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Digi
07-23-2009, 08:57 AM
Everything I've read has me leaning towards the Stoker, but would like to have some real users weigh in on what they use and why.

so if you have one or the other, start braggin on your equipment... :biggrin:

ThomEmery
07-23-2009, 09:04 AM
OH Gawd This always gets ugly

Skip
07-23-2009, 10:04 AM
I like my guru. It works well for me. I have friends who use a stoker as well. They love their equipment. Each seems to have their pros and cons but at the end of the day each has proven its ability to maintain a pit temp while monitoring a food temp. My advice would be to look at the bells and whistle and pick your favorite since the nuts and bolts are the same IMO.

WineMaster
07-23-2009, 10:51 AM
Its in your name.

Digi Q from Guru

deez20
07-23-2009, 11:17 AM
I got the stoker for its ability to monitor multiple pits and food and also so that I could monitor it wirelessly while inside. It looks like the new guru cyber Q now allows you to do those things as well so take a look at both and see which has what you need.

jimbloomfield
07-23-2009, 11:23 AM
I have and use both. The Stoker is the easiest to use with a PC if you want that(IMHO). The CyberQ from the Guru also works with a PC. The guru as a stand alone would be my preference. The Guru also has different size temp probes 6 8 or 10 foot long. The Stoker probes are 5 foot long approx.There is software (Stokerlog and Stoker Timers) for the Stoker, both free. Which add to the Stoker.Both Stoker and Guru work well.I do use my Stokers the most. I like the PC stuff

Balls Casten
07-23-2009, 12:04 PM
Stoker here.
I got it for the wireless abilities. But I am finding that stoker is a lot more liberal with its software. Hence the stoker log and stoker timer programs. They have also provided free updates when they have come out.

Chris Nickelson
07-23-2009, 12:44 PM
My guru runs solid with no glitches...

no stoker experience.

snoqualmiesmoker
07-23-2009, 12:47 PM
Hell, get both! You can't go wrong, either way, unless you get another pit, then you need to get another Guru. Unless you buy the cyberQ, unless you run 3 pits, then you are screwed, unless you bought the Stoker.

But I have a Stoker. I love it. I run 1 or 2 or 3 pits at a time, pretty easy to use. The Guru, for one pit is by far the easiest. Just plug it in and go. But it only does one pit.

jeffjenkins1
07-23-2009, 02:15 PM
I'll be watching this, kinda interesting.

Jeff

Digi
07-23-2009, 03:44 PM
well... i bought the stoker... should be here tuesday or wednesday... :biggrin:

barbefunkoramaque
07-23-2009, 04:23 PM
Stoker Videos and Tests

I pretty much Own the Video segment of the Stoker on Google

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=stoker%20bbq&sa=N&tab=wv&um=1#

Balls Casten
07-23-2009, 04:24 PM
I thought they were on back order .. they are still working on the twitter option.

Digi
07-23-2009, 04:25 PM
I thought they were on back order .. they are still working on the twitter option.

he said everything was good to go, and was going to ship it out on monday...

Balls Casten
07-23-2009, 04:26 PM
[quote=barbefunkoramaque;979683]Stoker Videos and Tests

I pretty much Own the Video segment of the Stoker on Google
[quote]

And thank you for those Funk.

Porchpup
07-23-2009, 09:15 PM
he said everything was good to go, and was going to ship it out on monday...

That's funny...I heard the same thing. A week later I called and found out it hadn't shipped yet.
Not saying it won't ship, just saying don't sit by the mail box waiting.
Great guy, great product but he does have a reputation. :lol:

bbq lover
07-23-2009, 10:10 PM
I have used both and have a stoker in the works running 2 smokers with 2 pit probes and 4 or 6 meat probes and logging it on the net and controlling it from the itouch is kool ... cuzz if you are looking you are not cooking lol have not used the next gen ... guru looks good but im sold on stoker johns a great guy

deez20
07-23-2009, 11:44 PM
I thought they were on back order .. they are still working on the twitter option.

Looks like they updated it on the 21st according to the software website http://www.kaytat.com/

Redaero
07-24-2009, 01:09 PM
"Great guy, great product but he does have a reputation. :lol:"

How bad is the rep? I have been trying to talk to them by email and phone for two weeks to order a stoker. I can't get a response. Should I give up and go guru?

Porchpup
07-24-2009, 07:58 PM
"Great guy, great product but he does have a reputation. :lol:"

How bad is the rep? I have been trying to talk to them by email and phone for two weeks to order a stoker. I can't get a response. Should I give up and go guru?

No don't let that statement sway your decision. John is a one man operation.
He is very busy trying to keep up with the demands of a great product.
That is why we always bag on him for being hard to find sometimes.
Always call him and forget email. Remember his hours are California time.
I've only had to call him twice but never had a problem getting through.
Keep trying until he answers may be better than leaving messages.

Redaero
07-27-2009, 10:02 AM
Thanks. I'll keep trying to get a hold of him. I really want a stoker.

BBQchef33
07-27-2009, 10:56 AM
been using the stoker for 2 years. Solid product once u learn it. Great PC interface in Stokerlog to keep u awake with one eye open, glaring at the monitor to make sure your temps dont deviate .0002 degrees.

Any dealings I had with Rock has been a pleasure. he usually picks up when I call and problems have always been fixed promptly. (once i did fall thru the cracks and he made good on it big time!)

Digi
07-27-2009, 02:20 PM
Got it in today! YAY!!! Damn that was fast! no pics didn't happen rite?

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/8527/photo0022c.th.jpg (http://img233.imageshack.us/i/photo0022c.jpg/)

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