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  • Silvertree
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 2

    FireBoard + Pit viper fan always?

    Very big newb question here. I just finished putting together my new Summit in large part because of what I read here. I like toys so I got the FireBoard and Pit Viper fan. Do you use your FireBoard and fan for grilling as well as smoking?
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10375
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
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      Minnesota/ United States of America

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    #2
    Welcome!

    Nope. I just use it for overnight cooks. Or If I wanna cook while I am at work.

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    • Dewesq55
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1540
      • The Poconos, NEPA
      • Smoker:
        Landmann Smoke Master Series Heavy Duty Barrel Smoker (COS)
        Masterbuilt 40.2" 1200W Electric Smoker
        Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL Vertical Propane Smoker

        Gas Grill:
        BBQPro (cheap big box store model) Stainless steel 4 burners with aftermarket rotisserie.

        Thermometer:​​​​​​
        Fireboard with Drive cable and 20 CFM fan
        ThermoWorks Mini Instant Read
        Lavaworks Thermowand Instant Read
        2 Maverick 733
        ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
        ThermoWorks ThermaPen Mk4 x 2
        Govee Bluetooth Thermometer

        Miscellaneous:
        Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - 1st generation
        Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - wifi/bluetooth connected

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        Anything to the dark side and malty rather than hoppy. Currently liking Yuengling Porter and Newcastle Brown Ale. In a bar or pub I will often default to Guiness

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        Pork - especially the darker meat. I love spare ribs and anything made from shoulder/butt meat
        Chicken - Mainly the dark meat and wings
        Beef Ribeye steak

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      #3
      I don't know anything about the Summit, but I use it set to 100% for grilling steaks hot and fast on the firebox of my offset. It gets the charcoal fire ripping hot.

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      • jgreen
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 2646
        • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
        • Cookers:
          Broil King XL
          Broil King Smoke
          Weber Kettle 26
          Grilla Pellet smoker
          Capital 40 natural gas
          Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

          Thermometer:
          Maverick 733
          Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
          Thermo works DOT (or two)
          Fireboard (probably my favourite)
          Thermworks Smoke (or two)

          Accessories:
          SnS (original, plus and XL)
          DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
          Vortex
          Grillgrates
          and, maybe some other toys as well

        #4
        I don’t normally use if for a shorter term grill session. You are opening the lid too often to really get the benefit of the fan.

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 11813
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #5
          Welcome to The Pit. The fan is used for longer cooks to help keep the temp steady at the desired temp. For grillin', you only need to check the temp of your product so you know when it's done.

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          • lonnie mac
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 1295
            • Bacliff, TX
            • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...

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              Texas Original Pits Offset Smoker

              RecTec 590

              WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod

              Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...

              Weber Genesis II S-335

              Texas Fire Pit

              Thermos:

              Maveric's Most all of em...
              FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
              ThermoWorks, most all of em...
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            #6
            Long low and slows for me. No reason to use it on short high heat cooks unless you are looking for desired temps. Basically I only use it when I want to treat the Summit like an outdoor oven.
            Last edited by lonnie mac; March 27th, 2020, 08:39 PM.

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            • fttank
              Club Member
              • Dec 2016
              • 227
              • Huntington Beach, CA

              #7
              Only use that combo for long cooks. I will use the FireBoard to monitor short cooks: tritip, thick steaks or chops.

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              • Attjack
                Club Member
                • Aug 2017
                • 3605
                • Primo XL
                  Weber 26"
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                  Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
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                  - With Infrared Sear Burner
                  - With Rotisserie
                  Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
                  Weber Spirit 210
                  - With Grillgrates
                  ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
                  Weber Q2200

                  Blackstone Pizza Oven

                  Portable propane burners (3)
                  Propane turkey Fryer

                  Fire pit grill

                #8
                I'll use my fan and controller to get my kamado up to high temps. But once it's hot I'll ditch the fan.

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                • willsands
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2019
                  • 11
                  • West central West Virginia
                  • Go as hard as you can for as long as you can.

                  #9
                  Most temp probes have relatively low max temps that the wiring can withstand. Grilling temps often exceed the max temps.
                  This is from the Fireboard web site:
                  FireBoard probes should not be placed directly over or next to heating elements, open flame, or hot coals. These situations can lead to temperatures much greater than your probe’s maximum temperature rating (572°F for Thermistors, 716°F for RTD).

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                  • Silvertree
                    Club Member
                    • Mar 2020
                    • 2

                    #10
                    Thank you, everyone. I should have posted pictures but I was too excited to try a steak on my first cook. I'm used to the basic Weber Kettle so it will be a learning experience. I was having a heck of a time hitting my 225 temp on my indirect side according to my FireBoard and I should have been more on top of getting my searing coals ready. Either way, the steaks turned out very well.

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                    • klflowers
                      klflowers commented
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                      Where are the pics???? Welcome to the club, we demand pics, or we don't believe the cook happened. I should know, I forget to take pics regularly.

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