Jim - the Thermoworks Smoke-X + Billows set up works great for me for long cooks. The transmitter does have pretty good range if you need to mosey over to your neighbors house while he's smelling your delicious bbq to rub it in a little more by showing him that you don't even have to watch your pit. Of course, you could buy a different system, and put an app on your phone and all that, but I already have too many apps on my phone, and I use a company phone and don't need "the man" knowing what temperature I'm smoking my ribs atSo I'm being tempted by the Black Friday sale at Thermoworks. Smoke X2 plus Billows for $195 (20% off).
I already have another 2 probe remote thermometer (which is fine) which I guess would have to be tossed in order to get a fan on the 18.
I generally can get the temps to hold pretty well in my 18 (including overnights) manually, but it does take some fussing and attention. So the idea of setting it at 250F and it staying there (like a pellet grill) without intervention for hours on end is appealing. I don't feel the need for the full wifi iphone app stuff. A simple RF that reaches inside the house (like I already have) is fine for me.
Thoughts on that combo?
Any fan-only gizmo I could get instead (like the departed PartyQ)?
Do you always use your ATC or only on some cooks? Is the plug in a pain in bad weather?
I loved the PartyQ - I cannot believe they stopped making it. I wish they would have set it up to work with a rechargeable battery, but otherwise I got a lot of good cooks out of that little sucker.I've been using a partyq with decent luck but since it was barebones it was missing a lot of what i wanted. After a lot of research and deliberation i settled on a fireboard2 with a pitviper fan. the unit is wifi and up to 30 hours of batterly life with a rechargeable batter which means i can get all the convenience of wifi or bluetooth without needing to run an extension chord and the 30 hour life is good enough for multiple cooks. Mine just showed up today so well see how well it actually runs, but on paper this was one of the best combos to get.
Thermoworks also seems like a really good option if you want all the bells an whistles.
I have not heard good things about the ultraq or dynaq from bbq guru (new units).
For the cheaper end though bbq guru digiq still looks solid and the lavalock controller looks promising given its $160 price point.
I have a FireBoard 2 Drive with their new fan and have not been disappointed, system works well and launched me into the Smoking BBQ world at a very comfortable pace, great system. Be happy to answer any questions you might have about it.On the fence between a WSM or an electric smoker. What is the best controller system for the WSM? I found the Fireboard 2 system which looks promising. Looking for PID control with a fan to control temps.
Love my FireBoard drive 2. Yeah the WSM doesn’t take much work but it’s awesome to set up ribs and leave them for 3 hours while I play some video games, and then only have to spritz an hour. Best of both worldsI had the DigiQ but upgraded to a Fireboard 2 Drive that I use with my pit viper fan that I used with my DigiQ. I really like it, I like the cloud ability and being able to access/control everything from my phone. I would suggest one with wifi capability if you wanna have freedom to move around and still have control. Only down side is its more $$$
I use IQ 110 as well. I was looking for a magnet goose neck or similar to hang my 110 as well as my Smoke 2 while cooking. Have you seen anything that works?I use the IQ 110 https://pitmasteriq.com/
If it breaks I won't even look at what else new has come out. I will just get another one.
The IQ 110 is just soooo simple and it works.
Light a few coals and throw them on. Plug the controller in. Set the knob to the temp you want. Give it a few minutes to settle in and you are ready to go.
There are no graphs or bells or whistles,but as i said above,its simple.
And simple means I will use it. And I DO use it every time i light my smoker