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toejam

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what functionality comes with wifi?
« on: November 17, 2022, 10:45:30 PM »
Just curious if wifi is worth the extra $200.  Would like to know what extra functions you can do with the wifi models?

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Re: what functionality comes with wifi?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2022, 07:21:34 PM »
It will allow you to stay indoors and monitor the smoker, control the temp and the like.  Some say it is a benefit, some not.  Some say digital is a benefit while others prefer the old fashioned analog.  Pretty much up to you and the wallet.
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Re: what functionality comes with wifi?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2022, 02:46:11 AM »
I wouldn't say the PID (wifi or not) is worth it 99% of the time.  The sole occasion where I find it useful is so that I can crank it up higher when smoking a turkey.  The analogs can't go as high as the digitals.  Otherwise, the PID is a massive waste that just makes an otherwise elegantly simple smoker complex with more opportunities for failure.
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Re: what functionality comes with wifi?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2022, 10:14:27 AM »
I like the convenience of programming the cooking steps on the app and being able to monitor it from anywhere. Being a nerd, I like the graphs too.
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Re: what functionality comes with wifi?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2023, 01:51:11 PM »
Thank you very much for the replies.  I appreciate all the input.
I finally got my si 3.5d and am doing my first smoke (ham).  I see a benefit if the app allows you to change the pid settings faster.  pushing all those buttons while leaning over the unit as it kicks smoke into your face is a bit of a turn-off.  Still, $ 200 to have remote config and monitoring may be a stretch.  Let's wait until my 15th smoke and I finally cry that configuring while smoke blows in my face is not an ideal situation.

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Re: what functionality comes with wifi?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2023, 06:39:40 PM »
Enjoy your new 'toy'.
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