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Offline XLR8R

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PID Controller
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:52:03 PM »
Hey all!

Do I still need a PID temp controller if I just purchased a new BT1S1?

Thanks!


Offline KyNola

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 02:27:39 PM »
You don't need a PID on any Bradley unit.  Some folks like them for tighter temp control if you are smoking sausage or fish.  Others use them to help control the temp swings that occur when you first load the Bradley with meat.

A nice accessory for some, but necessary? No, not at all.

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 02:30:38 PM »
welcome aboard,

as for needing a PID no you  dont need one, though its  is very help full in controlling temperature swings in the cabanet

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 02:36:19 PM »
That makes sense.  Thanks guys!   ;D

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 07:27:56 AM »
Kynola’s response was about as concise as it could be.  I would like to add a few thoughts though.  We like anything that gives us better control over the smoking/cooking process.  Some of the items that help with this control can be pricey and I would put a PID into that category.  That being said, and having smoked a year without one and 1.5 yr. with one, if I could choose only one item or modification to the OBS to help with my smoking, it would be the PID.  So, while it is not necessary, I think the BTIS1 and a PID are a perfect marriage.

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 07:36:38 AM »
Kynola’s response was about as concise as it could be.  I would like to add a few thoughts though.  We like anything that gives us better control over the smoking/cooking process.  Some of the items that help with this control can be pricey and I would put a PID into that category.  That being said, and having smoked a year without one and 1.5 yr. with one, if I could choose only one item or modification to the OBS to help with my smoking, it would be the PID.  So, while it is not necessary, I think the BTIS1 and a PID are a perfect marriage.
Very well said Dean!

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012, 08:40:39 AM »
Some of the items that help with this control can be pricey and I would put a PID into that category.

Not necessarily.  An Auber PID controller that you can install in either the SG box or a project box is about $45.  Even with buying the accessories that go with it such as a thermocouple, SSR, heat sink and a few miscellaneous items the total cost is around $70-80.

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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2012, 08:22:59 AM »
i just tried the Auberin PID one BIG adavantage that of any PID has you can trully set it and forget it

I started smoking at 19hrs, before i went to bed i made sure the water container has enough water and i have enough pucks.

Woke up and the Uberin did all the hard work i just had to wrap it in folio

The disadvantage is that the instructions are bit hard to digest but reading the forum helped me

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PID Controller
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2012, 10:58:09 AM »
i just tried the Auberin PID one BIG adavantage that of any PID has you can trully set it and forget it

I started smoking at 19hrs, before i went to bed i made sure the water container has enough water and i have enough pucks.

Woke up and the Uberin did all the hard work i just had to wrap it in folio

The disadvantage is that the instructions are bit hard to digest but reading the forum helped me
Ditto on the instructions. But once you do it a couple of times, it's easy. :)


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Re: PID Controller
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2012, 11:13:18 AM »
The instructions suck, written for a tech engineer. The forum helped me out plus once you get your hands on it and play with it, it makes perfect sense. I'm sold on it
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