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Old 12-29-2016, 06:12 PM   #21
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If you have the Davy Crockett...

Could you check the grill grate temperature using an oven thermometer or the Davy Crockett temperature probe. Measure at the center of the grill grates. With my grill set to 230 deg, the grill grate temperature was 280 deg. My oven thermometer agreed with the DC temperature probe. Quite a difference. Wondering if everyone is seeing the same.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:05 AM   #22
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If you have the Davy Crockett...

Could you check the grill grate temperature using an oven thermometer or the Davy Crockett temperature probe. Measure at the center of the grill grates. With my grill set to 230 deg, the grill grate temperature was 280 deg. My oven thermometer agreed with the DC temperature probe. Quite a difference. Wondering if everyone is seeing the same.

The grate temp probe is set against the wall next to the pellet hopper. If you measure grate temp directly over the burner (center of grate) I would expect it to read higher by quite a bit.

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Old 01-01-2017, 09:52 PM   #23
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Results/observations of my first run with the smoker. I set it up on friday and followed all the directions as far as updating firmware and getting it 'primed' for first use. It was exceptionally easy. I pushed the "on" button and away it went. I let it run up to 250 and then shut it off. I found the WiFi range impressive, I could go anywhere on my lake lots and still get a good connection.



My plan was to get the 8lb butt in the smoker by 6:00 am on Saturday. So much for plans, lol. When I woke up, It was 7:30. Damn. I grabbed my phone off the nightstand and got the grill going while still lying in bed. Is this a great age to live in or what? I was worried that I would not get the butt fully cooked in time, so I threw a hail-mary and decided to make an 8lb butt into 2-4lb butts. They went on the grill at 8:00 am at 250 degrees and was done by around 3:00. I truly wish I could share the smell with you all, it was so amazing.

One issue I had was with the meat probe. After only about an hour, it was showing an internal temp of 185 on the meat. I know there is know way that was right. I tried moving the probe to another location in the meat, just to make sure. I started getting nervous trying to figure out what to do. I started looking for info on the internet but nothing fit my issue. While I was trying to find info, the food probe gradually increased to 265! which was 15 degrees OVER box temp. I pulled the probe all the way out and let it hang out in ambient air (about 45 degrees) and it stabilized at 110 degrees. HMM. I'm a controls engineer. I deal with temperature probes all the time. I've seen this in RTD temp probes with flaky connectors. I pulled the "stereo plug" for the probe out, and gave it a good wipe down with a rag. I reinserted it, and made sure it was firmly plugged in, and within 10 seconds it showed correct ambient temp. (this also tells me they have a smoothing filter on the probe output, which would be totally expected).

I reinserted the probe into the meat, and it showed like 130 or so degrees, which seemed much more real. After that minor issue, the probe read pretty much accurately the remainder of the day. I let the butts go to 195 degrees internal, and then pulled them off, wrapped them in foil and stuffed them in a cooler. With the cooking done and the meat resting, MamaBear and I decided to hop in the UTV for a spin around the lake. About halfway, I realize that I left the cooler with the meat in the cabin with the dog! Oh Crap. Its not on of those coolers with a positive lock on it. I could see her clawing at it and getting the top open. We flat out RACED back to the cabin, with the expectation that I would find a missing butt, some shredded foil and an overstuffed but happy dog waiting for me. Luckily, she apparently nosed the cooler a little, but that was it.

I let the meat rest for a couple of hours and then shredded it with my new "bear claws" that I also got for Christmas.



they worked very good for me. I had all the pork shredded in just a few minutes.



the pork was fantastic. we took it to the New Years party and everyone raved on it. Overall, I was impressed with the GMG smoker. About the only thing I don't like is those silly little spring feet on the bottom of it. They make it hard to slide in into the back of my truck. But other than that, I think its wonderful.

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Old 01-02-2017, 07:03 AM   #24
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I had to take my spring feet off so it would fit in the basement storage of MH.


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Can you use this without a smart phone?
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:25 PM   #26
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Can you use this without a smart phone?
You bet. You can actually download the owners manual for these on the Green Mountain Grill website, if you want to peruse it.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:22 AM   #27
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the only issue I have with My GMG is that the probe on mine is inaccurate. Not by a few degrees, but by 200 degrees and it liked to wander. Ie, i watched it go from 370 to 199 in less than 5 minutes.

That said, when I pulled it out of my New years pulled pork, it fell apart. GMG had already agreed to send me a new probe so I am hoping that will fix the issue. Their Customer support has been spot on and very helpful. I just got notification that they are shipping it today. Given that this conversation with them happened on New Years Eve, i am thrilled with the turn around time
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:54 AM   #28
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Davy Crockett Temperature Data

​Decided to record some temp data as I was cooking ribs yesterday. Set the grill to 200 degrees. Had the first thermocouple just above the grate on the left rear side (a couple of inches from the rear wall, about 3 inches from the left wall) and a second thermocouple on the right front side of the grill grate. Recorded data when the temps peaked and recorded temps when they bottomed out.

Conclusion - If you average all of the readings the grill grate runs 35 deg higher than the set temp. And I see a 25 deg difference between the left side and right side of the grill. The indicated set temp is not telling us what is really happening in the grill. The grill temp cycles up and down quite a bit. Just something to keep in mind when trying to follow a recipe. BTW, the 3-2-1 ribs were fantastic!

GMG Testing

3 5/8" Diffuser to Left Wall (per GMG tech), 35 degF OAT, Foiled Drip Tray, Firmware Ver 6.2 Alt

Setpoint -- Left Rear -- Right Front -- Diff Between Left and Right Side

200 238 266 28 (Max Temp Observed during Temperature Cycles)
200 238 270 32
200 226 251 25
200 235 256 21
200 231 263 32
200 226 262 36
200 229 266 37
200 214 228 14 (Min Temp Observed During Temperature Cycles)
200 214 234 20
200 217 240 23
200 211 227 17
200 203 223 20
200 215 242 27
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:22 PM   #29
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I made a Pork Roast for December 30th for friends. it was great! Ate the last for lunch today on my sandwich. On January 1st made a Beef Roast, I like DW was unsure as I used too much pepper for her liking.
I bought 2 bags of pellets here. $22 for 28 lbs GMG. This was actually less than I paid in Shipshewana where I bought the grill last August.

I have not updated firmware yet. I don't seem to have the hot spots many talk about and the stereo plug is a not the best, going to replace with a switchcraft model
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:29 PM   #30
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the stereo plug is a not the best, going to replace with a switchcraft model
I was thinking the same thing, but I will probably go with an M12 connector. I have a few laying around here at work. They are VERY robust.

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