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In Reply to: WSM and Stokin the Guru posted by Kettle on November 03, 2011 at 09:00:05:
1. Fine temperature control. I find that even the 30-40 degree swings you get on WSMs without a guru affect timing and quality of the final product. WSMs can be very steady in temp, except when they are not. If you prefer lump to briquettes like I do, this is more of an issue.
2. Alarm if temps drop too low. Sometimes fires burn out, or the lump is used up faster than you think. I like something that will try to wake me up at a comp if the fires start to go out.
You may want to try out the new bbqguru PartyQ. Its about $120 I think, but includes fan and temp monitor, and runs on batteries. An inexpensive way to get into the temp controller scene.
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