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Ok, Pit controller or mini?

I have a medium and a large, and trying to spend the tax return before SWMBO spends it all on clothes,  so just a question to you all. I've never had a big problem with overnight cooks and that's the only thing that I could see using a pit controller for.
I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,214
    Bourbon given you already have two BGE's and once you remember what you spent it on-no evidence :)>-
    Louisville
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,955
    Bourbon is a great option, but I will drink that so quick in the next few months that I was hoping to spend the money on something that I will actually be able to use come June or July.
    :)>-
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,740
    Man I've just never seen the need for me to 'have to have' a controller. Sometimes I'm like eh well lets buy one, then the egg rocks out a solid over night and I don't see the need!!

    Get you a mini sir!


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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,955
    That's what I was thinking @MrCookingNurse but just looking for a few other opinions. I guess the only low and slow that I haven't tackled is a full packer brisket. Maybe I should wait and do that first.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,740
    So what's different about controller the egg if its brisket or butt?? Just saying if its 250 its 250.

    Good luck. You'll enjoy either. But a mini more!


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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,955
    I guess the tech thing that I could check my cook while at work on my phone. That's the only thing I can think of it could be fun to adjust a cook on my phone or on a computer, but haven't had the need to before.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • rustypottsrustypotts Posts: 265

    I guess the tech thing that I could check my cook while at work on my phone. That's the only thing I can think of it could be fun to adjust a cook on my phone or on a computer, but haven't had the need to before.
    I can see why that would be a great thing.  I tend to stay close to the house when I'm doing a long cook.  You already have 2 Eggs so unless you want to take a mini on the road I don't see why you would need the mini.  BUT,  I do love my mini.  It is a bunch of fun and being portable I can move it around to avoid wind and rain.  For a quick cook for 2 people it is just about perfect.  Be forewarned that when you get the mini you will almost certainly need a mini woo, baking stones, and a High-Que grate.  So Make sure your wife returns the last six pairs of shoes she bought!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,459
    Have bought 2 controllers. Sold the first and about to sell the second. Buy the Mini.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,457
    My mini gets way more use than my pit controller. Just saying.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,595
    Buy the mini. I am about to. Imagine
    Protein on the large, starch on the medium and veggies on the mini. Plus you have kids and could teach them on the mini. Let them cook their own franks.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Chubbs said:

    Buy the mini. I am about to. Imagine
    Protein on the large, starch on the medium and veggies on the mini. Plus you have kids and could teach them on the mini. Let them cook their own franks.

    Here here!!
    Clanton, Al LBGE
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 982
    I only use my digiq a couple of times per month but it has never failed me and i can leave the house or go to sleep and never worry about temp creep (up or down).  The peace of mind is well worth it for me. 

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • TN_EggerTN_Egger Posts: 110
    mini, mini, mini.  I just pulled the trigger on a small last night.  Can't wait to use it. 

    Monteagle, TN

    one large and one small

  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,841
    edited March 2013
    It all depends on your plans, since you already have two eggs you kind of know if you'll be doing lots of indirect cooks or traveling. 

    If your mini is going to stay at your house I would say pit controller. But if you are even a little bit interested in taking it places, I would get the mini. 

    I use my DigiQ all the time. Do I need to, no, but I have it so I do. I also don't have a maverick or any other remote thermometer so anything over an hour I use the DigiQ. As much for the temperature reading as the fan. I have a outlet in my pergola so I don't have to run a extension cord (another thing to think about is how close is power to your egg). Getting a CyberQ only ups the fun factor by being able to monitor it from in the house or while at work.

    But I also love my small egg and travel with it almost weekly. I usually cook for 4 or more hungry people, so the mini was a little too mini and I went with the small. But the mini is even easier to go mobile and some of the pictures people are posting using minis are pretty amazing. So you could take it to the park, lake, or anywhere really and have all sorts of weekend adventures with awesome food. 

    Just think of what YOU would use more and that should be your answer. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 982
    Buy them both - problem solved!!

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I have had a DigiQ for two and a half years, used to use it a lot, but i now know how my egg is going to react at many cooks, so if i am going to be monitoring the cook from time to time, i don't use it.  But if i am doing other things, or want to go to the store during certain cooks, i'll hook it up and let it monitor the cook.  Then there are things like BIG turkeys, or roasts, that i am not that comfortable with and i'll hook it up.  And looking back, i think i would do the same thing over and pull the trigger on the controller.  Many times i will not use the fan, but just the two probes to know what is going on inside my egg and inside the meat !
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 4,410
    edited March 2013
    I use my DigiQ2 on low & slows only and my mini way more frequently.  The mini's a versitile beast and I never guessed before I bought it how much I enjoy using it.  My youngest daughter is almost 5 and she's taken ownership of the mini.  She tells me with gusto "It's my Egg, OK???"  This weekend, we're planning a hot dog cook.  Get the mini.  You won't regret it.

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

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