Smokin Monkey Posted February 21, 2018 Share Posted February 21, 2018 This is my personal review on the SmartFire Pit Controller which was purchased form their Website Current retail price of $244.90 AUD £139.20 with free International Shipping. This comes with out the Universal SmartFire Adaptor at $39.00 AUD £22.17. Please be aware of UK Import Duties that totaled £37.40 for me. The Controller comes in a nice box, no instructions for set up, you have to download the App and follow the step by step on the screen. Inside the box is the Controller/Fan, one pit probe, four food probes and one USB power lead, but no plug in power supply. As previously mentioned I did not order the Adaptor as I thought it was expensive at £22.17, so I bought two fittings for £4.00 and turned one down in the lathe so it fitted inside the Controller, drilled and fitted Roll Pins to form the Bayonet. On the SmartFire adaptor there is no Bayonet fitting, and I have seen reports that the Controller falls off the adaptor? These are the groves in the Controller that the Bayonet fits into and secures it so it can not fall out. Initial thoughts on first handling the Controller, feels cheap like a Childs toy. I took me several attempts to pair the Controller with my iPad, I have read reports that if you are low on memory on your device, it may keep on disconnecting. The connecting procedure relies on a series of different Colour flashing LED’s to show its progress. The one problem I have with this is, the LED is not inline with the view hole. As you can see from the pictures it’s wayout. Set the Pit up for indirect cooking with two Charcoal Baskets. Simple Spatchcock Chicken. Plugged the Controller in, I am using a Power Bank rated at 300000mAh. Controller connected first time with the Wi-fi. Tapped on Pit and set temperature to 140’C Tapped first Food Probe, selected Chicken, but there is no setting for whole Chicken. I chose Thighs at 77’C App Shows set temperature at 140’C and 100% fan speed. This is the graph that you get with the App. If you hold your device in Portrait you get the above screen, hold it in Landscape and you get the graph. Spatchcock Chicken with a simple Tenerife Rub, Mojo Picon Conclusion. Pros Works On Wi-fi so you get a better range. Once it’s set up on the Wi-fi it is easy to use on your device. Nice graphics on screen. Tap any point on the graph and it will show you exactly what’s happening with fan speed etc. On start up, the unit was set to 140’C, it showed ramp temperature of 136’C, as the Pit temperature approached ramp temperature the fan slowed. The Pit temperature never went over the set point. The Controller learns the characteristic of the Pit. Once it has ramped, it will move the ramp point closer to the Set Point. Senses when the lid is open (See Cons). Cons Build quality of the Controller is rather cheap. LED’s do not line up with the view hole. Some difficulty connecting to Wi-fi. Lack of Bayonet fitting on Adaptor. Lid Open sensor. This is a good feature, but once the lid is closed the fan remains Idle for 10 minuets, which allows the Pit temperature to drop. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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