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Has anyone tried using the new Thermoworks Billows fan controlled system on a PBC?

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  • 3DJ
    3DJ
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    • Jul 2014
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    • Columbus Ohio
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    Has anyone tried using the new Thermoworks Billows fan controlled system on a PBC?

    I bought the Thermoworks Signals and Billows fan, I know it will work on my WSM, but wondered if anyone else has used it successfully elsewhere. I’m wondering how hard it would be to integrate with a PBC and even my PK 360 for that matter (although I am sure that one will take some work).

    Thanks,
    Jim
  • Razor
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 255
    • Pittsburgh

    #2
    I can't imagine it not working. Same basic principals at play. What would your concern be?

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    • ComfortablyNumb
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      I'm guessing fit.
  • ComfortablyNumb
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    • May 2017
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      Thermoworks Dot

    #3
    Can't comment on the PBC, maybe HawkerXP can, I think he might have one. ;-)

    As the PK360, it has a round intake, and looking at the picture of the Billows it as a square hole, and despite a lifetime of trying, I'm beginning to think they are right when they say you can't put a square peg in a round hole. But I'm wondering if you got a tube and welded a square plate on the end if you could somehow attach it.

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    • HawkerXP
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      pbc, pbc, pbc…...
  • HawkerXP
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    • Jul 2016
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    #4
    I would think making a new bottom air vent cover a little bigger then the one it came with and cut a hole into it to fit your fan would work.

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    • 3DJ
      3DJ
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      • Jul 2014
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      • Columbus Ohio
      • 22.5" WSM, iGrill Thermometer, Thermoworks -Thermopen, Original Cooking Thermometer/Timer, Weber Spirit Grill w/ GrillGrates+Griddle & BBQR'S Delight Smoke Box.

      #5
      Thanks everyone, I guess when I actually have the thing in my hands I’ll be able to size it up against all things possible. I’m sure there’s going to be better ways than others to make it work with all my smokers.

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      • Woodson
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        • Jun 2019
        • 83
        • Missouri

        #6
        This is a sore subject for me. A month after I bought my second Guru this was released. I’m too invested in guru to buy another blower.

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        • 3DJ
          3DJ
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          #7
          Originally posted by Woodson View Post
          This is a sore subject for me. A month after I bought my second Guru this was released. I’m too invested in guru to buy another blower.
          I can imagine. I have been holding off, and in fact I wasn’t going to get a fan system at all, just wanted to upgrade my old original igrill thermometer. When they announced the Billow at such a reasonable price and then had a killer sale- it was time to upgrade.

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          • jfmorris
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            Well, the Billows itself is reasonably priced. The fact I can't use it without tossing out my Smoke and Smoke Gateway (spent around $189 on that), and buying a Signals for what - $229? - puts it out of my current budget! I'll keep using the PartyQ I bought last year on Cyber Monday (for my own Christmas), and keep monitoring it using my Smoke for now.... I do love my Thermoworks stuff though...
        • AZ Fogey
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          • May 2019
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          #8
          Just yesterday, on the Thermoworks site, they were showing a picture of their adapter mounted on a PBC. Looked like it was just a matter of taking off the intake vent plate and, using the same screw, attaching their adaptor over the hole from the outside. The install looked easier than BBQGuru install where the adapter is inserted in the hole from the inside and then screwed on. Since I have a Signals, I will probably end up buying the Billows, although I am more than happy with my CyberCloud. Here's a graph of a 275° tri-top cook I did on the PBC yesterday. Temp control was superb. Click image for larger version

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