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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
soon to have a Mini Max
Digi Q
green Thermapen
AR

Albuquerque, NM

Comments

  • aemaem Posts: 110
    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.
  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 476
    one other thing do you cook with the top adjustable cap on or off?  i have been told both ways 
    One LBGE
    soon to have a Mini Max
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 975
    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!!!!

    Rudderville, TN

  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 476
    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
    soon to have a Mini Max
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 975

    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!!!!

    Rudderville, TN

  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 975
    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!!!!

    Rudderville, TN

  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 476
    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
    soon to have a Mini Max
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    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
  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 476
    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
    soon to have a Mini Max
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • aemaem Posts: 110
    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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