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DigiQ2

i am going to use my DigiQ for the first time and just wanted some pointers.

When i first light the egg do i start it with the digiq in place and set to my temp or do i start it as usual the put the digiq on it as it comes to temp? 

I understand pretty much how to use it just not sure about starting

Thanks

Larry
One LBGE
Digi Q
green Thermapen
AR

Albuquerque, NM
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Comments

  • aemaem Posts: 115
    I usually start as usual and then after 5 or 10 minutes put the fan in place and let the digiq take over.  One thing I have found is to get under 250F I have to close the damper on the fan almost all the way.  So if you are running hot, try closing it more.  I have to pull the fan and look at the opening to get a good feel since the external markings don't help much at the extremes.
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  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 519
    one other thing do you cook with the top adjustable cap on or off?  i have been told both ways 
    One LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,003
    I use mine on an XL and start like aem then put the fan in. When the temp gets to about 200, I put the daisy wheel on and close almost all of the way.  Agree with aem that the damper has to be at least down to 1/4 open.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 519
    I kinda thought you would leave the daisy wheel on but i wasnt sure .  I'll start it let it get to 200 then put in my place setter and the digiq in place  

    thanks for your help to both of you
    One LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,003

    If you overshoot the temp you want, it is usually because you have the damper or the daisy wheel open too much.  On my XL, if I want to maintain 225, the damper is a little less than 1/4 open and the daisy wheel is open just a crack.  When the gasket was newer both could be open a little more.  No worries, the digiq is fairly easy to control once you play with it a bit.

     

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,003
    Also, the type of lump makes a big difference for me.  Rockwood, Ozark Oak, and Dragon Breath all do low and slows very well.  I found that the Rockwood has less ash which may help those with a large BGE and not using the hique greate.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 519
    I used Ozark oak exclusively when I bought my egg when I lived in Lubbock tx. But now I am in ABQ NM and its nowhere to be found here :(
    One LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
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  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 420
    dlk7 said:

    If you overshoot the temp you want, it is usually because you have the damper or the daisy wheel open too much.  On my XL, if I want to maintain 225, the damper is a little less than 1/4 open and the daisy wheel is open just a crack.  When the gasket was newer both could be open a little more.  No worries, the digiq is fairly easy to control once you play with it a bit.

     

    +1

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
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  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 519
    Lit the egg about an hour ago I'm already seeing the temp swings but its not bad. 10 degrees or so. I think I'm really going to enjoy using this ill be going for a lower temp next time doing ribs

    Thanks
    One LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
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  • aemaem Posts: 115
    I really like it for long cooks.  I can sleep, run errands, etc without watching the temperature all the time.  I haven't used the ramp feature yet. Don't know if I will.
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