Originally Posted by PortlandRoger
I never bring my pit up to temp before putting the meat on it. Not a good habit, let the fire get hot. Wait for TBS before putting the meat on.
Why would you have to bring the pit up to temp without the Guru first? If you want to have your pit up to temp first, why not use the Guru to bring it up?
Nothing against you but this is why people should learn their pit manually before ever getting a controller. Your pit will come up to temp quicker if you just open the vents up and let mother nature take it's course vs having air blown on it.
The controller is there to maintain temps not get it there. Not necessarily you but if anyone has trouble getting their pit up to temp without a controller then they should go back to the basics.
1) Set up your basket for a good minion style burn
2) light it and open your vents... your fire will quickly heat up
3) turn your controller on when you get close to your desired temp.
I'll use a controller for sleep but then not always. I live in a climate where the temp drops drastically at night but i have no issues not using one in the Summer time here at night. I wouldn't get into the habit of using one, it's better learning and minding your pit as a general rule.