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DigiQ 2I controlled it manually for years. It isn't hard, in fact it is one of the great features of the BGE. I sorta equate it to a car with a stick shift. If you learn on one of those, you will always know how to shift gears. If all you know is an auto transmission, then you can't drive a stick shift.Be a good idea to master the vent and Daisy Wheel, THEN decide if you want a controller.
Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!
Agree with most that you should learn how to do it manually first. Never know when something might happen. power goes out or your controller quits working for some other reason.
As far as which one, that depends on the features you want and how much you are willing to spend. I got the one from Auber as i wasn't looking for wi-fi or some of those other features. Just wanted a simple one and it works great.
One benefit I think most people over look, I can set my controller to 150 (for smoking sausages) and not worry about the fire going out. Try doing that manually. I'm not saying its impossible, but I hear its damn hard.
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