I'm hoping my cook will be OK after some weirdness with my brand-new Dx2. This is my first cook with this thing and it's been, well, troublesome..
I fired up the egg at about quarter to five this morning, everything was chugging along ok. I set up the Dx2 as per the instructions, clipped the pit probe to the grate and started it up. I set the pit temp to 225 and the fan started cycling; before long the egg was up to temp and holding... I was impressed thus far.
put the meat on (three pork shoulders)
I checked on it regularly (old habits)...
about two hours later I went out and took a look. The display on the DX2 read "32" and was flashing. None of the buttons worked... so I did what any good tech-guy would do. I cycled the power. When it came back up it said "888", normal start up right? Nope, it stayed there "888" for at least a couple of minutes. I reset the power again.
Upon this second re-start, I got 888 again but this quickly switched to 225 -- and started counting down... stopped counting at 120-some odd. The only button that now worked was the 'up' button, pressing it yielded "2ro" on the screen. Uh, calibration mode? Not sure, it didn't cycle between 2ro and the current temp like it does in that mode. It just showed 2ro when the up button was pressed.
Ok, I unhooked everything, went old-school for a moment to keep the cook going.
Now that the Dx2 was disconnected, I unplugged and plugged in all the wires and reset the power again. This time is started up normally... BUT... it was reading the temp on the pit probe (which was now out of the egg and sitting on the deck) as 50 degrees. Now, I know this is Canada, but it's summer and it was WELL over 50 degrees outside. So... what... somehow the Dx2 managed to recalibrate itself? I dunno.
Long story short, I re calibrated the Dx2 using the method described in the manual... It seemed to be working ok now; so I'm taking the risk and reconnected it to the egg. Set the pit temp at 230 and up the fan started... seems to be holding (though I'm unsure about the accuracy of the probes now so I'll be double-checking my meat temp with one of my other thermometers.
ANY ideas guys? I think my pulled pork will be OK despite some temperature fluctuations and the fact that even with the fan off, the Dx2 let's the air flow through (not a lot but enough to hold 200 it seems)
Ok, I need a drink (yea, it's not even 10am)... I thought BBQ was supposed to be relaxing.