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  1. As adm has noted, you will not need a separate cable with the new fireboard 2 drive. Both the pit viper fan and the fireboard fan plug directly into the unit. I've tried both the pit bull fan (on the Weber) and the fireboard fan (on the kamado) and they both work well.
  2. Agree. I find myself trying to use it as though it had a touch screen. Would probably add another $100+ to the unit cost, though.
  3. Nice review, John. There are three buttons on the side of the unit. When you hold one of the buttons, a menu will pop-up. With the fan connected to the unit, you'll see a "Drive" option as one of the menu items. If there is no fan connected, the "Drive" option will be missing. If you press the button associated with the "Drive" menu item, you can bring up the options that includes the different modes (off, manual, automatic). And, in a similar fashion, you'd press the associated buttons changing the mode to "automatic" and then setting the temperature set-point and channel to monitor. It is a bit clunky in this way and the buttons aren't always the easiest to manipulate but it should only take a couple of minutes to get things going once you get the menu system figured out. I've found that they have the button timeout too short such that the menu will disappear if you don't press the next menu item quickly enough. It takes a bit of practice. While you can set the "Drive" temperature set-point on the device, I do not know if you can set individual alert temperatures for each of the channels. I haven't found that option on the physical device menus.
  4. I like it so far, surpasses my expectations. Keeping in mind, this is the first controller for me. Basic function can be controlled directly on the device. Accessing advanced/more-thorough set of functions are from the 'cloud' or 'app'. Yes, you can set-up alerts. In order to do so for that feature though, I think you'll need the 'cloud' connection. Or, I haven't seen that setting on the device yet. It'll do emails, local alerts, and SMS (text messages). If using the 'app' on a smart device (and without internet connectivity), I'd imagine you'd loose the SMS and email alerts but retain the local alerts. One thing I don't like about the alerts is that they appears to be a 'global' channel setting as opposed to a 'session' setting. So, you have to update it depending on your target for a particular cook. I'd rather have seen it as a per session alert but it really doesn't matter, I suppose.
  5. Just took some photos, so here is the info on operating it stand-alone. The device may need a smart device (bluetooth/Android) to initially set-up (and get sw updates) but I have confirmed that you do not need either to operate the device afterwards (disconnected the WIFI and Bluetooth). It's a bit more clunky to do so but here are some photos illustrating the menus for the "Drive" fan: Press the "Drive" Button: There are three modes: "Off", "Manual", and "Automatic": Manual mode allows you to set the fan speed but has no connection to the temperature probes: Automatic mode allows you to set the target temperature along with which probe to utilize as the reference: You can change the set-point and the channel from the device buttons. There are a bunch of settings for the fan including the type of PID that may only be available from a connected device. Maybe the alerts, too. So, to do some advanced tuning, you'll likely need to do that from a connected smart device. Hope this is helpful.
  6. The target temperature can be set from the device. I'll get some photos of the set-up in the next day or so.
  7. The new version allows you to set both automatic temperature settings or manual fan speed from the device. You don't really need the 'cloud' to utilize it although the cloud interface looks nice. Also, as soon as you plug in a probe, it is recognized and begins recording. You can set the fan temperature control to use a specific probe, as well. And, it has a fairly hefty battery. For the three hours or so, it ran the fan and used maybe 15% of the battery. Agree, I knock mine off where it was sitting onto the asphalt. They supposedly are going to have a magnetic mount for this in the future.
  8. Correct, on the Summit Charcoal there is a small circular hole with a pop-out metal cover close to the firebox. Pop it out and mount the fan with the proper adapter. Close the bottom vent. Fan was the only source of oxygen beyond any leaks for this run. Yes, that's probably the correct way to do it. I was in a 'rush' and was on a work conference call at the time. So I tried to stoke it with the fan without cluing my colleagues into that I was BBQ'ing with a margarita in hand. It only overshot ~15 degrees which I wasn't too concerned with. Happened to help get it closer by opening the cover. It was also the first time I've ever tried this method of temp. control. It seems like a very nice unit. And, remote monitoring is great. I even dropped mine onto asphalt without apparent damage (not recommended).
  9. Waiting, waiting, waiting for the Kamado Big Joe to arrive. Nothing. Welp, expecting friends from out of town this weekend and can wait no longer. So, I picked up a Weber Summit Charcoal grill (kamado style) along with a Pit Viper fan. Once the Big Joe arrives I'll have two Kamados! Anyhow, I tried the new Fireboard 2 Drive on this grill along with a Pit Viper fan for a hot smoked pork belly session. I was in a bit of a rush to get things going so I used the fan to stoke the coals up to temperature with a target of 225F. With the Weber bottom vent fully closed and the top vent 1/4 open, the temperature initially overshot about 15 degrees. I brought the temperature down by opening the lid briefly when adding the belly and to make other adjustments (the dips in the graph). Once things were settled in, though, the temperature was regulated on the order of tenths of a degree around the 225F target . That's pretty awesome. Sitting at the computer typing emails and monitoring the temperatures on a browser. With the Fireboard 2 Drive and the kamado, this set-up has better performance and regulation than our kitchen oven.
  10. continues ... pair it up with their Android app and you can remotely view and control the unit (need to be connected to a network): User defined events and alerts include notification by email and SMS (text messages):
  11. Hi @Go Apps, I had just received a Fireboard 2 Drive (non-pro) and, so far, I'm pretty impressed with it. Easy and quick to set-up. Haven't actually had the opportunity to try it on a cook yet, though, and being so new it's likely not many haven't had the opportunity to run it through it's paces. Other than that, it appears solidly build with a weather 'resistant' enclosure. Took ten minutes to set up and start recording temperatures. The RTD versions of their probes (versus the default thermistor) are rated to ~700F, as well. How well they actually hold up at those temps, I don't know. As noted by Dogstar, the thermocouple version (pro) gives you the option to use industrial probes but with a reduced number of channels (four vs six). Looks like that version will be released later in the year.
  12. Agree, the subway is great if you can stay within the city, becomes a bit more of a challenge once outside of the 'beltway' for the commuters. There is a great deal of passion and love for the city by the locals and it is amazing the numbers of times you'll get an interesting history lesson by the passer-byes. Head out in the suburbs and you'll get into the lesser known history things. Great restaurants abound along with the seafood. Can get pricey, though. The best seafood (fresh) I can recall was in P-Town on the Cape. The Barking Crab is neat, family style seafood place near the waterfront. I'm actually in Chelmsford these days. Didn't realize there were so many locals here and figured to say Boston area since people know that
  13. Yes, exactly. Can't count the number of times a 15 minute trip turned into 2 hours and the "how did I get over here"
  14. No worries there. Forums, resources, and folk to hopefully help get over the hump. Thanks @BobE. Hey @Ben S. Used to live in Waltham and would head over to Cold Spring Park for years in Newton to exercise. Good to meet you. Lovely area, got married in Plymouth right next to the rock. Things are still pretty much locked down around these parts, sad to say. haha, I don't think it matters if you're born here. Getting around here is something of an art form. Never 'believe' that you are heading in the right direction or rely on any sort of instinct. Otherwise, you'll shortly find yourself in a different state that actually has roads that run straight (first clue that you're lost). As far as crazy drivers, yes. I've seen some white knuckle things that are not likely elsewhere. .
  15. Hello folk, hope all is well. Hailing from the Boston area, our family has recently ordered a big joe 3. Hope to be joining in on the fun ... have purchased some various meats, charcoals, and gadgets while awaiting the arrival of our quarantine busting medicine ball Cheers.
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