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Hozman 11-17-2013 09:26 PM

Now using Guru on WSM-How does that change things?
I have a new BBQ Guru CyberQ for my WSM. Do I need to seal the two intakes that does not have adapter with heat tape or can they be left alone and used on conjunction with guru?

I used it for the first time this weekend and had the all intakes seals and it took for ever for WSM to come up to temp. My thinking is to open the other two to help bring up to temp then shut and have guru maintain.

Also With vents closed do I start with more lit charcoal vs. the minion?


Fwismoker 11-17-2013 10:05 PM

Hoz yea you need to seal the other intakes and let the Guru do it's thing. If i use the ATC i'll usually just let the smoker get up to temp naturally with the vents open then turn on the controller to keep the temp....some do let the controller bring it up to temp but imo vents open is better than air blasting on the coals.

ajstrider 11-17-2013 10:11 PM

A couple things to say about this, a lot of people will just use vents to bring it up to temperature. Either way works. But when using the Guru you need to have all other intakes sealed. Otherwise the forced air will find the easiest exit, which will not be past the coals and up to the top vents, it will instead simply flow out the other open intakes.

One thing to note is the position on the fan damper. Assuming you have the 10 cfm fan the damper should be about half open I would say. Your damper may be choked down too much making it heat up slower than normal.

Hozman 11-18-2013 06:43 AM

I had the damper open all the way with about 1/2 chimney of lit. Set guru at 250* After about 20-25 minutes I was at 198* so I untapped one of the intakes and opened it up till I got up to 240 then closed it.

Do I just need to be more patient and allow more time for WSM to come up to temp?

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