Your brisket will hit a plateau and stay in a very tight temperature range for hours. The temperature can actually drop by as much as 10* while in the plateau. This plateau occurs as the fat renders inside the brisket. This occurs all the time with brisket and Pork Butt. Very normal. No worries. After a few hours in the plateau, the brisket temp will begin rising fairly quickly.
Posted Jul 11, 4:07 PM Hide Post
I think the display itself got hot. It's and LCD, so keep it from getting direct sun and you'll be fine.
I didn't think it would matter, but I don't get the big bucks like Smokin. So try it in the shade and see what happens. I'd still talk to Cookshack on Monday.
call CS and has what the "HOT" indicates. It sounds like the probe was saying it had reached its temp and if the temp was dropping was it going into hold.
I gotta get one of the new ones for testing so I can figure it out.
Moving it to a shaded area was not an option for me but I placed a small towel over the unit and after many successful smokes have not had the problem since.
Since the smoker by design is meant to be an outdoor appliance I do worry about the long term effect of heat on the board though. I guess only time will tell.
This thread is about ten years old. You'd think that by now, Cookshack would have resolved this issue.
Just experienced this issue with my SM045 smoker. Ambient temp was about 90f outside and the control system was in direct sunlight. Got the HOT led warning. Covered it with a towel and it started working again.
Thank you all for this thread. It let me know quickly what the issue was.
The Cookshack folks really should redesign this.
I wonder if a piece of digital electronics is supposed to work in direct sunlight where the ambient operating temp (not air temp) can exceed 120 - 160 degrees F? Maybe with milspec, but for commercial, particularly residential, I'd be surprised. I provide shade (more for me than the smoker) for my sm-066 when necessary with a cheap popup tent or a tarp on my garage apron.