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- Drive Operation
- About the cable
- Fan Installation
- About PID
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- Technical Overview
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Several options are provided to customize how the FireBoard Drive Fan Control operates. These options are found on the mobile FireBoard App, under Drive > Settings.
FireBoard Drive automatically detects a rapid drop in temperature, and assumes a lid has been opened. Normally, the PID control algorithm would add fan power to compensate for the drop in temperature, however this is the incorrect response to a lid opening. Since a lid opening adds a lot of oxygen to the smoker, the fan should instead turn off and wait for the lid to close and the temperature to stabilize.
In some cases, a rapid drop may occur without a lid opening which usually is a sign that the smoker isn’t holding temp on its own (without the fan) and thus efforts should be made to stabilize the cooker. Remember building a good fire and maintaining a steady temperature WITHOUT a fan is the best recipe for success WITH a fan.
The lid detect feature can be turned off completely, or the length of time the system pauses when a lid opening is detected can be changed.
The Fan Cable has an internal speaker which can be helpful to signal alerts completely without the use of the FireBoard Mobile App. This is helpful in a scenario where the FireBoard doesn’t have a WiFi connection and thus the alerts won’t be triggered to the mobile app. More about Alert operation here.
Since the speaker can be quite loud, some may prefer to disable this feature by toggling this off on the Settings page.
Several features are available which further the ability to customize how the FireBoard Drive Fan Cable operates. One of the most important settings is the “PID Mode” which changes how the PID algorithm operates. It should be noted that at the time of this writing FireBoard is still actively testing and improving upon how the PID system works. More information about the PID algorithm here. The choices for the different modes are below:
- v3.0: Recommended and default setting: Major improvement in PID logic. Should be more responsive and pro-active about making adjustments to fan speed which should result in better temperature control.
- v2.0: This improves upon v1.0 by adding back in a weight for the time-based error correction (I), which helps keep the temperature closer to the setpoint (and not above as could happen in v1.0)
- v1.0: Still a good choice, however this contains a high weight on the Derivative PID component which could result in the temperature remaining above the setpoint in some cases
- v0.7 This is a combination of the v1.0 and v0.5, and has not yet been extensively tested.
- v0.5 May result in slightly more oscillation due to a higher weight in the Proportional component. This is a safe choice if the v2.0 or v1.0 settings aren’t working well.
- Normal: For most fans up to 25CFM
- Large: For fans larger than 25CFM or for fans that require a larger input voltage to start turning. The large fan speed will start a fan at 30%