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Too cold for a guru?

Hi, I was wonder if anyone's had a problem with the guru fan stopping when it's too cold out?
I was smoking a brisket Christmas eve went out to check it around 2am. It had been holding steady at 220 for hours.
Then the temp outside dipped down to -5. When I checked on it, it was down to 190 and the fan wasn't running.

Dead smack in the middle of NH

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  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,252
    I don't know, but I do know it's just too cold in general.

    Ball Ground, GA

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 1,195
    These devices are probably not designed to hold up in sub-zero temps.
    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.

    Durham, NC
  • LitLit Posts: 2,461
    Mine registers button pushes slow when its cold out but no issues with it stopping.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,768
    I'm thinking that the folks who designed the guru asked themselves if people would be crazy enough to even think about using it at below 0 temps. Nah.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • KruegsKruegs Posts: 121

    I have had the issue in similar temps.  My most recent cook was an overnight with temps in the single digits.  Per someone's request, on this most recent cook I positioned the fan so the blower unit was oriented upward (bottom hole where you can see the fan turning tipped to the side).  It worked.  It think this prevents the moisture from dripping down into the fan unit...or it was a fluke.  Give it try.

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  • I too have encountered the same issue.  Upon investigation I found frost on the fan.  I brought it in the house to deforst and had two-three teaspoons of water that melted out of the fan.  I did increase my heat with a back up fan which seemed to help.  I'll watch my fan closer on a cold weather cook at a low and slow egg temperature.
  • insanehinsaneh Posts: 94

    Kruegs said:

    I have had the issue in similar temps.  My most recent cook was an overnight with temps in the single digits.  Per someone's request, on this most recent cook I positioned the fan so the blower unit was oriented upward (bottom hole where you can see the fan turning tipped to the side).  It worked.  It think this prevents the moisture from dripping down into the fan unit...or it was a fluke.  Give it try.

    Makes sense. I'll give it a shot. Beyond that, I was considering building an enclosure to try to use some of the eggs external heat to help keep things warm. Vented properly of course.
    Thanks for all input folks!


    Dead smack in the middle of NH
  • I have had moisture build up in the fan also in 20 degrees or colder.
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