Pit controllers....

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by inkjunkie, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Are ANY of them worth a hill of beans? Have had a DigiQ from BBQ-GURU for a while now. I had a problem with the unit. Had a nightmare dealing with customer service from BBQ-GURU. Recently I put both the meat probe and pit probe in one of our Eggs...along with a probe from a hand held Thermoworks unit. Thermoworks unit read 375*. DigiQ pit probe read 368*, meat probe read 355*. Purchased a Flameboss 100. First unit was defective. Unlike BBQ-GURU dealing with customer service from Flameboss was a very easy experience. Sadly the replacement unit got goofy today. Thermoworks unit read 375*...which is what the Flameboss was set at. However the pit probe read 475*. Meat probe read 355*. Contacted Flameboss earlier today....no response as of yet. Was just about ready to buy a Flameboss 200....just wanted a Wi-Fi unit. Contacted Rocks BBQ about there controller. Took close to a month to hear back from them...not exactly comfortable dealing with a company that takes that long to return correspondence....
     
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I have heard good things about Auber but don't have one. Their customer service was great and answered my questions quickly but I ended up building my own controller instead. 
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2015
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Auber? What was involved in building your own?
     
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Auber makes a lot of different controllers for different applications, one of which is smoker controllers.

    I would not recommend building your own. I probably only saved $50 and it still doesn't work right. 
     
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    So If I understand this right... you want an Auber to run a fan for a charcoal smoker ? or am I missing something ? There really isn't much involved in a build... really only need a controller and SSR (solid state relay) and the correct size fan for your unit... other accessories would include a heat sync (for SSR), on/off switch, quick blow fuses, none of these which are necessary but are nice features...

    Not to hijack the thread.. but... bmaddox... what kind of problems are you encountering with your set up ??
     
  6. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Hear to learn Sir, doesn't look a hijack to me lol.
    I have been using a DIGIQ on my Egg for 6 months or so. Not exactly accurate when it comes to either probe. IMO BBQ Guru has terrible customer service. Bought a Flameboss 100 to use on our other Egg. Had some troubles with it, they replaced it. Replacement unit acted up, decided to upgrade to the 200. Will have my RF running shortly, not planning on using a controller on it. Considering one of Rocks Stokers simply because it can control more than one unit....
    Anyhow...if you would be willing to help/point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
     
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I bought a cheap Chinese made PID controller in order to save a few bucks. It is very hard to program and not accurate at all. Which is why I now wish I would have just bought the Auber controller. I was going to buy one of their universal controllers with a 15A relay and a standard outlet so I could use it to control a pit fan or an electric smoker. 
     
  8. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    I've got the cheapest BBQ Guru that was available at the time of my purchase. The NanoQ works like a champ every single time. Never had an issue.
     
  9. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Ever check to see how accurate the probes are? The DigiQ I have they are both off some....the meat probe is off quite a bit.
     
  10. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought my Digi-Q II back in 2006 or 2007 and have had no issues with it.  It's been a while since I checked the probes in boiling water so I guess I need to do that again.  I think there was an offset adjustment which can be made but I'd have to dig up the manual to remember how to do it.
     
  11. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    I looked thru my manual and didn't see anything on calibration.

    I will never buy anything from BBQ-GURU again. An absolute nightmare dealing with their customer service.
     
  12. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    I compared them with 2 mavericks and they were right on the money.
     
  13. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Would not trust that Maverick....based on mine and the email I received form them....
     
  14. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    Well, I guess water doesn't boil @ 212 degrees then...because that's why my mavericks have been telling me all along
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  15. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Congratulations.....yours is accurate...at 212. And actually, if your not at sea level water does not boil at 212.
    Will post their email next time I open my lap top.
    My Thermoworks, all 3 probes I have for it, all read 32 and change in ice water and 210* in boiling. According to the online calculator that corrects for altitude and barometric pressure (?) that is the boiling point for water here. My Maverick probes don't read the same in ice water nor boiling....and they never read the same twice in a row...gave the pile to a neighbor, he wanted something he could leave a this hunting cabin....
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  16. dlm79

    dlm79 Newbie

    So, inkjunkie, where did you shake out? I am researching digital pit controllers, for XLBGE, and your posts keep popping up all over the place. I see lots of unhappiness, but no resolution, unfortunately.

    Did you find something that works for you?

    I am looking for a controller, wifi is a nice to have, but not a need to have, with a blower, that preferably han handle multiple probes for a couple of pieces of meat too (also a nice to have, not a need to have).

    I have not contacted Auber customer support yet with questions, but the model I am looking at appears to only have a single input for the pit. This is OK as I have an iDevices 2, which is not perfect, but get's me where I need to be.

    Thanks in advance -

    dlm
     
  17. I just bought a IQ 130 with a wifi range of up to 750 yards for $269. It works great holds temps better then the oven in the house and the free app for smart phones and iPhones is easy to use. The IQ 130 come with 3 probes two for meat and one for the pit. I am vary happy with it. I use it on my WSM 221/2"
    Randy,
     
  18. ive used a iq110 before and it worked well once i figured it out, i just purchased the iq120 for myself for a build im doing. maybe not the "coolest looking" controller,but all i need is for it to keep it close. if its closer than naturally aspirated them ill be happy. im sure they are all off a bit but once you figure that out  just adjust for the inaccuracy and you should be fine. 
     
  19. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My IQ120 does a great job on my WSM and my offset
    As long as you start the fire small...
     
  20. I have found my IQ 130 to be vary accurate and holding within just a few degrees at all times.

    Randy,
     

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