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NePaSmoKer

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PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« on: January 20, 2007, 01:06:19 pm »
Hi All

Dont know if it's allowed here on the forum.

I have a brand new PID that I am replacing with a BBQGURU/POWER RAPTOR. Anyone need a PID? only 3 smokes with it, works like magic with the Auber instructions. I have photos if interested.

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2007, 01:11:57 pm »
NePaSmoKer, Have you tried your guru/raptor yet???  If not you might want to hold on to your PID for a while to see if your happy!   I actually went the opposite of you.  I had terrible luck with the Guru/Raptor so I sent it back and built a PID.

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2007, 01:16:30 pm »
nepa...

if its easy to use i might get it for truth detector...

he is technically challenged you know...

i was thinking about making a love ts for him cause its easy...

let me know...

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2007, 01:23:34 pm »
What made yoy change from the pid to the Guru, If the pid works so well?

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2007, 02:13:39 pm »
What made yoy change from the pid to the Guru, If the pid works so well?

What he said? ???

I plan on doing the PID myself eventually but not ready to get one yet.  I am also technically challenged and will probably need one of you guys to help me out when I do get ready.
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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2007, 02:55:57 pm »
Don't let the PID scare you, they're is great help here and diagrams.  I was freaked out at wiring it to.  Can wire houses but that thing looked confusing until the help and diagrams here and my numerous question.  Great diagram on olds site also.  Also less than half the price.  I could never get my guru/raptor as tight parimeter as my PID +-3 compared to 15 at times with guru.

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2007, 03:20:49 pm »
ot scared of the pid, just been wanting a guru for awhile and finally broke down to it. The pid i built does work real good, slight learning curve with it but no biggie. Guru should be at my home thiss week sometime so i will compare it to the pid and see. If the pid is not as good as the bbqguru then i will sell it. I have 4 bbq's i can use the guru on when not smokin. (yeah i know, cant use the raptor on the grills)

Its cold here in the pocono mountains, going to rig up an insulated metal smoking cabinet for the BS with a flue and keep it on the back deck so i dont have to walk all the way to the garage at nite.

nepas

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007, 03:53:10 am »
NEPAS;

I'm sure you will be pleased with the Raptor/Guru. It now comes with good instructions, so it is easy to hook up, and use. I've never had a problem with mine, except when I broke my thermocouple; clearly my fault.


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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2007, 08:28:12 am »
pocono mountains...

stroudsburg to wilkes barre to tamaqua to jim thorp... some of the usas finest country...

that deleware water gap is awesome...

better bear proof it too...

even bears goyts to eat...

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2007, 01:53:36 pm »
pocono mountains...

stroudsburg to wilkes barre to tamaqua to jim thorp... some of the usas finest country...

that deleware water gap is awesome...

better bear proof it too...

even bears goyts to eat...

owrstrich


Yup

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Mahoning Valley west of Lehighton

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2007, 06:14:26 am »
I have used the Raptor set-up from BBQ now since the beginning (Raptor was my idea, and talked Fred at BBQ Guru into producing it).  I use the Raptor with the Procom4 controller, and recently, my controller took a dump.  Since I had the pre-release prototype of it, I just contacted BBQGuru, and they replaced it with a new model. I swear by it! Had to do about 22 lbs of pork butt last month while it was in for repairs, and what a pain in the derriere!  I am really spoiled by the Raptor controller combination.  A PID is great for keeping the cabinet temp consistent, and it programs by learning the capability of your unit and cycles on and off to maintain the temp within 2 degrees.  I think it is the best alternative for the Raptor controller, and about 1000% better than stock Bradley spin-the-dial control while you are constantly at the smoker, beer in hand, making adjustments while looking at an aftermarket Maverick, etc temp monitor.  I just wanted more.

I bought a PID to put into my espresso machine to maintain boiler temp.  If control is what you want without all the bells and whistles, it works great, and it is pretty economical.

With smoking, the GURU/Raptor combo does so much more.  It does a ramp mode scenerio that allows me to essentially walk away from the smoker, and only have to return every 4 hours to change the water and rotate the meat. You set the cabinet temp, then the meat temp.  It runs itself and as the meat temp approaches the set temp it is constantly monitoring and reduces the cabinet temp to slowly keep the smoke going low and slow. The controller on the Procom4 allows me to monitor it from 200 yards away, so I can watch the temp from the pool area or garage or bedroom, and tweak it as I chose.  If I am going to go somewhere, it will even turn off the smoker when the meat is done.  If I am using both of my my Bradley smokers at the same time, the Procom will control both of them if I load them equally, and watch the temps on both of them at once.  Am I a fan...you bet.  I love the Procom4/Guru combo, and it controls within 1°+-/.

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2007, 03:33:59 pm »
I grew up there and now I live in amish country. Not far from that school shooting last year.

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2007, 12:11:53 pm »
Good to hear from you Bill. Glad things are OK. :)

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2007, 05:23:20 pm »
I grew up there and now I live in amish country. Not far from that school shooting last year.

Hey PigOut

I still own a house in Lancaster county, Ephrata area. Live in Mahoning valley now west of Lehighton

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Re: PID/Replacing With A Bbq Guru/Power Raptor
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2007, 04:14:50 pm »
Hey Nepa ,

  I live in oxford , right on the Md. border. When you get settled with the guru I might be interested in the PID. Let me know.

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