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.

Lid Detect

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.

Internal Speaker

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.

Advanced Settings

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:

Fan Mode: