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Max burn time with an IQ-110

Hoping to pull my first overnighter with two Boston Butts later this week. Description says IQ-110 will keep fire at 225 for 8 hours. Is that it? Is there an alternative? An alternative for less than $300? Or do I trust it and let the Egg do it solo?

XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life

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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,568
    I wouldn't worry about the "8 hrs" as your burn time is dependent upon the amount & density of your lump regardless of pit controller. I don't have an IQ-110 but I have a Stoker and it doesn't appear to make change my burn time at all but rather provide a more stable pit temp. Fill it up at least part way up into the fire ring and you'll be good.
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  • TakTak Posts: 68
    How you like the Stoke?r....really debating on wheter to invest that kind of $ in a Cyber Q or Stoker.......do you find it was worth it?...just curious to hear an owners opinion....thanks
  • I just set my Egg and forget it! Of course I follow my cooks using my Maverick 732, but I can't see paying big bucks for auto temp controllers ... my Egg does just fine!
  • TakTak Posts: 68
    Thanks Chef....I have been debating for a while...seems that they are great for over nights....I'm good with temps that are locked in for a couple of hours....was just curious what the thoughts of others were
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 15,936
    GQuiz said:
    Hoping to pull my first overnighter with two Boston Butts later this week. Description says IQ-110 will keep fire at 225 for 8 hours. Is that it? Is there an alternative? An alternative for less than $300? Or do I trust it and let the Egg do it solo?
    unless it turns itself off at the 8 hour mark it will go alot longer at that temp if the egg is full of lump
  • I just set my Egg and forget it! Of course I follow my cooks using my Maverick 732, but I can't see paying big bucks for auto temp controllers ... my Egg does just fine!

    This is what I do. Very easy. Egg is solid.


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  • I have a iQue 110.....the duration is not dependant on the machine, it's the charcoal and ash build up.

    At 200-225F, I have gone 28 hrs on my Large, and 26 hrs on my XL without adding any lump. The trick is using good lump, having a fire grate that allows the ash to fall through, and using a temp controller if you cannot check it every 30-60 minutes.

    A couple other factors play in here though.  Outside air temp, gasket quality, and "viewing."  You will lose more heat (and burn more charcoal) if the OAT is cold.  You will also burn more charcoal if your gasket is fried, and/or you open the lid every 15 minutes to look/poke your meat.

    The iQue is a great product, I've been using on for years.  The inventor and his sons have a competition team and have become good friends of mine.

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  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 194
    If you just want a pit controller, I would check out Auber Instruments auberins.com.  They have one that just controls the pit temp for around $125?

    Also, if your handy, you can build your own with a PID controller.  I bought the fan from BBQ guru, and a PID from Auber and made my own.  It was actually a lot of fun.
  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 624
    Thanks CeramicChef... I will order the Maverick and let the Egg do its thing. I needed to plot some strategy so I could order on Amazon and have it before Thursday night's cook.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
  • GQuiz said:
    Thanks CeramicChef... I will order the Maverick and let the Egg do its thing. I needed to plot some strategy so I could order on Amazon and have it before Thursday night's cook.


    Maverick works just fine until you want to leave the house.  I can put 30-40 lbs of meat into my XL, then go to work for 12-14 hrs without worrying about the temperature changing.  It only took ONCE for me to lose $50+ worth of meat for a party because of a flame out.  The next day I ordered a temp contoller, so like Ronco says, I can "Set it, and forget it!!"

    Trust me, they're well worth the $140 if you don't want to be tied to your Egg for the duration of the cook.

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