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A cold lesson with the Party Q

I am a big fan of the BBQ Guru Party Q.  However, I did learn a lesson over the Christmas holiday.  I put new duracell batteries in the party Q at eight in the evening and got to smoking a pork butt.  At six the next morning the temp was at 225 (exactly where I set it) but the batteries were pretty much gone. I replaced the batteries with four more new duracells and within 4 hours they were dead.  The temps were in the 20's all night and day.  I ended up just removing the Q and finishing up without the device. 

I still love the little gadget but did learn that it does have its limitations.

When in doubt add more pepper.
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    GLW said:

    I am a big fan of the BBQ Guru Party Q.  However, I did learn a lesson over the Christmas holiday.  I put new duracell batteries in the party Q at eight in the evening and got to smoking a pork butt.  At six the next morning the temp was at 225 (exactly where I set it) but the batteries were pretty much gone. I replaced the batteries with four more new duracells and within 4 hours they were dead.  The temps were in the 20's all night and day.  I ended up just removing the Q and finishing up without the device. 

    I still love the little gadget but did learn that it does have its limitations.

    Had the same thing happen to me over Christmas.  Do you think the batteries under preform in cold weather, OR the cold weather makes the device work extra hard, thus depleting the batteries?

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  • GLWGLW Posts: 178
    I think the cold impacts the batteries.  This was the first time i used the Q in cold weather.  Still a handy device.  
    When in doubt add more pepper.
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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 848
    @nakedwiz recommends lithium in the extreme cold. 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,278
    Yes, Lithium.  I'm a battery nerd because of all my RC days.  You can also rig up a wall-wort and plug it in.

    Make sure your bypass air is high enough the fan doesn't have to run much.
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  • GLWGLW Posts: 178
    I think the venting was okay. I didn't know about the lithium batteries and will try that.

    What's a wal-wort?
    When in doubt add more pepper.
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  • twlangantwlangan Posts: 293
    I got 14 hours out of the set of Eveready Industrial AA's that came with my PartyQ. It was 26F at 8 pm when I started and 18F the next morning. I replaced with regular Duracell AA's and my cook was finished 3 hrs later.

    Once my warranty is off, I plan to rig up a wall wort to run mine. A wall wort is an AC to DC power source. You see them powering all sorts of electronic devices. I plan to find a 5 volt, cut the plug off the end, and solder it up to the Q's battery box. No more batteries and no more worrying about keeping them going in freezing cold. Something along the line of this...

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,278
    I have a whole drawer full of those - that's what I use em for too.
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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 

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