PID Temperature Controller for Smoker/BBQ
|Price:||$169.65 + $7.42 shipping|
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- PID controller designed for charcoal smoker. Fits medium and large Big Green Egg, Primo Oval XL, older version of Akorn Kamado as well as the Kamado Joe.
- Have artificial intelligence feature to enhance the temperature control. Regulates the on/off time of the blower to stabilizes the temperature.
- A snap-on blower that can be installed on the Big Green Egg's adapter. Fits venting damper with height about 80 mm (3.14").
- A built-in buzzer that can be activated by either the high limit or the low limit alarm.
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 1.2 x 2.8 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SYL-1615SYS-G|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
This PID controller is for controlling the temperature of Big Green Eggs smokers. It fits venting damper heights of about 80mm or 3.14", for example Medium and Large Big Green Eggs, Primo Oval XL, older version of Akorn Kamado, as well as the Kamado Joe. It will regulate the on/off time interval of the blower to stabilize the temperature in the charcoal smoker.
The system includes:
1. Controller with artificial intelligent enhanced PID control program. It has a bright LED for outdoor use. It has a built-in buzzer that can be set for both low limit and high limit alarm. Developed by industrial control engineers, this controller utilizes an advanced AI (artificial intelligence) enhanced PID algorithm that can hold the cooking temperature within a tight range and prevent temperature overshooting from disturbances such as opening/closing the pit lid, wind, sun, and ambient temperature drops.
2. AC to 12VDC adapter with 1A maximum output. Note: we only carry adapters for two major plugs used worldwide: NEMA1-15 and CEE7/16. For the US and most international orders, we will ship the adapter for NEMA1-15 by default. For European continental countries, we will ship the adapter for CEE7/16. Customers in some countries may need to find a plug converter in local electronic stores to make the adapter fit into their socket.
3. K type thermocouple with alligator clip that can be easily attached to the rack.
4. An adapter plate for the medium and large Green Egg. Primo Oval XL, or Kamado Joe. (For Akorn Kamado this adapter is not needed)
5. A snap-on 6.5CFM blower that can be installed on Big Green Eggs adapter. This unique design (patent pending) is much easier to install than the other product on the market. (For Akorn Kamado the spring is not needed)
6. 6" of High temperature aluminum foil tape for blocking unused venting holes.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased the following:
--The above PID controller. I purchased directly from Auber Instrument's website as I didn't need any of the blower adapter options offered on Amazon- it is identical to the one offered here and if you purchase it from Auber, everything is à la carte so if you add the blower adapter on their site, the price is the same, but this listed item contains a specific blower adapter which you won't need for a Weber kettle grill.
-- a Smokenator 1000 if you don't already have one (http://www.amazon.com/Smokenator-1000-Hovergrill-Kit/dp/B0018DD2TE) with the hover grill.
-- a Weber 2290 22-1/2-Inch Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie kit.
-- the gasket made for the big green egg (http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Gasket-Adhesive-Large-Kevlar/dp/B004MNW1TE/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1462914597&sr=1-1&keywords=22+1%2F2%22+grill+gasket). Splitting it long ways down the middle and applying it to the parts of the actual kettle grill, not the rotisserie ring will give you a great seal when using the ring. Come to think of it, I have only used this with the ring. I don't think I tried the normal kettle to see if bowl and top fit. It fits great when you use the ring. You will have to seal the holes of your rotisserie ring to prevent air flow using high temp aluminum or steel tape you can buy at a hardware store. The only reason you may want to use the ring is to increase the capacity of your smoker. I bought some long stainless steel large bolts that fit through the kettle's top grill grate at 4 equidistant points on the perimeter of the circle grate which allowed me to place another grate on top that could hold more meat. Mmmm, more meat. Sorry. Homer Simpson moment there.
If you do not need the extra capacity and have no need for a rotisserie, skip the rotisserie attachment. But wrapped and tied butterflied leg of lamb stuffed with garlic, olive oil, more garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper rocks on rotisserie. Also, you can buy some of the 3rd party rotisserie ring kits available but I cannot vouch for their quality.
-- A stainless steel dog food bowl from Walmart. Same style as human bowls, not the double wall style. See pic. It has ID at base of 6" and edge of lip to lip diameter of 8.5" It was about six bucks.
-- a 6" long x 3/4" toggle bolt array ( I actually had this at home with an extra toggle bolt and 2 nuts and a washer which is put together to create a makeshift wingnut which I didn't have.
