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First Prototype Test

July 19th, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I have been busy!  Last weekend I got in all the components for the boards, about 40 different items!  I spend most of the weekend populating the 3 PCB’s that make up the controller.  One is for temperature interface, one for the AC/DC power supply and outputs to the fan/auger, and one for the main processor.

I had to work out a few bugs to get the controller working, but no major show stopping issues.  I ended up putting it in my Traeger 075 today to try out.  First try, everything worked!  Now I am going to work on the software to get out some big bugs and get a few things working better.  I will also be building in network-based updates.  After I get all this working, I will be contacting a few people to possibly try one or two units.  I will get in touch with you soon!

The specs on the prototype so far include:

  • 4 outputs for fan, auger, hot rod, and aux
  • 4 thermocouple inputs ( 1 control, 3 meat probes)
  • web based interface
  • WiFi network connection
  • charting of all temperatures
  • web control over all parameters and settings
  • temperature based alarms
  • plug-in replacement for current controller (no special wiring)
  • and more…

So here is a bit of eye candy to drool over… (click for bigger pictures)

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  1. July 20th, 2009 at 11:31 | #1

    Looks great Ryan !!! hope I am one of the lucky testers !!

  2. Bentley
    July 26th, 2009 at 22:36 | #2

    Looks like it is coming along nicly, I think you have a lot of people thinking good thoughts.

  3. earache
    August 3rd, 2009 at 18:55 | #3

    Coming together! Ryan, have you been able to tell what the range is like on the WiFi?

  4. Bent
    August 30th, 2009 at 22:10 | #4

    Tell me you are gettin close Big Daddy!

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