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Old 12-19-2020, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default Gravity feed, Verticle cabinet smokers and automatice temperature controllers

GF, VCS and ATCs:

Do GFs and VCSs (insulated or not) require the use of an ATC?

I ask because I may pull the trigger on a new smoker at some point nearer rather than far. Both styles (GF - VCS) have their attractions for me, but I do not want a corded pit.

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Old 12-19-2020, 08:54 AM   #2
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No they do not. If it’s just power you’re worried about, the FireBoard controller is rechargeable and the fan runs directly from the unit with no power cord needed.


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Old 12-19-2020, 09:00 AM   #3
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You don't have to use an ATC.

The BBQ Guru Shotgun might be the exception though.
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:28 AM   #4
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No, but I had a lot more trouble controlling mine without my controller set up. It took a while to obtain the adapter I needed after getting my smoker. I used the temp sensor without the fan. Found myself having to adjust it a bit more than I'd liked (mainly b/c it was pretty far away). The temp controller helped make it a near zero-effort situation beyond set up & cleaning
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:46 AM   #5
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In my experience, it makes temperature control much easier. I’m using a DynaQ on my Assassin GF 17.

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I use an IQ120 on my Assassin. It works like a champ.
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No. But I use a cheap battery operated controller when I want to get up to temp faster.

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I can easily hold my gf28 at temperature without the controller. I do like the peace of mind that the controller brings though.
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