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CyberQ WiFi vs Stoker WiFi

I am trying to decide between the two. It seems they are both very good. I will only have a large BGE that it will be used with. What are your thougths and recommendations? If I go with the Stoker, is there anything else that I need to get besides the basic package? Also what about the customer service? Who has the better? Thanks everyone.

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 1,849
    I am interested in this! 
    Thanks,

    Matthew
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  • I recently purchased a CyberQ WiFi - it's currently working on its first cook.  With the Stoker all you'd need is the stoker, an adapter and possible a bit of Cat-5 cable (IIRC the Stoker doesn't default to a wifi connection as the CyberQ does).

    One possible knock for the CyberQ is that there isn't any native software for it for charting the course of a cook.  While a third party does have such a bit of code it seems to require the user leave their CyberQ connected to the internet serving web pages without its security enabled. 
  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 513

    I have the Cyber Q and I really like it.  Ruled out the Stoker because of the higher cost than I paid for the Cyber Q - an honestly I couldn't deal with the Stoker website.  I found it glitchy and unruly and I didn't want any of those problems with an actual controller - or worrying about customer service.

    When I got the Cyber Q is was old firmware and it took a while to get it updated.  It took even longer to get it set up in infrastructure mode - but that was because of my internet provider's router not letting me see my own IP address.  As soon as I VPN'd my work computer and tried I found it had been working all along.

    Now all works as it should and I use the controller interface from wedonet.  I occasionally have issues during a cook where I loose connection to my home network, but that is an issue with the signal strength of my router. 

    Bottom line on the cyber Q is I found there is a learning curve to the set up - but once that's dialed in - I wouldn't set up overnighters or long low temp cooks without it. 

     

    Large BGE

     

  • I have the Stoker and love it. Customer service was great after I got mine wet and they sent be a brand new one. It's also wireless and I can join my home network. Where mine is located, I use an access point but the built in wireless is there. I also love the Stoker Log software. With the Stoker on it's own IP, I also use Excel to record all temp data (pit temp, outdoor temp, meat temps) every 2 minutes. It's nice to be able to look back thru past cooks if I want. I can even monitor/ change pit temps on my POS Blackberry phone.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

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  • Does the cyber q allow for more access ports like the stoker? Meaning more temps being monitored at once
  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,025

    I have had my stoker for a few years. I bought the fist one (white no WIFI) and used a gaming bridge. When the built-in WIFI came out I got that one also. You can set it can send tweets also. This is handy if away from the house.

    You can use it to control to cookers with 2 blowers, 1 in each cooker.

    I use 2 fire probes, one at the grate and one in the Dome probe hole.

    Also I use 2 meat probes. i.e. point and flat, 2 butts or 2 meat loafs. 

    With the Stokerlog software, I can monitor and graph the entire cook cycle showing all 4 temps. Then save the setup, screen save the graph. 

    It is one of the best things for the BGE I have. The boys at Rock's are great.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 513
    Cyber Q has 3 food probes, but only 1 pit probe controller.

     

    Large BGE

     

  • I don't know about the Guru, but I love my Stoker......I have had mine for a few years and I am thinking about upgrading to the newer model .....I use mine wireless on both my IPhone and iPad and I use the BBQ Monitor App for monitoring remotely....You won't go wrong with the Stoker
  • Good comparison here: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/productreviews.htm

    I'm a dealer for the CyberQ Wifi, but not the Stoker.  If you have any questions or want a quote, just email me.

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  • trout1trout1 Posts: 67

    Question on the probe lengths: I have eggmates on my LBGE.  Would you suggest 4 ft. or 6 ft. wires, or at least 6 ft. for the fan?  You that use the AR, do you shield the wires with foil or something from the heat?

  • I like the 6ft wires is more than enough......but I wouldn't go any shorter than that.  They all have to be the same length when you order.

    I wrap the wires with foil just in case I drip BBQ or mop sauce on them.  I don't like trying to clean them off.  Probes are the weak point of any temp controller, so I'm pretty careful with them.

    I also will hang my controller box underneath the Egg if it's raining.  Again, just paranoid since these are expensive!

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  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,025

    With my Stoker I have different lengths, long 8' for food probes allows me to pull or remove the meat, set on counter and reset the grids or plate setter if needed. Two temp probes at 6'. I think they are available in 4',6',8' and 10'.

    If you have a place located for the unit just measure how far and order what you need.

    You can have as many probes as you can stack up with the extenders.

    Each probe has it's own electronic ID so each is unique. The software will display all of the devices that are plugged in.

    For low and slow or hot and fast, you can't beat having any blower controller.

     

     

     

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans



  • Something that was odd with both is IIRC you can get longer probe wires than fan wires.  I'm not sure how thats supposed to work.
  • I just ordered a stoker. I decided based off of the software and what appears to be a more sturdy case. I will end up owning two pits in the future as well.
  • BigWader said:

    I have the Cyber Q and I really like it.  Ruled out the Stoker because of the higher cost than I paid for the Cyber Q - an honestly I couldn't deal with the Stoker website.  I found it glitchy and unruly and I didn't want any of those problems with an actual controller - or worrying about customer service.

    When I got the Cyber Q is was old firmware and it took a while to get it updated.  It took even longer to get it set up in infrastructure mode - but that was because of my internet provider's router not letting me see my own IP address.  As soon as I VPN'd my work computer and tried I found it had been working all along.

    Now all works as it should and I use the controller interface from wedonet.  I occasionally have issues during a cook where I loose connection to my home network, but that is an issue with the signal strength of my router. 

    Bottom line on the cyber Q is I found there is a learning curve to the set up - but once that's dialed in - I wouldn't set up overnighters or long low temp cooks without it. 

    Can you get the wedonet software to read your CyberQ without disabling the username:password check.
  • edited November 2013
    I bought the cyberq wifi 2 weeks ago from amazon for $400...took a liitle time to set up but no problems since then... email function not working was a bummer...still waiting for a workaround...
    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 513

    I need to hook it up to look.  It is kept in the garage and haven't had it out for a couple weeks.  I'll hook it up.  I think I owe Mike a look at the mail settings on mine to see how mine is working with gmx.

     

     

    Large BGE

     

  • BigWader said:

    I need to hook it up to look.  It is kept in the garage and haven't had it out for a couple weeks.  I'll hook it up.  I think I owe Mike a look at the mail settings on mine to see how mine is working with gmx


    Thanks...guru support said it was because there are no providers that let you send with those configerations anymore and even gmx will no longer work (maybe justnfor new accts)..in any case they are working on setting up smtp sservers that will bring the function back to life...but no ETA...

    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
  • I used my stash of past birthday and Christmas money to put towards the Stoker.  I got it based on nakedwhiz's testing.  I love the Stoker.  I got it last February and had some trouble connecting it to my network but after that it worked great.  Rock's customer support was helpful, but I think they assumed that I knew more about networking then I really did.  I also got a type K sensor and a high temperature thermocouple from Thermoworks.

    I downloaded the Stokerlog software which also works great.  Besides being able to print out fire and food temperature graphs it also has an 'open lid' function which automatically shuts off the blower for five minutes.

    But alas the Stoker is on its way back in San Francisco.  It reboots itself every time I would try to change its temperature set point.  We will see what kind of service I get.  I will let you know what happens.
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