A number of years ago, I bought a Smokin Tex 1400. Nice rig. However, when initially testing it to make certain the listed temperatures were accurate, I noted some problems. First was that on the initial temperature rise, the unit overshot any reasonable cycle high by quite a bit. Then, to get the thing to average 225 degrees, I had to set the temp control to a little less than 200 degrees. I used it that way, with its wide swings, for 3 or 4 batches of smoke.
Then I got sick, really sick, and did not use it for 2 or 3 years. The unit sat, unused, covered, and under a gazebo roof for all that time.
Now, having made a partial recovery, I was desperate for some smoked meat. I went to the local grocery store and got a packer-trimmed brisket and rubbed it with my spice rub. I let it sit, covered, in the frig over night
However, before I cooked the brisket, I tested the unit to see if the temp was what I had ascertained before. Well, I got a big overshoot on the very first cycle and subsequent cycles varied +/-35 degrees. That is a total swing of 70 degrees; I can run a charcoal water smoker closer than that.
Worse yet, when I got to 150 degrees on the meat, I hit an unexpected plateau. Originally, I thought that it simply hit the conversion a little early. But no, it did not hit the conversion early; the unit had screwed-up and the temp would not cook any higher without readjusting the temp dial. It took 5 hours to get that straightened out.
Well, I whizzed the temp dial back and forth a few times and set the dial 25 degrees higher. With that setting, the meat eventually got to 190 degrees.
Well, I'm going to buy and install a new temp regulator. I am thinking that a new Barbeque Guru outfit with a Raptor would be a jim-dandy addition, as it did so well with my Bradley years ago.
What say you?