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@Bachman 5

 

Thank you kindly for the detailed review and feedback.  Much appreciated!

 

Your comments regarding the servo cable are interesting, and useful.  I'll need to think about that some.  I always have my damper cap oriented such that the servo cable just hangs down the back of the grill, past the hinge, so I really don't even think about it being there until I plug it into the controller.

 

Thanks again for your support.

Eric

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On 8/10/2017 at 2:16 PM, Bachman 5 said:

I simply made it out of a thin piece of aluminum took of the thermometer bolt slid it on and tightened back up.

 

I like this idea, where do you have the cable going out of? Just out the gasket on the side or front so it doesn't mess with the Joetisserie?

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4 hours ago, Logan said:

 

I like this idea, where do you have the cable going out of? Just out the gasket on the side or front so it doesn't mess with the Joetisserie?

 

I have been running it out close to front and just make sure the wire is close to the inside of dome when closing the lid and not sticking to far to the middle , I think you could also run it though the vent but I haven't tried that so I can't say for sure.

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What do you do if it rains ?? There's a lot going on up on top of your cooker with the Smobot . How do you keep water from the electronics up top and also out of cooker .

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The servo is weatherproof so it doesn't really need protection from the rain. Some rain might get into the cooker if there are periods where the damper is mostly open.

 

I've used a cheap metal roof vent cap on my kamados many years ago as a rain guard for the top vent. I bought another one for use with the SmoBot because to fit over the SmoBot you have to break out your tin snips and do some cutting.

 

This is the one I got from Amazon - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085UZMTG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You may be able to find one cheaper at your local hardware store.

 

You need to cut out about an inch or so from one side and then cut a little off of each side of the cut in order to fit around the damper/servo and to allow the damper arm to move unhindered.

 

Attached is a crappy pic of mine (hey it's 0300 and it is drizzling!) but I think you get the picture (so to speak).

 

 

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On 9/14/2017 at 4:22 AM, xxx said:

What do you do if it rains ?? There's a lot going on up on top of your cooker with the Smobot . How do you keep water from the electronics up top and also out of cooker .

 

Heavy G answer to question is correct the servo's are quite waterproof as they use them in RC planes , cars , boats etc...

 

14 hours ago, HeavyG said:

The servo is weatherproof so it doesn't really need protection from the rain. Some rain might get into the cooker if there are periods where the damper is mostly open.

 

I've used a cheap metal roof vent cap on my kamados many years ago as a rain guard for the top vent. I bought another one for use with the SmoBot because to fit over the SmoBot you have to break out your tin snips and do some cutting.

 

This is the one I got from Amazon - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085UZMTG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You may be able to find one cheaper at your local hardware store.

 

You need to cut out about an inch or so from one side and then cut a little off of each side of the cut in order to fit around the damper/servo and to allow the damper arm to move unhindered.

 

Attached is a crappy pic of mine (hey it's 0300 and it is drizzling!) but I think you get the picture (so to speak).

 

 

 

 

Although my Kamado is under shelter I'm going to make something similar as with winter coming the wind pick's up so even under cover rain can still end up going into my shelter.

 

I said in one of my earlier post that I didn't like the long cord that was attached to the servo so I decided to cut it and spliced on a female mini headphone jack and now just run a extension with male plugs on both ends.

 

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Also for a update I did a super long cook and was able to run this device for 21.5 hrs on one fully charged battery and for anyone else that has this and the Thermoworks Smoke the meat probes are interchangeable.

 

 

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Nifty. Been using the old manual, set the vents way a long time with great results. Just recently acquired a blower through the bottom vent set up to see if I have been missing anything. So far, it has been better than reversing my shop vac to jump start a fire. LOL.

 

I am still not sold over my longtime routine. Just me.

 

Thanks for the post.

 

 

 

 

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On 10/6/2017 at 6:56 AM, reinhart36 said:

@Bachman 5 Nice looking splice job!  Are you finding your custom cable to be more convenient?

 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

I can't say it is any more convenient , I just prefer it shorter and not being able to get caught up in something or hanging on the ground. 

 

I also decided to make a cap for my friend's Vision and gave it a run last weekend . It worked out great and he really likes it so he will be buying one , along with another friend that also as a Vision and  I will be making a cap for them also.

 

Any time frame for the phone app?

 

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Wow that's fantastic that you made a vision adapter.  I've been looking at doing that as well.  Very cool!

 

What did you make it out of?  Is it attached to the grill with a "friction fit?"

 

We're hoping for apps by the end of the year.  We'll have alerts up and going through the web interface soon though, to get people by.  They way it will alert you is via email.  However, if you want alerts to appear as a text meesage on your phone, most providers offer an email address for that.  For example, for Verizon, 1112223333@vtext.com, if your number is 111-222-3333..

 

Thanks!

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@reinhart36 I made the cap out of mild steel and just sprayed it with some high temp paint , it is a friction fit which I happened to make a little big and ended up adding some gasket to the inside of the cap as well but overall works like a charm. Next one I'll make a little tighter.

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