SMOBOT is a patented robotic damper system that attaches to the top vent of most Kamado style smokers, like those from Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, and Primo Ceramic Grills. SMOBOT monitors the temperature inside the smoker using a high temperature thermocouple. When the temperature varies from the target you set, the controller tells the damper how much to open and close to maintain the temperature you choose. Think of SMOBOT as your smoker robot.
Airflow is controlled by the natural draw through the top damper, which makes installation easy and power consumption low. The damper replaces the manual factory daisy wheel, attaching to the top vent cap with the single existing screw in a matter of seconds. Your smoker still operates on natural airflow, but becomes a precision appliance capable of greater accuracy for longer duration than would be possible for a person to achieve without SMOBOT. Because SMOBOT only moves the damper when necessary, power consumption is low. SMOBOT is powered through its micro-USB connector. If desired, powering it from a low-cost USB battery pack is a great option when an outlet isn’t available.
WiFi can connect SMOBOT to your local wireless network – enables cloud-based monitoring and ongoing firmware improvements.
The SMOBOT Robotic Damper is the heart of the system and provides “natural” temperature control for your grill.
Multiple Food Probes
Two food probes allow for monitoring of food in multiple locations or monitoring multiple items.
Thermocouple Grill Thermometer
A rugged thermocouple allows the SMOBOT to accurately measure the temperatures inside your grill. Easy to use alligator clip can mount directly to your grate or in any other location close to your meat.
The mySMOBOT website allows you to monitor your cook, review prior cooks, and even change the setpoint – From anywhere!
Frequently Asked Questions
What grills can SMOBOT be used with?
SMOBOT can be used with most grills which have a top and bottom damper for airflow – as long as an attachment means is available. We have tested on the following grills:
- Big Green Egg:- S / M / L / XL and MiniMax
- Kamado Joe: Classic, Big Joe, Junior
- Primo Grills: All Models
- Grill Dome: Infinity XL (probably others, but not yet verified)
- Saffire L, XL
- The Bastard
- Royal Kamado
- Chargriller Akorn Kamado
- Newly Supported! Vision Grills ceramic kamado
- Newly Supported! Pit Boss Kamado, ceramic grills
- COMING LATER THIS YEAR: Weber Summit Charcoal, Kettle, Smokey Mountain
If you have a grill that is not listed above, please contact us to see if the SMOBOT might work with your grill too!
Can SMOBOT run on batteries?
SMOBOT runs on 5V DC power with a standard micro-usb socket. We provide a micro-usb wall plug, but you can also use any standard rechargeable 5V USB power pack. Such batteries are readily available on amazon.
SMOBOT will run for at least 10 hours for every 1000 mah (milliamp-hours) of capacity your battery has. For example, a common 2200 mah battery bank will run SMOBOT for more than 20 hours on a single charge!
One huge benefit of SMOBOT is that it is low-power grill controller, unlike blower-based controllers, making it ideal for running on batteries. It’s nice to dispense with extension chords and extra wires around your grill.
Perhaps even more important: If SMOBOT has had your pit on target and there is a power loss, your cook should just keep on going reasonably well. If you were controlling with a blower-based grill controller, power loss would spell disaster..
Is the SMOBOT waterproof?
The SMOBOT damper can be exposed to water and can be used in the rain. The SMOBOT control unit should be protected from the elements. We suggest using a plastic bag or container to keep the rain/snow off of your unit if you are using it in inclement weather.
Does the damper hardware need to be cleaned frequently?
The damper will get some residue buildup over time, this is normal. Your damper might even seem to seize up after it has cooled. It is not necessary to clean the damper, just gently lift up on the damper arm to free it and verify movement. The SmoBot designers have used their dampers for 100s of hours and have never cleaned them, we simply use this process to free the arm and allow movement. The following video demonstrates the process.
Do I need to use the cloud service to use my SMOBOT?
The cloud service “mySmobot” allows you to monitor your SMOBOT from outside of your home network. You do not need to attach your SMOBOT to your home network or use the cloud service in order to control your grill or monitor your SMOBOT. If you do not want to use the cloud or connect to your home network, you can put the SMOBOT in Access Point mode (default) and connect to it via a browser for remote monitoring. Please note while in Access Point mode, power consumption is significantly higher.
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