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Flame Boss 500 Review

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  • Those who want to keep meat internal temperature under control
  • BBQers that appreciate modern technologies
  • Those who value stylish design and solid built
Main features:
  • Grill adapters
  • Probe code organizers
  • Electronic power supply
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Flame Boss is a company with the main headquarters located in Florida and several branches across the globe. It mainly manufactures charcoal grills and smoker temperature controllers. The Flame boss 500, which is the latest version of a Wi-Fi temperature controller, enables monitoring meat temperature as you smoke it. There are several accessories, features, and specifications that come with the Flame Boss 500, which will be discussed below in the Flames Boss 500 review. However, you are at liberty to choose whether this device is liable for you.

Specifications

Brand
Flame Boss
Model
500
Voice control
Amazon Alexa & Google home
App control
Yes
Material
Plastic
Item dimensions
7.87 x 4.72 x 114.17 in.
Item Weight
2.12 lbs.

Flames Boss 500 Review

The Flames Boss 500 is an automated temperature checker, designed explicitly for smoking meat. If you enjoy smoking meat, you would definitely love to use this device.  The Flames Boss 500 has a combined automatic temperature controller suitable for every style of smoker. It also allows you to monitor your smoking process from your smartphone or computer any place or any time.  You are at liberty to talk to it from your Google Home or Alexa device. The Flamer Boss 500 can be a hack for you, especially if you have tight schedules and workloads. It is cost-efficient and very user-friendly. The Flames Boss has several features, which we are going to see below.

Overall performance

Flame Boss 500 Review

The Flame Boss 500 enables you to monitor the temperature changes as you cook. With a variable-speed blower that connects right into the air vent of your grill, the Flames Boss adjusts the heat of your smoker. The Flame Boss receives information from the high-temperature meat probe, which instructs the blower to change the airflow accordingly to maintain your desired temperature throughout your meal. This entire process continues as a cycle until your meat gets ready Trusted Source The expert's guide to the perfect meat barbecue | Barbecue | The Guardian Everything you need to know about grilling meat, from fuel to two-zone cooking, by Hawksmoor’s executive chef. Plus recipes for pre-meat-fest snacks and sauces to go alongside www.theguardian.com . Since it is delivered with a user guide, you ought to be confident in using it.

Main features

The Flame Boss 500 is rated #29 in Grill Thermometers on Amazon.  It combines patented software technology with cutting-edge air control hardware to create a simple, unrivaled control unit at the touch of your finger or by the sound of your voice.

Some of the features include:

  • Legibility is improved by using a huge 1’’ ×5’’ LCD panel with large text read-outs.
  • A blower with changeable speeds that allow for accuracy.
  • Voice command control is supported by Alexa and Google home.
  • Countdown timer from 0 to 24 hours, adjustable in 15 seconds increments.
  • Smart-lid detection detects when the lid is removed and prevents the fan from turning on, causing the coals to be overly ignited.
  • 6ft extra-long probe cables with cord organizer.
  • There are four individually programmable alarms, one for each of the three meat probes and one for the pit monitors, to ensure that the smoker reaches the ideal internal temperatures.
  • A Keep Warm Mode automatically adjusts the heat inside the pit to keep food warm without overcooking once your food has reached the finished temperature.

The controller is mountable, or a vertical surface or can as well be used as a table. It is also detachable from the base. It has six ports: three meat probes, one pit probe, one blower control port, and one power cord port. The controller also has a simple structure and a sturdy design, so even inexperienced users can use it confidently right out of the box. The box comes with a detailed manual that covers everything from WIFI setup to adapter installation to usage.

Modes of operation

There are three main connectivity options for using the Flame BOSS 500. They include:

  1. Direct connect

This mode allows you to connect your phone directly via a wireless Bluetooth connection to Flames Boss 500. Here, you have limited access or no WIFI. However, you may have limited range and no access to notes.

  1. Cloud connect

This is the most recommendable mode of Flame Boss as you can access the Flame boss server directly from the app, rather than connecting through the router or by phone. This is quite a crack as you can access your previously stored cook notes from the app.

  1. Local connect

In this mode, you will be required to connect to your WIFI network and monitor the progress from a given device. E.g., smartphone or computer. This mode is similar to cloud connect, the difference being that you cannot access your stored cooking notes. This method is suitable for anyone with a router but no internet or anyone with privacy concerns.

Adapters

Flame Boss 500 Review

The Flames Boss 500 has a multi-speed blower that optimizes airflow to achieve and maintain the ideal temperatures for cooking your meat. The blower fan physically speeds up or slows down its internal fan in response to instructions received automatically or manually via the Controller Unit or the Flames Boss app, fanning or starving the coals of oxygen, resulting in increased or decreased pit temperatures.

There are two main grill adapters for Flame Boss 500 controllers. They include:

  • The Kamado Adapters which come in different sizes: small, medium, large; can also adapt the Flame Boss 500 WIFI controller to fit the cooker openings. They are very highly insulated, giving them an advantage of heat sustainability, especially during the winter season.
  • The Universal Adapter also comes in different sizes to fit in grill smokers. They have variable speed blowers that run very fast to reach and maintain a favorable pit temperature in the smoker.