-- Silicone glue with heat rating up to 400 deg F. Purchased from Ace Hardware where I also got the toggle bolt.
Some people just drill a hole on the inside of their grill to fit the blower in and aim it at the coals. I feel is is sacrilegious to place a hole in a nearly perfect charcoal grill which is not easy to plug and can lead to rusting. I removed the ash catcher and One-touch ash cleaner system from the grill to give it a baby bare bottom, just like when it was new at the factory. I fit the dog bowl to the bottom of the grill and used pliers to bend the lip slightly to be able to fit flush against the grill whilst covering all the openings on the bottom. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the bowl to be able to fit the toggle bolt array in place and screw it down into the bottom of the grill opening. I got the idea from a BBQ forum where someone drilled a hole in their Weber Smokey Mountain smoker and used a similar but not identical setup. I then marked my preferred location on the side of the bowl to drill a large hole to be able to mount the blower which comes with the PID controller kit. As the bowl is round and the blower is flat, I flattened the side of the bowl some with a hammer but this will still allow air leak as I couldn't get it perfectly flat without it causing the lip to uncover the edge of the vent in the bottom. This is where the silicone glue comes in handy as I created seals all around the lip and the blower opening. I ran a few layered beads on the lip and when it dried did the same around the blower opening. I DID NOT glue any parts together. The silicone remains flexible and when the toggle bolt is tightened down, it creates the seal.
The blower has an ingenious little spring mechanism which is rock solid and will allow it to grip against any opening smaller that the blower array.
Now, the only source of air coming into the grill is from the blower which blows into the bowl which allows air to stoke the coals. There is a large enough opening in the top vent for just the wire from the thermocouple to go through to clip to the grate. My brother-in-law is a certified BBQ judge in the South and has competed before. He reports EVERYONE uses PID controllers and they essentially turn your charcoal grill or smoker into an indoor oven but likely with more control. This will keep coals going using the Minion method for over 8 hours without peeking (weather permitting, with a loaded smokenator). I can get nearly 6 with a loaded charcoal basket. This is more than enough to do Meathead's Last Meal Ribs.
It took me 30 minutes to do this entire thing + 24 hours for the silicone to cure. Try it out. The pics are pretty self explanatory. You won't be dissatisfied. Best of all, if you don't like the results, you still have a working grill without any extra holes in it that can be put back together in minutes.
Two things I notices, and this most likely has nothing to do with THIS particular stoker, I think (I believe any stoker would have these considerations):
1) having the probe in a different area of my grill yielded 30 degree difference from my wireless thermometer (Maverick). I found the PID thinking the smoker was 220 and the maverick was over 250. Moving thie PID sensor right next to the maverick, they were within a degree of each other
2) ash. At the end of a 5 hour cook, the temp started to drop and the stoker couldnt stop it. So, I opened the smoker door (WSM) and there was a lot of ash. I shook the ring to drop the ash to the bottom of the bowl (normal on my smoker) and moved some of the coals around. When I finished my cook, I notices ash all over the probes on the cooking rack (couldnt tell on the ribs I was making, but Im sure there was ash on them too). Like I said, I think ANY stoker would have this issue, not just this one. I will try using lump instead of briquettes (less ash) on my next cook to see if that makes a difference
Overall, this PID did a fantastic job of holding temps exactly where I wanted them to be. Any challenges seem to be user error
UPDATE: I frickin hate this thing. I have ribs on as I type this. 81 degrees, sunny outside, I set my temp at 225, go and do some yard work. An hour later, its at 205. So I set it at 255 and go and do more work. Half an hour later, 225. Set the temp at 225 and go and do more yard work. Half an hour later 205 again. This unit will not hit my target temp when I enter it, and if I get it to hit the target temp (by setting a higher temp), it will not hold it. I'm very upset that I need to order a different temperature controller.
Fairly easy to use
Holds temps ok, not as good as other reviews ive read (UPDATE: does not reach or hold temps, piece of crap)
Doesn't read accurate temperature. My Maverick has been tested and is accurate within 1 degree. The auber is off by 25 degrees sometimes.
Struggles to hit 325 degrees. (UPDATE: Struggles to hit any temp, this thing sucks, do not buy)
Seems slow to hit target temps, blower shuts off and on before target temps, just slower than I expected.
If I had to buy one again, I would probably buy something different, I cannot recommend.