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Comparing Auto Temp Controllers

bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
edited December 2011 in Forum List


I need an
auto temp controller for a Christmas cook. I want something that will control
my large BGE from 200° and up. Something with a blower. Most all I see
currently are the PartyQ, DigiQ and NanoQ. Am I missing any?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />



The NanoQ
looks to be missing meat temp read-out.



The PartyQ
(on back order till end of Jan 2012).



The DigiQ
looks like what I'm after. I want to see the pit temp and food temp. Are there
other temp controllers out there? If I have a wireless meat temp gage already,
would the NanoQ be my better option? I want a set it and forget it system. I
live in Minnesota. I don't want to baby sit my BGE when it's -20°F outside.



Looks like
the bbqguru has all models. Would you recommend buying there?



Thanks!!



Big Lake, Minnesota

2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

Comments

  • BrimoBrimo Posts: 51

    Make sure you take a look at the "Stoker" sold by Rocks Bar-B-Que.  Hoping this is what the wife has under the tree for me this Christmas.  Been eyeing it for while now.  Think it will do just what you want.

    Brimo

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    edited December 2011
    bigguy, you may be interested in my Product Reviews web page.  I have reviews of the Stoker, the iQue 100, the Auber Instruments controller and all the BBQ Guru models except the PartyQ.  Good luck!
    The Naked Whiz
  • I chose the cyberqII
  • chrisnjennchrisnjenn Posts: 534
    edited December 2011
    Stoker is the best out of all of them IMO. I researched it to death. Stoker is far more versatile and you can do multiple Eggs with it.
  • jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
    I have the Auber Instraments cotroller. It's no frills, butcontrols the dome temp +/- 5 degrees. Way good enough for most needs, unless you fancy yourself a techy.
  • I ordered the Stoker should ship any day
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    Does anyone have trouble with too much air drafting by the fan when doing 200° or less? Is there a flapper to seal off the air when the egg temp is too warm?

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,360
    edited December 2011
    There should be a damper in the barrel of the blower assembly. Depending on which type you have

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • My cyberqII has a draft adjuustment on the blower
  • That is what I have as well. I keep it at about 1/4 moon shape

     

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • We like our STOKER, we give it a good workout when it is hooked up and overseeing 4 cookers at a time.

    Our competition cooks depend on them.  Thumbs up!

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055

    Thanks everyone.

    I ordered the Stoker system

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • I got the STOKER.  Top notch--connected to home network and got it a free DNS account--it Tweets its progress during cooks and I can send control commands to it from my iphone.  
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055

    Without the wireless side working yet, I want to use an access point to work for now. I'm not sure what I need to do/ what settings (bridge, repeater ect)

    Any help would be great.

     

    Thanks

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • I am in hog heaven since wife surpeised me with a Lg BGE for Christmas. Looking at adding a Stoker unit. Any one using the stoker with a MAC &/or iphone interface?  Also, no internet at the fish camp. Can the stoker be used "manually" with just the LED readout?

    Thanks

    Phatpaddy
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055

    Stoker can be controlled 100% on the display. Even without internet, you can use the wireless side to monitor, change pit temps ect from a remote location.

    I made an Excel page that gets the data from my Stokers every 10 minutes. I can graph and see what happened all night if I want.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • Thanks bigguy136.  Your feedback closed the deal for me.  Looks like there will be a stoker in my near future. I like the idea of creating an Excel file for monitoring the cook as well. Much appreciation.
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    Thanks. I think I will continue to work on/ use the Excel file as I do like to see the raw data. The StokerLog looks good also. I guess I will find I like one program over the other in time.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • I got the STOKER.  Top notch--connected to home network and got it a free DNS account--it Tweets its progress during cooks and I can send control commands to it from my iphone.  
    Hi,

    I got that setup: Mac, iPad, iPhone, Large BGE, Stoker and Airport express. Thanx to Stokemaster for the iOS devices you can control everything. On the Mac side you got StokerX.

    Have fun !
    BGE XL, Large & Mini, Black Wifi Stoker Cannes, France
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