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Unread 09-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Entrance Level BBQ COntroller, Digital Programmable, PID SSR,

Based on success of GOLDEN WOLF, we realize that some BBQ Brethren care temperature of pit only, we degrade the WOLF to DOG.

Here is the Golden-DOG:
1.Digital Programmable with 4 temperature stages
2.12 VAC, 2 AMPS
3.Single probe of pit
4.Output of P.I.D. SSR
5.Package price of DOG, 10 CFM fan, Fan adapter A or C, 4 AMPS AC/DC adapter, US$79, SAL mail cost US$19, total US$98.
6.50 CFM fan at extra cost of US$10 and extra mail cost of US$5.
7.set aside 10 packages at US$58 and free SAL mail for , first come first win.

Fllowing Comparison with Other Competitors is Cited from

The barbecue temperature controller market was pioneered and has long been dominated by The BBQ Guru's line of controllers which currently include the NanoQ, the DigiQ, the CyberQ and the ProCom4 controllers. They have been selling controllers since early 2004. They were followed in 2006 by Rock's Barbeque and The Stoker controller which introduced internet connectivity, web-based control and multiple cooker control.
About Auber Instruments

Auber Instruments was founded in 2006. It manufactures and sells controllers and measurement instruments for industry and home use. The company conducts all research and development at its facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA. The founders, with more than 50 years combined experiences in the R&D, manufacturing and sales, are veterans of instrumentation business.

In early 2010 another company, Auber Instruments, entered the arena with what appears to be a low-cost simple temperature controller. When we saw the Auber Instruments controller, we immediately wondered how it would stack up against the BBQ Guru NanoQ controller, as both models are basic entry-level controllers that control the temperature of your cooker, but nothing else. And with the Auber model selling for about $145 and a comparably equipped BBQ Guru NanoQ coming in at almost $185, it begs the question: Is the Auber Instruments model a worthy competitor for BBQ Guru's entry level model? We have seen both positive and negative opinions from users. Has it cut corners to enter the market at a rock-bottom price or does it have the features and ability to match the competition? Reading the product instruction manual, it appears these fellows know what they are doing when it comes to process control, so have they been able to turn that know how into a successful consumer grade barbecue temperature controller? We will attempt to answer these questions and more with our in-depth testing in this product review.


Here are the specifications listed on the Auber web site:

AC adaptor: 100-240V, 50/60Hz input. 12 VDC, 1 Amp output.
(DOG's AC/DC adapter 12 VDC 4 AMPS)
Power consumption: <2W
Accuracy: 0.2% full scale
(It uses two wires probe DOG uses 3 wires probe)
SSR output for Fan: 12VDC, 1 Amp
(DOG is 2 amps)
LED display: 0.39 inch tall, Bright red
Alarm: Two set points with buzzer sound.
Sensor: K type thermocouple with 6 ft (2 meters) cable.
Control Mode: PID, On/off, Limit
Controller dimension: 3x5x1.2" (78x120x28.5mm).
Blower maximum flow rate. 6.5 CFM
(DOG is 10 CFM and 50 CFM optional. Fan adapters with SHUTTER)
Blower opening 0.8x1.0" (20x27 mm).
Maximum venting hole size for snap-on mounting: 1.2" (32 mm)..
Flange outer dimension. 1.6 x2.0" (40x 50 mm).
Flange mounting hole distance 25 x 41 mm, hole size,3 mm in diameter.
Warranty: 90 days
Compared To The BBQ Guru NanoQ

The following table shows you a comparison of the specifications and performance for the Auber Instruments controller versus the BBQ Guru NanoQ.

Auber Instruments BBQ Guru NanoQ
Pit Temperature Range -328° - 2372° F 50° - 475° F
Claimed Control Accuracy None ±5° F
Measured Control Accuracy Low: -0.5° ± 1.5°
Med: 0.0° ± 2.0°
High: -1.0° ± 1.0° Low: +1.0° ± 7.0°
Med: +0.75° ± 1.5°
High: +1.0° ± 1.0°
Display 4-position 7-segment red LED None
Pit Temperature Adjustment Numeric input with 1 degree increments Button with 5 degree increments
Power Loss Recovery Yes Yes
Probe Type Thermocouple Thermocouple
Probe Cable Armor braid Armor braid w/ fiberglass insulation
Probe Maximum Temperature 550° F 1000° F
Open Lid Detect See review Yes
Adaptive Control Algorithm Yes, manual, settings retained (Auto-Tune) Yes, automatic, settings lost
Pit Temperature Capture No Yes
Blower Running Indicator Yes, red LED Yes, red LED
Audible Alarms 2 None
Integrated Flashlight No Yes
Temperature Probe Options Any thermocouple with mini SMP connector Only supplied probe
Blower Options 6.5 CFM 4, 10 or 25 CFM
Blower Damper Automatic, open or shut Manual, variable setting
Power Options 120-240 VAC or 12 VDC 120-240 VAC or 12 VDC
Price (Note 1) $144.50 $184
Pricing of the NanoQ assumes the purchase of a system unit, a Pit Runner 4 CFM blower and an adapter for a large Big Green Egg. Pricing of the Auber Instruments controllers is for a package for a large Big Green Egg.

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