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  1. Looks like a very capable device! From what I can see Inkbird are using a Class 3 Bluetooth chip, hence the 1,000 mAh lithium battery required to power it. The class 3 chip will indeed give a range of 100' or more and the Chinese manufacturer could have boosted it further as I doubt they worry about permitted power levels (Note - not FCC certified, CE certified, ROHS or FDA approved probe). I think I will order one and give it a test.
  2. The antenna symbol is the Wi-Fi signal, nothing to do with Bluetooth. Wi-Fi is 40x more powerful so not surprising you were able to get a signal at that distance. The Bluetooth signal is indicated by the 'squiggle' symbol to the left but it only shows your phone has it switched on, nothing to do with signal strength or what is connected. So to prove you are able to beat the Bluetooth specifications please switch off both your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your phone, proceed to the "HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET", switch on Bluetooth (only) and try and connect. I think what you are seeing is your phone drops the Bluetooth connection in favour of Wi-Fi. No bad thing as Wi-Fi is better for this application and gives you the range, but it is not Bluetooth you are seeing. If you are going to make these claims you need to be squeeky clean as it will lead others down the wrong path and you are doing them a disservice. David
  3. John - How about tongs, spatulas, knives and gloves (especially those red/black ones you use for pulling pork)?
  4. Cute! I will look into it and maybe build one for the hell of it.
  5. This would indeed work however there is no proportional speed control of the fan - it will be either on or off. This is satisfactory in many fuel applications but with charcoal temperature control will be difficult. You will get large fluctuations in temperature because the fan will blast and the charcoal will fire up but will then take a long time to cool down even though the fan is off. An effective damper on the low power fan inlet would be essential but I think you would still see widely fluctuating temps. But given the low cost it would certainly be a worthwhile project.
  6. You can re calibrate the dome thermometer. Unscrew it from the KJ and place the probe in a pan of water and check the temp (212f/100c). There is a small screw on the rear to adjust. Whilst you are at it put the FB temp probe in the pan as well so you know if there is an offset which should be no more than +/- 1.5F: Unlike the majority of controllers on the market, Flame Boss probes are not thermocouples. They are platinum RTD sensors and are very accurate. More info here: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/productreviews/flameboss300/flameboss300-2.htm My KJ dome thermometer read differently (it was wrong) from the FB. I follow the rule that when cooking with the FB in place I go by its temp. When cooking without I use the calibrated dome thermo as a guide.
  7. You are more than welcome Struja and I am sure you will be delighted with the Fire Boss. I carefully researched all the various products and came to the conclusion that it offers the best cost/performance/support ratio of any of them. The two owner brothers are dedicated BBQ enthusiasts and they are nimble and smart enough to out-pace big brand companies in terms of development without bloat. It always brings a smile to my face when I plug the FB in and there is a firmware update to what I thought was a perfect product. These are rarely bug fixes but rather improvements and tweaks to their temperature tracking algorithms. I should add that I have no financial interest in the company, just that after 25 years in the software industry I know a good product when I see it!
  8. Try doing the test again but this time turn Bluetooth off on your phone before leaving the house. Walk the distance, switch Bluetooth back on and try connecting to your temp controller. What you saw before was latency in the app and the temp update delay. All Bluetooth does is establish a 2.4Ghz radio link between two devices with a published maximum range of 33 feet. Very similar to Wi-Fi but without the power output (100mW vs 2.5wM). Nothing to do with Bluetooth software version or make of app, just simple physics. If you had been in line of sight of the temp controller then maybe the signal would have reached but with a house, windows, furnishings, insulation, pipework, and wiring in the way it seems improbable. As a guide even the more powerful 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi signal is reflected and blocked by a simple mirror. David
  9. Bluetooth range is determined by the class of device (radio chip) rather than the Bluetooth version. The various software iterations (latest is V5.1 January 2019) seek to increase speeds and reduce power along with many other usability improvements for the Internet of Things. Range is radio power-class-dependent. Class 3 radios found in headphones (1 mW power) have a range of up to 3 ft Class 2 radios found in mobile devices (maximum allowed power of 2.5mW) a range of up to 33 ft Class 1 radios are primarily for industrial use and mains powered (max power of 100mW) a range of up to 300 ft. Having different classes of device in a link will not improve range, with the lower class device determining the effective range. Bluetooth Marketing says Class 1 range is usually 66–98 ft, and Class 2 is 16–33 ft. The actual range achieved depends on the qualities of the devices at either end of the link, the air conditions and any physical obstructions. Lots of intervening factors. Bluetooth 5.1 does have options that can quadruple the range at the expense of data rates and vice versa but that is the choice of the device supplier. It is designed for IoT devices like door/window switches where there is a simple open or closed signal to be transmitted.
  10. I alternate cooking pizza's on the deflector (old style one piece) and the stone. By placing the stained surface of the stone towards the fire a full bore pizza cook will leave it looking like new. Setup is two stones with an air gap.
  11. I thought a pizza stone was supposed to be porous to draw moisture out of the dough base and make it crispier/spotted?
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