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Thread: Leave as is or Auto Temp Controller

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    If you're having to constantly change the vent openings you should get the smoker up to near working temp and close 2 of the vents and only operate the one that is down wind (from the wind).

    Now I use a DigiQ DX2 and a welding blanket (hung from under the deck).
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    IMO and IME, adding temperature monitors and controls can be a bit of a slippery slope. Once you get started - well, I've put the Redi-chek away and am now up to a Flame Boss.

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    I've got an Auber that never worked right in my 14.5. Maybe 2 out of 20 cooks it held temp. Yesterday I made ribs, got the temp settled at 235f and never touched it again. Temps swung to 229f to 242f, bust most of the time was 233-237f.

    I was dead set on getting an ATC, and now I never use it.

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    If you do a lot of long cooks I would get a temp controller. Even in winter I can set my DigiQ DX2 before I go to bed and it's still dead on when I get up in the morning.

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    Not needed. Having said that, I have 2 digi Q's. Bought mainly to control for competitions. Otherwise I wouldn't have gotten them. One less thing to worry about for a guy that worries too much when competing. When I'm at home the food is ready when I say so. Not so much at competitions.

    I love gadgets for bbq so I'm an easy sell.

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    I messed around with the three vents for years. When friends bought Traeger's, I thought they were cheating. A couple years ago my wife bought me a DigiQ DX2 for Christmas and I've never looked back!

    There are so many temp controllers on the market trying for a piece of BBQ Guru's market and most of them are junk. I suggest not wasting your time and money trying to cut corners and go cheap. The DigiQ is worth every penny. I set it for the temp I want and walk away. Go shopping. Take a drive. Every single time I return, the temp is still perfect. I've used it dozens & dozens of times and still love it. I'm sorry I didn't buy it when I first bought my WSM!
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    When I first got my 18WSM I considered getting one. After the 4th cook on it I realized it held temps consistently enough for me. I also didn't want to spend $250 on a perfectly fine smoker that I only paid $150 for. I would give it a few more cooks and see how it goes. I have been nothing but impressed with the 18's abilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat G View Post
    When I first got my 18WSM I considered getting one. After the 4th cook on it I realized it held temps consistently enough for me. I also didn't want to spend $250 on a perfectly fine smoker that I only paid $150 for. I would give it a few more cooks and see how it goes. I have been nothing but impressed with the 18's abilities.
    That was my original thinking too, but with 20/20 hindsight...
    I live in a windy location, by the water. I don't have to mess around
    with shielding my WSM from the wind any more too.
    Keep your eyes open, as BBQ Guru puts them on sale a couple times a year!
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    I have no ATC experience, however, but the type of charcoal used can effect smoker temps too.

    Lately, I have been experimenting with Royal Oak All Natural Pitmaster Blend charcoal, and my last smoke (pork butt - 14" WSM, with water) pushed my temps above 275 for several hours. All vents were open for the entire cook. I don't fiddle with vents except for breezy conditions.
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    I think it's like this . . . . If you're not having any difficulty maintaining temps, you don't need one. If you are, they are a lifesaver. And nothing's wrong either way. Just do what works for you.

    I started using one when I was competing. It just made my life a whole lot easier. I still use one, in fact, I'm thinking about putting a whole in the side of of my 26er, right under the Slow n' Sear.





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