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  • hawkdriver9
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    ok first run of the new FB2 drive and Pit Viper.

    so after hearing reports of the FB overshooting the target temp I started off with a temp set of 200 and yes it went straight to 220ish, then i adjusted the temp to 220

    as you can see from the screen shot of the cook temps the FB held the temp mostly on target, the only issue was it temp would drop whenever i would open the door but the fire would also get stoked, so as soon as i closed the door the temp would rebound and increase, I think this is a common issue with vault smokers because a vault/cabinet smoker holds heat almost to well. not sure how Im going to fix that issue, maybe closing off the vent on the viper once the pit is up to temp incase there is a draft even without the fan running, I was really hoping this set up would be more set and forget, geuss I will have to keep testing,

    bottom line the rips and chicken came out perfect even with a minor temp increase, 225 to 245,

    oh yeah, thats bacon over the ribs, the bacon dripping on the ribs for moisture and flavor, keeps you from having to spray them, genius :P
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  • hawkdriver9
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    got the FB2 off Amazon just in case there were any issues like some people have stated (there where none, was perfect and really easy to get started. delivered in two days!!!

    got the docking station/holder from fireboard directly, was at my door in three days!!

    Ordered the Pit Viper directly from GURU (couldn't find it anywhere else) still waiting on that part. UPS tracking says it will be here tomorrow, which would be a week. that not bad actually but it todays world of instant gratification "i want it yesterday" LOL

    I'll make my first run with some ribs and let you all know how it goes, in case there are other cabinet smoker guys looking for the right set up,

    VR Dan

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  • Polarbear777
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    Only reason to get a bigger fan is for faster startups or holding steady temps above 400, which you may not need often or at all.

    I think it will work great.

  • hawkdriver9
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    So I pulled the trigger on a "Fireboard 2 Driver" and the "Guru Pit Viper" fan. and I'm so excited I can't wait, feel like a kid waiting on Christmas!!!

    After talking to all of you nice people and doing a ton of reading I decided on a Pit Viper 10-CFM instead of the Pit Bull 25-CFM. I made this call for two reasons.

    #1- the New design/modified Pit Viper is more plastic on the outside and they say is more "weather resistant". For me that is a huge thing. I don't want to replace this fan every time it gets wet and the Pit Pull is the same design as the "old" pit viper

    #2- from all that i read and the videos it seems most guys using the "fireboard 2 driver" turn down the max motor/fan power to 30-50% to run a 225-250 degree smoker (which is what I do 99% of the time ) so why have a more powerful fan if your just going to turn it down anyway and add one or variable to your smoker equation. if at some point I need to run the smoker hotter and the fan isn't enough Ill buy the bigger one.

    thanks for all the help guys and I'll keep you posted on how things turn out, hopefully I have great news for you.

    VR
    Dan

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  • Polarbear777
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    The fireboard let’s you control the max voltage sent to the fan. So yes you can dial it back.

  • hawkdriver9
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    I didn't think about a fan being to big and sending too much air in the firebox, yeah that would cause big flare up and over shoots i would think.

    So there's another question- can you program the fan CFM's into the FB so it knows what size fan your running? i would think that would be important. does anyone know?

  • Polarbear777
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    If your fan is too big, the fireboard lets you set an upper limit on speed. (If your temp swings are wider than you want for instance).

  • Polarbear777
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    TheFB pro uses K-type probes which is a common standard. Drawback is there’s only three slots for probes. Advantage is there are tons of probe shapes and temperature ratings to chose from for k probes. Since it is standard you can buy from probes from any company.

    10Cfm _should_ be enough to maintain low temps in that size. I do like to have the larger pit bull fan just because it can get things going faster at startup or switching temps and it can maintain at very high temps if needed.

  • hawkdriver9
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    BTW I was using my old IQ110 for a while but that didn't work out very well, it kinda works but it is such a pain in the @$$, every time i open the smoker i have to reset it and the prob temp is off by at least 60 degree, I really dont want to deal with this kinda of bs anymore, I just want to enjoy my pit and start making some great BBQ.

    thanks again for the help!!!!
    Last edited by hawkdriver9; September 28, 2021, 01:16 AM.

  • hawkdriver9
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    "zero credit"

    I think Im going to go with the FB2 Drive and not the FB2 PRO cuz it sounds like the PRO is hard to get and it has the issue with the probs not being universal.

    should i get the pit viper 10SCM fan or the pit bull 25 CFM fan? is 10 CFM enough air to keep my pit temp regulated? just dont want to make a mistake here!!!

  • IFindZeroBadCooks
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    Welcome. I have yet to hear of a Fireboard + Pit Vioer fan not working out. Good combo.

  • RonB
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    I can't help, but welcome to The Pit.

  • hawkdriver9
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    hey guys/girls I need some help, I'm new here and fairly new to the BBQ smoker world, I'm trying to do some research and I've spent hours reading posts and reviews but i cant find exactly the topic that covers my question. I want to get controller and fan for my KAT "Large vault" smoker, Its a cabinet style insulated smoker as shown in the pics below. I've always said you buy it good you buy it once, so now that i have a really nice smoker its time to make it run correctly so I'm asking the professionals IE you guys

    So my question is that would be the best temp controller and fan combo for a large cabinet smoker? All the reading I have been doing says these items listed below are the best/easiest to use and they work great, but will these work a large smoke such as mine? does anyone here have the same kind of large smoker and what has worked for you?

    ---temp contorller:
    BBQ Guru- DynaQ or UltraQ,
    Fireboard2 driver or Pro.

    ---fan unit:
    BBQ Guru pit viper or pit bull
    Fireboard fan

    from what I've read I'm leaning towards the fireboard2 drive controller and a Pitbull fan. because of the size of the smoker i thought i would need the 25CFM fan like the pitbull, and the fireboard2 drive has universal probe connections where i could use some probes from my other devises (maybe). and no issues with bluetooth or wifi like people have complained about with the DynaQ and UltraQ.

    PLEASE let me know what you guys think or what you have used that works well on your large cabinet style smoker.

    Thanks
    Dan
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  • SchweinStein
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    Cool - thank you. I should probably read the manual. Not in the habit of that

  • ofelles
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    You can set which probe is the control.

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