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  • wcpreston
    started a topic My Fireboard arrived midcook! (Impressions)

    My Fireboard arrived midcook! (Impressions)

    I still have my CyberQ and was finishing what is to be my last cook with it. But my new Fireboard Extreme BBQ edition arrived in the middle of me cooking four spare ribs. I don't know if this is their normal SOP, or if they monitor this board or something, but it was Fedex'd to me, even tho I only paid for regular mail. Either way, thanks, FB!

    I immediately configured it and put the probes on mid cook!

    First impressions:
    1. Much smaller than the CyberQ, FWTW.
    2. It can run on battery, although they recommend using power if you are driving a fan.
    3. I love how easy it was to configure everything, including the Wifi, with Bluetooth.
    4. I like how I can do everything in the app.
    5. I like how I can configure separate alerts for everything, AND that I can have the ping me in the app, via email AND via SMS!

    Check out the screenshot of my current cook! I have four spare ribs, each being cooked separately. They're all approaching "ready," but not quite there yet. You can see in there that I've set alarms for 203F for each one.

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    In SHORT, I think it's a way better product than the CyberQ for me. Hence, I'm returning said CyberQ.

    I DON'T like that I need the fan controller cable, and I like even less that it is out of stock, so I'll be fan-less while I'm waiting for that. I know the G2 Chubby is pretty solid even w/o the fan, but I'm spoiled already.

    I also understand that they chose to do it this way because they made do other smart accessories, although right now I can't figure out what that might be.

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  • ecowper
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    I live near Seattle ... in fact, I live in one of the rainiest places in Western WA that you can, shy of living on the Olympic Peninsula. I get approximately 70” rain per year at my house. I have never bought the FB cover and I routinely cook with the FB in wet weather. If it is really bad, I stick the FB inside a sandwich bag.

  • tRidiot
    The Fireboard is incredible. I have to say, I left mine sitting out in the rain for a number of hours one day (after a cook the day before). I brought it in, left it to dry for a few days, then powered it up, and it has been fine. I would recommend this, as I know it isn't supposed to be waterproof or even "rain resistant", but I was super pleased I didn't have to spend another $200 on a new one - and I would have!

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  • lonnie mac
    The absolute beauty of the FireBoard/Drive cable is the variable fan speed. No other system that I know of does that I believe. May be wrong, but the very reason for the baffle in the viper fan itself is because that system runs the fan either on or off.

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  • jlazar
    Here are my ongoing results today with Chubby G2, Fireboard and Viper Fan. I have the Fireboard cable. Set point is 235. The first drop in temp is when I put the roasts and butts on. The second big drop was when I opened up and pulled out the grates for both butts and the roast to check on status. Also to add another grate with 3 racks of baby backs. Recovery time was about 24 minutes. Would have been much less if not for the addition of the cold ribs. Left home for 3 hours during this cook.

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  • SmokeyGator
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    It looks like an 8 pin mini-DIN. Which is interesting. I suspect only a few pins are used. One has to be the ground, one for fan control, and one for charging. But is there anything else?

  • wcpreston
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    Now if we only knew the pinout of the cable

  • SmokeyGator
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    Assuming the controller sends a 12v signal. If it sends a lower voltage it could still work, with the right relay. And if the controller connector is three (or more) pins, charging of the battery is possible, if you know which pin does that. But then things start to get complicated unless you are experienced in such things. If the PID is on the cable, forget it. Still possible, but more as a “because I can” thing. At a greater cost because raspberry pi or arduino required.

  • SmokeyGator
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    Thermostatic control would still be there. The pit temp probe and the fireboard does that. When the temp is low, a signal is sent that turns on the fan. When temp=set point the fan stops or slows. Alarms are sent when temp is X degrees above or below the set point. What a simple relay wouldn’t do is allow charging of the battery or variable fan speed. It would be on or off. 100% speed or 0% speed.

  • wcpreston
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    Well since powering my fan is really the only thing it doesn't currently do, why doesn't that make sense?

  • ecowper
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    no PID at all, as a matter of fact. So, you can power the fan but nothing else. Which wouldn't really make much sense.

  • SmokeyGator
    If the fireboard main unit sends a 12v signal to the fan cable, it will be easy to make your own. This plan will NOT allow the external power source to charge or power the main unit and will NOT have variable fan speed. but it will cost $10-$15 unless you have a 12v wall wort at at least 2 amps output already, in which case leas than $10. The unit sends a low amp signal, which opens the relay, which powers the fan. Again no speed control and no charging ability. But cheap. And ugly.

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  • ecowper
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    wcpreston sorry, I should have clarified that I was addressing Attjack :-)

  • Attjack
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    Thanks for making this thread it answered my Fireboard questions. I'll probably end up with a new Maverick to use with my DigiQ. But I'm in no hurry.

  • wcpreston
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    That is disappointing, true. But it's price, including the adapter, is now roughly the same as the CyberQ if you were considering that.