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  • gdsim1
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    • Jan 2017
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    PBC / FireBoard / Pit Viper Fan - Thoughts and Assistance Needed

    Howdy folks! I recently pulled the trigger on a FireBoard and Pit Viper fan setup for my Pit Barrel Cooker, and took it on its maiden voyage this past weekend.

    The FireBoard itself is incredible! Crazy accurate, and I love all the data it provides. I was skeptical that it could be THAT much better than my ThermoWorks Smoke unit, but I’m head over heels in love with the thing.

    Mostly. LOL

    The catch comes in with the performance of the fan driver. As you can see from the pics, the barrel temp fluctuated quite a bit... the beautiful, rock steady chart I normally have seen in other posts here was nowhere to be found. Particularly troubling were the severe drops, in that on a couple of them the FireBoard never did start the Pit Viper fan to correct the falling temp - I had to switch the control from auto to manual and start the fan myself. Kinda defeats the purpose of an automatic controller.

    Now, I have a couple of theories on what could’ve caused this:

    1) Not a picture perfect installation of the XL Dome Adapter I ordered with the fan. I’ll get pics to add to the ones below later tonight, but overall I’m pretty satisfied with the way it finally ended up after numerous “Dang it, try again” attempts. They really, REEEEALLY need to include a drilling template or installation instructions with these adapters, to save monkeys like me from ourselves! LOL

    2) Like a doofus, I forgot to order an ambient temp thermometer to go along with all those gorgeous meat thermometers I bought. Couldn’t wait to play with my new toys, so I used one of the meat thermometers for the ambient temp probe with the thought that “a thermometer is a thermometer is a thermometer”, but maybe that’s not the case? Rectified my mistake, and a proper ambient temp probe will be in place by the time the next cook happens.

    Fan was set to 100% max output, vent ON the fan was open halfway if either of those settings could make a difference.

    I look forward to any theories and guidance the community has to offer, as I am extremely new to the whole thermostatic controller game.

    On the the good news front, the brisket I cooked using the setup, despite the extremely fast cook time, wound up being one of if not THE best brisket I’ve ever produced! 😃 Yay Pit Barrel!!!

    Thanks,

    G
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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
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    #2
    Just a quick check: do you have the latest firmware? If not, upgrade via the app.

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    • gdsim1
      gdsim1 commented
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      Thank you Henrik, I never thought to check. A bit more help? How does one do this?
  • N227GB
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    • Feb 2018
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    • Fort Myers, FL
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    #3
    Originally posted by gdsim1 View Post
    Couldn’t wait to play with my new toys, so I used one of the meat thermometers for the ambient temp probe with the thought that “a thermometer is a thermometer is a thermometer”, but maybe that’s not the case?
    I've noticed my Thermapen gives an accurate reading of the ambient air. I think the main difference is the ambient probe is shorter to take up less room/not get in the way and has a grate clip. Can't speak on the Fireboard directly, though.

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    • IowaGirl
      IowaGirl commented
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      And it's not sharp, so less likely to accidentally stab the cook. (Don't ask me how I know this.)

    • gdsim1
      gdsim1 commented
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      Yes @227gb, I’m with you (and the others who had similar comments) - I don’t think the meat probe was the issue... but had to throw it out there juuuuuust to make sure I wasn’t losing my marbles lol. Thanks for the help.

    • gdsim1
      gdsim1 commented
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      LOL I’ve got that kind of talent too IowaGirl. 😊 Not saying you stuck yourself, but if you had you wouldn’t be the ONLY one who’s ever done it. 😉
      Last edited by gdsim1; July 28th, 2019, 08:30 AM.
  • Troutman
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    #4
    Using a meat probe should have worked as your ambient temp device, so I don't think that's the case.

    Go into your setting and search for the Lid Detection and toggle it on. Below that you can stipulate how many minutes the fan is switched off after the lid is removed. Mine defaulted to something like 5 mins which is ridiculous. I had the same problem as you I kept turning the fan from auto to manual thinking something was wrong with the signal or the unit. I now have it switched to 1 min. That gives you time to spritz or mop or do whatever you have to do, replace the lid and the fan should come on right away.

    I don't own a PBC but do cook on WSMs. I think it's safe to say that both are similar type cookers. You should have all bottom vents closed and only control things via the top vent, which I general have about 1/2 to 3/4 open. The fan and the Fireboard control the rest. I always have rock solid cooks on my WSMs.

    Hopefully someone with that cooker and setup can give you some further advice. Once you get it dialed in, you can go take a nap, its that reliable.
    Last edited by Troutman; July 23rd, 2019, 03:51 PM.

