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Dave M 02-23-2013 12:10 PM

First post, first cook with HeaterMeter
Hello Brethren,

I'm in geek heaven here. I just built a HeaterMeter for pit control and jacked it into my 18.5" wsm. I've got a brisket flat on there and am part way through the cook. My wsm (and my uds, and mini wsm) are very easy to control, so this pit controller is just a toy to play with.

So far it's interesting. I'm going hot and fast on this, and had a welding blanket wrapped around the wsm to start. You can see the temp was above setpoint until about 12:20 pm, at which point I removed the blanket. I wanted to see the blower come on. :mrgreen:

Now that the fire needs to put out more heat to overcome the heat loss through the sides, the controller is doing a pretty good job of holding setpoint. I wrapped the flat in butcher paper at about 12:45, you can see a spike there. Oh, as I type this another temp spike occurred. Fun stuff!

I'm written a script that uploads an image of the temp graph every 5 minutes. It doesn't auto refresh, so if anybody is interested in watching the progress they should hit refresh in their browser to get an updated image.

IamMadMan 02-23-2013 12:29 PM

Nice graph, how about sharing a few pics of the cook??

BobM 02-23-2013 01:56 PM

Hello, and welcome aboard.
Sounds great.
Very cool script, we can all follow along in real time.
I like geeky stuff.

Dave M 02-23-2013 02:34 PM

@IamMadMan: I didn't take pics at beginning or when I butcher papered, but will get some at the end.

@Bob: Thanks. I tweaked it a bit to overlay a cook log.

Looks like I may be getting through the stall. :)

BobM 02-23-2013 02:54 PM

You are. :-D
I'm sitting here in New York monitoring your cook! :thumb:
High tech is cool. :icon_cool

Ron_L 02-23-2013 03:05 PM

I've never heard of the Heatermeter but assumed that it was some sort of temperature controller. I googled it :)


bwsy2k 02-23-2013 03:05 PM

Thats a pretty slick Graph, also cool how we can monitor your cook.

BBQ Bandit 02-23-2013 03:17 PM

If that's live data - check the brisket....

Dave M 02-23-2013 03:26 PM

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Checked it 15 minutes ago, not quite soft. I'm not that experienced with brisket though. :grin:

The HeaterMeter isn't even in a case yet. Too excited to try it out.

Dave M 02-23-2013 03:49 PM

Pulled it at 194 as it seemed to probe pretty tender and I need to get to my son's soccer game. :biggrin1:

I foiled it and put it into a cooler with some towels. I'm going to leave the pit running to see how long it can keep running at temp. More later!

Dave M 02-24-2013 11:46 AM

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Well dang, it was just "ok". Tender, with good flavor, but a little dry. Maybe next time....

Here's a blurry pic of the final result.

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