Anyone heard of the SideKIC? Cheap sous vide circulator.Modernist
Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:00 PM
Basically, it does nothing as long as the voltage is below a certain level. If the voltage gets too high, it starts to conduct. The idea is that if there's a voltage spike, current goes through the varistor before reaching any parts which could be damaged by the high voltage.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:06 PM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:50 PM
Strip steaks, from my CSA grass-fed beef vendor.
Custom-cut styrofoam lid, per Chris Hennes:
I like my steak just to the medium side of medium rare, so I set the controller to 137.5. Way too done. I'll roll it back to maybe 130 or 132 next time.
In any event, I was quite pleased with my SideKIC, particularly as a sous vide newbie. It was simple to use, and did what it said it would do. I have ribs in the fridge vac-packed with dry rub, that'll go in the cooker tomorrow for 48 hours; ribs on a weeknight will be a novelty! I'm pleased, glad I bought it, and looking forward to exploring the world of sous vide.
Edited by kayb, 19 February 2012 - 07:53 PM.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:53 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:43 PM
As another relative sous vide newcomer, this is certainly something I have been waiting for. Is it a long-term solution or meant for heavy use? Probably not, but it will allow for a lot of experimentation and if an upgrade after a year or two proves necessary, I will have no regrets. Going to try salmon next and then probably a long-haul tough cut.
Apologies for posting another note basically saying "it works," but for a new device to be delivered quickly and to work consistently well for many discerning users is impressive. Very happy so far and will update if anything changes.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:24 PM
The design is compact, user-friendly and seemingly bullet-proof.
We will re-post when we do a lower temp project.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:34 PM
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:26 AM
Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:17 PM
Wow, kudos to Duncan for listening to his customer base and implementing the changes so quickly. Less than a month for an upgrade? That is incredible.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:17 PM
Edited by Logan DeBorde, 29 February 2012 - 05:22 PM.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:53 PM
Also, what is the width of the U-shape hanging part - the max. thickness of the cooler?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:15 PM
I can measure the size of the gap when I get home but it's about 1".
Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:37 PM
FYI - I just received a response from Duncan, answering one of my concerns: there are no plans to make a deeper unit at this time. I had been wondering if I should hold off buying now, just in case there was a v.2 in the works.
V.1.1 seems like a winner.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
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We're working on getting something on the website that will make this a little clearer, but it's taking longer than expected.
And there is a beeper in the current hardware, but it's not terribly loud. It should be noticeable but it won't wake you up if you fall asleep. It beeps a couple of times when it hits the target temperature, and it beeps continuously if the countdown timer expires.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:35 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:04 PM
We could make it explicit - a "power lock" setting, that you have to turn on, which then will restart it on a power failure. I think that might be safe and we could indicate it with some icon on the screen. But I have to ask, is this all that common? We used to get a lot of power outages when I lived in Nantucket, but other than that it's been pretty rare for me. I've heard that it's common in Seattle as well. (Of course it might happen if there's a serious problem, like a tornado, but then cooking would the last thing you need to worry about).
In any event, that's just software so it shouldn't be too hard at least to test. [Just incidentally, we actually don't have any EEPROM but we can write to the flash memory on the micro - program space - and that's where we store settings. If you're curious, it's this series].
I forgot to mention that there's another change, in response to something you posted - we changed the countdown timer to explicitly set hours and minutes (up to 95:59). We used to do a kind of lumpy adjustment, so it was 1 minute from 0 to 30, then increments of 5 minutes up to 2 hours, then half-hours, and so on. With this update you can explicitly set 0:31, or 0:36, and so on.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:12 PM
In the case of a power outage I am OK with the machine not turning itself back on, I am just looking for an alert if it happens so I can see how long it was and address the problem. On a 72-hour cook there is a pretty decent chance that somebody, somewhere, is going to have some power-glitch that shuts the thing down: the handling of power-failures is one of the touted features of other SV solutions, so if you guys could come up with a simple, cheap way to "do something" about it, that's just another selling point for the device.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:14 PM
I finally got off my butt and measured my cooler: it's a 24 qt. With preheated water and a styrofoam lid the SideKIC has no trouble maintaining the temp for as long as you want it to (I've done a couple of 72 hour cooks as well as a 36 and a 24, plus a couple dozen short-term).
What would the ideal cooler be - volume and shape? Is 24 qt. too big?
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:04 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:05 AM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:54 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:20 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:15 PM
Duncan, you may not have been intending to market your product by providing thoughtful responses on this forum, but you certainly did. I purchased it because you have taken the time to address everyone's concerns, and you seem to really want to make your customers happy. I really appreciate that, and I am looking forward to experimenting.
Thanks, but right back at you: this forum has been great. I really appreciate all the feedback and it's been really helpful so far.
It's probably karmic retribution (I was a bit dismissive about this concern the other day), but this morning we had a two-hour power outage in my neighborhood. I wasn't cooking anything at the time, but it definitely brought home how much of a problem this would be if I were. After the fact I found out that our local power company (PG&E) maintains a map of power outages on their website, and they're a lot more common than I would have expected. So food for thought.
And regarding coolers: I picked up a 9 quart cooler on Amazon the other day for about $20, it works like a champ. I wasn't expecting all the interest in coolers, but now that I have one I can see why people like them.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:03 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:55 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:56 AM
- Packaging: I work in telecommunications and we find the packaging arguments fun. Some think the top notch packaging is absolutely required and others think the customer will open it up and deposit into the trash. This is good packaging....I like simple and functional. Just have to make sure everything is fully dry before putting it away.
- Software Updates: Yes, this is not an easy request with the risk of folks turning the unit into a brick.
- User manual says to place the equipment on a kitchen counter when in use. I did this and it slide under my cabinets and was left on over night. In the morning the evaporated water had some contaminates which dried on my cabinets and was tough to get off. May suggest people to not do that.
- Future crazy enhancement: You can stick a CDMA or GSM modem module on there for about $22/ea with a $2/month subscription. This could send data back to a server where the UI could be emulated within a web browser/iPhone App/Android App allowing the customer to remotely manage and monitor (could be used for software updates as well). Perhaps some customers would pay a monthly reoccurring charge or a free version with advertisements to offset the module subsidy. The integration is usually a PCIe or USB interface and old school AT commands over telnet or secureSSH. Some IT integration (automation) or using a web interface with a carrier to get equipment activated. I have lots of engineering details if interested.
- Distribution: Maybe have your own online store to avoid the Amazon charges?
- I used a 28 quart cooler and seemed to work great. Perhaps offer a package with own insulated ICA Kitchen branded 10Q or larger container with a lid?
- User interface is simple and great. Surprised it was a color display (was is 220x176?). Great touch. The only think I could think of is a Help menu, but then I think you would have to code in a scrolling menu for the extra menu item.
- When I added more water which was around 120F the thermometer on the display would increase 1-2 degrees rather then decrease. Guessing the temperature sensor is close to the heater.
All I can think of at the moment....
Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:15 AM
Edited by Tri2Cook, 18 March 2012 - 11:16 AM.
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