Mods to the PBV4PS2

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I ended up doing some mods to my PBV4PS2.

i added a analog thermometer to replace the useless pitboss logo. Not sure why this wasn’t like this from factory, it’s a cheap feature and in my opinion makes the smoker look way better. Plus I don’t really trust the factory thermostat after this weeks cook. I had my thermpro in there and it showed a good 10-20 degrees less than what the controller was showing. I had it set to 225 and it never went close to it. Always stayed in the mid 210’s. When I bumped it up to 250 it was at 225-230.
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Also to be fair, the door wasn’t exactly the best in QA as it was a pretty big gap in the top corner. Other people have complained and there are options but trying to adjust the door didn’t really fix it. I don’t want to stick pieces of metal in different spots to get it to work correctly. The gasket that comes with it is tiny so I ended up using a roll of smoker gasket that I had to help seal it.
That and resetting the latch handle now creates a really snug and tight fit. Hopefully this helps with the temps difference. I know the controller prob is in the back, so that might be the reason why the temps showed higher, and my thermpro probe was in the middle of the cabinet.
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Nice. Which analog thermometer did you get? How far does the probe extend into the cabinet?
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There are a ton of them but this looked like it would fit and came with the gasket. It also goes about 2 inches into the smoker and sits right above the top grate.
 

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I might return it if I find a better one but this one was dead accurate when I tested it with boiling water and my digital one so
 

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I ended up doing some mods to my PBV4PS2.

i added a analog thermometer to replace the useless pitboss logo. Not sure why this wasn’t like this from factory, it’s a cheap feature and in my opinion makes the smoker look way better. Plus I don’t really trust the factory thermostat after this weeks cook. I had my thermpro in there and it showed a good 10-20 degrees less than what the controller was showing. I had it set to 225 and it never went close to it. Always stayed in the mid 210’s. When I bumped it up to 250 it was at 225-230.
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Also to be fair, the door wasn’t exactly the best in QA as it was a pretty big gap in the top corner. Other people have complained and there are options but trying to adjust the door didn’t really fix it. I don’t want to stick pieces of metal in different spots to get it to work correctly. The gasket that comes with it is tiny so I ended up using a roll of smoker gasket that I had to help seal it.
That and resetting the latch handle now creates a really snug and tight fit. Hopefully this helps with the temps difference. I know the controller prob is in the back, so that might be the reason why the temps showed higher, and my thermpro probe was in the middle of the cabinet.
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I'm a little ocd I guess when it comes to knowing pit Temps. I added brackets to use probe 1 and 2 as right and left pit temp probes on my 1150 and added 4 thermometers last cook used one on the rack with a brisket. So. Left side runs 15 deg hotter than right, with the temp set at 260 the rack was 240, the lower therms read 225 and 230 the probes displayed 240- 255 and the upper therms read 270. So 260 is my setting to get 225. But this 14 hr brisket turned out great.
 

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That's because the TC is in the back right corner against the metal. From my testing....if you put that probe in the middle of the middle grate then it would be the correct temperature in the center. The bottom is hotter near the flame....the top can be hotter due to air flow....so the cabinet is on average about +/- 15 degs from top to bottom.

The Rec Tec controller I installed has an RTD Bias Offset. I put 3 probes across the center rack and measured the average and offset the main RTD measurement by this offset...I believe it was about 12 degs. So now my main temp on the controller reads what the center rack reads.

Wish PitBoss would add this function....along with 5 deg increments and a more aggressive PID algorithm. The Rec Tec Controller does all of this and more....it makes this smoker the best on the market under $400...period.
 

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That's because the TC is in the back right corner against the metal. From my testing....if you put that probe in the middle of the middle grate then it would be the correct temperature in the center. The bottom is hotter near the flame....the top can be hotter due to air flow....so the cabinet is on average about +/- 15 degs from top to bottom.

The Rec Tec controller I installed has an RTD Bias Offset. I put 3 probes across the center rack and measured the average and offset the main RTD measurement by this offset...I believe it was about 12 degs. So now my main temp on the controller reads what the center rack reads.

Wish PitBoss would add this function....along with 5 deg increments and a more aggressive PID algorithm. The Rec Tec Controller does all of this and more....it makes this smoker the best on the market under $400...period.
How does one order that controller without owning that brand?
 

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that look nice there good idea . its always good a have a back up to check my meat temp probe is off a bit so I double check that with other probes I might do that to mine
 
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