PBV4PS2 Controller Upgrade Options

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I am looking for a controller that has more temperature options, specifically 275. I haven't been able to find anything about the Pit Boss Vertical Pro 4 v2 (PBV4PS2) for upgraded controllers. What are my options here?

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Glad I found this thread....The temp adjustment increments on this smoker are ridiculous ....PitBoss needs to address this. 25 degree or higher increments ....that is crazy. Do the right thing PitBoss.
 

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Glad I found this thread....The temp adjustment increments on this smoker are ridiculous ....PitBoss needs to address this. 25 degree or higher increments ....that is crazy. Do the right thing PitBoss.
I don't understand why they wouldn't include 275. Hoping someone has a good suggestion for new controllers.
 

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Can't understand the logic here....the Brunswick model has 10 degree increment all the way to 420. A company like Pit Boss, who sell to the outdoor cooking community would know that this does not work well. I believe if this was on the packaging, noone with any know-how would purchase this model.
 

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I ordered a savannah stoker for my 4 series V2. My only concern is mounting the new controller. Smoke daddy also makes a PID controller. I've seen on here that they aren't going to upgrade the 4 series controller, only the 1150.
 

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Can't understand the logic here....the Brunswick model has 10 degree increment all the way to 420. A company like Pit Boss, who sell to the outdoor cooking community would know that this does not work well. I believe if this was on the packaging, noone with any know-how would purchase this model.
What’s amazing to me is they don’t even know their products. This was my conversation with them a couple months back.
 

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Two things:
1. They are upgrading the controller to have better increments....but it is still delayed as far as I know...but it is supposed to be out this summer. Will they update the old ones....not sure....but if ours happened to break(?)...Ahem. :)

2. If you have a friend with a Rec Tec....they can buy you a controller.....I owned one and bought a spare. I installed it into my Pro Series 4 V2.....and it is AMAZING...!! 5 degree increments....it gets to 350 in 18 mins and holds perfectly. Highly recommend this upgrade if you can find anyone....and if you do....message me and I can help you install it. It also has a RTD Offset.....so you can offset the probe temperature to read the same as the middle of the center grate. It is dead nuts on right at the middle of where I place the meat. I used Lexan so I could see where to drill the holes and then I spray painted with the "Hammered Metal Black" and it matches perfectly.

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Thanks for the options listed in here all! Looks like there are some suitable choices. I'll do my research based on these.

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well....not happy with my Pro Series 4 v2 ......its going back to lowes today..,,,maybe if they treat their customers a bit better....ie; crappy controller, I might reconsider. For now gonna try rec tec
 

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well....not happy with my Pro Series 4 v2 ......its going back to lowes today..,,,maybe if they treat their customers a bit better....ie; crappy controller, I might reconsider. For now gonna try rec tec

Did you get a chance to use it?
 

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I did. not happy with the terrible seal around the door, but even more unhappy with the lame controller
Totally 100% Agree about the controller.....BUT.....the door seal is just an alignment issue with the hinges that can be shimmed. It's too bad about the controller....because there is not a single vertical smoker in the same price range (<$400...I got mine with coupon for $360) that is built better mechanically or has all the same features. My Rec Tec did not have a pellet dump nor an internal grease catcher nor was the burn pot completely removable....that is amazing...!

I did own a Rec Tec Trailblazer and the controller is the best in the market....but they don't sell a vertical. Camp Chef does...but they are +$700. And the camp chef is smaller....the clean out is flimsy and it only holds 18 lbs of pellets....not even a full bag....not to mention 2 years less on the warranty. btw....I am not affiliated with PitBoss....I am an electrical engineer who appreciates good mechanical design.

SOOO.....if I had not had a Rec Tec controller....then I would still buy the Pro Series 4 v2.....but I would either wait for the 2nd generation controller to come out.....OR....I would buy the Camp Chef PID controller that is $190 (with Coupon and free shipping) and install it in that smoker.

Total cost would be $360 plus $190 = $550 Still lower cost and better quality of anything out there.


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And the way I did my Rec Tec Controller install....I used the same Pit Boss quick disconnects, so I can swap it out to the newer Pit Boss when they come out....in about 5 minutes....I can put the old one back in and no one would know I swapped it out.
 
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Still waiting on a new controller that pit boss ordered on 2/22/21, should of been ordered in January but App Assistant gives out the wrong information, saying they ordered it but they can't. Suppose to be in by May, I called now it's July. Smoker works great, just no wifi, I use a thermopro 20 to monitor the temps.
 

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Still waiting on a new controller that pit boss ordered on 2/22/21, should of been ordered in January but App Assistant gives out the wrong information, saying they ordered it but they can't. Suppose to be in by May, I called now it's July. Smoker works great, just no wifi, I use a thermopro 20 to monitor the temps.
So you are getting no WiFi...? Does the BlueTooth work....? Did you try to move the Wifi antennae from under the bottom board...? I had to move mine and when I did, the WiFi would then connect. I have a post on how to do it somewhere on this board.....let me know if you want to try that and can't find the post.
 

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