and the updates so far have been substantial. -It is true the iKamand started plagued with issues, but most of them seem resolved now with firmware upgrades. Probably it is smart to wait for the next hardware upgrade as it should be more reliable -Flame Boss is sturdy, basic and reliable. Options in the app are less than the Fireboard -Smobot is probably the most differentiating controller of these four as it does not have a blower. Works well, gets you quickly to temperature, and uses little coal. The app, on the other hand, is rather basic and could use some upgrade Between Fireboard and iKamand, I personally would go for the former I hope this helps
  3. Thanks for the extra data. Interesting to see how the temperature does not drop when opening the dome. Good stuff the fireboard
  4. Thanks for sharing your experience, it looks great! I have the Pit Viper fan and I'm happy with it. I find it a better built quality than the native Fireboard. Referring to your plot, I'm curious to know what happened between 7am and 12pm with the temperature spike. Can you share the fan data as well?
  5. I would second that. Lately I have been lighting my fire and starting the controller right away (even with the target temperature). Experience tells me the more you play and tweak this thing, the longer it takes to reach a set target, and you will likely get longer overshoots. These controllers are meant to be set and forget, and I have learned they work best in that way.
  6. Soot does build up in the surface of the Smobot after some cooks, but this does not seem to be an issue for it to perform well. Some people suggest that in the event of blocking, a butane torch helps. The surface of the device is very well polished, so any degreaser, e.g., rubbing alcohol, would be able to help
  7. It has been a while, but in the meantime, I managed to get my hands at a Smobot. Here are my findings: 1. What Kamado cooker you are using? Big Joe 2. What temperature controller do you have? Smobot 3. What are your vent and fan settings on your Kamado? Bottom vent open 3.5cm. Top vent controlled by the Smobot. This is an important point, basically the bottom vent opening needs to be the similar as the one you would use without a controller 4. Where do you place your ambient probe for temperature control? Not too close to the edges, not too close to the food 5. At what point on your cook you let the controller to take over. I lit the fire in the middle of the coals and activated immediately the Smobot 6. Please share the graph from your temperature control with eventual fan output. The plot is below. At the beginning, the temperature went higher than the setpoint and around 20:00 I found out there was a leakage on the Smobot (not fitted properly). Thereafter, the control was spot on for the following 12 hours. It is a pity that the damper position is not recorded though... 7. What do you love about your controller? -Uses natural draft instead of a blower -It is truly set and forget -Best temperature control I have seen so far -Less coal consumption compared to controllers with fans -Quicker reach of setpoint compared to controllers with fans (yes, this is counter intuitive, but the controllers with fans tend to overshoot, while the Smobot just gets you where you want to be) -If the right batter pack is used, no need of electrical plug (Important not to use a smart power bank since these may shut down) 8. What would you improve about your controller? -The app is pretty basic -Probe calibration would be welcome -Possibility of naming the foods would be welcome -Toggling auto/manual from the app would be useful -Visualization and logging of the damper -Internal battery 9. Anything else you want to share I am super impressed with the control provided by the Smobot. Most of the things I would like to see improving are on the app, which I am sure can be done 10. And last but not least, share pictures of your cook It was a test run with no food
  8. Thanks ckreef, good stuff. I see temperature dropping after it became stable for a while. Are you using a controller on this one?
  9. There are two different ways of controlling that I typically see: 1. Light your starter, leave the dome open for around 10min and start control. 2. Light your starter, leave the dome open for around 10min and adjust your vents to get to the desired temperature. Once you have stabilized temperature, engage the fan and let the control do its thing. Both methods will eventually settled you to the desired temperature. 1/8 of an inch is a good start for the top vent. I suggest the first time to start with sufficient coal (a lot), and well ahead of time. In this way you will understand how your cooker/controller combo behaves. I do have the Fireboard + Pit Viper set myself, and use it in a Big Joe. Go back to the first page on this thread for more details on it. Cheers
  10. M-fine, this is fascinating stuff. I like what you report here; especially the fact that the control is done mainly with air opening/close and little with a blower as most of the controllers. Kind of like the Smobot but with the extra versatility of a blower when needed. I would love to see a graph/video if you have the chance of recording your next cook. Thanks for the good info
  11. This is impressive control... so the HM has both a damper and a blower, correct? Can you share data of blower activity and damper openness? This is the kind of stuff I would love to see
  12. Congrats on your purchase SPORO! Your reasoning makes sense. Use your KJ at different scenarios and learn it. You will quickly realize how great it is at keeping constant temperatures based on air flow only (basically playing with your top and bottom vents). I do hope to see more data as well. Many good products out there. Cheers
  13. Welcome, good to have another fellow BBQ lover from NL
  14. Yes, it does fit. You will see that the adapter has adjustable height to snuggly fit on your bottom vent
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