Originally Posted by BobM
Doggie: Lemme lay this out, maybe you, or sombody else knows?
One feature of the BBQ Guru systems (I was looking at a DigiQ DX2), that I like is the open lid detection system. From what I've read, it works well. I've read the CyberQ WiFi .pdf file, and it does have this feature.
In my research, The Rock's Bar-B-Que Stoker system does not have an automatic open lid detect system. You have to bring up a menu, and manually turn off the fan for 5 minutes. To me, that just seems annoying. Maybe it's not. Maybe it's better.
Do you know if the Stoker open lid system is indeed manual? Is it clunky to use?
Do you know how well the CyberQ WiFi open lid system works?
The Stoker system for lid opening is manual but if you use a program like Stoker Log then that software in particular automates it. With the Stoker Log software you can also set how long you want it to shut off the fan so it doesn't have to be a full 5 minutes every time. It bases it off a quick drop in temp at the pit probe, something like 8* drop in 1 second will set off the auto-lid detection.
Personally I am looking for something more manual and have resorted to using the manual feature on the Stoker itself. I like to be proactive and shut the fan off before I even open the door to let everything settle down for a few seconds first. It probably doesn't make a difference except in my head. I just wish that I could have it shut off for less than 5 minutes although again, it really doesn't affect my recovery times much.
Edit: In regards to it being clunky, it could be if you are using the stoker unit itself for monitoring temps instead of a separate program on a laptop. If you are monitoring things on the Stoker you need to be in the temps menu and scanning the temp probes, if you then want to shut down the fan it will take a few button presses to exit out of that menu, go to the blower menu, select the 5min off and confirm it so it can be a little bit of a hassle. For myself, since I am using a laptop and monitoring temps that way I can just leave the Stoker in the Blower menu and it's ready to shut off the blower each time with just 2 quick button presses.