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Unread 03-14-2011, 11:03 PM   #16
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Thanks for the review, I've been eying one of these as well. I see you have the temp probe coming through the top vent. The demo video I've seen wants the sensor right in the middle of the top cooking grate. How do you accomplish this while still having your meat fit in there?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 05:17 AM   #17
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Ahhh, good eye. First of all, I don't like to run the probe through the lid. It is annoying when you take the lid off to do anything. I have a small hole for the Maverick remote probes to go through on the side of the drum but the ique probe with the alligator clip would not go through that hole from either end so I just ran it through the lid. I also was not able to clip the probe in the center due to the large brisket. I had to clip it to the side a little bit. When I cook butts, I usually cook three of them and then the probe will clip directly in the center. I have found that the drum is hotter right in the center than it is off to the sides. In this cook, I started at 225 but later set at 200 to allow for the probe being clipped to one side. It worked fine. I will make changes to the drum so that I don't have to run the probe through the lid.

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Thanks for the review, I've been eying one of these as well. I see you have the temp probe coming through the top vent. The demo video I've seen wants the sensor right in the middle of the top cooking grate. How do you accomplish this while still having your meat fit in there?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 09:06 AM   #18
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Ahhh, good eye. First of all, I don't like to run the probe through the lid. It is annoying when you take the lid off to do anything. I have a small hole for the Maverick remote probes to go through on the side of the drum but the ique probe with the alligator clip would not go through that hole from either end so I just ran it through the lid. I also was not able to clip the probe in the center due to the large brisket. I had to clip it to the side a little bit. When I cook butts, I usually cook three of them and then the probe will clip directly in the center. I have found that the drum is hotter right in the center than it is off to the sides. In this cook, I started at 225 but later set at 200 to allow for the probe being clipped to one side. It worked fine. I will make changes to the drum so that I don't have to run the probe through the lid.
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One more small question. Do you clip right to the grate? Does clipping to the grate (as opposed to it floating in the air) give you accurate temp readings?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 09:25 AM   #19
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I did clip directly to the grate. It worked just fine. The Maverick remote was right in line with the setting dialed in the iQue (as long sa the two probes were in close proximity). In my experimenting, I have to say that I am a little bit surprised at how much temperature variance there can be within the UDS. However, when I think about it, it makes sense. The drum is about 23" diameter inside and my charcoal basket is 14" diameter and centered. It is also likely at some time during the cooking process that the actual fire in the basket is burning on one side. It doesn't seem to make a differnce in the end product.

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Thanks for the quick response

One more small question. Do you clip right to the grate? Does clipping to the grate (as opposed to it floating in the air) give you accurate temp readings?
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All looks good...
Your UDS looks well designed and built.

I guess my only confusion/question would be... Why? The UDS looks well designed, why would you need a digital air flow control of any sort?

IMHO the UDS are plenty easy to control without any mechanical or electrical assistance. It just seems like over kill.

Not trying to be too critical... but have you used the UDS without the gadjets?
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I know exactly what you are saying. I have used the UDS several times without any flow control or gadgets and it does very well once you get it set. However, it seems to need a little valve tweak or basket shake at around 6 to 8 hours. The iQue eliminates that and allows me to sleep with peace of mind. If I were going to cook in the daytime only I probably would not have considered it. I am also planning to cook some competitions using a vertical smoker and will use it on that. I love the UDS and it cooks great without any gadgets, but it is even better with this one hooked to it.

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All looks good...
Your UDS looks well designed and built.

I guess my only confusion/question would be... Why? The UDS looks well designed, why would you need a digital air flow control of any sort?

IMHO the UDS are plenty easy to control without any mechanical or electrical assistance. It just seems like over kill.

Not trying to be too critical... but have you used the UDS without the gadjets?
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Unread 03-19-2011, 06:46 PM   #22
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I like the rain box to protect the IQ 110. I will have to make me one
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That is one clean looking rig! Thanks for the info I might have to order one of those.
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I like the rain box to protect the IQ 110. I will have to make me one
Yeah, me too...and the way things are right now in Nor. Cal. that's the only way we're going to be doing any que...farking rain is driving me BATTY!

May have to look into the 110 that brisky looks damn nice.
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You sold me on the IQ 110 for night cooks on my WSM.
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Thanks for the review. Can't wait to pick mine up next month.
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Awesome setup there! I'm very impressed with your rain box. I recently purchased the IQ for my UDS and kettle and have had excellent results. I do have concerns about keeping the IQ dry. Care to share the specs/build on the rain box?
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Just a tip smokeyw, where you are running your probe wires, I use "gladhand" washers, they are used to seal the airline connections between a tractor and semi-trailer. They are silicon rubber and will withstand the heat. You need to get the style with the flaps. They should be available at any truckstop. I can run at least three wires through one and it seals around them great.
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Thanks for the tip. We have several large truckstops in the area and I will check on it.

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Just a tip smokeyw, where you are running your probe wires, I use "gladhand" washers, they are used to seal the airline connections between a tractor and semi-trailer. They are silicon rubber and will withstand the heat. You need to get the style with the flaps. They should be available at any truckstop. I can run at least three wires through one and it seals around them great.
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Thanks, but I can't take credit for the rain box. They are very simple to build and work well http://www.pitmasteriq.com/Projects.html

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