The FireBoard App Basics, Part 2: Drive Programs
One of the great features of the FireBoard App is the Programs tool, which as we mentioned before enables users of FireBoard Drive enabled technology (Fireboard 2 Drive and Pro, Yoder Smokers, Kando Pellet Grills, Black Earth Grills, or Lone Star Grillz) to program custom temperature profiles. You can automate your session’s temperature to follow steps of your choosing, or even set a program to hold at a lower temp at the end of your session.
This temperature control is accomplished by the FireBoard’s monitoring of your pit temp AND varying the speed of our 12v 20CFM Drive Blower from 0-100%. If the temp goes down, the fan speeds up. If you already have a 12v fan with a 2.5mm barrel plug, chances are good that it will work too.
Start by tapping the Programs icon at the bottom of your screen, then tap Add Drive Program highlighted in blue near the bottom of the screen. Here you will find three program options: Time Program, Temp Program and Custom Drive Program. Select Time Program if your priority is for your cook to maintain temp for a certain amount of time. After the set time is up, the program will maintain a low temp, default is 180ºF keeping your food warm, tasty, and out of the danger zone.
Use the Temp Program if you want your cook to hit a specific temperature, and then you can program how long to stay at that temp until moving on. Like the Time Program Temp Programs will end with a hold step.
Create a Custom Drive Program
The third program option is the Custom Drive Program, which gives you options of adding multiple steps with priority focusing on a temp level or duration of time of your choosing.
Using a rib cook as an example, where the ribs will smoke for two hours at 250ºF and then continue until the ribs reach an internal doneness temp of 200ºF. With a food prob in the ribs, tap Custom Drive Program then Add Step in lower left of that page. Now enter a Setpoint Temperatue of 250ºF with Duration enabled, enter a duration of two hours from the dropdown. Tap Back in the upper left of the screen, then add another step. Again enter a Setpoint Temperatue of 250ºF on the top line, next switch Target Temp on and enter a target temp of 200ºF then select which channel your internal food probe is connected to. Tap Back again to save to save the step. As a convenience, a Hold step of 180ºF is created by default, and can be edited as desired.