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Who thinks using a controller is cheating?

BriStarkeyBriStarkey Posts: 15
edited November 9 in EggHead Forum
I do!

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  • I liken it to cruise control on a vehicle.
    Gittin' there...
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,625
    I wouldn't say its cheating. I don't really have trouble maintaining a temp of 250 for my low and slows with just the vent and the daisy. For that reason I don't have a use for one. But cheating? I would say its cheating more so on a WSM that can't maintain temps without constant fidgeting due to lack of insulation.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,625
    caliking said:
    The real question is... Why would anyone care  if anyone else thinks using a controller is cheating?
    Good point. I don't really care if some want to use one. For me, I don't have a need. Others have said before they don't like the idea of waking up over night so they use this as a crutch to get some Zzzz's. To each their own.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,498
    Some would say anything other than cooking over a live wood fire is cheating. Who really needs a $1000 flower pot to cook in? :)
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,492
    caliking said:
    The real question is... Why would anyone care if anyone else thinks using a controller is cheating?
    This.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 299
    Nah, cheating is hiring someone to cook on your BGE for you.  I don’t use one but with two young kids I may just get one for longer cooks.  Is using a remote thermometer to alert you when temps get away from your set min/max cheating?  Where is the line drawn?  The BGE is so dang easy to use some may say using it at all is cheating!  
    Orange, CA - LBGE
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,215
    Who are you cheating? I've never been clear on the entry details. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

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  • I would use my egg more if I had one
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 1,764
    I like cheating. 

    John - SLC, UT

    2 XLs, Large, Medium, MM, and Mini

  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,282
    edited November 9
    Jesu. It’s not a friggin game or contest. I guess it’s manly to get up 2-3 times overnight to check on a cook. I’ve got better things to do. Like sleep. The idea is to produce great chow, not flex your muscles. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,591
    edited November 9
    I assume these are cheating as well. 


  • I multi-task (play golf while food is cooking), so it’s nice to be able to run the controller from my golf cart!

    Land of OZ-Hays Kansas

    BGE XL++Flameboss 300 WiFi++Blackstone 36"++Custom Gravity Feed cabinet smoker++2 Weber Kettles

  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,815
    I think it’s totally cheating until I buy one. 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 18,014
    However you get the outcome you want is what counts.  Your food $$, your time, your process/level of effort and your method of cranking out the groceries.  FWIW-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,119
    If you are not cheating, you are not trying ..... wait, remind what the game and prize is again.  My goal is good food, everything else is a tool to accomplish that.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • WylecyotWylecyot Posts: 197
    I've cooked many years without a controller, and had wonderful results.  I recently added SMOBOTs to my arsenal, and glad to have them.  I look at it this way, I can use a hammer or a nail gun to build a fence, and both will get the job done.  It's another tool in the box that may not be totally necessary, but sometimes the convenience factor is nice to have!
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr, 36" Blackstone Griddle Blackstone Tailgater and Roccbox owner/operator from Los Angeles
  • SpillinSpillin Posts: 39
    I would hate to add up how much I have spent on "cheating accessories" since joining this forum...
    LG BGE
    Weber Genisis
    Cold IPA on tap!
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 2,363
    If you're that uptight about it, you should consider using a BGE for L&S cheating too. Use a stick burner for authentic L&S
    XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, Ardore Pizza Oven
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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,365
    Life Rule #1: Spend your money like it's your own.

    Life Rule #2: See Rule #1.
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    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • GaBGEGaBGE Posts: 424
    If using a controller is cheating then using an egg is cheating. You should cook everything over an open fire in the back yard.
  • Rebelst8Rebelst8 Posts: 36
    I gotta say, I love my controller. I set several boston butts cooking around 11PM...sleep nice and comfy. My phone alarms if temp of BGE gets too high, or if the meat gets too close to finish temp. It's not about cheating, its about efficient use of time...and I love my sleep. 
    Victor
    LBGE
    America's Best Coast - The Space Coast
  • GrateEggspectationsGrateEggspectations Posts: 2,241
    edited November 9
    I don’t think think using a controller is cheating; it’s just that I don’t see the advantage. I like to have to check in on temps. It gives me the excuse to check in on my cook.

    A big part of evaluating your cook is visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory and olfactory - none of which I can evaluate if I delegate oversight to a machine.

    Personally, I actually far prefer checking in on pit temps manually and meat temps with a instant read thermometer because this doesn’t rob me of my ability to gauge the cook with the above. When I check in on the pit and open the lid to take a reading of the cook, I am automatically prompted to use my senses. 

  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,918
    Hold up: there are rules?
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • XC242XC242 Posts: 1,126
    It’s not cheating. Some folks don’t feel the need to use one. I like using mine. 
    LBGE (still waitin' for my free T-Shirt), DIgiQ DX2 (In Blue, cause it's the fastest), Heavy Duty Kick Ash Basket, Mc Farland, WI. :glasses:  B)
    If it wasn't for my BGE I'd have no use for my backyard...
  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,030
    buzd504 said:
    I'm just too lazy to use a controller.
    This is me. I know how to use the Egg now, buying and learning how to use some new technology sounds like hard work!
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,918
    Does this have something to do with the forum points?
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,227
    buzd504 said:
    I'm just too lazy to use a controller.
    This
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