View Full Version : Stoker or Guru?

Smokin' Hicks
05-11-2011, 09:44 AM
For Competitions, what is your choice, I'm just curious.....how many use the Stoker and how many use the BBQ Guru?

Vince RnQ
05-11-2011, 09:49 AM
Mark one down for the Stoker!

05-11-2011, 09:50 AM
Stoker... We use it to control 3 pits. No problem, and very easy to use.

05-11-2011, 09:54 AM
Guru great service also.

05-11-2011, 09:56 AM
Guru!!!! I have 4 of them and take ALL 4 to comps and I only cook on two pits at comps!! :thumb:

05-11-2011, 10:04 AM
Stoker Here...love the thing, will contol multipul pits and as many meat probes as you can afford. Runs my stumps like an oven, very consistant temps

Full Draw BBQ
05-11-2011, 10:08 AM
Stoker here also. It has a ton of expandability, and is awesome when it's working smoothly. The only downside I've seen is their customer service at times has sucked......and to get it setup the first time my "IT" guy did it, but I was lost. (nice to have an IT guy on the team) We now have a dedicated router that has velcro to connect it to the stoker, and a very old Dell laptop that is the dedicated BBQ computer to run the Stoker and for Excel time spreadsheets.

redneck cooker
05-11-2011, 11:32 AM

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
05-11-2011, 12:00 PM
I love my 2 guru's..great controllers and even better service. When I first started looking Guru answered my questions and were super helpfull! ?Stoker didnt even bother to call me back after several attempts so I gave up. Service means alot to me and Guru provided it and more.

Go with a guru..

05-11-2011, 12:11 PM
Why isn't this a poll?

Another guru user here.

The Virginian
05-11-2011, 12:17 PM
I never want to have all my smokers dependent on one gizmo, so the fact that you can run more smokers off of the Stoker is not a plus for me. I love the gurus simplicity and the quality of the service. I have several, and always use them at comps. They are great.


05-11-2011, 01:21 PM
Stoker x 2!

05-11-2011, 01:36 PM
Neither....looked at all the options and I have been using the ique110, for 135 bucks it is a great deal !!!

05-11-2011, 01:44 PM

05-11-2011, 01:59 PM
Stoker - Have 2 but only running pits off of one and keeping the other as a backup. Need to order a backup fan too.

Jacked UP BBQ
05-11-2011, 02:00 PM
We used a Guru for the first time at Pork in the Park Salisbury MD, ran the backwoods all night and never missed a temp. Guru makes champions! hahahah

the Crown Man
05-11-2011, 03:31 PM
Had a Stoker but the service sucked. work good when it worked problems with muti fans!

Balls Casten
05-11-2011, 03:35 PM
Stoker, graphing my way to the middle of the pack.

05-11-2011, 05:04 PM
Stoker here. We have two and haven't had any problems. I can run up to 3 fans, 4 pit probes and 4 meat probes off one unit.

BTW- They've recently added staff and we have had no problems with the service at all.

05-11-2011, 08:35 PM
JBJ's Ribs and Whiskey is rollin' with the Guru.

05-11-2011, 08:43 PM
Guru DigiQ DX's - got three of them - 2 for 2 cookers and 1 in reserve. Good news is that I've never had to go to the reserve. They're damn bulletproof.

05-11-2011, 09:20 PM

05-11-2011, 09:31 PM
I've never heard anything but rave reviews for Guru and I'm sure they have a fabulous product, but I had to go with the Stoker. The networking features were huge to me (I'm a computer networking tech) along with the Stoker Log software and the expandability (multiple fans and probes) of the one unit made the decision for me. The customer service, for the few times that I've needed it, has been very responsive and went WAY over and beyond! Kenny Rocks :thumb: (pun intended)

Is It Ready Yet?
05-11-2011, 10:50 PM
Neither...I just did two practice cooks with my new Spicewine. This thing does not need anything. I am now getting consistancy I was lack from my stick smoker. What an awesome cooker!

05-11-2011, 11:26 PM

05-12-2011, 12:44 AM
Stoker for me as well. I lay in my camper and sleep and if I wake up, I hit refresh on browser on my phone an 2 seconds later I know what the temps are on the cookers.

Tiki Wolf
05-12-2011, 06:03 AM
Guru x2 for me. My backwoods never miss a beat!

Mister Bob
05-12-2011, 07:08 AM
My Guru CyberQ II controls two pits flawlessly for me. It has the computer interface and internet capabilities as well.

I've never used a Stoker, so I can't say which is better, but I can definitely recommend the Guru.

05-12-2011, 07:22 AM
Two BBQ Guru DigiQ's for the Polocks.

05-12-2011, 12:05 PM
Any body run either in a stick burner like a lang? Just wondering how much time you get before loading more wood. Another question, when it closes off the fan do you get a bunch of smoldering instead of burning wood?


Vince RnQ
05-12-2011, 12:49 PM
Any body run either in a stick burner like a lang? Just wondering how much time you get before loading more wood. Another question, when it closes off the fan do you get a bunch of smoldering instead of burning wood?


Dr. Bob Sammons of the OOPS - Outstanding Order of the Pig Society runs a pair of Gurus on his Jambo. We cooked next to each other at the Sam's Club Las Vegas Regional last weekend. Nice set up!

05-12-2011, 10:02 PM
As a Stoker "Luminary"... :becky:

I use a Stoker controlling two Superior Smokers at comps. At home it controls the Superiors, WSMs, a Primo XL Oval, a Primo Oval JR, and even Weber kettles. Great unit for any cooker.

Big George's BBQ
05-13-2011, 12:58 PM
Guru DigiQ here Can not beat the service

Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ
05-13-2011, 04:45 PM
Guru! the stoker looks great also but with Guru you can get more cost effective models if you only want to run one pit. I have a nanoQ and a CyberQ II and love them both.

05-13-2011, 05:33 PM
This is why most traegar owners are so satisified with what traeger does for a low price.

Just sayin RLN

05-13-2011, 09:12 PM
I've cooked on a team that uses the Guru (HawgsNHeifers) and the Stoker (Ad Astra).

I'd say that they are overall equal and that no one here has lead you astray. Each comment is spot on. Each controller has their good points and their, uh, less than good points.

What kind of 'tech' person are you? If you're an IT geek who grooves on a web server embedded on a SIMM, get a Stoker. If you're a Ron Popeil (Set It and Forget It!) kind of person, then go with the Guru.

Bottom line is, just like any cooker, be sure you've got an airtight system. No Stoker OR Guru can help you if your cooker is drafty (which translates to 'out of control')
. . . I know from experience! LOL!

05-14-2011, 12:37 AM
Stoker x2. Need one for a back-up. Excellent customer service.

Tim H
05-14-2011, 11:12 AM
We use 3 Gurus to control 4 WSM's. The DigiQ2 controls a Pork 18.5" WSM and a 22.5" Brisket WSM. Two separate Gurus for the Ribs 18.5" WSM and Chicken 18.5" WSM.

05-15-2011, 06:52 AM
We have two Guru DigiQ and just love them you do need some extra probes just for the safety factor.