The only thing better than eating
your BBQ is babysitting the pit right? Right
?? Ha!! Well, with a little help from my tax refund I finally bought something I've wanted for a long, long time. A pit temperature controller. I went with the Party-Q by BBQ Guru.
The unit arrived well packaged and included the Party-Q, a 6' long probe, batteries, & instructions. The output thread on the Party-Q is 3/8" and there are adapters for sale for all the various mountings & smoker types on the market. They have adapters for 2" & 1 1/2" ball valves, but I have an UDS with a 1" ball valve so I just made my own.
I got my pit started, & as it got close to temp, I turned on the Party-Q and set my desired temp. The fan kicked on and got to work. I had my trusty Maverick in the pit as a backup & so I could monitor it from inside the house. The probe is equipped with a clip at the end so you can clip it to your grate.
I kept an eye on things pretty closely all day, & I must say it was the most hassle free smoke I've done. The Party-Q kept the temp within +-10 the whole time, and according to the instructions it "learns" your pit so maybe, as time goes by, it'll dial it in even more. I've never done a brisket but always wanted to. I'm confident that I could do an overnight cook, & even get a little sleep with the Party-Q standing guard.
Overall I'm very happy with the Party-Q & look forward to many happy times together.