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I was looking at the BBQ guru cyber cloud but the cost 😮. Then I came across the Wlan thermo nano pro. For 99€ does anyone have any experience with it?

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I've also been looking, but can't justify the huge price of most controllers. They cost more than the actual smokers.

 

This is looks much more reasonable. Bit hard to follow, but I gather you need to buy the fan and probes separately, so nearer €170 I guess

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I have inkbird probes already and several fans so hopefully that would be all it needs.

Plus you can run it off a 10000mAh usb bank

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Got a link to it please? I already have a BBQ Guru Party for the ProQ but wanted something for the Razzo. I was looking at one on the bay from a seller called trustedinventer but unsure although i like the fact it can run on 18650 batteries.

Cheers N Gone Nick 

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On 9/5/2019 at 11:02 AM, Diggerg said:

I was looking at the BBQ guru cyber cloud but the cost 😮. Then I came across the Wlan thermo nano pro. For 99€ does anyone have any experience with it?

I’ve got the Guru cyberQ that I use with the Summit and to be honest I cannot fault it whatsoever. I know it is expensive but I know that I would have no hesitation to put a smoke on in the morning, go to work for twelve hours and it will manage the cook. 

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I’ve watched the YouTube channel and it appears from the demo that the fan is either on or off, there does not appear to be any pulsing. Also there only appears to be one thermocouple, is this for ambient control only? Does it work on logarithm to manage the cook or does it just monitor and control ambient temp? I suppose it’s horses for courses and I looked for a long time for a controller and I wanted a system that managed the cooking process rather than just a temperature controller, as I was sitting up all night watching brisket cooks. With only  an ambient temperature monitoring system I suppose you could still over cook. I was going to buy a pellet smoker at the time so the guru was a cheaper option and I am so impressed. The last 12 hour smoke I did I used about 1.5 kg of charcoal or maybe even less. I haven’t looked in detail so please correct me if I have underestimated this piece of kit.

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8 hours ago, David said:

I’ve watched the YouTube channel and it appears from the demo that the fan is either on or off, there does not appear to be any pulsing. Also there only appears to be one thermocouple, is this for ambient control only? Does it work on logarithm to manage the cook or does it just monitor and control ambient temp? I suppose it’s horses for courses and I looked for a long time for a controller and I wanted a system that managed the cooking process rather than just a temperature controller, as I was sitting up all night watching brisket cooks. With only  an ambient temperature monitoring system I suppose you could still over cook. I was going to buy a pellet smoker at the time so the guru was a cheaper option and I am so impressed. The last 12 hour smoke I did I used about 1.5 kg of charcoal or maybe even less. I haven’t looked in detail so please correct me if I have underestimated this piece of kit.

For a quarter of the price, you wouldn't expect it to have all the features of one of the top named brands. 

It looks a good option if you want to hold the BBQ temp overnight, but still want to have more involvement in the cook. 

I get that a £300 controller can do the whole cook on auto pilot, but that's the same reason I'd never go for a pellet grill. I don't mind accessories that help, but where is the fun in clicking a button and doing nothing. May as well just eat in a restaurant. 

If I wasn't desperately tired and covered in charcoal when I eventually started eating 5 hours late, I'm in danger of realising my food doesn't taste that good. 

 

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19 minutes ago, markie_q said:

For a quarter of the price, you wouldn't expect it to have all the features of one of the top named brands. 

It looks a good option if you want to hold the BBQ temp overnight, but still want to have more involvement in the cook. 

I get that a £300 controller can do the whole cook on auto pilot, but that's the same reason I'd never go for a pellet grill. I don't mind accessories that help, but where is the fun in clicking a button and doing nothing. May as well just eat in a restaurant. 

If I wasn't desperately tired and covered in charcoal when I eventually started eating 5 hours late, I'm in danger of realising my food doesn't taste that good. 

 

Yes I agree and I am very much hands on for a lot of my cooking. We normally eat our main meal at lunch time so I was smoking  through the night and I was sitting up with the smoke all night through the colder months and I was neither use or ornament when the guests came around. Also my bbq shelter is approximately 120 feet from my house in the garden and the neighbours were frowning apron me walking up the gravel at 02:00 to adjust a vent. I wasn’t criticising the equipment and if it’s a thermostatic controller to monitor temperature that’s required then yep looks a good price.

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I have a Smartfire controller on my Pro Q Frontier. I shipped mine in from Australia before Pro Q in the UK started selling them. I particularly liked that it can run from a 5v power bank. 

https://www.macsbbq.com/accessories/thermometers-controllers/proq-smartfire (I am sure there was a forum discount code somewhere too)

I am very happy with it. It connects to your home wifi and then you can control and monitor from wherever your mobile phone/tablet/PC has internet (over 4g is just as good).

There are budget solutions out there, i am not sure i have seen one much cheaper with all the options though that a Smartfire or BBQGuru have. 

 

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21 minutes ago, Phlashster said:

I have a Smartfire controller on my Pro Q Frontier. I shipped mine in from Australia before Pro Q in the UK started selling them. I particularly liked that it can run from a 5v power bank. 

https://www.macsbbq.com/accessories/thermometers-controllers/proq-smartfire (I am sure there was a forum discount code somewhere too)

I am very happy with it. It connects to your home wifi and then you can control and monitor from wherever your mobile phone/tablet/PC has internet (over 4g is just as good).

There are budget solutions out there, i am not sure i have seen one much cheaper with all the options though that a Smartfire or BBQGuru have. 

 

Phil.

I needed the WiFi connectivity also as Bluetooth is a no go with the distance and my house walls are all twin brick. I do have iGrill2 also but I did struggle with connectivity. I’ve got WiFi and 240 volt in the bbq shelter so Guru works like a dream, I particularly like the open lid detection and ramp down function  at the end of the cook.

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3 minutes ago, David said:

, I particularly like the open lid detection and ramp down function  at the end of the cook.

Smartfire doesnt have the auto ramp down feature as far as i know. You can of course remotely lower the temp yourself when alerted that the food has reached temp. 

It does have open lid detection though. 

Phil.

 

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Hi all, 

Was looking at the smartfire,  to be able to cook through the night and get better controlled.

I have found the kit at 250£ on one website but also at 191£... can't see the difference between the two. 

Anybody knows why?

Thanks

Charlie

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3 hours ago, Charlie said:

Was looking at the smartfire,  to be able to cook through the night and get better controlled.

I have found the kit at 250£ on one website but also at 191£... can't see the difference between the two. 

Anybody knows why?

 

Hi Charlie,

What were the two websites?

MacsBBQ is the official UK distributor.  https://www.macsbbq.com/accessories/thermometers-controllers/proq-smartfire

This is Smartfire in Australia (where these were invented) https://smartfirebbq.com/products/smartfire-controller-super-summer-pack. This is currently working out to £191 ish. The website converts for you. However, if you order from here, the item has to be shipped from Australia and you have to pay UK customs and VAT before it is delivered.

So a two week wait and a bill for something like £40+ of import duty and VAT. Currency changes will affect these two values.

When i ordered mine in March, i had no choice but to import myself. If i was doing it now, I would order from MacsBBQ with a two day lead time and guaranteed pricing. Plus, there is a 10% code on here posted by MacsBBQ which may still work.

Phil. 

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