Alright, for those asking for information about this project, I bought the Arduino from Amazon.com. The advantage of them is they have all the chips built into it with a standard USB connection, while if I tried to save money and buy a $1.00 micro-controller, I'd have to use serial and proprietary connectors which would be a huge PIA.
The first problem I've run into is the thermistor's I will be using max out at roughly 260 F. That's not a problem, because I'm looking to monitor when the temp drops, which will be somewhere between 210-225 F as the cut off.
I will be posting pics as I will be going. Instead of spending $150 for an iQue, I can build a similar unit for $35.
I will update with pics as I build the circuit and write the code. I'm a-OK as a programmer, not as strong as an electrician. We'll see
Bell Mt. BBQ- Sourland Mountains, NJ, http://bbqapprentice.blogspot.com/