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  • marshall
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 369

    fireboard help

    trying my new fireboard out and I have 2 ambient probes right next to each other and getting almost 20 degree different reading from them, there on the indirect side of my kettle.... any ideas why ???
  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2696
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    #2
    How close together are they? I can think of three possibilities .... 1. If they are touching, or nearly touching, they are affecting each other. 2. Far enough apart that you are seeing hot/cool spots on your grill. 3. One of the probes is bad.

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    • lonnie mac
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 1275
      • Bacliff, TX
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      #3
      Pics may help. You would be surprised what the air flow inside the pit is doing, but the first thing I did with all 6 probes plugged in was to place the tips into boiling water. I don't have that graph anymore but I was in shock at how accurate they all were.

      I had a similar issue placing two pit probs really close.

      One thing you can do is to swap the probes in the pit. Slide them out of the grate clips and swap them and see if the temps follow the probes. If they do, I would test the probes together in the boiling water. If you have issues, man, I haven't had to use them yet but I hear the FireBoard staff is excellent when you need them.

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      • marshall
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 369

        #4
        yea, I started out with probe 1 on the left side and probe 2 on right side and they were about 70 degrees in difference, then I played around with them for about an hour and probe 1 seems to run low, I even put another cheaper thermometer probe next to them and it was real close with probe 2.... I didn't think about them being to close though, maybe ill put in boiling water ... does it have to be boiling?

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        • Danjohnston949
          Danjohnston949 commented
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          marshall, It would be best if the Water was Boiling so You get a Standardized Repeatable Temp at Your Elevation! If one of the Probes was Closer to Cold Meat than the other You can also get a discrepancy between the Two Probes!
          From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan
      • lonnie mac
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        • Jul 2016
        • 1275
        • Bacliff, TX
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          Home of Brutus Ten!

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          Gear:

          Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates, SNS
          WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS, DNG
          Texas Original Pits, Offset Smoker
          WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod
          Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...
          Weber Genesis II S-335
          Texas Fire Pit

          Latest addition: Stampede 590

          Thermos:

          Maveric's Most all of em...
          FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
          ThermoWorks, most all of em...
          Meater

        #5
        Yea, boiling is 212 Deg +/- a degree due to your altitude. You can also do a big glass of ice water stirred real good. Of course this will be 32. The boiling trick is much closer to our smoking temps anyway. Just don't submerge them past the swedge. Not sure they are waterproof. Doing this with both probes will tell you how accurate both probes are.

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        • kmhfive
          kmhfive commented
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          The Fireboard probes are waterproof. One of the selling points for me.
      • marshall
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 369

        #6
        pretty sure I got a faulty unit, I just hooked up all 4 of my probes to the fire board and put in boiling water and none of them registered, then the unit would not cycle 1 through 4 , then it said no activity!!! I then unhooked 2 of the probes and the other 2 started reading the water temp, looks like I see how there support is..

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        • Spinaker
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          • Nov 2014
          • 10238
          • Land of Tonka
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          #7
          Dang that sucks, Yeah I would contact Fireboard. Sorry to hear about your troubles. If you need help, let me know and we can try to reach out to them on your behalf.

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          • ecowper
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2696
            • Maple Valley, WA
            • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
              Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

              Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
              Thermometer = Maverick ET732
              Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
              Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
              Thermapen Classic = Grey
              PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

              Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
              Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
              Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
              Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

              Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


              Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

            #8
            FireBoard is awesome about tech support. When I had a unit break after falling 3 feet onto grass, they replaced it in like 2 days.

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            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              I like to hear this.
          • marshall
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 369

            #9
            thanks for the support people, much appreciated, I'm now using my 45$ thermpro to cook my chicken as we speak lol

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            • ecowper
              ecowper commented
              Editing a comment
              :-( .... email fireboard support. They'll get you a new unit asap, I'm sure.

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              woa woa :/
          • lonnie mac
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 1275
            • Bacliff, TX
            • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...

              https://www.youtube.com/c/LonnieMac

              Home of Brutus Ten!

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              Gear:

              Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates, SNS
              WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS, DNG
              Texas Original Pits, Offset Smoker
              WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod
              Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...
              Weber Genesis II S-335
              Texas Fire Pit

              Latest addition: Stampede 590

              Thermos:

              Maveric's Most all of em...
              FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
              ThermoWorks, most all of em...
              Meater

            #10
            Hate to hear this. I had my FireBoard wig out only one time. It did the same thing you have experienced except it seemed to be my app that was causing the issue. I turned everything off, and rebooted everything. Haven't had a problem since that day.

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            • marshall
              Club Member
              • Jul 2017
              • 369

              #11
              I emailed fireboard, they have responded in less then 20 min. assuring they would fix the problem or get me a new one, that's very impressive on there part

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              • kmhfive
                kmhfive commented
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                Yay!!!! Great news.

              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Great to hear Marshall
            • lonnie mac
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 1275
              • Bacliff, TX
              • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...

                https://www.youtube.com/c/LonnieMac

                Home of Brutus Ten!

                http://www.alenuts.com/Alenuts/Alenuts.html

                Gear:

                Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates, SNS
                WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS, DNG
                Texas Original Pits, Offset Smoker
                WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod
                Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...
                Weber Genesis II S-335
                Texas Fire Pit

                Latest addition: Stampede 590

                Thermos:

                Maveric's Most all of em...
                FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
                ThermoWorks, most all of em...
                Meater

              #12
              Great to know. I have only heard great things about this company!

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              • marshall
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 369

                #13
                update: Ted from the company had me leave my fireboard on via wifi and he uploaded some new firmware to it, he also said on the fireboard unit under devices in the advance settings, there is a smart temp. filter that by default was turned on, (causing inactivity results) he had me turn it off which needs to be done through blue tooth connection not wifi. after doing so I did the boiling water test and all probes worked great , the unit worked great, no more than 1 degree difference between 4 probes! The people at fireboard seem fantastic and I plan on being a customer for a long time, its pretty awesome when you call a company after 5pm and someone picks the phone up and talks to you like an actual person and truly cares about their product and is happy to share information with you.

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                • kmhfive
                  kmhfive commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Great! Glad to hear it's working.
              • lonnie mac
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 1275
                • Bacliff, TX
                • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...

                  https://www.youtube.com/c/LonnieMac

                  Home of Brutus Ten!

                  http://www.alenuts.com/Alenuts/Alenuts.html

                  Gear:

                  Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates, SNS
                  WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS, DNG
                  Texas Original Pits, Offset Smoker
                  WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod
                  Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...
                  Weber Genesis II S-335
                  Texas Fire Pit

                  Latest addition: Stampede 590

                  Thermos:

                  Maveric's Most all of em...
                  FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
                  ThermoWorks, most all of em...
                  Meater

                #14
                Great man! There are a TON of settings. I am scared to death to touch most of them. I knew they would come through. I don't know if one of them folks are members here but they should be just to see all the happy customers.

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                • Danjohnston949
                  Danjohnston949 commented
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                  There are at least two people from FireBoard who are Members of the "Pit Club"! Ted Conrad and Steven! I have spoken to Both! Instant if not faster Responce! 👍👍👍👍👍
                  From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan
              • DWCowles
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                • Jul 2014
                • 9760
                • Smiths Grove, Ky
                • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                #15
                Great customer service!

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