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Just received my Kamado Joe.  I had an egg years ago, way before technology introduced itself into the sphere.  There is so much information and so many products to chose from I am in information overload.  I will be doing brisket & pulled pork from time to time, but will mainly do chicken and the usual dinner staples.  Should I make the investment into something that is scalable with a fan added eventually, or just get a great wireless thermometer and trust proven cooking ability and forget about a fan.  Thanks for the replies. 

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I got the Smoke and loved it. I also got a PartyQ because I wanted to do overnight cooks and also get some sleep. The PartyQ was okay, but running off of batteries was a pain. I got the Thermoworks Signals and Billows as a Christmas gift. I was a little leery at first because I had read where some had trouble connecting to the Wifi and Thermoworks wasn't great with the customer service. Maybe they updated the software to fix the issue because I didn't have a problem connecting to my Wifi. I only used it for a bit last night, but that really seems cool.

 

Of course you should learn how to use the grill without a fan, but having one is really nice. The ability to monitor or alter a cook while I am at work or anywhere else with my phone is a game changer for me. 

 

 

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I have a Smoke and it seems like the meat thermometer has begun to read low. A cheap instant read and old dial thermometers agreed to the higher temp than the smoke was reading. 

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I'm using a Maverick with my Joe.  I have gained confidence in the ability to hold a steady temp and have done some overnight cooks.  I don't live in a particularly windy area and don't know how that would change things.  Having the hand-held on the nightstand is nice to be able to roll over, eyeball it and drop back off.

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On 12/27/2019 at 5:54 PM, DrunkenMeatFist said:

I got the Smoke and loved it. I also got a PartyQ because I wanted to do overnight cooks and also get some sleep. The PartyQ was okay, but running off of batteries was a pain. I got the Thermoworks Signals and Billows as a Christmas gift. I was a little leery at first because I had read where some had trouble connecting to the Wifi and Thermoworks wasn't great with the customer service. Maybe they updated the software to fix the issue because I didn't have a problem connecting to my Wifi. I only used it for a bit last night, but that really seems cool.

 

Of course you should learn how to use the grill without a fan, but having one is really nice. The ability to monitor or alter a cook while I am at work or anywhere else with my phone is a game changer for me. 

 

 

Have you used it anymore?  I like the idea of a water resistant system and monitoring by phone.   It seems like the billows is pretty new, are you staying connected with that attached?  Is there much ash that blows up to the food?

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13 minutes ago, wk3660 said:

Have you used it anymore?  I like the idea of a water resistant system and monitoring by phone.   It seems like the billows is pretty new, are you staying connected with that attached?  Is there much ash that blows up to the food?

I used it again yesterday, but not on the kamado. I have a Barrel House Cooker and since it only cost me $45 I put a hole in the side big enough for the Billows. I haven't had any connectivity issues since the initial set up. I haven't really messed with the graphing portion of the app, but it has stored data from my first two cooks. Never had any problems with ash blowing on the food with the PartyQ or this new gadget. You can also do more than monitor the cook with your phone. You can adjust the temp of the Billows on the app so if I am elsewhere and I want to increase the grill temp I can jack it up on the phone. 

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