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Unread 03-14-2010, 09:00 AM   #61
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I think it's time to form a Brethren business with these things the market is wide open. Who's in
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Phil is looking for additional revenue streams to help pay for this site. I'd buy one with the Fear the Pig logo stamped on it. Might even pay extra for it.
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Thanks a lot! I happen to agree with you.

My next move is to find a way to mount the stuff into something mostly waterproof.
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Unread 03-14-2010, 10:07 AM   #64
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Couple quick notes that need to be done soon:
  1. Switch to a plug-in power source. This thing sucked a 9V battery dry in about four hours.
  2. Add more probes. At least one for pit temperature. My LPG tank ran dry and I only found out because I was checking on the dead battery.
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Cool Project James!!!
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What kind of range do oyu have with the WiFi?

This is great.

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Thanks! It's really great being able to check the temperature from bed ... just by reading the web page on my cell phone.
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What is the link to view your temps. I will check on it from time to time for you.
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What yours does that the stoker and others don;t is act just as a thermometer. I'd pay a couple hundred for a GOOD quality multiprobe thermometer that did nothing more than give temps and allow me to monitor it from my iphone or nettop computer. And the guru is not simple. Depsite the extensive manual, it is not simple. Scott
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I absolutely agree. I have been looking for (or to make) a multi-probe thermometer (4-6 probes) that has a wireless receiver for use at BBQ contests.

I care more about pit temp than meat temp for the remote monitoring. If I know the cooker is in range, then I am good.

Something with a 100-200 foot range would be ideal, or use WIFI and monitor that way.

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What yours does that the stoker and others don;t is act just as a thermometer. I'd pay a couple hundred for a GOOD quality multiprobe thermometer that did nothing more than give temps and allow me to monitor it from my iphone or nettop computer. And the guru is not simple. Depsite the extensive manual, it is not simple. Scott
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Well, my range is very short. Maybe 20 feet. But, that's because our house is made of concrete and re-bar. It really depends on your wifi set. If you go with 802.11N, it could be fairly far. Your numbers will vary depending on what's between your hub and the probe.
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My next move is to find a way to mount the stuff into something mostly waterproof.
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What yours does that the stoker and others don;t is act just as a thermometer. I'd pay a couple hundred for a GOOD quality multiprobe thermometer that did nothing more than give temps and allow me to monitor it from my iphone or nettop computer.
I have to disagree with you here. I have never used a Guru, but saying that a Stoker does not act like a thermometer is like saying that a colour TV does not act like a black and white model. Just because the colour TV can show colour, doesn't mean it won't also show b/w.

To use a Stoker as just a thermometer you plug in the power source and each of your probes. Place the proves where you want, configure the Stoker's IP address, configure the bridge if you want wifi, and browse to that url. Bing, bang, bam, you have a web based remote thermometer. You can assign the probes names if you want, but if all you do is plug in your five probes, you get five thermometers...you don't have to use any of the other features. The only "extra" step that you have to do is configure your wifi bridge since the Stoker doesn't have built in wifi. Truth is, I have used my stoker to control both a fan and an auger, but I use it more as a thermometer, without the controller, than any thing else.

Again, I applaud the engineering effort and am not saying there's anything wrong with it, but I still think that the best commercial remote thermometer that money can buy is a Stoker with the wifi bridge. Maybe the WiFi enabled Guru if it can support more than two probes.

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Your kit is cool, and I'm not trying to take anything away from it, but I'm wondering why people are so interested in it, as it's not new functionality in the BBQ world. Does the $100 price difference really make it that much better? Do people hate The Stoker that much?
One issue I've not read in response to this is design. The Stoker is pure function over form. On paper, it's a winner hands down. Plenty of Heathkit/EE types are cool with that. But it looks like a kludgy, 70s era CB radio. If I'm going to pay MORE for something, I'd better damn well like it. There are good reasons why Apple has over 90% market share for PCs over $1000. One is, form matches function. I don't want to pay a premium for something that looks and feels like I built it myself.

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What is the link to view your temps. I will check on it from time to time for you.
I kinda like this. Taking the thought a bit further, some might enjoy an open site/forum/page where a bunch of people could stream their temps all at once. Not sure what real function it would serve, but it'd be cool. We've got something like that in racing called MyLaps where everyone can see everyone else's lap times and finishing position. Pretty cool for the data-hungry types who look at trends and consistency as much as pole times and finishing position.


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