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I also have both a Smoke and Fireboard, got them within the same month last year.

 

Absent a complete teardown/analysis of each unit I'm curious what factors anyone would use to say the overall construction of either unit is superior/inferior to another.

 

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Since i dont have the fireboard and can only speculate, could it be the weight coupled with the resistance to the elements that comes standard on the smoke and needs the case for the fireboard? Granted heavier weight doesnt inherently mean stronger but...... 

 

For those fireboard owners, is battery life living up to expectations? 

 

 

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The battery life of the Fireboard is fine. From a full charge I have never had it get close to running out but the longest I have had a session was only 10 or 12 hours. My problem is I almost never remember to recharge the Fireboard after I have used it so I usually go ahead and plug it into an external USB battery pack. I have plenty of those and at least a few of them are fully charged as I use them with other devices.

 

I was using my Smoke for a simple cook a few months ago and a line of strong thunderstorms came thru. I wasn't worried since it is supposedly water resistant, however, after the first line of storms rolled thru I noticed one of the probes wasn't reading. When the rain lightened up I went outside to check it and the Smoke unit was fine  but I guessed that perhaps I didn't fully seat the probe plug. I dried off the plug and firmly plugged it back into the Smoke and it was reading fine. However, when the next line of storms rolled thru the same thing happened except this time it was both probes not reading correctly. After that line of storms passed went back outside, dried off the plugs, firmly plugged them both back in (they started reading correctly again) and then... put the Smoke in a ziplock bag since there were more bands of storm rolling thru later.

 

While the Smoke may be ok with a bit of a drizzle it certainly wasn't up to the line of kickass storms we had that day/night.

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11 minutes ago, kamadokirby said:

Does anyone own or plan to get the FireBoard Drive? I'm curious to know how well this new accessory performs for temperature control.

 

 

A couple of folks on another forum have already received theirs but are waiting for the weekend to use them.

 

Mine will arrive next Tuesday.

 

I'm sure it will work just fine.

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The price of the Fireboard Drive has pushed me away from recommending it.  $89 for the cable and $50 for the fan.  That's on top of the $189 or $249 you spend on the Fireboard itself.  It's definitely a nice toy but at that price point it goes into my category of not worth the money for what you get out of it.  I bought the $249 Fireboard kit and I like what it offers me when cooking on my Yoder where i might have that many cuts of meat going at once.  For a kamado, that is overboard in my opinion.  

 

Have fun deciding what you will spend your money on :)

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I ended up getting a thermoworks smoke for my Birthday. Great  thermometer but it drops out of range during overnight cooks, beeps and wakes everyone up :)

 

I might just get the gateway module so I can monitor over wi-fi but I'm still intrigued by other units that have temperature control!

 

 

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5 minutes ago, kamadokirby said:

I ended up getting a thermoworks smoke for my Birthday. Great  thermometer but it drops out of range during overnight cooks, beeps and wakes everyone up :)

 

I might just get the gateway module so I can monitor over wi-fi but I'm still intrigued by other units that have temperature control!

 

 

 

Trust your grill.  When it is stable, it will stay that way overnight without issue unless it is windy.  I have made many many overnight cooks without the help of electronics.  If I can do it, anyone can.

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