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Temp control

I’m looking at an automatic temp control. I’m leaning towards the bbq guru ultra q over the flame boss 500 and the bge atc. Looking for opinions from experienced users of any of these products. Have a large bge and learning how to use it. 


  • First of all, welcome to the forum and the BGE community!  

    I had a bbq guru back in the day and it worked very well until it broke. That was my fault more than anything else.   Since then I haven't looked to replace it as I've just become comfortable trusting my set up and vents.  That being said I've lost a little sleep here and there worrying about a low temp fire going out.  So these things are useful for that peace of mind, and I'm sure you'll get a lot of opinions on the various options from many others here.

    I would definitely recommend trying to learn how to use the vents to control the temperature before buying a unit, however.  I think that's just how you come to understand how the BGE really works.  Then if you buy a controller you're a much more informed user.  Just my $0.02.  Above all, enjoy and have fun!
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 29,376
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    I second the above regarding learning the manual operation.  That said, here's a recent thread that may be of value:

    Best temperature control unit  

    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Used a guru for a long time, now it is a backup to my Smobot.  Too many issues with the guru and difficulty contacting customer service (long before COVID).  Smobot for the win, hands down.  
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  • Thanks for your inputs. I’ve cooked 5 times so far since I got it a couple of weeks ago. Get omg the manual temp down pretty good. A little difficulty but not as bad as I thought. Maybe I’ll just start with a meat probe so I don’t do anymore overcooking. Again thanks for your inputs. 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 29,376
    @Pappy05 - Pearl of wisdom right here; "Maybe I’ll just start with a meat probe so I don’t do anymore overcooking."  In addition to a probe to get an idea of when a low and slow cook is finished as their finish-line is all about the feel, a good instant read thermo is a game-changer. Hot and fast cooks are where it earns its keep as the rate of temperature change can get you a result you did not aim for.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 12,006
    There are lots of great past posts about controllers. Just scroll down several pages and take a look.
    When you see something you like, use the search menu to find more specific posts.
    And Damn Man…Post some food photos.
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
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