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FireBoard Cloud Connected Smart Thermometer

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2 minutes ago, Paul said:

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

 

Internal rechargeable battery but I always keep an external battery pack plugged in "just in case".

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52 minutes ago, Paul said:

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

 

It's definitely a great product if you need a control system.  The FireBoard is developing a similar control system as well.  

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16 hours ago, John Setzler said:

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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.  

I agree John, for what these cost they should incorporate a stand, a way to hook it or at least a magnet.

 

For the time being I stuck little rubber bumpers on the four corners. Maybe this will help keep it from being pulled off the shelf so easily.

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29 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

I added my demo/review video to the original post...

 

Where? Link?

 

Nevermind - first post top of the thread - found it. 

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I was going to buy  this but I saw it uses their servers for the wifi data connectivity(never will buy a bluetooth current gen again). Concerned that if they go out of business then it will kill the wifi ability. Reason I went with the loki instead.

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I am running the FireBoard on an overnight cook that is now about 11.5 hours old...

 

https://share.fireboard.io/506EB1

 

I just connected an external USB battery to the controller.  The battery indicator on the controller was showing me a low enough strength that I was not comfortable leaving it for several more hours unattended.  I'm not confident that this device would run for nearly 24 hours on its own internal charge as advertised.  I'm sure that 24 hour figure is a best case scenario but this is only running two probes on this cook.  

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On 9/19/2017 at 12:08 AM, ifican said:

Any idea if the probes are interchangeable with the smoke? They appear to be same type but since i have not seen them in person i cannot tell.

 

The probes are plug compatible (same size plug) but they are not functionally cross-compatible. Fireboard probes don't work in a Smoke and Smoke probes don't work in a Fireboard. Don't know why.

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On 9/23/2017 at 8:14 PM, HeavyG said:

 

The probes are plug compatible (same size plug) but they are not functionally cross-compatible. Fireboard probes don't work in a Smoke and Smoke probes don't work in a Fireboard. Don't know why.

Thermoworks uses a thermocouple probe while fireboard uses RTD. They are different sensors types. 

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6 hours ago, martianpc said:

Thermoworks uses a thermocouple probe while fireboard uses RTD. They are different sensors types. 

 

The Smoke uses thermistor probes not thermocouples. Thermocouples are used in their instant read thermos like the Mk 4 due to their speed.

 

Thermistors and RTDs operate similarly but inversely ("With thermistors, resistance decreases with temperature and with RTD's, resistance increases."). RTD's are a higher precision type of probe. I've found that the probes from some of my other, cheaper thermos work in the Smoke but not in the Fireboard so it is again a matter of thermistor vs. RTD.

 

I don't know that either of the types is inherently superior for bbq temp reading needs and think that the quality of construction is far more important. The probes for both the Smoke and Fireboard seem pretty solidly built.

 

 

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I have the Fireboard AND the Smoke.  I do not have the Wifi module for the Smoke.  Overall construction of the unit itself is superior on the Smoke.  The Fireboard requires a $55 add on encasement to give it the same level of durability and stability as the Smoke.  

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