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  • Pequod
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 480
    • Crozet, VA
    • Gear
      • Komodo Kamado 23" Ultimate
      • Komodo Kamado 32" Big Bad
      • Medium Konro

    Which Circulator?

    My ol' ANOVA Bluetooth Circulator is dying. No longer hits higher temps and the temperature reading itself is failing (measured 5 degrees low this AM). Looking to replace. What's the consensus on Joule vs. the fancy new ANOVA Precision® Cooker? Joule appears to be slightly more powerful (1100 vs. 1000W), but controllable only via app?
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2999
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      Thermometers
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      Beverages
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    #2
    Hmmm. I have never thought to check the water bath temp with my Thermapen or my Smoke probes, and have been trusting the Anova readout until now. I have the Wifi model of Anova, so cannot comment on the other circulators, but I will be double checking the Anova temps with a Thermapen next time I use it.

    That said... I cannot recall the last time I actually used my Anova! Probably 18 months or more...

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    • rodkeary
      Club Member
      • Jan 2017
      • 198
      • Pacific Northwest
      • Weber Genesis
        Bradley Smoker

      #3
      I use the Joule myself and I'm very happy with it. I also purchased a circulator made by Instant Pot which performed admirably albeit without the bells & whistles. I passed if off to my son who uses it on a regular basis and loves it.

      I don't have any experience with the Anova so I can't compare.

      Good luck!

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      • BruceB
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 199
        • Des Moines WA
        • Grilla Silverbac Original -2020
          aobosi Sous Vide device - 2019
          Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" Copper - 2015
          Pit Barrel Cooker - 2014
          Brinkmann 4 burner gas grille (very old, stout, and still working well!)
          Slow 'n' Sear
          Grill Grates for the gasser
          CDN DSP-1 dual sensor probe therm
          Maverick ET-732 therm
          Thermapop digital therm (x2 red and white)
          Thermapen - orange
          Little Chief electric cold smoker (lots of salmon thru this!)

        #4
        I bought an aobosi brand circulator from Amazon a few years ago. No fancy phone and app needed to control, just good old operator panel. Has worked fine, and at a quarter of the price. Water temp seems to be within one degree when checked with the Thermapen.

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        • mgaretz
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 829
          • San Ramon, CA
          • Mark Garetz
            Rec Tec pellet grill
            Weber Genesis Gasser
            Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

          #5
          Love my Joule. Yes it's only app controlled, but if you have an Echo you can also control it with Alexa. The app is great though, and has a new Turbo mode for steaks. It also alerts me on my Apple Watch.

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          • theroc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 709
            • Altadena, CA
              • Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault
              • Buckaroo Chunk Wood Grill
              • Weber Summit Gold D Gas Grill
              • Fireboard
              • Thermapen MkIV

            #6
            I'm very happy with the Joule. Frequent testing with my Thermapen shows the two usually agree to within 1 degree F. I've had no issue with bringing up to temp fairly large baths (~20 lt), and holding them.

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            • Old Glory
              Club Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 886
              • Northshore MA
              • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                XL BGE
                DCS Gasser
                Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
                Weber Performer

                Slow & Sear
                Vortex
                Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
                Woo Rig;
                Adjustable Rig
                BGE Pizza Stone
                FireBoard
                Pit Bull Fan
                Griddle Store Griddle

              #7
              Love my Joule! Love the app makes it super simple to use.

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              • surfdog
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 1085
                • Sunny SoCal
                • Cooking gadgets
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                  Weber Summit Platinum D6
                  Blue Rhino Razor
                  Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                  Anova WiFi

                  Thermometers
                  Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                  Other useful bits...
                  KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                  A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                  A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                  Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                  All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
                  Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
                  Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                #8
                I have, and like, the Anova. I got it specifically because it could be controlled without an app.
                I’m probably one of the most connected people ever...but I also think that “everything” doesn’t need to be...and since I need to fill the container with water, attach the unit, add the food, etc...I figure that’s it’s easy enough to spin a dial while I’m standing there.

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              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 5070
                • My toys:
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                  Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                  Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                  Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                  Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                  Grill Grate for SnS
                  Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                  Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                  2 Grill Grate Griddles
                  Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                  Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                  Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                  Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                  2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                  Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                  Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                  Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                  Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                  Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                  Maverick ET 733
                  Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                  Grill Pinz
                  Vortex (two of them)

                  Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                  VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                  Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                  A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                  BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                  Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                  Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                #9
                Joule--best sous vide app ever. I never have to search the internet for the best temp for almost anything I sous vide. I just go to the app, click the temp, and see a mini-video of what the end result will look like. Select temp. Select recommended time. Boom. Done. It's almost too easy.

                Kathryn

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              • jgreen
                Charter Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 2721
                • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                • Cookers:
                  Broil King XL
                  Broil King Smoke
                  Weber Kettle 26
                  Grilla Pellet smoker
                  Capital 40 natural gas
                  Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                  Thermometer:
                  Maverick 733
                  Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                  Thermo works DOT (or two)
                  Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                  Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                  Accessories:
                  SnS (original, plus and XL)
                  DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                  Vortex
                  Grillgrates
                  and, maybe some other toys as well

                #10
                Joule and the related app work really well for me. Either my phone or iPad can be used to control it.

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