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Unread 05-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default BBQ Guru for WSM?????

Getting ready to order the 22.5" WSM and was wondering if I should invest in the BBQ Guru. I'm not sure it is needed on a WSM but wanted your input. Thanks for your time and information. Joe
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Unread 05-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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it runs fine without one, but needs less interaction if its there, the only time i dont use one is if the weather is bad then i just let it do its thing outside
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Unread 05-02-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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I don't think it's needed really.
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I have one:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...+Guru+WSM+ribs
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WSM is really steady for a long time without. I would try the first few (or 5-7) cooks naturally aspirated and see if you like it. you can always add a controller later. If you learn how to tweak your pit manually, you will have that knowledge available if your controller ever takes a dump. I have never seen the need for a controller on my backyard WSM, but I do see why some folks like them.
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I purchased one for my WSM 22 for the long overnight cooks.
http://store.thebbqguru.com/weborderentry/DigiQ%20DX2
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I'm doing an overnighter tonight (3 pork butts). I never saw the need for one.
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It's not necessary but it sure is nice to have. As others have said, try a few cooks without it to learn how the WSM works and nail down your fire control technique. You can always add one later.
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I would make yourself wait a month and if you still feel you need one then get it. That way if something happens to it then you are prepared.
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Like the others said, learn how to control temps without one, then decide. I have one, I use it for overnight cooks, but I usually don't bother with it for shorter cooks.
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I use a guru on the BGE to prevent overshoots that can occur if unattended for several hours at a time.

As a water smoker, the WSM seems to dial in and hold temp steady. I never have had a need for the guru on the WSM
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The only time a guru does work on wsms is when the conditions are at their worst. It's cool for competition cooking since you can target specific temps where as naturally you may settle into a range dependent on weather
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I would make yourself wait a month and if you still feel you need one then get it. That way if something happens to it then you are prepared.
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It's not necessary but it sure is nice to have. As others have said, try a few cooks without it to learn how the WSM works and nail down your fire control technique. You can always add one later.
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WSM is really steady for a long time without. I would try the first few (or 5-7) cooks naturally aspirated and see if you like it. you can always add a controller later. If you learn how to tweak your pit manually, you will have that knowledge available if your controller ever takes a dump. I have never seen the need for a controller on my backyard WSM, but I do see why some folks like them.

I'm with these guys. Was going to buy a guru when I bought my wsm last year but took the "wait and see" advice. I might still get one someday (for the wifi control aspect) but it definately is not a must have.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 07:22 AM   #14
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We use a 22.5 when we cook comps. Last year we bought a Party Q for it and it has made life a whole bunch easier - in fact we get a good nights sleep now. In the end you really don't have to have it but it sure makes life easier.

My buddies's wife told him he did not need a Party Q since he could cook just fine without it. He asked her why did she drive to the store to shop - she could walk just fine without the car.
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I don't normally use it for ribs but if I cook butts or a brisket overnight I'll plug her in. Peace of mind and a good night's sleep.
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