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John Setzler

FireBoard Cloud Connected Smart Thermometer

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http://www.fireboard.com

 

 

My inner geek is tweaking once again.  I ordered one of these Fireboard thermometer systems from All Things BBQ yesterday...

 

http://www.atbbq.com

 

I have been reading a lot of good things about this unit in the Yoder groups.  It has six probe ports where you can run any combination of ambient or meat temp probes.  Its all wifi cloud controlled and you can name each probe descriptively, graph, and save any of the collected data from a cooking session.  

 

I have not seen a lot of stir about this product in the kamado community, probably because it is not a pit controller.  When I spoke to the guys at ATBBQ about it, they told me that this was their top seller to ceramic owners.  I asked them about the Flame Boss since i see a lot of great feedback on that device.  They told me that they have a hard time selling that one.  

 

I am looking forward to testing and reviewing this unit.  My reviews will mostly be on the Yoder YS640 where i am more likely to cook multiple large cuts of meat at the same time but I will review it on the Kamado as well...

 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, KismetKamado said:

I've seen that as well and been intrigued.  Super stoked you ordered one and are going to put it through the paces.  Look forward to hearing what you have to say about it.

 

I am expecting two results.

 

1.  I will be very impressed with the abilities of this product.

 

2.  My kamado owner following will have little to no interest in this product because it doesn't monitor temps AND control the grill temperature at the same time.  

 

This is a product that I expect to use mainly on my Yoder YS640... That grill controls its own temperature without me having to help it or even think about it.

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6 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

 

I am expecting two results.

 

1.  I will be very impressed with the abilities of this product.

 

2.  My kamado owner following will have little to no interest in this product because it doesn't monitor temps AND control the grill temperature at the same time.  

 

This is a product that I expect to use mainly on my Yoder YS640... That grill controls its own temperature without me having to help it or even think about it.

 

Expecting you are probably right on both accounts.  I mentioned the Fireboard in a post about remote monitoring options not that long ago and not a peep about it, although I thought it was super cool and was expecting some oohs and ahhs since I hadn't heard or seen any chatter here about it.  I probably would have gotten this instead of my Smoke if I had known about it at the time.

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I've had my FireBoard since last November. Great thermometer.

 

They are very close to releasing their pit controller. Their controller will basically be a "smart cable" (what they are calling the "FireBoard Drive") that plugs into the FireBoard auxiliary port and then the fan of your choice.

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Dug up the email update from the FireBoard folks that was sent out a week or two ago - this is what they had to say about the FireBoard Drive:

 

Let FireBoard take control of your Smoker!

FireBoard Drive™

We are getting very close to the first release in our FireBoard Drive™ line of products.  Production of the FireBoard Drive™ Fan Cable is in its final stages.  

The Fan Cable is much more than a cable -- its a mini board packed with tons of features.  Here is everything that the Fan Cable can do:
  • Variable Speed fan control
  • Drives almost any 12V fan, up to 1.5A* (most 12V fans' connectors use a standard 2.5mm barrel plug)
  • Powers the fan from FireBoard's battery power!
  • Also supports standard 12V power supply input
  • Embedded speaker to provide audible alerts completely independent from phone / cloud
  • Charges the FireBoard battery (and keeps it running) when 12V power is provided
* 1.5A max power requires 12V power input.  Detailed power / amperage specifications coming soon.
 
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Of course, all these features allow you to easily control your charcoal or wood fired smoker from the cloud using your FireBoard app.  The Fan Cable plugs into your existing FireBoard through the auxiliary port, so all FireBoards have the capability of being a controller by simply adding the Fan Cable and a simple OTA firmware update.

We've been having fun using FireBoard Drive™ on our kettle grills, offsets, and kamado cookers! 

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A little size perspective on the FireBoard controller unit.  I haven't actually used this yet but I plan to cook a pork picnic overnight on the Yoder tonight and I will use this for the first time.  I already see one thing I HATE about it and it's almost a big enough thing that would keep me from recommending this product.  More to come later...

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Drawback #1 of the Fireboard... While having the ability to have six probes running at once, they give you no way to mount or secure the control unit.  No magnets... no nothing.  Oh... for $55 more they have a box that this gadget mounts in that is weather proof and has magnets and a stand.  

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How do you tell readily which probe is which without tracing along each cable?  Seems to me each end of a particular probe needs a metal color band that could be user added or wrapped around the cable ends   - or something you can add to a generic probe to differentiate it that would withstand the heat at the sensing end. 

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9 minutes ago, Smokehowze said:

How do you tell readily which probe is which without tracing along each cable?  Seems to me each end of a particular probe needs a metal color band that could be user added or wrapped around the cable ends   - or something you can add to a generic probe to differentiate it that would withstand the heat at the sensing end. 

 

You have to know what probe port you connected it to on the box.. then you can name the probe in the software whatever you want it to be... I'll post some more screen shots from the app and the website later.

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21 minutes ago, Smokehowze said:

How do you tell readily which probe is which without tracing along each cable?  Seems to me each end of a particular probe needs a metal color band that could be user added or wrapped around the cable ends   - or something you can add to a generic probe to differentiate it that would withstand the heat at the sensing end. 

 If I am using more than a couple probes I just scribble a note on a scrap of paper so I can remember what went where and then name them on the graph on the website

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That would be a major upgrade to the maverick and the igrill that Is in my inventory.

I am finding myself using these less and less due to the Bluetooth range.  Lately I've been using the flame boss when I am cooking on the Rec Tec (minus the fan cable) which works well for me.

 

looking at your photo's I see no power cable so I am assuming that is is a self contained battery system with hopefully a rechargeable battery. That would speed up the set up to your cook a bit faster and less clutter in storage closet inbetween cooks.

 

i am surprised that All Things Bbq said that the flame boss is not selling well

it is a great product

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