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Unread 07-30-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Thinking of purchasing an Auber Instruments Temp Controller for my WSM. Anyone use one of these? Do they work well? How about compared to some of the other temp controllers on the market. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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We have 3 we use in comps. They work well. We also have a Guru and an IQ110. Of all of these I think I prefer the guru simply because the fan will kick on anywhere from 10% to 100% depending on what the controller calls for while the Auber fan is either on or off. BUT, there is about $100 difference in price between Auber and Guru. If cost is a factor, the Auber works fine.
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Well, can't speak for the barbecue controller, but I have build a PID using their components for my lead furnace that I use for bullet casting. Works great! I'm gonna play around with one of the fans for my UDS and hook it up to my PID to see how that works.
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I've got one that I haven't hooked up to my WSM yet but am planning on playing with it this weekend. I'll keep you posted.
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I have one and have used it for two years on a WSM and it works well. The fan adapts well to the unit, just tape off the existing holes. Easy to operate also.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. The guru controllers look very nice, but probably not cost effective. I think I'll give the Auber a shot and see hoe I like it. Happy smoking.....
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Auber is nice I have one I have used with 18 and 22 WSM holds temps great put it on as soon as you start your fire so it brings the pit up to temp or u will fight temps and also start your fire with less lit coals as usual
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We use them on our WSMs, they work well.
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Auber is nice I have one I have used with 18 and 22 WSM holds temps great put it on as soon as you start your fire so it brings the pit up to temp or u will fight temps and also start your fire with less lit coals as usual


Thank you for the heads up. Really looking forward to getting this thing in the mail and hooked to the smoker.
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I have one and its great.

One nice thing is it does not take a special probe, any commonly available K type thermocouple will work with it

Here is how I installed it on one of my cheap verticals.
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I use one with my big green egg and love it!
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I have one and its great.

One nice thing is it does not take a special probe, any commonly available K type thermocouple will work with it

Here is how I installed it on one of my cheap verticals.
Nice setup Buttburner!! Do you unplug the thing when you pop the lid or refresh charcoal, or just let it go?
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Nice setup Buttburner!! Do you unplug the thing when you pop the lid or refresh charcoal, or just let it go?
when I pop the lid I usually dont unplug it unless its going to be for a few minutes

I have never had to refresh charcoal so I cant answer that. It will burn for a long time, over 12 hours, plenty left
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Thanks for the replies everyone. The guru controllers look very nice, but probably not cost effective. I think I'll give the Auber a shot and see hoe I like it. Happy smoking.....
If you build one (it's simple, BTW), go find a blown computer power supply for the the enclosure. I got mine at a local computer store; they might have bad power supplies. Another source is Jameco (www.jameco.com). Much less than on the Auber site.
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