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SMOBOT or NOT

I've got about a year and a half under my belt with the LG. Seriously considering the SMOBOT so I can wander during longer cooks. I know I'd like top avoid a blower and such... Seems like the SMOBOT is the way to go. Thoughts? 
Moved from upper left to Denver, CO | BGE LG & MMX + Kotaigrill [Hibachi]

Comments

  • If you want temp control but not a blower than the Smobot is your answer. I haven't seen a negative word about them on here.
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,419
    Thrilled with mine.
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  • Are you by chance a single speeder @acolle?  
  • acolleacolle Posts: 115
    edited December 2018
    Cornholio said:
    Are you by chance a single speeder @acolle?  
    I'm sure you are going to drop some Portland heat on me. I grew up on BMX. Currently mountain bike on a single speed. For sure out of the saddle more than I should be at my age. But I still love it. My other bikes are dirt jumpers and my big boy bike is a Husqva Enduro... And it has gears.
    Moved from upper left to Denver, CO | BGE LG & MMX + Kotaigrill [Hibachi]
  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 701
    edited December 2018
    acolle said:
    Cornholio said:
    Are you by chance a single speeder @acolle?  
    I'm sure you are going to drop some Portland heat on me. I grew up on BMX. Currently mountain bike on a single speed. For sure out the saddle more than I should be at my age. But I still love it. My other bikes are dirt jumpers and my big boy bike is a Husqva Enduro... And is has gears.
     No heat at all, have a few riding buddies who are on single speeds most of the time.  I admire you crazy dudes, I’m on a 1x11 with a 28T up front and feel weak when I ride with them!  I just noticed your avatar.

    I just bought my first BMX bike in a couple of decades last year to ride with my son while he is learning.  

    Ok, sorry to go off topic.. happy trails and carry on. =)   
  • I can't speak to the other options out there, but I appreciate the simplicity of the smobot and it has been accurate and reliable for me. I would definitely buy it again.
    Stillwater, MN
  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,932
    I went through a phase of thinking I needed a contoller, but never bothered and am glad I didn't. I enjoy the manual control and the Egg holds a stable temperature anyway, so why add complexity?

    Husky TE630 here.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,454
    PM me. 
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Smobot is the way to go.  Feel free to PM me if you need details.  I have experience with a blower unit prior to my Smobot.  No comparison!
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • The Smobot and Egg work perfectly together. 
    I drink cheap beer so I can afford good bourbon.

    Salisbury, NC...... XL,L,M,S, MM, Mini BGE, FireDisc.
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,507
    Go Smo. I’m 69 years old and I rarely cooked overnight just because. If you like getting up every 2-3 hours don’t get one, otherwise Smobot for you. 
  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,422
    I love my Smobot - and some of the best customer service you will ever find!! 
    Memphis, TN 

    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, (Akron was gifted to a friend)
  • Ditto EVERY positive recommendation. I love it!
    Judy in San Diego
  • BretiBreti Posts: 9
    I used a blower model for a few years, but discovered what I think is a basic flaw: if something goes wrong with the unit during a cook (I've had batteries die and pit probe die) the fire goes out. Since the unit blocks the air intake, if it isn't blowing the egg starves for oxygen. I just got a SMOBOT and love it. It doesn't regulate or block air intake; it only regulates the Daisy wheel, which let's the egg cook add it was designed. And if it decides to stop working during a cook, the fire will keep burning and you'd just need to adjust manually, just as you would with the factory Daisy wheel. Having a free mobile app for SMOBOT means I'll know if something is wrong pretty quickly. 
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,147
    edited December 2018
    Breti said:
    I used a blower model for a few years, but discovered what I think is a basic flaw: if something goes wrong with the unit during a cook (I've had batteries die and pit probe die) the fire goes out. Since the unit blocks the air intake, if it isn't blowing the egg starves for oxygen. I just got a SMOBOT and love it. It doesn't regulate or block air intake; it only regulates the Daisy wheel, which let's the egg cook add it was designed. And if it decides to stop working during a cook, the fire will keep burning and you'd just need to adjust manually, just as you would with the factory Daisy wheel. Having a free mobile app for SMOBOT means I'll know if something is wrong pretty quickly. 
    The mobile app on the FB will alert you if it loses signal with the unit for more than a certain amount of time (whether it be a power loss, wifi loss, etc.)  Basically if the unit doesn't check with the server, then it will let you know.  It runs off AC or battery, and will revert to whatever its last known set point was if there's a temporary power loss.  You can have the AC and the battery on it at the same time, so that's the fail safe if you're that worried about it.

    And as far as "blocking" the intake, the egg can pull air past the fan no problem for 225F.  You can set it up with the daisy wheel open, and use the fan just a backup to stoke.......or you can close the daisy wheel and use it to push the air through.  I always used to use it for natural flow with the fan as a backup.  I do it the other way now, since I can have the battery backup and get a text and app alert if it drops off the grid.

    In the end, BOTH are electronic......which is good and bad.
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