I didn't say the software was the only culprit but I'm convinced it's a big one. I think you're seeing what I'm seeing. Remove the finger guard and make the pellet ramp slicker and the pellets feed just fine. I used UHMW tape and you did your thing. Mechanical flaw mitigated. My glitch was a 60° drop in pit temp. with a pellet feed problem. The chute was full, pellets were waiting to drop, but the auger wasn't running. I sat and watch the smoke and listened for activity. I still had fire. After 15 min. the auger motor kicked on and the fan ramped up. It finally reacted to a temp 60° below set temp. 2 minutes later the pit temp was back to 250. I think what caused that 15 minute delay was the software. I could be wrong. You're spot on about what occurred as the weather warmed. It will be interesting to see winter performance.The feed system cannot feed what’s not in the chute, so it’s not always software. The shallow slope with the finger guard right on the chute opening creates bridging at times, that cannot be corrected with software. There have definitely been a lot of issues addressed in software and it still remains to be seen if more problems start cropping up when the weather turns cold again. This thing came out in the dead of Winter. Problems seemed to lessen as the weather warmed, but that’s hard to correlate scientifically since updates came out too.
Don’t take my comments the wrong way, I have a SmokeFire again and love it. It has come a long way since it was released. First thing I did on this one was lube the slide and remove the finger guard and have not had any feed problems. Same model before had multiple flameouts due to bridging. I’ve only run Weber pellets through both.
No brainer. Go with the one that gives better flavor. For me, the Smokefire wins in a photo finish.The question I am doing a brisket tomorrow for work should I put it on the smoke fire or my pit boss modified with my very own homegrown pellet master controller. Here are the issues the smoke fire has a pellet bridging issue. The pellet master after 12 hours will cause auger fires. I can mitigate either issue, the smoke fire I can stir the pellets after 8 hours. The pellet master I can turn up the minimum fan speed so it will blow out the ash it produces. Decisions decisions.