My thoughts, more expensive and complex with ignitor and air pump integrated. Easy to use but not sure about long term maintenance. 3 hour runtime vs 8-10 on the Smokin-it unit. Plus not as compact, but self contained is nice.
Which gasket did you use, I have 780 Pro.Two things to get more smoke on the cheap.
In addition to significant added smoke flavor, these two mods will also reduce the amount of pellets needed for a long slow cook.
- If you don't have one, install a fire resistant gasket around your door so the door doesn't leak smoke.
- My Traeger has a chimney exhaust with a cap. On low temp long cooks, I drape a flame resistant towel over the chimney top to create a bit of resistance to atmosphere. The end result is the cooker stays full of smoke and the grill vents out the drip vent.
I used a gasket for a Kamodo grill, self stick. https://www.amazon.com/MASTER-BEAR-...asket&qid=1597377498&sprefix=grill+ga&sr=8-31Which gasket did you use, I have 780 Pro.
My theory of the process:The fan blows thru the holes in the firepot, so on super smoke. I believe that the fan speed varies to make the fire burn inefficiently to make more smoke. Running the fan constantly should run hotter, unless the auger is stopped so the fire starves. I would love to see the actual written theory of operation.
It looks great, did you make this yourself?I've done easily a cook a week, if not more, since I got it in December.
What do you mean by "Have I updated"? Is there a way to do a software update that I don't know about. I thought the app told me to do one when I first fired it up, and did I did it.
For pellets I have attempted a couple different brands. This past weekend I even tried some lump charcoal pellets, but very subtle difference (it's there, but subtle). I usually go for mesquite because I'm trying to get as strong as I can just to see it working, but so far not strong enough. Although I'll admit, I do notice a difference with Bear Mountain Gourmet blend and they do produce a good flavor (but again, still too subtle for me).
I was looking into something call the p-setting, but can't seem to find it on the Ironwood 885. Perhaps it isn't there.
Here's a turkey pic from today tonights dinner just for fun.
There is a step by step on the forum for insulating a timberline. I have ordered the ceramic wool and the gasket rope, but am still looking for some 304 stainless steel roll 6x24 to make the modifications with.Will do, it was delayed in shipping, they upgraded to a newer model, same size but heavier gage stainless and silicone air line. It is now on the way, due early next week.
While I'm in the grill boring holes in it, I'm going to look over the smoke exits on the timberline, in the rear right and left. I'm going to see if there is a way to insulate that area slightly to avoid the overheating and paint damage that some have shown. I now do think that the design might be off in that area, getting too hot when high temps are used. I have seen some plumbing heat shields for soldering, made of heavy aluminum foil and glass mat. Time to break out the thermal camera!
The exhaust ports aren't blocked in my insulation thread, just insulated a bit to prevent overheating of the outside lower rear areas that are hit hardest with that exhaust. Feel free to ask questions in that thread.There is a step by step on the forum for insulating a timberline. I have ordered the ceramic wool and the gasket rope, but am still looking for some 304 stainless steel roll 6x24 to make the modifications with.
I am a bit concerned about blocking the exhaust ports....