$50 DIY BBQ Charcoal PIT Temperature controller

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  1. sgtraven

    sgtraven Member

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    So,

    I got asked if i could design a cheap PID Pit Controller.
    here it is.

    many of you have read my reviews on the Stoker, posts int he Kamados section as well as the past, present and future of bbq.

    here is a tool that i think with the skills from a lot of people here can pull of.

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    Beavers PID BBQ Controller by Brett Robinson, on Flickr

    Parts
    (look them up on ebay)

    PID Controller + Thermocouple - 12V -24V DC AC Digital PID Temperature Control Controller 2 Omron Relay Output
    Fan/Blower - White Brushless DC Cooling Blower Fan 12V 40X40X20mm 4020S New
    Relay - 12V DC Bosch Style 20A/30A Car Auto SPDT Relay Harness
    Power Supply - AC 100-240V DC 12V 4.0A Adapter Converter Power Supply

    total price should come to about $49.50

    you of course would want to put it all in a nice box ect ect so for an extra 10-15 dollars you could get nice mounts, power supply sockets and a nice way to attach the fan to the bbq

    with a little bit of electronic knowledge putting this together would be very easy.

    for more information on what a pitcontroller does here is my other thread
    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=983409
     
  2. below5

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    I actually built one nearly exactly the same as that a few months ago. It works great even in my crappy dealaday smoker. I cant remember if i took any photos during the build stage but ill have a look and post back either way.
     
  3. CHiMPY

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    This seems as good a place as any to post this...

    After much stuffing around trying to find the right parts locally and then just ordering everything from mouser anyway...

    I finally got around to putting together the heatermeter.

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    Case was printed by one of my mates and bribed another with promises of BBQ if he soldered everything together for me.

    It works great in the garage, hopefully it performs just as well when attached to the BBQ.

    Now to go buy a lump of dead animal to cook.
     
  4. Kasper1973

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  5. Stooge007

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    i really should build one of these!

    is the OP still current in terms of bits and pieces to buy?
     
  6. Deftone2k

    Deftone2k In the Darkroom

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    Drop Sgt Raven a message he is beyond helpful :thumbup:
     
  7. The King

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    You guys could sell these.
     

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