Hi Adam! Thanks for the request regarding the software. I'm on the road right now traveling in our R-POD camper, so it will be a month or more before I'll be back at my home systems where the software is stored. In the meantime, there are some other projects I've built here...
I'm thinking about building my own controller. It will consist of the following elements:
It would be primarily aimed at pellet smokers since the control of the pellet supply would be possible. However, control of inlet air dampers for items such as Big Green Egg, or other smoker that has a...
You know, I'm not sure that a faster RTD will help.
I saw really fast temperature shifts, which I attributed to just hot air currents swirling around, on my thermocouples. A faster response RTD, coupled with a slow energy injection (feed pellets in, they gradually catch fire), and I suspect we...
No, did not have any issues. It's not perfect though. The RTD is in a rather bulky package, much higher mass than the thermocouples I used, so the RTD tends to dampen or smooth-out the temperature swings, while the thermocouple reacts almost immediately, and shows the true swings. But it's...
I did some manual settings as well as autotune. Both appear to work OK, and is what I used to smoke my 14.25 lb brisket that turned out well at 225 dF.
These are my manual tuning values (for pit-boss master-pro blend pellets):
I've been smoking meat, primarily pork shoulder, since 1989. During that time, I got quite good at pork, but my brisket was never righteous.....until today!
On my Pit-Boss 820D, using the Savannah Stoker controller:
Pit-Boss pro blend pellets (consumed about 1 *RC per hour)
14.5 # brisket...
Mine doesn't look like that at all. I don't have any way to compare the factory 820D controller with the one you have; they could even look identical but be running different software. This is what mine looks like (picture from google search, as I've pulled mine out of the smoker and replaced...
Factory Temperature Controller for 200, 225, 250, 300, 350 dF.
Note: Themocouples are type K, and were calibrated against boiling water, adjusted for altitude, and are within 2 dF of that value.
Note: no meat on racks during these tests.
Note: Charts at bottom of this post.
Note: If anyone is...