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BBQ Guru - time for a new one?

Hi Everyone,

I am thinking it is time to replace the old BBQ Guru I bought from Shot Gun Fred in 2005.
It has been a trusty beast for sure carrying me through almost 2 decades of well rested long cooks. Here is what the old units look like....


Now there seem to be a lot of similar units out there. Is there a brand or model that is favored over the others? Mine has a 4cfm fan, that has worked well, do the more powerful fans make it better or worse? THANKS for your thoughts.

Joe
In Maryland

Comments

  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,834
    Joe - My Guru was actually older than yours and it finally died about 5 years ago. Since I had no interest in Blue Tooth capabilities I simply bought a new Guru. Why mess with success?
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • Not sure everyone knows this, but BBQ Guru sold their business to someone else (not sure exactly who it is).  Sadly, the new owner(s) didn't handle the purchase transaction very well because they lost control over the previous host of the SMC website (apparently) and now, the CyberQ is no longer controllable via cyber (aka wireless).  Very disappointed.

    LgBGE from Santa, Christmas 2012  Later upgraded to XL.

    CyberQ Cloud temp control = No Worries!!

  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,834
    stgeorge said:
    Not sure everyone knows this, but BBQ Guru sold their business to someone else (not sure exactly who it is).  Sadly, the new owner(s) didn't handle the purchase transaction very well because they lost control over the previous host of the SMC website (apparently) and now, the CyberQ is no longer controllable via cyber (aka wireless).  Very disappointed.
    Yes, that is sad. I know Fred was the brains behind the operation, but I had just assumed that when he passed away and left his son in charge thus reaping the golden eggs, not to kill the goose laying them...
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,838
    Flameboss and Smobot are both great.  Good products and outstanding customer service.
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • OhioEgger
    OhioEgger Posts: 898
    Flameboss and Smobot are both great.  Good products and outstanding customer service.
    Having owned both, I agree. I give the edge to Smobot, but if you prefer the fan type you can do well with a Flameboss.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • Another vote for Flame Boss.  I have 3 of them and they perform flawlessly.  
    Southeast Louisiana
    3 Larges, Rockin W Smokers Gravity Fed Unit, KBQ, Shirley Fabrication 24 x 36, Teppanyaki Stainless Griddle