Auber vs iQue for the WSM 22.5

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by swordslayer954, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  2. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have the 18.5" WSM and bought a BBQ Guru DigiQ II model when they first came out. I did not see the need for wireless back then, but might consider it now.  I have the 10CFM fan on mine which is plenty for the 18" WSM.  Once you use one, you will never consider going back.  It is about as close to fire and forget as you can get with a charcoal or wood smoker. Mine holds 225* as long as their is fuel left and I have run 12 hours on a full WSM fire ring.

    From what I have read, the 22" uses fuel a little more rapidly than the 18" due to the volume to be kept at temp, but on a 16 to 18 hour pork shoulder smoke with 4 large shoulders (8 to 10 pound each), I only have to add coals & water about 2/3 of the way through and that is mostly for peace of mind while I sleep (I usually start shoulders around 2-3PM with intent on pulling and resting in a cooler by 9AM, ready to pull by 11AM or so). No fiddling with dampers or checking it every hour or so. Once you learn your pit's pattern on a Guru, it's pretty much auto-pilot and repeatable every time.

    IMO, they are worth every penny.  Again I have a Guru, but any brand power draft would be a plus on a pit.

    I would recommend you go with a model that lets you monitor both the pit and food temp, otherwise you will have to use a Maverick or other unit for your food.  Keep it simple with both in a single unit if you can.

    The DigiQ DX2 is the current equivalent of what I have.  Looks like they are $271 now, with 10CFM fan, WSM adapter and the standard 6' probes.  This unit lets you monitor both the pit and food temp (single pit and single food probe).

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    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    I also have the Guru for my WSM.

    It rocks!!

      Craig
     
  4. oldthymer

    oldthymer Newbie

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    I have watched a few videos on the Guru and don't fully understand it.  Correct me if I'm wrong. From what I can tell you close all lower vents but have the Guru hooked to one (so that one is open).  Then the Guru controls the air that is put into that vent to regulate the temperature.  So one question I have is what happens with the WSM becuse we all know that it has different temps at the different racks.  Mine can be as much as 20 degrees apart. 
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You put the probe on whatever rack you are using, if you use both racks, then you should know what the temp difference between the racks is & adjust for that.
     
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    How do you do yours now when you use both racks???

     Craig
     
  7. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, with a Guru (or any other power draft for that matter), on a WSM you close all but one of the lower vents.  You install the adapter into one of the holes in the open vent and then use high temp foil tape (comes with the Guru) to seal the other two holes in that vent.  So what you end up with is that one small 1" or so whole with the power draft pumping all the air for the fire in via that single hole.  The top vent remains fully open. 

    I have not measured mine at the lower rack, but I still have my Tel-Tru thermometer in my lid and the lid temp is a little higher than the Guru pit probe at the top cooking grate.  So based on that I would assume there is still some difference between the top and bottom grate.  That being said, I have not found it necessary to swap food between the racks on smokes and it's all done evenly.  With lower temp swings and the pit temp sticking closer to 225* (or whatever you set), it may make less of difference than chasing temps by adjusting vents the old fashioned way.  Generally I no longer use a probe in the lower rack meat.  I would also imagine the difference is greater if you use an empty pan vs water or a clay saucer as a heat sink though.
     
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    >>>>>>> I would also imagine the difference is greater if you use an empty pan vs water or a clay saucer as a heat sink though.

    Interesting..why do you think that??

      Craig
     
  9. ATC's are confusing, I really only understand the pitmaster which I might be buying next month. The rest seem too complicated and need to be hooked up to a laptop.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    >>>>>>>The rest seem too complicated and need to be hooked up to a laptop.

      The two mentioned by the OP and the Guru dont need to be hooked up to a laptop..

      Craig
     
  11. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    As far as i know only a stoker hooks to a laptop and that for ease of use.
     
  12. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    I have a pitmaster IQ110 on both my 18.5 and 22.5WSM's...in my opnion they are great units, and work beautifully for the WSM. I can set them and forget them for whatever I am smoking.

    Dan
     
  13. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I been using the Auber PID on my Bradley for a few years now with great results. The iq110 is on my Meadow Creek and works great. Sold my Guru.
     
  14. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    No thermal mass buffer and only a thin layer of sheet metal between the fire and the lower rack with an empty metal pan.  No field testing to back this up, just seems logical (but what do I know <G>)
     
  15. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    BBQ guru has never let me down and i love it... 

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  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I feel the same as Tyo, the guru is a great little device and once you use one you won't want to smoke without it.
     
  17. Sorry for the late replies here guys... I really appreciate the input and think I'll go with the BBQ Guru.

    I can't take another all nighter lol
     
  18. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    I don't know how DIY you are, but I just built three of these:

    http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9270072103/m/5721075126/p/1

    Total cost was ~$110.00 each

    Linksys router: Free as I already had one, but you can get them from craigslist for $20

    Parts from Mouser: $31.00 could save a few $$ if you didn't populate the entire board as it is not needed unless you want wireless probes for a rotisserie or something.

    Project Case: $5.29 from Radio Shack as I didn't build it into my router

    Misc Parts: $10

    Board: $10 if you split the cost of three boards with others, or $30 if you buy all three for yourself.

    Fan: $10 || $15 if you want a SSR to control an electric smoker.

    Probes: ET-73 probes at $10 each, you need at least two, one for pit and one for food, but it supports two food probes.

    And the fun of putting it together :)

    dave
     
  19. oldthymer

    oldthymer Newbie

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    I bought a Guru and tried to use it today for the first time.  I started with the minion method, using a coffee can in the center, using a combination of the kingsford blue and whatever royal oak I had left.  I them set the Guru to 225 and let it go.  The temp didn't stabilize until it got to 295 and now it has been sitting at 285 for the past 3 hours.  It is a WSM 18.5 using a clay pot.  Any ideas what went wrong? I used about 20 lit coals to start. To those that use one with a WSM, what is the process you use?
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

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