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how low with a temp controller ?

fairchasefairchase Posts: 248
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum

   For the folks with temperature controllers. Is a 170-180 grid temperature maintainable with a temperature controller ?

   I do fine at 225 without a controller , but I tried smoking some summer sausage , and  trying to hold a grid temperature between 170 - 180 was a work out.

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,449
    I've been able to maintain 150 with my Auber.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,060
    Griffin said:
    I've been able to maintain 150 with my Auber.

    And that ability may drive me to an Auber-just for the long low smokes-that low w/o a controller is much more labor-intensive than even 200-220*F on the dome for me. 
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,420
    I have only used my auber once, but I slept greaaaat that night. I plan on using mine very soon to try and smoke cheese.
  • I have a bbq guru cyber q and was able to hold a 225 degree temp for 20 hours.  I'm sure with the correct fire build and daisy wheel adjustments it could hold 170-180 temp with no issues.
  • fairchasefairchase Posts: 248
    I have a bbq guru cyber q and was able to hold a 225 degree temp for 20 hours.  I'm sure with the correct fire build and daisy wheel adjustments it could hold 170-180 temp with no issues.

    Like I said 225 is no problem even without a temperature controller, but when you get down to 170-180 it's very hard to keep your fire from going out.

     Sounds like the Auber makes it work.

  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    lousubcap said:
    Griffin said:
    I've been able to maintain 150 with my Auber.

    And that ability may drive me to an Auber-just for the long low smokes-that low w/o a controller is much more labor-intensive than even 200-220*F on the dome for me. 
    Atta boy @lousubcap    Anything to cut down on your manual labor!!!
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,819
    That Auber site is cool - bookmarked.

    I'm going to try a new low in temperature regulation today when I fire up the cold smoker I just finished building.  Target temp is going to be 65F.  The DigiQ grate thermocouple will be in the cold box with 5000 BTU of cooling. The BGE will have the stoker fan and will try to keep balancing the heat load so the cooling can run full blast and the egg regulates the temp with the smoke/heat.  Might start a thread on this.
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  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    That Auber site is cool - bookmarked.

    I'm going to try a new low in temperature regulation today when I fire up the cold smoker I just finished building.  Target temp is going to be 65F.  The DigiQ grate thermocouple will be in the cold box with 5000 BTU of cooling. The BGE will have the stoker fan and will try to keep balancing the heat load so the cooling can run full blast and the egg regulates the temp with the smoke/heat.  Might start a thread on this.
    Please do....I'd like to see it.
  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,023
    That Auber site is cool - bookmarked.

    I'm going to try a new low in temperature regulation today when I fire up the cold smoker I just finished building.  Target temp is going to be 65F.  The DigiQ grate thermocouple will be in the cold box with 5000 BTU of cooling. The BGE will have the stoker fan and will try to keep balancing the heat load so the cooling can run full blast and the egg regulates the temp with the smoke/heat.  Might start a thread on this.
    I think you should should share. All the info I have heard about your cold smoker so far has me interested in what you have created.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,819
    Sneak preview. Need to make drip pan and grate rack.  
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,023
    Looks like quite the contraption. Looking forward to the details when you finish her up.
  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    Looks good! So the Egg is providing the smoke? How long of a hose will be connecting the two units? Are you concerned about condensation in the cold smoker? Probably shouldn't be that much to worry about.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,819
    Yeah, egg effluent heat and smoke.  Humidity will be high, so it's not a drying smoke.  I can turn off the cooling and it'll be an ambient cold smoker that does dry (for jerky or whatever). 

    Just got a wild hair up my ass and spent about $160 on materials (everything else I had). I couldn't find anyone that had used an AC to sub-cool a smoker on the web, figure why not be the first? 

    Main concern is the amount of time it takes to clog up the evaporator coils with soot.  They should clean fine, the unit bolts out.

    However, even if that doesn't work, I can use the box as an ambient cold smoker, and I have a plan B and C for sub-ambient smoking.  Plan B is to take the AC apart and convert the evaporator to a cold-plate system.  Plan C is to use a water chiller to do the same. 

    Plan D would be move somewhere cold and go ambient.

    Speculation aside, I'm going to fire this up today or tomorrow and see what actually happens....and I'll start a thread.  All the backseat engineers are welcome to join!

    Sorry about the crummy pics, I used my tablet camera, which I never normally use.  I'll break out the SLR and try to get some good pictures for the thread.

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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    Sounds cool(no pun intended).....and I have never seen an AC unit in a cold smoker before. Curious to see how well it works.


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