Voice control

With the rise in technological advancement and ease of accessing the internet, the Flame Boss 500 is not an exemption. The Flame Boss 500 allows for voice control. It is very much convenient and easy to use. The Alexa Amazon and Google homeowners have an advantage as they can operate the Flame Boss 500 with the AI of their choice.

Below is a list of convenient and available commands for each:

Google

  • OK Google, open Flame Boss.
  • Hey Google, ask Flame Boss to change the set temperatures to_ degrees.
  • OK Google, ask Flame Boss for the temperatures.
  • OK Google, ask Flame Boss for the meat (1,2,3) temperature.
  • Hey Google, ask the Flame Boss for the set temperature.
  • Hey Google, ask the Flame Boss to forget my info.
  • OK Google, ask the Flames Boss to set my controller ID_.
  • OK Google, ask the Flames Boss to set my controller pin_.
  • OK Google, ask Flame Boss to change the set temperature.
  • Hey Google, ask Flame Boss to switch to Celsius/Fahrenheit.

Alexa

  • OK Alexa, open Flame Boss.
  • Hey Alexa, ask Flame Boss to change the set temperatures to_ degrees.
  • OK Alexa, ask Flame Boss for the temperatures.
  • OK Alexa, ask Flame Boss for the meat (1,2,3) temperature.
  • Hey Alexa, ask the Flame Boss for the set temperature.
  • Hey Alexa, ask the Flame Boss to forget my info.
  • OK Alexa, ask the Flames Boss to set my controller ID_.
  • OK Alexa, ask the Flames Boss to set my controller pin_.
  • OK Alexa, ask Flame Boss to change the set temperature.
  • Hey Alexa, ask Flame Boss to switch to Celsius/Fahrenheit.

Mobile app

Flame Boss 500 Review

The mobile app is quite user-friendly and easy to navigate through. You will consume less time in the set-up and registration section and a confirmation code from your email in the spam folder. The app makes it easier to access, monitor and control all configurations from the WIFI setup to pit probe settings on your smartphone. The mobile app also includes alarm and timer settings, preset notifications, graph monitoring. You can also set up text notifications and access up-to-date online manuals. It is also quite cheap as you get it for free.

Warranty

The Flames Boss company accords a 1-year warranty to the buyer. If you are experiencing problems with the product, you have to incur the cost of mailing it back to the seller for a look over. If it’s a malfunction, they will advise the best solution, either by repair or replacement, and send it back to you. By chance, if you reside out of the US, it is advisable to enquire from the seller on how to access the product.

Also, if by any chance you feel dissatisfied with the Flames Boss 500, you are allowed to have a 30-day refund at no query. For more information, you can visit their website, join their social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Pinterest, or communicate directly to them via a toll-free number from the company’s site.

Accessories included

Flame Boss 500 Review

What comes in the box depends on the model available. i.e., the ‘Universal’ or ‘Kamado’ kits. However, both models must have the basic contents required.

The content in the box includes:

  • User manual
  • WIFI controller
  • Blower
  • Blower manifold and fastener
  • 1 high-temperature meat probe
  • 1 high-temperature pit probe
  • 2 probe cord organizers
  • Mounting base
  • 12V DC Power supply

However, the blower in the Universal kit is very powerful compared to the one in the Kamado kit. The Universal kit is more suitable for a wider range of smokers. This is because the Kamado is well insulated and thus can hold up the heat even during the winter seasons. Thus, cost-effective compared to the Universal.

Price tag

Based on price alone, the Flame Boss 500 may seem quite expensive but considering its functionality, it is rather an advantage. It allows you to save on time and cost. Its ability to monitor at least three different pieces of meat at a time, remote monitoring and controlling at your comfort, and automatic temperature control of the whole process is quite an enormous lead. It is a perfect suit for a person, who enjoys meat smoking.

Below are the advantages and disadvantages of the Flames Boss 500.

PROS

CONS

  • It can tell you the temperature that is inside your smoker.
  • It allows monitoring and controlling via phone even when you are not at home.
  • The Flames Boss allows accurate smoking as it supports up to 3 meat probes and a pit probe.
  • It has a simple interface
  • The Flame Boss is highly compatible with any Flames Boss you may previously own.
  • It lacks a casing that can resist impact, given that it works under harsh heat conditions.
  • The package only comes with a single meat probe
  • One has to update the Flame Boss app to avoid issues frequently.
  • It is quite expensive

Conclusion

The Flame Boss 500 does not limit you to whether you are a beginner smoker or not. Otherwise, it’s very user-friendly in that you can remotely monitor your smoking as you are far away from home or even when you are busy with other tasks. It is highly recommendable, especially with its automatic temperature regulation.

References

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The expert's guide to the perfect meat barbecue | Barbecue | The Guardian
Everything you need to know about grilling meat, from fuel to two-zone cooking, by Hawksmoor’s executive chef. Plus recipes for pre-meat-fest snacks and sauces to go alongside
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