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Tweeting, Wireless, Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) temperature controller using Android
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Thank you for the instructable - very clever and cheap. I sanded down an old wine cork as the bottle holder versus the epoxy tip.
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Build Your Own Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS)
I can't guarantee it but I believe you can use any Maverick ET- probe if you use a jack that will pair with it. I was able to use the ET-732 in a test.
Thanks! If I buy a correct jack connector, can I use any maverick probe? I can't find ET-73.
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A couple of people have asked about how the new UDS is coming along. It's going slowly for now but I am working on it. The project is here: https://github.com/DeegC/UTC . You can track the project and make suggestions here: https://github.com/DeegC/UTC/issues/1
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I think using vacuum sealer is one of the best effective way .I have VacMaster VP210 Chamber Vacuum Sealer and I strongly recommend it.I read great reviews about it
Great instructable! Really glad you put this together Deeg. Used both of your UDS instructables to create the smoker and the controller.I've been using the 2.0 beta of the software you put out and it's been working so far. Finally putting it to the real test today and have a boston butt on.Something for anyone who's about to take this project on from scratch: The latest version of the IOIO now has this type of jack for the power input:http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?mpart=B2B...That link also lists the mating products. Personally, I just soldered my power connections but I don't really recommend it. It's surface mounted so the risk of damaging something is pretty high.Also: If I were to do this again, I wouldn't use a soldered breadboard. I'd just use the poke and go type, like this: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/700-00012/700-00012-ND/1774444?WT.mc_id=IQ_7595_G_pla1774444&wt.srch=1&wt.medium=cpc&WT.srch=1&gclid=CjwKEAjwtqe8BRCs-9DdpMOilBoSJAAyqWz_Z6yqYaozjtsOOf3c2MgnfH0TdIcu-nVU0_FnB8YDABoCqHXw_wcB
Another thing to mention: I'm bought the same battery as Deeg. I'm going to replace my gator clips with F2 terminals for a better connection.https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-Adapters-Lead-Acid...
This would work well with other metals as well; zinc, stainless, (rusted steel might be interesting).. whatever. I don't have a brake, so when I wanted a stainless skirt to fit around the bottom of my over the range microwave (I wanted it to look like one of those custom range hoods), I had the local Air Conditioning shop cut out and bend the complex shape. It cost me about $50 in total. BTW, I just checked online. A 36" by 48" sheet 0.21" thick runs $149.82.
According to the Q&A for the thermometer it does NOT work with Maverick devices so it won't work with the UDS.
For any of you who are interested, I've put up a new version of the UDS software that uses the now-standard Android menu items. It should work with all recent versions of Android. I have tested it with long cooks on both my Nexus 5x with Android 6.x and an older Nexus 7 with Android 5.x. The other major change is a fix for a long-standing bug with the alarms that caused a runaway CPU. It's currently "beta" but if nobody finds any problems I'll make it official.https://sourceforge.net/projects/udssupervisor/files/?source=navbar
I came up with a plug and play solution (no complicatedwiring at all). It's called the Temp Controller. It is a digitaltemperature controller for crock pots at www.tempcontrollerusa.com. They areeasy to use and affordable.
My current plan is to use Bluetooth as the main connection with the CHIP (which has built-in BT 4.0). The mobile app would largely be just a UI that changed the settings on the CHIP. The wifi would only be used at runtime for tweeting.I've never written a BT app (the beauty of the IOIO is that it handled all that) so we'll see how it goes. ;)
Had a thought about using the CHIP. How would we connect the chip to wifi networks, I use mine at multiple locations? Having to hookup monitor mouse and keyboard every time I move it, would get annoying. And what about when no networks are available such as at a cook-off?
i just placed an order for 3 boards through OSH Park based on the original design for IOIO.
