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IQ120 BBQ Temperature Regulator Kit with Standard Pit Adapter

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Narrow temperature regulation, Digital display, Basic user mode plus Advance menus, inexpensive, Hands-free pit temperature management

Cons: Plastic case, Plastic low temperature barbed grill connector shipped with unit

I have used the Pitmaster IQ120 for a couple weeks now.  I am a tinkerer by nature, and have explored all the features on this unit.  Every feature worked as advertised, and frequently better than expected. 


How does it operate:


The unit has a multi-speed blower, which provides air for your coals.  The more air provided to your coals, the hotter they burn. By controlling the air to the coals, the temperature of the pit/smoke chamber is regulated tightly.   It has two thermometers shipped with the unit.  Each probe has a 6 Foot cable which connects it back to the control unit.  One probe monitors the temperature at the grill surface; the other probe is for your meat.  The digital display can be set to show Pit temperature, Meat temperature, or alternate between the two every couple seconds. 


Operational modes:


The default mode, called the basic mode, makes the unit perform much like the IQ110 unit.  Turn the knob until the desired pit temperature is on the display, then briefly press down on the knob to set the desired temperature.  Pit temperature is adjustable from 150 to 400 F.  The Advance mode is entered by pressing and holding the knob down for 3 seconds.  The advance menu allows you to also set the temperature of the pit, set a food alarm when the meat temperature rises to a specific user-set temperature, set a pit alarm condition range when the pit gets too hot or cold from the desired set temperature minimum variance on warning is 20 F and maximum is 100 F, whether the Smoker Lid Off warning is given, manual fan speed setting for rapid stoking, temperature display in degrees F or C, Beep loudness settings for alarms, Display brightness, a countdown timer, a setting for automatically changing the pit temperature after a specific amount of time, a food temperature warning for when the meat has reached a settable temperature between 100 to 250 F and the unit can adjust up or down the temperature of the grill/smoker when the meat hits a target temperature.


Who this won't work for:


If your grill or smoker keeps burning for hours above smoking temperature, with all the vents closed, it will not work for you.  The unit changes temperature by providing air, if you already have air leaking into your grill/smoker, it cannot cause the grill/smoker to go to a lower temperature than the leaking air supports.  Many people add a gasket kit to their Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) units to improve their accuracy and control. 


Who this works very well for:


Any air-tight Grill/Smoker.  If you close your vents, and your fired dies, or drops below 150 degrees F at the grill surface, you are a great candidate.  Egg style smokers, WSM with gasket kit, mini-WSM owners, and others will discover temperature control is set and forget.  The blower provides up to 15 cubic feet per minute of air-flow at the maximum rate. 


The algorithm (how the unit thinks about temperature):


If the unit senses (via pit thermometer) a sudden drop in temperature, it knows the lid has been removed.  It then locks in the fan rate to a value it was using before the lid was removed.  This behavior prevents the unit from "over-stoking" the fire, and causing a temperature spike when the lid is closed. 


When the unit is ramping up to a set temperature, it initially stokes the fire pretty hard, until it gets within 25 degrees of the desired temperature.  Then, it slows down the blower to a less-than-maximum rate to obtain the last 25 degrees.  This prevents the temperature from having a large spike and overshoot.  The clever algorithms does a lot to prevent spikes and overshoots in temperature.


What I didn't like:


The plastic case gets the job done, but certainly not as durable as a metal box.  The unit I ordered was with the barbed connector option, it is made of plastic.  If you order it with the bowl which goes over the vent option, the connector is still plastic.  Several people have melted the plastic barbed connector and replaced it with a metal part out of their own pocket. I was aware of this limitation and started with a separately purchased metal barbed connector. 


Overall value:


Very High, the rich feature set and smart function of this device makes it a gem.  If you struggle keeping an ideal temperature, this is for you.  If you like the thought of making your charcoal/wood smoker as fuss free as an electric smoker, this is for you.   

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IQ120 BBQ Temperature Regulator Kit with Standard Pit Adapter

The IQ120 connects to nearly any charcoal or wood fueled barbecue pit. Here's the amazing part: You set the cooking temperature on the dial and it then regulates the cooking temperature just like a kitchen oven does. In fact, it regulates the cooking temperature BETTER than most kitchen ovens! And better than a kitchen oven, your foods cook in a smoky environment that is naturally moist resulting in foods that are juicy, fall-off-the-bone tender, and simply delicious. The IQ120 is installed on most cookers without tools. First, the standard adapter is attached to a lower fire vent using the thumb/toggle bolt. The remaining two lower vents are then sealed with the included high temperature aluminum tape. The IQ120 's air hose is then connected to the adapter. Finally, the temperature sensor is attached to the cooking grate and plugged into the IQ120. The only thing left is to get hungry! Includes IQ120 Blower Box, Air Tube, AC Power Supply, 6' Smoker Temperature Probe, 6' Food Temperature Probe, Users Guide, and Standard Pit Adapter Kit. Fits Weber, Char-Broil, Brinkman, Viking, and many more.

FeatureThe IQ120 pit controller precisely regulates the cooking temperature inside a charcoal pit for precision smoking! Based on the IQ110's proven control technology, but with so many cool bells and whistles! As seen on Good Eats "Right on Que". Alton Brown said: "It's so cool !!" Digital display indicates actual cooking temperature and food temperature too! Knob is actually a digital encoder - rotate to select parameters or change values from user friendly interface, click to select. So much easier than a keypad! Programmable - automatically change cooking temp based on food temp, or based on a time delay! Set alarms to indicate food is done cooking or cooking temperature is out of range. 12 settable parameters in all! A large bi-color "cheat sheet" on the back lists all parameters and provides a short reminder of what it does. So easy yet so powerful! Leftmost display digit is a "virtual blower", rotating when the blower is rotating, providing feedback on how hard the unit is working. Indicates when the fuel is running low! Optional lid-off detection algorithm prevents unit from feeding the fire even more after a lid-off event! Fits Weber Kettles and Smokey Mountains, Char-Broil Horizontals and Offsets, Brinkman Vertical, Vikings, or any cooker with a flat or spherical surface with a fire vent damper less than 5" in diameter. Everything included in kit for operation from AC power; operates from 12VDC cigarette lighter socket using optional adapter available separately.
TitleIQ120 BBQ Temperature Regulator Kit with Standard Pit Adapter
WarrantyUnless otherwise noted, all pitmasterIQ.com products are warranted against defect in materials and workmanship for one hundred and eighty (180) days from date of purchase. Failure to use products in manner described in the owner's manual and on the website will void warranty. Please note that this warranty is twice as long as most BBQ products (90 days), including our competitors. We are so sure you will be happy with your purchase that we offer a thirty (30) day money-back satisfaction guarantee on the IQ120. All items must be in their original packaging, must not be damaged from misuse, and must be in a re-sellable condition as a pre-owned item. Please do not abuse this privilege. Please do your due diligence and determine product suitability and pit compatibility before making any purchase. The 30 days is from the shipping date, not purchase date. If your IQ is in need of repair and is beyond the warranty period, you may return it to us for repair. You may be charged for materials and labor, but we will provide you with an estimate first. All returns for refund, exchange or repair must be accompanied by an RMA number.
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