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#6848438 - 08/07/17 12:52 PM DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID
MacDaddy21 Offline
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For Guy and others who are interested. This is the controller I built for my 350 gal propane tank offset smoker. It was inexpensive and does a great job keeping my pit within 5 degrees of set temp. I usually see a 2-3 degree fluctuation over the course of a few hours. My pit leaks around the doors a little and I haven't run any high temp gasket yet, but plan on getting it done asap. It's raining here so I didn't actually hook it all up.

The smoker


The PID controller in a project box. The black and white wires are the wires that supply power to the CPU fans, the extension cord end provides power to the PID controller and the temp probe goes inside the cook chamber and lays on the grate.


Built these fan mounts with square tubing (think its 4"x4" ID), some c channel and diamond plate. The fans are 60 cfm, and there is one on either side of the firebox.


I plug an extension cord into the plug that hangs below the outlet box, and plug the PID into one of the outlets.


This pic shows the set temp of 250 and the current temp as measured by the temp probe that would sit on the grate in the pit, in the hottest area (close to where the firebox is connected to the cooking chamber)


This pic shows the current temp as measured by the temp probe, and also shows the percentage of fan power. It isn't hooked up to the fans, but if it was they would be running full speed because the current temp is so far from the set temp. Once it gets close, it drastically reduces power to the fans and provides air as needed. Whenever I open a door to remove meat to wrap or take a peek, the temp will drop and the fans will kick on full power, and as soon as the temp starts climbing the fan power will reduce so it doesn't overshoot the set temperature because it is tuned properly. That is the hardest part but just takes some tinkering with the P, I and D values.

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#6848572 - 08/07/17 03:03 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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Are you like an engineer or something? I never even heard of a PID controller till today. That's looks great, but I don't think I have the skills to do this lol.

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#6848816 - 08/07/17 06:16 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: Guy]
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scratch Okay. Glad you understand that. Congrats!
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#6848851 - 08/07/17 06:47 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: bobcat1]
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Ok so I understand the concept now. lol


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#6848867 - 08/07/17 06:59 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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Not an engineer...Not even close. I am terrible at math lol. Google was my friend on this one. I found a blog post about it and copied the design and used different fans.

Bobcat, which part was hard to understand? Perhaps I can explain better.

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#6849109 - 08/07/17 10:36 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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Originally Posted By: MacDaddy21
Not an engineer...Not even close. I am terrible at math lol. Google was my friend on this one. I found a blog post about it and copied the design and used different fans.

Bobcat, which part was hard to understand? Perhaps I can explain better.
roflmao All of it. It's Monday and work was taxing on the brain and now I have consumed some libations.
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#6849113 - 08/07/17 10:47 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: bobcat1]
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Originally Posted By: bobcat1
Originally Posted By: MacDaddy21
Not an engineer...Not even close. I am terrible at math lol. Google was my friend on this one. I found a blog post about it and copied the design and used different fans.

Bobcat, which part was hard to understand? Perhaps I can explain better.
roflmao All of it. It's Monday and work was taxing on the brain and now I have consumed some libations.


cheers

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#6855295 - 08/13/17 09:40 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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That's impressive! Great work. Need (or want) makes you do great things.
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#6855320 - 08/13/17 09:58 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: texas_sooner]
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Originally Posted By: texas_sooner
That's impressive! Great work. Need (or want) makes you do great things.
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#6856010 - 08/14/17 01:33 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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Like your setup up
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#6856194 - 08/14/17 04:13 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
MacDaddy21 Offline
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Thanks guys! I built it when I was a poor college student and couldn't afford a fancy temp controller. It works so well I've never felt the need to replace it with something else even though I could afford to. If it ever quits working I'll either replace the PID controller itself or build a new one.

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#6856202 - 08/14/17 04:21 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: MacDaddy21]
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I'm surprised the fans don't overheat or melt - slick setup though

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#6856345 - 08/14/17 06:43 PM Re: DIY BBQ Pit Controller with Fans & PID [Re: HoldPoint]
MacDaddy21 Offline
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Originally Posted By: HoldPoint
I'm surprised the fans don't overheat or melt - slick setup though


Thanks. I was also kind of surprised the first time I used it. The fan housings are 7" off the side of the firebox, and the actual expanded metal rack that the coals and wood are on is in the very center of the 4ft long firebox. I just measured and the distance from the fans to the metal rack is about 21" on each side.

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