Both the Flame Boss 200 and 300 are high quality thermometers and smoker/ grill temperature controllers. Flame Boss introduced a variable speed blower that makes it unique among tools of this type. Both of these devices are wifi-enabled and allow you to monitor and change temperatures from your smart enable device or from the LCD display screen.
The only difference between the Flame Boss 200 vs 300 is that the Flame Boss 300 can be fitted with up to 4 probes as opposed to the two probes enabled by the Flame Boss 200. There are clear advantages to having additional probes, but consider your needs carefully before deciding to spend the additional $100 for the Flame Boss 300.
While having additional probes will allow you to cook multiple meats at your ideal temperature, having multiple meats cooking at the same time does disable some other useful characteristics of this thermometer. Since different meats will get done at different times, you will need to pay attention to the notification that the meat is done instead of allowing the Flame Boss to set a cooler warming temperature that will keep your meat ready but not overcook it.
This means that you will have a more demanding cooking experience than what is enabled by the Flame Boss 200 which largely allows you to set your temperatures and forget it. That said, if you want to cook multiple meats at the same time and don’t mind attending to their needs, the Flame Boss 300 is an incredibly useful tool.
Flame Boss 200 vs 300 Comparison
Flame Boss 200
The Flame Boss 200 put Flame Boss on the same level as BBQ Guru, being a smart, wifi-enabled thermometer that can provide an incredible amount of control over your barbecue or smoking experience. Features like text alerts when your meat reaches the ideal temperature or if the pit temperature gets too high or low make this a handy tool that allows you to spend more time away from your smoker without worrying about it.
The variable speed blower allows increased control over competition and the open lid awareness feature insures that you achieve consistent and even temperatures even if you open the lid during cooking. The Flame Boss 200 is about $100 cheaper than the 300 and has all of the same features other than the ability to add more than the two included probes.
● Industrial platinum resistance probes
● Text alerts for when the pit gets too hot or too cool and also when your food is done
● Keeps food warm after cooking without drying it out
● Open lid detection allows for more consistent cooking even if the lid is opened several times
● Continues running at the set temperature when power returns if power goes out
● Flame Boss offers good customer service
● Cannot be fitted with additional probes so you will only have one meat probe and one pit probe
● Probes can only measure up to 450 degrees so not good for blackening
● Must be plugged in to work
● Probes may go bad and while company is good about sending replacements you may have ruined food in the meantime
Flame Boss 200 Specifications
● Comes with two probes
● Alarms for meat temperature and extreme pit temperatures
● Works with Android or iOS
● 1 year warranty
Flame Boss 200 Review
The Flame Boss 200 can provide precise temperature control with Wi-Fi connectivity for almost any kamado style grill or smoker. An online dashboard is available with this Flame Boss that will allow you to see graphs of the cooking so that you can compare cooks and know more about your barbecue cooking experience than ever before.
Not only can you monitor the temperature of your pit and food from your computer, phone, or tablet but you can even change the temperature remotely using your smart device. You can also reference the clear LCD display to set the temperature and monitor cooking and blower speed. The versatile stand works well with the LCD display to allow you to set this thermometer at a good angle for you to see it clearly.
If you don’t want to monitor the cooking remotely, you can set an alarm that will turn down the temperature of the pit automatically when your meat reaches the desired temperature. If you are really concerned that you may forget about your barbecue entirely, you can even have a text message sent to you when your meat reaches the desired temperature.
Text alerts can also be received if your pit gets too hot or too cool and timer alarms will let you know when it’s time to do the next step in your cooking process. The pit will remain at a good temperature to keep your meat warm while not overcooking it until you are ready to eat it.
This device will work with anything that has a browser; there is no software that you have to install onto your device. This is a very easy to use thermometer that will turn on as soon as it is plugged in and has only an automatic mode. Two temperature probes are included with this thermometer.
They are made of in industrial grade platinum resistance material that will stand up to many cooks while providing perfectly accurate readings both within the smoker and measuring the internal temperature of the meat. These high-quality probes will last a long time in the harsh condition of your smoker.
The PID controller of this thermometer will learn your smoker intelligently so that it can control it smoother and quicker. The blower can run at variable speeds so that you can achieve the optimum speed to maintain your desired temperature in your smoker.
Open lid detection will notice an abrupt temperature drop due to the lid being open and will turn off the fan to keep from over stroking the fire. If there is a power glitch, the Flame Boss 200 will continue to run at the set temperature as soon as power returns.
Flame Boss 300
If you love the features of the Flame Boss 200 but are concerned about being limited by only two probes, only one of which will go in your meat, then the Flame Boss 300 may be the thermometer for you. The Flame Boss 300 allows you to connect up to three food probes in addition to the pit probe.
This means that you can cook three different kinds of meat at the same time and feel confident that they will each be done to your exact specifications. This is much more in line with how most people really do smoke or barbecue, since people at a party will want different sorts of meat. This way, you can have your steak, chicken, and your ribs all come to the ideal temperature.
● Can be fitted with up to four probes
● Has all of the features of the Flame Boss 200
● Using multiple probes makes the keep warm feature useless
● Costs about $100 more than the Flame Boss 200
● Must be plugged in to work
● Probes can still only measure to 450° so not good for blackening
● Additional probes must be bought separately
Flame Boss 300 Specifications
● Comes with two probes but can work with 4
● Alarms for extreme pit temperatures and meat doneness
● Works with Android or iOS
● 1 year warranty
Flame Boss 300 Review
The Flame Boss 300 has all of the features of the 200 model with a few additional features that may make the additional hundred dollars that it costs worth it to you. Like the 200, this thermometer can work with many types and sizes of grills and smokers. You can connect any smart device that has a browser to this thermometer without needing to install software and it will work on your Android or Apple smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The 300 will still send you alerts on your phone when your ideal meat temperature has been reached or if the pit temperature goes too high or too low. It will intelligently learn your smoker for better control and provides an LCD display with a versatile stand for you to see and program on when you don’t want to use your smart device.
Like the 200, the variable blower of this thermometer is unique in the industry and provides greater control. This thermometer will automatically lower the pit temperature when your food reaches its ideal temperature but keeps it warm enough that you can delay serving if you like.
The feature that distinguishes the Flame Boss 300 from the 200 and accounts for the additional $100 price tag is that this temperature controller can be fitted with additional probes if desired. A pit probe and a meat probe are included with this thermometer and are rated to up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit so you can feel confident that your probes will last for a long time in the harsh condition of your smoker. The 300 can be fitted with up to four probes at once using the optional y cables and meat probes that can be purchased separately.
This can be incredibly convenient if you are cooking different types of meat at a time and want to know the temperature of multiple meats as well as the temperature of the pit. Since it is very common to want to grill or smoke different types of meat at a time, this ability of the Flame Boss 300 to be fitted with additional probes makes it more applicable to your actual cooking experience. You can use up to three food probes and one pit probe to make sure that everything you are cooking is cooked to the ideal temperature.