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Fireboard 2 w/blower consuming too much fuel


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- Not with either the Fireboard FBX11 (aka FB 1) or Fireboard 2.

- Neither of my Fireboards consume anymore fuel than my Flameboss 200 or old DigiQ DX2

- I know this is not part of the question but if you want a fuel/lump mizer the SMOBOT shines in that arena. I have had over a 37 hr burn in a Primo XL with well over 1/3 of a firebox left when I shut her down.

 

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On 1/16/2021 at 11:20 AM, John Setzler said:

I have seen this happen when the top vent is not open enough.  

 

Wow that's counterintuitive; you would think the lump would burn faster with the vent more open. 

 

I just got a FireBoard and I'm half way through my first cook and my top vent is barely open, so we'll see what happens. 

 

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I haven't opened my Big Joe since last weekend, when I did a full brisket for about 27 hours with a full load of charcoal and the FireBoard. I'm interested to see how much charcoal I went through.

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16 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

@LargeRedJoe yup... if you close the top gent all the way down and fire up a controller, the charcoal will burn up in a hurry, all the heat will exit from the same path as the incoming air, and the top portion of the grill will never get good and hot.

And yup....most of my charcoal was gone, about 80% and I started with a fairly full basket. It was also cheap coal so that may have played a role. 

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4 hours ago, jtemple said:

Here's the firebox after running the grill for about 28 hours. Not much left, but it was still holding temp just fine by the time I shut it down.

 

How open was the top vent? In my case it was darned near closed and I only made it 8 hours or so.  

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On 2/1/2021 at 6:46 PM, jtemple said:

Oh, around halfway between closed and the first mark on the Kontrol Tower, maybe a little less than that.

 

On 2/1/2021 at 2:02 PM, LargeRedJoe said:

How open was the top vent? In my case it was darned near closed and I only made it 8 hours or so.  

I'm with you LargeRedJoe.  I can't even dream of a 12, 16, 27 cook.  Best I've ever seen was 8 and that was stretching it.  I'm missing something.

 

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Here's a 13.5 hour overnight cook on my Monolith. Fireboard 2, with their blower - max fan speed was 25%, top vent was damn near closed - maybe an eight of an inch open.

 

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And here's what the charcoal basket looked like once the meat was taken out:

 

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