No offense taken. I was just suggesting that if the OP was going to decide against doing the PID modification because of the higher cost of a Auber kit, then he might consider doing it the "cheap" way. I think the "cheap" way is better than not doing it at all, unless of course he doesn't know what he is doing or is careless and ends up electrocuted.
Thank you for the information. I have decided to go ahead and do the project even though cost was keeping me from it originally. I also plan on going the Plug-n-Play route because I want quality and pre-made quality is faster and cheaper than doing it myself. Just might take a little longer to get it. Thank you for the suggestions!
Since you are talking about hot smokes (ie, full temp from the 1,500 watt Brinkmann element), I strongly recommend the 1,800 watt Auber unit if you go pre-built. Reason is the duty cycle. The 1,600 watt unit (the $135 one), will handle a 1,500 watt element, but not at 100% duty cycle (it is in the documentation on the Auber site).
That is what I was thinking I would have to do. I am planning on going Plug-n-Play.
I remember a professor showing us that triangle in college. Very true!
The 1800 watt unit, with dual probes was $213.00 before shipping. Save a little back each paycheck, and before you know it, you'll be controlling your pit with peace of mind, great accuracy, and with customer service that can't be beat. Also, if you save enough, a dozen roses can be delivered just prior to the controller.
Thanks for looking out for me CB. I like your plan!
Before you go and plop down your cash, make a list and really think about what you want this to do. Do you want it to keep your smoker at temp? Do you want it to auto off when the meat hits temp? Do you want it to make you a slushy beverage with an little umbrella? You don't want to over buy, but you also don't want to under buy.
As a WSM owner, I want my PID to kick on the fan to keep the temp up and cut the fan so it doesn't get too hot. All meat monitoring is done by the igrill 2.
That is a good point, thanks for chiming in! Mmm slushy beverage....but I don’t think I need something that fancy. I really just need it to control my smoker temp, however since I am planning on going with a pre-made unit the only two, that I could find, that were able to handle my 1500 watt element were,
Model #: WS-1510ELPM, single probe, 1800 watt limit, $179.35
Model #: WS-1500GPH, dual probe, 1800 watt limit, $213.00
If there is a simpler model that someone is aware of please let me know. I figure even though they are more than I really need/want maybe someday they will be handy for an overnight smoke or lazy sausage making. Also since the price difference is only $33.65 I was thinking of going dual probe that way I can monitor more meat if need be. (had to look up the iGrill 2, that looks nice! And handy with 4 probes. Just another thing that is more $$ than I want to spend lol, maybe someday!)
What are your thoughts, guys? I am going premade, is there a simpler model? Thanks to all of you!!!