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CookShack upgrade

post #1 of 6
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As mentioned on the Roll Call forum - I live in Houston and several years ago I bought a well-used Cookshack (Model 105 circa 1995) smoker when the historic downtown Houston Club closed/moved.  Unfortunately the motherboard died and replacements were pricey.


So today I swapped out the guts for a TA4 PID.  Haven't done the autotune yet but so far I thank it has great potential. 


BTW - This is a very helpful video that explains how to program the TA-PID



Old wiring in place

Old wiring removed - see all the switches


Testing the PID and probe in ice water


New front - wish I had a good before picture - all those holes were mini-switches or push buttons.


New look - she may get some paint!

post #2 of 6

Good looking mod. Thumbs Up


I bought my Cookshack FEC-120 only a year ago and it has already gone through 4 versions of the motherboard. These were swapped out under warranty though and at last it seems to be working properly.

post #3 of 6

Nice job!



post #4 of 6
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Bummer - Was set to do my autotune and first new smoke... but apparently in putting everything back together and moving it back outside I pinched one of the element lead wires (how did I miss that one?) and as soon as I turned up the temperature the SSR went poof.  Problem with everything being sharp stainless - no room for error.  And it popped the SSR (I heard it go) before it popped the fuse.  New one and a spare will Prime in next week.  Charcoal grilled ribs anyone?  Of course no one stocks a SSR on Saturday but Grainger's run $75-$175 LOL.  Grady

post #5 of 6
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Popped the SSR apart and it's fried but boy there in nothing in there.  One itsy board.  Quite a contrast to the old school A/C - A/C original relay!

post #6 of 6

Keep er going Grady, good luck on the new SSR.


Post some pics of the next smoke!

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