Temperature Control for WSM 18.5"

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by kevin pitzer, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    I have been looking at the temperature controllers for the WSM 18.5" smoker and was wondering how many of you here use them and how reliable they really are?  I live in Michigan which has a wide variety of weather conditions with or without wind where I live.  

    I would prefer to find a unit that is less than $200 if possible with my main focus of Temp Control not the internal temp although it would be nice to have a unit that does both.  I was looking at the Amazingribs site and there are many good ones out there however some cost much more than my price point - Any suggestions????
     
  2. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipmen..._target_id=All&field_thermometer_function_tid[]=59&sort_by=weight&sort_order=ASC
     
  3. smokinal

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

    I've had a BBQ Guru for about 6 years that I use on my WSM. It will keep the temp within + or - 2 degrees. It is made in America, very well built, & it works flawlessly time after time. I haven't even had to replace a probe wire. If you go to BBQ comps you will see almost every team using them. They may cost a little more than you want to spend, but it's well worth it, and money well spent.

    Al
     
  4. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    x2 on the BBQ Guru.  I've owned a Digi-Q 2 model since about 2006 or 2007.  Never had a single issue and I'm 200% confident it will hold the set temp as long as there is fuel in the WSM to burn.  It's as close to set and forget as you will ever get with fire in a pit.
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here's what I use.


    Never had an issue, even works when the powers out!
     
  6. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    What he said. I've had my DX2 for 2 years and it's been flawless on my 18.5 WSM. With the proper charcoal load and favorable Wx I can get a 14 hour burn with temps staying within +/- 5#. Sure makes that loooong brisket cook a breeze.
     
  7. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pitmaster IQ 120. Set it and forget it . I use it on all my pits under $200 ( pit and meat probes) they have the 110 with only one probe( pit ) for $139
     
  8. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

  9. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    AUBER look very nice But.. Where is the meat sensor??? Pitmaster IQ120 has both
    But digi q is great too!!
     
  10. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    It doesn't have a meat probe. Not a big deal though, just add a Maverick.
     
  11. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    I am actually think about getting one of these - Looks nicer then the Mav

     
  12. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I hope it works out for you...I,  as well as a lot of guys here on the Sight have a Maverick and it works flawlessly for me.

    Good luck,

    John
     
  13. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    which model do you have?
     
  14. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the Redicheck...Model ET-72
     
  15. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    Any other ideas - I think it is between the DigiQ or the Pitmaster.  Still am undecided seeing how this is a lot of money to spend.

    Which Guru do most use here???

    I am a little concern on probes not lasting from some reports on the Pitmaster
     
  16. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    DX2 for me. I see a lot of them on the competition circuit. Yep, they are pricey but well worth it in my opinion. This will be season three for me and I'm still using the original probes. I usually smoke at least once a week from April to October. This year I plan to put up a shed to Q in during the Winter months.
     

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