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    • Troutman
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      • Aug 2017
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      • Republic of Texallence

      • OUTDOOR COOKERS
        22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
        6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
        22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
        18” Jumbo Joe
        36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
        Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
        BBQ ACCESSORIES
        Classic Thermopen
        Thermoworks SMOKE
        Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
        Grill Grates
        SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
        A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
        Weber stainless veggie basket
        Weber stainless fish basket
        Weber stainless rib rack
        Phat Mat cooking mats
        Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
        WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES
        For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
        For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
        For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
        For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
        For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
        SOUS VIDE
        Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
        INDOOR COOKWARE
        Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
        12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
        Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
        La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
        La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
        Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

        JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
        Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
        Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
        Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

      #5
      Just another thought, looking at your graphs did you use Channel 1 for your meat probe? Fireboard folks told me a long time ago to always use Channel 1 for your ambient temperature probe. Just one of those little things they fail to tell you or write down...whoops. Don't know if that mattered but it might have.

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      • Polarbear777
        Polarbear777 commented
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        You can select any probe, but I’ve noticed if you have to reset things, it will default back to #1
    • Polarbear777
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      • Sep 2016
      • 1388

      #6
      Originally posted by Troutman View Post

      Go into your setting and search for the Lid Detection and toggle it on. Below that you can stipulate how many minutes the fan is switched off after the lid is removed. Mine defaulted to something like 5 mins which is ridiculous. I had the same problem as you I kept turning the fan from auto to manual thinking something was wrong with the signal or the unit. I now have it switched to 1 min. That gives you time to spritz or mop or do whatever you have to do, replace the lid and the fan should come on right away.
      I say Turn the lid detection feature completely off for the PBC. It’s pretty tight so with no intake you can lose the fire too far and it won’t compensate well. I’ve even had the fire go out completely before because of that feature.

      When you need to open the lid, just shut off the fan first from the app so you can get in there and turn it back on when you are done. I don’t find myself opening it or even touching it more than maybe 3 times in a 12 hour cook.

      see post #5 and all the discussion in this thread.

      https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ibration-tests
      Last edited by Polarbear777; July 23rd, 2019, 05:28 PM.

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      • Polarbear777
        Club Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 1388

        #7
        Meat vs ambient probe doesn’t seem to matter. In a pinch I’ve used either for ambient and no problems.

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        • Polarbear777
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 1388

          #8
          I’ve had tighter control by setting the fan to 50% or 75% max before. It seems to not overshoot so much. Since it is less strong and thus, has to run more often/cycle more frequently.
          Last edited by Polarbear777; July 23rd, 2019, 05:27 PM.

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          • gdsim1
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            • Jan 2017
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            • KC MO
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            #9
            Originally posted by Troutman View Post
            Using a meat probe should have worked as your ambient temp device, so I don't think that's the case.

            Go into your setting and search for the Lid Detection and toggle it on. Below that you can stipulate how many minutes the fan is switched off after the lid is removed. Mine defaulted to something like 5 mins which is ridiculous. I had the same problem as you I kept turning the fan from auto to manual thinking something was wrong with the signal or the unit. I now have it switched to 1 min. That gives you time to spritz or mop or do whatever you have to do, replace the lid and the fan should come on right away.

            I don't own a PBC but do cook on WSMs. I think it's safe to say that both are similar type cookers. You should have all bottom vents closed and only control things via the top vent, which I general have about 1/2 to 3/4 open. The fan and the Fireboard control the rest. I always have rock solid cooks on my WSMs.

            Hopefully someone with that cooker and setup can give you some further advice. Once you get it dialed in, you can go take a nap, its that reliable.
            Troutman, I think you may very well have hit the nail on the head sir! 😃 Went and checked, and lid detection was defaulted to ON and set at SEVEN MINUTES! Way too long, and playing with my chart in the app I can see that I jumped in to “fix” it manually within that seven minutes every time. So I think what we had here was a default setting that may work great for other cookers (but not so much a PBC or WSM), combined with a nervous nelly first time noob jumping too quick because he didn’t realize it! 👍 Now instead of being nervous about it, I can’t WAIT to fire the barrel up again this weekend! Thanks a ton for your help sir, GREATLY appreciated!!!

            Combining two replies into one, and while on the subject of first time noobs LOL - now that you mention it, the FireBoard did in fact default to Channel 1 as the ambient temp / fan driver channel. My reaction when I realized it? “Oh duh, wrong channel!” - and switched it to Channel 6, which is (as you surmised) where I had the probe I was using for ambient temp plugged in.

