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I’m finally pulled the trigger & bought an IKamand.   I feel KJ worked out all of the major kinks.  I’m also getting weary of the bit and piece involved in the CyberQ Wifi. 
 

It was time to make the plunge.  I was a little disappointed that you can’t buy food probes separately from the grill probe.  I guess the worst case scenario is having a back-up for a failed grate probe if one fails. 

 

It feels like a strange omit not to sell separate food probes.  The IKamand should arrive sometime this week.

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2 hours ago, TKOBBQ said:

Hopefully it will meet your expectations.


I think KJ worked out 90% of the kinks.  It’ll be nice to have a weather proof controller.  

 

Ziplock bags ain’t cheap these days.  The BBQ Guru required a lot Ziplock back to protect it.  The LED froze up on a cold winter day. 

 

It was time for an upgrade with a better app. 

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The IKamand finally arrived today.  The store I ordered it from last week sent me the wrong controller.

 

It’s sitting there doing it’s firmware update.   It was surprising easy to connect when compared with the CyberQ Wifi.  
 

I did nick my thumb installing the draft door.  I have a steel teaming tool. I plant to remove any sharp edges left from the plant.  Otherwise, it’s smooth sailing. 
 

It’s a little strange the factory didn’t fold over the metal on the door handle to create a smooth finger friendly lower vent handle similar to the folded handle on the original lower KJ draft door.

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1 hour ago, Rob_grill_apprentice said:

Glad it arrived for you.  Sorry you nicked yourself on metal part of controller.


No big deal.  I have the construction/wood working background, I can fix stuff like that.

 

For the average consumer, they should revise the draft door to make sure there’s no sharp edges on it. 

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It's just unsafe to try to install the door without removing the screws that hold the right side of the sliding vent on the Kamado.  No one wants to do that though because it involves taking the firebox out of the grill to get to the nuts ont he back side of the screws...

 

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11 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

It's just unsafe to try to install the door without removing the screws that hold the right side of the sliding vent on the Kamado.  No one wants to do that though because it involves taking the firebox out of the grill to get to the nuts ont he back side of the screws...

 


I took the screws out. I nicked myself on the metal filings left on the handle.  I thought it was odd they didn’t use the same fold over technique used on the OEM draft door that came with the grill.

 

All the other manufactures use a metal fold over to eliminate any sharp edges on the adapters.

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The first test with the iKamand went well.  I would use it for any cooks over 275 F.   It’s more work than necessary to keep fidgeting with my phone and a controller on shorter high temp cooks. 

 

It was bought for those low and slows.  It looks like I’ll need to use a ziplock to protect the power adapter on rainy days. 

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5 hours ago, Rick in Ontario said:

I assume you would NOT use it on cooks over 275 F.


Not for my purpose.  This is my 8th year using a Kamado Joe.  I’m used to controlling the temp with vents only.

 

I can do low and slows without the controller.  I’m usually multitasking and doing wood working projects and other things.  The temp controller offers peace of mind when I’m juggling tasks. 
 

You always have to keep your phone on you during hot & fast cooks. It was a little annoying to have to manually reactivate the fan in the app every time you open the lid. 


There was no real difference in start up times when using a propane torch vs the IKamand. 

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I was looking at the iKamand (but still waiting for my KJ3, it was delayed 2 weeks).  Is there anything in the manual about exposing it to the elements?  Ie. temp range, is it waterproof etc?  I'm in Southern Ontario and we can get pretty cold in winter with lots of snow... not sure how it would stand up to that...

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On 6/25/2020 at 7:33 PM, Duke_Kaboom said:

I was looking at the iKamand (but still waiting for my KJ3, it was delayed 2 weeks).  Is there anything in the manual about exposing it to the elements?  Ie. temp range, is it waterproof etc?  I'm in Southern Ontario and we can get pretty cold in winter with lots of snow... not sure how it would stand up to that...

I use the ikamand for two years now.  It takes about 10 sec to remove it after your cook. It comes with a cover plate for the door and storage case for the controller, so there is no need to leave it on permanently. With the high humidity here in Florida I remove the controller after each cook and store inside.  To put it back on also takes only 10 secs. I love mine!

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