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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2015, 02:40:27 PM »
Steve, good to hear.  Next time, try not wrapping the bricks in foil.  The foil shields the heat, and you want the brick to absorb it.  Your temps will be even tighter.
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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2015, 02:00:17 PM »
Steve, I still think you have a temp control problem as thermostats aren't supposed to be so smart as to know what is or isn't in the smoker.  They are supposed to just measure temperature and turn on or off as needed. 

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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2015, 08:23:09 PM »
Steve, I still think you have a temp control problem as thermostats aren't supposed to be so smart as to know what is or isn't in the smoker.  They are supposed to just measure temperature and turn on or off as needed.

Dave, I agree that the analog controller is not "smart," but he essentially had an empty smoker.  If you monitor the crazy swings in an empty box, you see that the not-so-smart controller can't even handle the "on/off" function very well with nothing in there to absorb the heat.  It's why we tell folks to not bother monitoring their smokers during seasoning...it freaks most people out! :o   When you have a heat sink, whether it be meat or bricks, the controller will function much more accurately because the temp changes aren't so drastic. 

I say we let Steve try a few more smokes with something in the box, and see how it goes.
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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2015, 10:35:46 AM »
Hey Tony - I wanted to run the pepper some more to see if it would get more smoky so, following your advice, I wrapped two bricks in foil and put them the bottom.  It worked great, thanks!  And, with the ET732 I could monitor the temp swings at a given temp setting.  For example, I now know that setting the SI on 200, it cycles between 210 and 260; setting at 225 yields 230 to 275.  So my T-day 12 lb turkey needed a 250 temp (from the chart) so I set the knob on 225 & Viola!!  Great bird.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Tony, if we preach that temperature swings average out to the temperature setting we want, you'll see that he is trying to develop his own code to get a desired temperature.  His 225 degree setting averages 250, that's not how we should be cooking. 

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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2015, 08:26:07 PM »
Good point, Dave.  From the sounds of it, though, I think his controller is working.  I think Steve may be trying to estimate the "average" temperature by simply looking at the low/high temps; that does not create an average, because there is no way to manually track how long it's at either extreme.  I bet his temp is a lot closer than he thinks, and may only need a mild knob correction.
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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2015, 04:43:38 PM »
Hey Tony, I've been out of town for a while, but I like the advice of not wrapping the bricks in foil!  Thanks.  By the way, when I smoked the salt & pepper, I also had some cayenne pepper in there too.  The pepper was pretty good, salt so-so.  But the cayenne pepper turned out really good -- hot and real smokey.  Merry Christmas to All!!
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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2015, 10:21:41 PM »
Sounds good, Steve!  Kind of like Chipotle Cayenne! ;)   Merry Christmas!
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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2016, 11:18:12 AM »
I've been having a lot of trouble getting my Auber to regulate temperature.  It never seems to get to 230.  It will approach that temperature, but never actually get there.  I've talked to Steve and the Auber unit does measure temperature correctly (212F with boiling water) so I'm not sure what's going on.  I thought I would look at increasing my SI2's temperature to 300F as many have mentioned can be done with changing the knob.  Once I've taken the knob off and looked at it, I'm not really sure how changing the top part of the temperature knob will make any difference.  Ultimately the metal shaft is what controls the temperature and it doesn't matter if the plastic part now looks like it's going past 250F, the metal part is still moving the same as it ever did.  I must be missing something.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2016, 08:59:49 PM »
I've been having a lot of trouble getting my Auber to regulate temperature.  It never seems to get to 230.  It will approach that temperature, but never actually get there.  I've talked to Steve and the Auber unit does measure temperature correctly (212F with boiling water) so I'm not sure what's going on.  I thought I would look at increasing my SI2's temperature to 300F as many have mentioned can be done with changing the knob.  Once I've taken the knob off and looked at it, I'm not really sure how changing the top part of the temperature knob will make any difference.  Ultimately the metal shaft is what controls the temperature and it doesn't matter if the plastic part now looks like it's going past 250F, the metal part is still moving the same as it ever did.  I must be missing something.  Any thoughts?

Thanks,
MD

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Re: Temperature Adjustment
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2017, 07:42:52 PM »
Has anyone done this successfully?  In following the instructions, in my case, it doesn't change the temperature at the dial setting.  It changes how far the dial will turn, i.e. from 360 degrees to something less depending on how far you turn the knurled piece.  Appreciate any feedback from someone that has done this. 

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