            Im sure customer service is great and all but this, THIS kind of great help and info is why I check in with my Pit peeps first! 👍 I suppose this is an appropriate place to shout from the mountaintops how much I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY!!! 😃

            Thanks again for taking the time to help!

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            • gdsim1
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              • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

              #10
              Polarbear777 - running out of daylight and I’ve got to get to bed, but I wanted to say a quick thank you for weighing in and offering your wisdom as well. 🙏 Your experience and tips are very much appreciated, and I will be sure to check out the post thread you pointed me at tomorrow.

              For now, off to bed... with visions of this weekends cook likely dancing in my head! 😃🙌

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              • gdsim1
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                • Jan 2017
                • 168
                • KC MO
                • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

                #11
                Tagging fzxdoc & AverageJoe, as they’ve been with me and in my corner since I started this thermo controller journey.

                Getting closer y’all! 😇

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                • AverageJoe
                  AverageJoe commented
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                  Been great seeing all of your information you have added. Looking forward to hearing about the next cook and how well it goes.
              • fzxdoc
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                #12
                Thank you, gdsim1 , for letting us inch up your learning curve with you. This is all great information, specific to the Fireboard driver cable/Pit Viper (medium) fan/XL Grill Dome adapter setup for the PBC.

                Did you end up only using the PBC's hole for the vent to secure your adapter?

                I just knew you'd love that Fireboard with all of its available information. It sure makes a cook easier to follow.

                Looking forward to your upcoming weekend cook.

                Kathryn

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                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  If my follies help even one person in some way on their own journey - worth it! 👍

                  I did use the PBC’s pre-drilled hole... plus four more. LOL The evil engineer on my shoulder started whispering “We can make it BETTER...” and there were a few muffs involved too. Will explain all that when I toss some pics up this evening - ran out of daylight yesterday. 💁‍♂️
              • gdsim1
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                • Jan 2017
                • 168
                • KC MO
                • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

                #13
                Ok, Pit Viper mod pics for fzxdoc and anyone else who cares to see... obviously it didn’t go as smoothly as it could’ve / should’ve. Literally NO instructions or guidance provided with the adapter, so you’re very much on your own on installation. It’s really my only BGC (b*tch gripe and complaint) about the thing.

                As you can see from the pics, I ended up with a fairly decent seal at the end of my stumbling through it - one that I can live with at any rate. I need to shore up the partial “oopsie” hole in the front plate... it isn’t completely open, and I figure some magnetic tape should take care of it.

                What I’m REALLY pleased with is the view from inside the barrel... very little light shining through around the intake hole. All in all, I think with the help I’ve been provided in this post I’m going to be A-OK for the cook this weekend and beyond.

                To be continued... 😊

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                • Geocarps
                  Geocarps commented
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                  Interesting. BBQ Guru told me to use the XL Grill Dome Adaptor. They even sent a word document, with instructions an a pic. They attached with one screw after bending the adaptor slightly to match the curve of the barrel

                • fzxdoc
                  fzxdoc commented
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                  I got the XL Grill Dome Adapter but no Word doc. I'll drop them an email. Thanks, Geocarps.

                  Kathryn
              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 4391
                • My toys:
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                  Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                  Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                  Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                  Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                  Grill Grate for SnS
                  Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                  Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                  2 Grill Grate Griddles

                  Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                  Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                  Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                  2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                  Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                  Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                  Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                  Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                  Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                  Maverick ET 733
                  Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                  Grill Pinz
                  Vortex (two of them)

                  Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                  VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                  Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                  A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                  BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                  Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                  Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                #14
                Thanks for those pics!

                Kathryn

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                • gdsim1
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                  Most welcome ma’am... now it’s time for you to take the Pit Viper plunge! 😈 Come to the dark side Kathryn... we’ve got homemade sauces and sides! 😂😂😂

                • fzxdoc
                  fzxdoc commented
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                  gdsim1 , Heeeere I come!

                  K.

                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  That’s right fzxdoc you adorable little spider... done snared yourself in your own web on this one didn’t ya? 😂😂😂
              • JoeInTX
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 66

                #15
                gdsim1 Thanks for starting the this thread! Very useful, much appreciated. Thanks as well to everyone that replied/contributed! I'm another noob to the thermostatic controller world but in the planning stage. I have the Pit Viper fan but not the Fireboard yet. My question is on powering the Pit Viper fan / Fireboard setup. Is it powered by AC? Anyone use the 4000 mah battery pack available from Fireboard? Is it powerful enough for say a 12 hour cook?

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                Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                The Undisputed Champion!

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                The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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                Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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                GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                kareubequ bbq smoker

                Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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                Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                PK 360 grill

                Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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