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CyberQ Graphing Tip

This is a simple tip that will make the graphs of your cook have greater detail. I am describing it in terms of the gear and software I own: the CyberQ WiFi and CyberCook for iOs. But it should work with other WiFi enabled pit controllers and other software as well.The same goes for remote read thermometer solutions that offer graphing capabilities. What am I going to be talking about here? It will be using a spare food probe to add Outside Air Temperature to your cooking session graphs.

WHY OUTSIDE AIR TEMPS?:
One of the things I always did when I was manually logging my cooks, was list the outside air temperature. This could often be very helpful because I could see how different weather affected similar cooks. I could also see how the air temperature affected my warm up and recovery times. I could see how the air temperature affected my new to add more charcoal. This information could then serve to help me to plan the timing of a future cook. With its thick ceramic construction the Big Green Egg is fairly resistant to outside air temps. Some of these items may no longer apply, such as refueling mid-cook. But going forward I will be able to see just how much extreme temps will affect cooking time. I will be able to see how it affects warm up time, recovery time when the lid is opened, overall stability throughout the cook etc. All of this is valuable information to have.

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Be sure to install the probe so the measurement area in the tip is NOT in direct contact with any solid surfaces and is suspended in air. Here I am using a slot in the back of the metal mounting stand to suspend the probe in the air.


HARDWARE:
The CyberQ Wifi comes with three food probes. Most of the time I am only cooking one big piece of meat on my Egg, so two of the probes may go unused. I usually stick a second probe into my meat. This gives me a greater chance of good probe placement. I usually go by the probe that is giving me the lowest reading. This still gives me a third probe to use for something. I have started using my third probe to monitor the outside air temperature. There isn’t much to it. I simply plug in the third probe when I light up my Egg and fire up the CyberQ WiFi. I place the probe where I can take accurate outside air temperature readings. This means I do not simply place the probe on the granite countertop of my grill area cabinets. These countertops will not always accurately represent the true outside air temp. The countertop surface will not react to temperature changes the same was as the air. I have found I can use one of the slots on the metal mounting stand for the CyberQ to support the probe. Pushing the probe through the slot keeps the probe suspended up in the air several inches above the countertop.

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The turquoise blue colored line at the bottom of my graph represents the outside air temps this day.

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This is a graph of a recently completed cook Here I am have clicked on the pit probe measurement points representing when I put the food on and when I took it off. By clicking on the button for Probe 3 I am displaying the outside air temperature. You can do this for any measurement point along the graph.

SOFTWARE:
The iOS software I use to control my CyberQ remotely is called CyberCook. This software is also what allows me to graph my cooks. I simply go through a brief one minute setup process where I create a new Cooking Session. Then I press a button to begin a recording of that session. This is what creates the graph, which you can use both during the cook and is stored for future viewing. There is a setting where you select how often you take your measurements. You can select anything between 1 minute to 1 hour. I use 5 minute intervals. CyberCook allows you to rename the 3 food probes to whatever name you’d like. I rename this third probe to “Outside Air Temp”. One of the nice features of CyberCook’s graphs is you can click on any of your measurement points and a popover menu appears showing the temperatures measured by the pit and food probes at that point in time. I’ve provided two screen captures where I did this for the first and last readings from a recent cook. On the popover I needed to push a button to choose to view the readings from Probe 3 which shows the name “Outside Air Temp” which is what I renamed it to in CyberCook.

CONCLUSION:
If you have a pit controller or remote read thermometer with graphing capabilities and how have a probe you aren’t using, put it to good use. For next to no addition effort on your part you can use it to graph the outside air temperature, which is often very useful information to have.

SOME RELATED LINKS Here are some links to a series of blog entries about the pit controllers in general and the CyberQ WiFi unit in particular, plus a link to the a blog entry about the CyberCook / CyberCook Mini software I use to control the CyberQ Wifi.

CYBERQ WIFI BLOG SERIES:
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 1  What is a Pit Controller & why would someone want one?
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 2  Why did I choose to but the BBQ Guru CyberQ WiFi?
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 3  WiFi Networking overview and setting up an Adhoc WiFi connection on the CyberQ WiFi.
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 4  Setting up an Infrastructure mode WiFi Network Connection. More difficult but more capabilities.
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 5  Attaching the CyberQ to a grill/smoker.
   EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL - Part 6 First impressions after several cooks.
   I DON’T NEED A PIT CONTROLLER, I NEED TWO Two months after getting my CyberQ WiFi and I am a total convert and thinking about getting a second unit..

CYBERCOOK:
   CYBERCOOK - CYBERQ WiFi SOFTWARE iOS Software that enhances your use of the CyberQ. It makes it faster and easier to use & adds capabilities such as Logging/Graphing your cooks.

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