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Unread 07-31-2014, 02:07 PM   #16
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I'm doing just fine the way I'm going Jlue2awg! I have been wanting a pellet pooper, but not for overnight cooks. Pellet poopers can bridge in the middle of the night, I don't like cooking hotter, and I generally like when I start and how I time everything out.
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Unread 07-31-2014, 03:04 PM   #17
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JM2C if you need a ATC to make your WSM behave you need a Pellet pooper or Cook hotter, start later, for less time and sleep all night. I don't light a fire before 0700 and dinner is promptly at 1700hrs Butts brisket it don't matter.
I agree with this to a point. I cook hot and fast when cooking for dinner. I wake up at my normal time between 7-8am, get the pit started and add my brisket or butt by 930am. I serve dinner anywhere between 630-730pm.

If service is for lunch, I either cook all night on my UDS with my Pitmaster IQ110. This allows me enough peace of mind to get 2-3 hours of sleep, and a few cat naps. I rarely have to have meat ready by noon though, so this isn't a big issue other than I am having my big cookouts and I need to rotate between butts/packers to ribs.

Temperature controllers do have their purpose, but to rely on them constantly just isn't my bag of tea. I like knowing my kettles and UDS to the point so well, that starting them isn't an issue and if I don't have power I know I can work out a timeline and cook without any issue.
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Unread 07-31-2014, 03:27 PM   #18
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I'll throw my 2˘ in with the heatermeter. If you like tech then building your own controller, or you can now get them partially pre-built with thermocouple support. For the price of building one, no other controller has all the options a heatermeter has for under 200.

But, like what other have said, learn to control the smoker first without using a controller and then if you find you still want one then decide on which controller would be best for you.
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Unread 07-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #19
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Unread 07-31-2014, 04:20 PM   #20
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Tech is fine but i'd keep it out of the BBQ world....I agree it's not needed for something like the WSM. I am a recovering BBQ techie myself. Plus or minus 25* or so will not hurt anything.

Enjoy building a fire, tending your pit and get the satisfaction knowing you got the temp dialed in that can sustain the cook with no need for electronics. JMO
I like this. And for the past few months that's how its been. The only word to describe it is, Rewarding.

I just need the device for the long cooks. 4 year olds with endless energy are hard to keep up with on only a few hours.
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Love my cyber q wifi , just did a brisket and pork shoulder overnight cook . Went to sleep pit was at 235 woke up 10 hours later still at 235 and i can keep an eye on things with my ipad
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I like controllers in theory, but I get up early anyway, even on weekends, and haven't yet had the need to stay up over night. Even for a long day time cook, the Cajun Bandit/Performer or the Akorn will keep their temps +/- 10~20 degrees no problem unless A: I've run out of fuel (Never happened on the Akorn) or B: I need to clear the ash from the one touch system on the CB, which has happened a couple times. The Maverick will alarm me if this happens. So, for me it would be a fairly expensive toy. Not saying I wouldn't mind having one if it were given to me, but I'm not sure how often I'd actually use it.
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