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OT - Original BBQ Guru

I'm trying to find an original BBQ Guru, it was a spring operated brass gizmo that fit snuggly in the dome vent (no DMFT).  It would open/close it's vent opening based on temp.  I'm sure it's not nearly as accurate as new models, but dang it seems cool.

Any ideas?  Google can't find it, so it must not exist.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,700
    edited February 2014
    I don't think the sell them any longer, but here is a post from @fishlessman with a similar model:

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    I just noticed you already commented in that discussion.  I think the "tiptoptemp" gizmo does the same thing.  


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 14,251
    I was thinking about this very device earlier today.  Will have to see what the updated model is about.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    i have the only one ive ever seen posted here :D its my go too for overnighters at camp. tiptoptemp makes a cheap knockoff and i use that one on my kub cooker. the origional guru had pins that swapped out for different pit temps. the tiptoptemp has a dial for adjusting temps but not sure it fits the large. ive googled the old gurus and have only seen one writup on it
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,960
    You'd better get a Pitmaster...IT ROCKS! =))
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  • nolan8vnolan8v Posts: 337
    henapple

    "Now there you go again"

    LOL
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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,354
    Thanks guys, I just want to be like a pit controller hipster. :)
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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,354
    @fishlessman, are there any markings or something that could help me Google? It seems to be made by the pitmaster people.
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  • RickyBobbyRickyBobby Posts: 744
    edited February 2014
    henapple said:
    You'd better get a Pitmaster...IT ROCKS! =))

    FREAKIN ROCKS !!!!! .... get it right man
    My PitMaster IQ120 FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Current BGE arsenal: XL & MiniMax
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    edited February 2014
    its at camp but i did take pics of it

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    pretty sure it reads pitminder

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  • smokeyjsmokeyj Posts: 338
    I saw a new device out but lost the link.  Same concept for $30.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    smokeyj said:
    I saw a new device out but lost the link.  Same concept for $30.
    i have that one on my kub, not sure they have one that fits an egg
     

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  • smokeyjsmokeyj Posts: 338

    Thanks, that was the one. I thought about getting one for my Weber kettle, just for the price seemed like it would be worth it.

     

     

  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,700
    smokeyj said:
    I saw a new device out but lost the link.  Same concept for $30.
    i have that one on my kub, not sure they have one that fits an egg
     


    That is pretty sweet looking on the cub.  Looks like it was made for it!  

    It makes you think- it seems BGE and other smoker/grill manufacturers could consider coming out with these as standard equipment. Cost would be low and they could make one that replaces the daisy wheel (or works with the daisy). 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,700
    edited February 2014
    @fishlessman- just curious exactly how this works.  I see there are just numbers on the dial (not temp reading, just looks like single digits).  Do you need some other type of temp probe to determine what the target temp is, then adjust the dial until your temp appears stable?   Or...do they give you a chart or something to tell you what the numbers mean? 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • Those "pins" look suspiciously like thermostats for auto engine coolant which come in different temperature values.  Out of curiosity what temperatures are marked on the pins?
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    @fishlessman- just curious exactly how this works.  I see there are just numbers on the dial (not temp reading, just looks like single digits).  Do you need some other type of temp probe to determine what the target temp is, then adjust the dial until your temp appears stable?   Or...do they give you a chart or something to tell you what the numbers mean? 
    3 seems to hold 220 dome on this cooker, would be different on other cookers i would think, same as a simple low and slow, catch temps on the way up with the daisy, only this gadget will help catch falling dome temps later in the cook
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    Those "pins" look suspiciously like thermostats for auto engine coolant which come in different temperature values.  Out of curiosity what temperatures are marked on the pins?
    im betting the first one was a car thermostat, the pins i have i think are 190, 205, and 220, you can make further adjustments turning the knob, my 220 pin holds a low and slow between about 235 and 250 dome
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,354
    Thanks for the posts and some cool insight.  This project may have turned a corner.. I smell a DIY project in the making. 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,866
    Thanks for the posts and some cool insight.  This project may have turned a corner.. I smell a DIY project in the making. 
    should be do able.the car therm is normally closed and opens with heat, this one is normally open and closes with heat, so he must have mounted the spring differently
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,354
    From what I read, some thermos for older cars have higher temp ratings too. Modern thermos look at max around 190f.

    Some are bypass, some opposite.
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