IQ120 Review

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lance0623, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Got the new IQ120 this week; just did a quick trial run doing some smoked wings on my Brinkmann Trailmaster LE (COS) with split oak. 

    Set-up: It is easy to set up, and I was surprised with the number of pretty advanced features, including lid open and ability to program a different pit temp once the food hits a certain temp. Programming your desired temps and alarms are pretty easy. Also has variable fan speeds, alarms for pit and food temps.

    During the cook: I set the temp for 300, planning on a two hour cook. However, the fan shut off at 280, and then would only run 2-3 seconds then shut off for about 30 seconds. It never hit 300; I gave it about 20 minutes, and I re-set the pit temp for 320. As soon as I did that, it held between 298-304 the rest of the cook. I've never had my smoker hold a temp so steady, and throughout the entire cook. I lifted the lid once to flip and rearrange the wings, the lid-off feature worked as advertised - but the fan doesn't kick back on immediately when I close the lid. Might have taken 1-2 minutes for the fan to kick on. 

    Smoke: When the fan shuts off, I was getting much thicker puffier white smoke than I like. That eased towards the very end, so maybe I just needed to make a bigger fire; or let the fire burn alot more before starting the cook.

    Overall: Works as advertised; and I'm pleased with it - I just need to learn how to keep the thin blue smoke going when the fan shuts off. Temp held rock steady, even though I had to set it 20 degrees higher than my desired temp to keep it there. I also used less wood, even though I was cooking 50 degrees higher than I normally do. 

    Hope this helps. Doing some ribs tomorrow, planning on doing a video review.
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Good to know.. I have the 110. Both are the same in that it's a balancing act between the fan and the air that naturally flows through the fan and into the pit. Just keep it on setting 4 unless it's super windy then maybe go down a notch or two.

    Even when you're not seeing smoke the combustion gasses of the wood and charcoal are flavoring your food. Sometimes the smoke you can't see is the best!
  3. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi How did hook up the IQ 120 on your Brinkmann Trailmaster?

    I'm considing the IQ 110 for my Brinkmann Smoke N Pit.

    Thanks Dan
  4. Great review. Thanks! I look forward to the video review as well.
  5. Hello  lance0623   ....Got a ? for you....   If you hold your IQ120 upside down doe's the fan make a noise????? please let me know before I send mine back....Thanks
  6. LeeLee if you send it back for a refund they charge you for the probe

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