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TigahFan1010
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Member since Oct 2013
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Temp controller for BGE
Need some advice on what product to buy. I see a lot about the egg genius, flame boss, and the BBQ GURU. Which is the best?
Open to other products also.


SmokedBrisket2018
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re: Temp controller for BGE
My BIL has the flameboss and swears by it.


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gmrkr5
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re: Temp controller for BGE
why do you need that for a BGE? i've run mine for 12+ hours many times and never really thought a temp controller would make anything work better


tigersnipen
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re: Temp controller for BGE
Thermoworks probably best in the business, flameboss is also legit.

Controller
Fan


puffulufogous
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I agree. Has the OP had trouble getting it to temp and stay in temp? What efforts did you make to remediate the issue? Just smoked for 15 hours this weekend without minimal adjustments.


List Eater
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re: Temp controller for BGE
Smobot is the best one I've seen in person


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GeauxTigers2007
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I didn't want to spend a ton on one with features I didn't need, so ended up going with the Pitmaster IQ110. It's very basic, but works well.


latech15
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Digi q works well. I only use it when I want to light it up and put the food on and go to bed. If I have time to light it and get it dialed in for a cook I just use the doors.


Uncle JackD
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I use the flameboss and highly recommend it.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I’ve had the DigiQ for quite a while. I only use it on long, overnight cooks.


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BIG Texan
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I agree if you need to waste time and money on this you don't know how to use a BGE.

Totla waste of time IMHO. I've had one for ten plus years never even thought about one,


TigahFan1010
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South Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I have no trouble holding temp, I've cooked plenty of briskets and butts with no issues. I don't need one, I would just like one to have a peace of mind for over night cooks.


Rouge
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re: Temp controller for BGE
quote:

tigersnipen
I have signals and Billows also for my Primo XL

Works like a champ

also shows me how subpar the stock thermometer is at measuring temp.
This post was edited on 10/8 at 10:08 am


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malvin
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I agree if you need to waste time and money on this you don't know how to use a BGE.

Then teach me. I can’t seem to hold a temp lower than 300-325 without the fire going out so I’ve been looking into one of these controllers as well. I have a primo xl fwiw


Panny Crickets
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Then teach me. I can’t seem to hold a temp lower than 300-325 without the fire going out so I’ve been looking into one of these controllers as well. I have a primo xl fwiw


I can hold mine at 225 for hours on end.

Here's my method:

Fill with as much good lump charcoal (I have tried many, and only use Fogo now) as you can, but leaving enough room for your smoking wood of choice for the plate setter to sit flush.

Light the charcoal and let it get hot. Lid open, bottom vent wide open.

Spread the hot coals evenly. Close the lid and put the top vent thing on. I close the vent on top about halfway. Now close the vent on the bottom, leaving about 1/2" to 1" of it open.

The temp will slowly go down (with these very rough settings, mine always stops at 225). Now add your smoking wood.

This has always worked for me--good luck!


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CBLSU316
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I have the BBQ Guru but it was a gift and i rarely use it because the BGE is so efficient.

I don't find it a necessity.


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puffulufogous
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New Orleans
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re: Temp controller for BGE
I won't tell you how to spend your money, but setting the alarms on my Maverick is plenty of piece of mind for me on overnight cooks. If I get my temp dialed in correctly for an hour before bed I very rarely get woken up in the night by the alarm.


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puffulufogous
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New Orleans
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re: Temp controller for BGE
The keys for me is rebuilding the firebox before long smokes and giving yourself enough time to dial in the temp before going to bed.

I start by removing all the old coal and shop vaccing out the egg. Then I replace the ceramic firebox and grate and build the fire with large fresh coal at the bottom. This keeps the small fragments from blocking off your vent holes until the fire has burned down for a long time. Add some smoking wood, then medium chunks, more smoking wood and old coals at the top.

I leave myself at least an hour to get the fire dialed in before bed. Light it with vents wide open and let it burn like that until the coals are well lit and temp is over 300. Put the plate setter in right after lighting. Once the fires well lit I close my bottom vent to 1 inch and leave the Daisy wheel wide open on top. The temp will settle down to 300 or less while letting the coals get lit a little more evenly. Then I close my bottom vent to less than a cm. Temps take a little while to settle down but usually that gets me around 275. Once it's settled in at this configuration the smoke is burning clean. Adding meat will lower the temp a little more so I don't worry about getting it super low until the meat is on. Use the Daisy wheel to make small adjustments. After the temp stabilizes I set my alarms on the thermometer and go to bed.

When I get up in the morning the temp may have drifted from 250 to 230 but at least I've gotten a good night's sleep without having to fool with it.


TigahFan1010
LSU Fan
South Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2013
258 posts

re: Temp controller for BGE
Thanks for the feedback bud. I do a similar process for every cook.


CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
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re: Temp controller for BGE
the DIY version is the heatermeter. ive had mine since befor there were commercial versions.

And to the dumas how said he acn do 12 hours cooks without one, congrats. so can i but your temp swings are extremely large. Where as using a blower keeps it more constant to where mine swings maybe a few degrees.

And i have filled my fire box up and hit went for almost 48 hours. no clue why i would want to have it heated for 48 hours but y 48 hours beats your 12.


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