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bschoen 12-19-2020 08:37 AM

Gravity feed, Verticle cabinet smokers and automatice temperature controllers
GF, VCS and ATCs:

Do GFs and VCSs (insulated or not) require the use of an ATC?

I ask because I may pull the trigger on a new smoker at some point nearer rather than far. Both styles (GF - VCS) have their attractions for me, but I do not want a corded pit.


cclinard1 12-19-2020 08:54 AM

No they do not. If itís just power youíre worried about, the FireBoard controller is rechargeable and the fan runs directly from the unit with no power cord needed.

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mcyork28 12-19-2020 09:00 AM

You don't have to use an ATC.

The BBQ Guru Shotgun might be the exception though.

onemanlan 12-19-2020 10:28 AM

No, but I had a lot more trouble controlling mine without my controller set up. It took a while to obtain the adapter I needed after getting my smoker. I used the temp sensor without the fan. Found myself having to adjust it a bit more than I'd liked (mainly b/c it was pretty far away). The temp controller helped make it a near zero-effort situation beyond set up & cleaning

104timberwolf 12-19-2020 10:46 AM

In my experience, it makes temperature control much easier. I’m using a DynaQ on my Assassin GF 17.

Smoking Piney 12-19-2020 02:50 PM

I use an IQ120 on my Assassin. It works like a champ.

pjtexas1 12-19-2020 04:19 PM

No. But I use a cheap battery operated controller when I want to get up to temp faster.

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Turkey Shack 12-19-2020 05:09 PM

I can easily hold my gf28 at temperature without the controller. I do like the peace of mind that the controller brings though.

bschoen 12-20-2020 04:09 AM

Thanks you guys!

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