Product Review: Flame Boss 300

The Flame Boss 300 will revolutionize the way you smoke on your grill!
The Flame Boss 300 will revolutionize the way you smoke on your grill!

Usually with product reviews, I like to hold my opinion to the end. But I’m gonna be forthright with you now: I love the Flame Boss 300! Now I’m gonna spend the rest of the article telling you why.

To start off, the contents of the package include the following:

Photo courtesy of flameboss.com
Photo courtesy of flameboss.com
  • Flame Boss controller
  • Power adapter
  • Pit temperature probe
  • Meat temperature probe
  • Blower
  • Mounting adapters for Kamado-style grill/smoker
  • Product manual
  • Flame Boss sticker!
When using a ceramic grill, make sure the holes in the daisy wheel are slightly opened to best control temps.
When using a ceramic grill, make sure the holes in the daisy wheel are slightly opened to best control temps.

This device not only monitors the temp in my Kamado Joe, but it also lets me adjust it. This is possible by the blower/fan you put in the bottom vent that will either increase or shut off air flow to keep your temperature right where you want it. For example, I originally had my brisket go on the Kamado Joe at 275F at 8:00 p.m. When I went to bed, I decided to adjust the temp to 250F while I was asleep.

Screenshots showing the progress of the smoking process. Click on the pencil icon next to the temps to edit.
Screenshots showing the progress of the smoking process. Click on the pencil icon next to the temps to edit.

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¬†With other Flame Boss devices, you can adjust the temp from the device itself. With the Flame Boss 300 (and 200), you can use website or mobile app (which I’m beta testing right now) and adjust from wherever you are. So when I lowered the temp, I didn’t even have to go outside: I was able to do this from my bed.

This is the brisket being discussed. The Flame Boss 300 let me sleep easily while this was smoking.
This is the brisket being discussed. The Flame Boss 300 let me sleep easily while this was smoking.

You can also receive text notifications when the meat is done, and even set a warming temp for the grill to keep it steady!

My text alert informing me the meat is done!
My text alert informing me the meat is done!

The Flame Boss 300 allows you to monitor up to four different temps at the same time! This is possible due to the splitter adapter plug ins and software that measures three meat temps and the grill temp.

With any product we buy, we are also paying for customer service. Jeff, the owner, will occasionally handle customer service issues directly and his company is overall quick to make sure your Flame Boss is working right and that you are completely satisfied.

Working at night.
Working at night.

As with all reviews, I list both pros and cons. While I love this device, there are a couple of downsides. First, the fact that it solely operates on a power adapter and has no option for batteries. Good news is they do offer a portable power source which will power your Flame Boss when you don’t have an outlet available. Second, the cost. The $369 price tag is enough to keep some prospective buyers away, but after one use you will see the long term value of less stress and more free time in your life for many cooks to come (and that you are in good hands if anything goes awry). Finally, the cords. You have a cord for the power adapter, one for the blower, another for the grill temp, and one more for the meat. It can make for a tangled mess, but no wireless probes exist at this point and this is the best technology we have to date for monitoring BBQ temps.

PROS

-Easy setup
-Monitor both grill and meat temps while you are away from home
-Ability to adjust temp inside smoker via the app is HUGE
-Get text alerts when meat is done
-Set warming temps after meat is done
-Track multiple meat temps at once
-Top-notch customer service

CONS

-Lots of cords
-Cost
-Must be plugged in

SUMMARY

I’ve used the Flame Boss 300 a bunch of times and can’t imagine smoking meat without it. With the monitoring of multiple meat temps and the ambient temp on the grill surface simultaneously, as well as an app to adjust grill temps on the go (and not to mention the stellar, personalized customer service) I’m convinced the Flame Boss 300 is a game changer!