To keep construction as simple as possible I think we should skip the LCD screen. Maybe we should add some LEDs to indicate that the UDS is on, that it's running the PID, and when the PWM is on, etc.I like your ideas about the power supply. I'm concerned that 5V isn't enough to run a fan so I think 12V input is smart, which means we need the regulator. Assuming I understand what you want, adding additional outputs that can be turned on/off via the app is relatively simple. Other than those changes we might as well duplicate the current schematic.Regarding the SSRs, I have no problem with adding them to the PCB but I was thinking of a more modular design: an external SSR that plugged into the controller via the 1/8" jack. That would allow users to plug in different types of SSRs depending on the application. For example, I'd use the 12V PWM to run a fan directly (like the UDS currently does) but another time I could plug in an SSR with an outlet to run a crock pot (similar to my DIY sous vide Instructable). The controller could then be a truly universal temperature controller that could moderate almost anything. That said, I'll go along with whatever the majority wants.Lastly, if I write the software correctly then it could work with Android, iPhone, or Windows. Someone else will have to write the iPhone and Windows code, though.
id be glad to help with designing a PCB layout for the V2 using CHIP. after doing a little research, the CHIP looks like a good match. what are your plans on display and control of the chip? if your planning on using the LCD display pins, that will decrease our usable IO pins to only 8, and the dedicated PWM pin wouldn't be available as it would be used for the LCD back-light. i see that IO pins can be used as PWM but might not work as well according to the CHIP website.. "Pulse Width Modulation is used to control motors and other devices. It is possible to use GPIO pins to drive motors, but they generally are not fast enough for robust and smooth control." quote from CHIP website."looks like all i would need to get started is the IO pin assignments. ( what IO pins you want the probe inputs and control outputs connected to.) you could tell me what you want or i could assign them and let you know what they are. for me to assign them i would need to know if your planning in using the LCD connected to the CHIP pins. i assume that you plan on designing it around the current IOIO schematic. (same resistor sizes and probes?)my thoughts on the new PCB are to have everything mounted on board for a clean and easy assembly(assuming the builder has basic soldering experience). it would also include a PCB mounted switching power supply for converting AC line voltage to 12VDC and 5VDC to eliminate the external wall-wart power supply. another option would be a 12VDC power supply and a separate 5 volt regulator circuit. this would allow you to use a battery to power the device in the event that there is not AC power available. (note that the chip does not have a 5VDC regulator to step 12VDC down to 5VDC.) also included would be a place to solder in 1 or 2 SSR relays to control heating elements and other high power loads. the SSRs would be optional parts and would not be required to operate in the normal mode that you originally designed the device for. what are the chances of adding a circulating fan output and feeder control output?i will start working on recreating my IOIO schematic, should be able to convert it to CHIP easily after that.
haddad1, I'd be interested in a few PCBs with the extra outputs you describe. I'd like to use a CHIP to control everything for a pellet grill assembly and connect via WiFi to my phone so I could control the cook from anywhere!
Hey haddad1, thanks for the kind words. :) It's nice to know that others are getting good use out of it. One of the things that I've always had in the back of my mind was to make it easier for people to build with a PCB. I have no experience with PCBs, though, and I just don't have the time to learn.I would be interested, however, in building a UDSv2 using the C.H.I.P. (https://getchip.com/pages/chip) if someone would be willing to put together a PCB schematic that anybody could use to have one made. The CHIP is cheaper than the IOIO, has built-in BT4.0 (and wifi), and could run autonomously. I've got a couple on pre-order that are supposed to arrive this month.If that's something you'd be interested in let me know and we can discuss it.
Deeg, The beta version will not run. When I try to start it the following message appears "Unfortunately, UDS Digital Supervisor has stopped." John
Deeg, yes, the fan cycles on and off. Also I must restart the phone to exit the app. John
Deeg, Finally completed this project. Going to try the UDS tomorrow. The fan cycles on and off. Also the fan speed does not show on the app. Phone is HTC 6525LVW with Ardriod 6.0. Thanks, John
On the top of the removable lid, are those plugs that screw in and out depending on air flow out latches to secure the top to have a right fit?
I was wondering would it be very hard to prematurely age the table top? And on a scale of 1-10 (1 easiest, 10 hardest) how would you rate this project for a first timer working from home?
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