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Offline projump

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Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« on: July 26, 2006, 07:22:17 PM »
I'm very impressed with it so far. It was packaged real good, all parts there and functions great. I look forward to smoking some pork steaks this weekend.





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Offline Arcs_n_Sparks

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 07:30:15 PM »
projump,

Guess I forgot what a clean inside looks like.....

Fire that baby up and start giving us reports. We need some more digital feedback... ;D

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2006, 08:30:59 PM »
Yes indeed, I'll fire it up, post info about its performance and post pics of the end result-----the meat.
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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 07:49:01 AM »
wow the inside of my box looks like the outside of his.lol :D   




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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 08:27:31 AM »
That thing is WAY to clean projump! Get er seasoned and get some critters in there. :D
Have fun.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006, 11:44:03 AM »
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Guess I forgot what a clean inside looks like.....
Funny I was thinking the same thing.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006, 04:18:48 PM »
Well I used the new Bradley last night. I smoked pork steak and chicken thighs. I use a dry rub that I mix up myself.  I smoked them for 4 hrs and 15 min at 200 degrees. I preheated the smoker to 230 degrees for 1.5 hrs, loaded all 4 racks, then when the temp got back up to 200 I set the temp preset to 200.                                                                               The temp of the digital heats to 201 and stays for a few minutes, then over about a 15-20 minute period will drop to 185 and then heat back up to 201. So there is approx a 15 degree fluxuation in temp throughout the process which seems ok to me. You guys with the PID"S, how much does your temp vary durring cooking? Is a 15 degrees variation good?
   Here's some pics of the meat, it was really good!!!
 

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2006, 09:02:39 PM »
projump, the pics look great. My 4RD will overshoot the temp point about 5 to 7 degrees and then drop in a similar fashion (seems to drop less and overshoot less when it is in the sun). Anyway the look and as you say  - it was really good tells me the temp swing is just right.  A PID will however drive a more accurate temperature. Not a big deal to me but I know some guys really enjoy the pursuit of temperature perfection and while I will not move to a PID I can appreciate the pursuit.  All a part of the fun. Looks like a great first result. How long until you try another smoke? I lasted two days between my first and second on the Bradley. It may have been a record (but then I am kinda weak on this kind of thing)!

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2006, 04:56:08 AM »
Projump, was that your total time (4:15) after the meat went in?

Those pics make me want to try pork that way. Was the chicken skin eatable or a throwaway? Just asking because when I did a whole chicken it was real good, except for the skin which was too touch to enjoy. Haven't smoked for a couple of weks. About time to do some again.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2006, 09:12:56 AM »
WCK,  I'm not sure anyone has suggested using a PID with the BSD.  PIDs are an option to the slide rheostat for temp control in the original BSs.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2006, 12:38:14 PM »
WCK,  I'm not sure anyone has suggested using a PID with the BSD.  PIDs are an option to the slide rheostat for temp control in the original BSs.

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TomG,

I think Projump is asking a comparision question: digital BS PID loop control tightness versus other PID controllers that people have put on their original BSes.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2006, 01:42:57 PM »

I think Projump is asking a comparision question: digital BS PID loop control tightness versus other PID controllers that people have put on their original BSes.

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AnS,

I didn't realize that the thermostat in the Dig.BS has been IDed as a PID.  If it is a PID, good on BS.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2006, 06:57:37 PM »
TomG,

Got me there and a good question. I guess in this day and age of $2.49 microcontrollers, I had assumed that the digital BS had a PID control loop. Given the temp swings of projump, that is a very good question.....

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2006, 08:02:10 PM »
AnS,

I didn't realize that the thermostat in the Dig.BS has been IDed as a PID.  If it is a PID, good on BS.

I doubt it's a PID controller, especially with the temp. swings noted by its users. It's more likely just a digital thermostat, which IMO is still better than the slide rheostat on the original.

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Re: Got New 4 Rack Digital Today
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2006, 08:12:27 PM »
AnS,

I didn't realize that the thermostat in the Dig.BS has been IDed as a PID.  If it is a PID, good on BS.

I doubt it's a PID controller, especially with the temp. swings noted by its users. It's more likely just a digital thermostat, which IMO is still better than the slide rheostat on the original.

Bubbagump

Agree with Bubbagump on that point; digital setpoint still better than the slider (unless you want to watch the temps while drinking adult beverages.  :D :D :D)

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