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  • ken g
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 91
    • Spring Hill, TN
    • Rec Tec Stampede
      Weber Performer Premium 22.5
      Adrenaline Slow n Sear & Drip & Griddle Pan

    Party Q *****Don't WASTE your $$

    Mine is better at being a paper weight than the vaunted controller as advertised. Consequently, I will be donating the specimen back to BBQ Guru in hopes they perform an autopsy to determine cause of numerous ills.
    Multiple probes have been replaced by myself and BBQ Guru.
    The entire unit was replaced once by BBQ Guru.
    Forgets its calibration settings in mid cook every time.
    The display goes ape when the grill is rolled across the concrete patio.
    The battery indicator always shows low battery icon, even with new batteries.

    Cooking with manual vent control is easier.



  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 9130
    • East Texas
    • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
      Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
      Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
      Weber Smokey Joe Gold
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      Vortex
      Maverick ET-732 White
      Maverick ET-732 Copper
      2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
      Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
      Thermoworks Timestick
      Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
      B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
      B & B Pellets

    #2
    Bummer. First bad report I've heard on this unit.

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    • Woodson
      Woodson commented
      Editing a comment
      Same here.
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1530
    • Charlotte, NC

    #3
    Love my Auber!

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    • Razor
      Razor commented
      Editing a comment
      Ditto. I have the “base” model.
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4525
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    #4
    I think you have a lemon. Mine is a 1st edition and has worked fine.

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    • Polarbear777
      Club Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 1357

      #5
      My partyQ always had minor 20 F cal issues but they were constant so if off set where I set it. it worked like a champ for well over a year before I gave it away.

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      • au4stree
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 409
        • Birmingham, AL
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

        #6
        Bummer to hear that, I’ve always heard good things about those devices. Hopefully they can make it right for you some way.

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        • JimLinebarger
          Club Member
          • Jun 2017
          • 659
          • Spokane Valley, Wa.
          • Grills/Smokers
            Blaze 32" 4-Burner Gas Grill w/infrared rear rotisserie burner
            Weber Jumbo Joe
            Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
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            Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
            Traeger Timberline 850

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            BBQ Guru DigiQ (for PBC and 22" Weber Kettle)
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            Grill Grates for Jumbo Joe and Blaze grill
            Hovergrill

            About me
            Name: Jim
            Nick name: Bear
            Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
            Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

            USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
            Former Computer Tech/Admin
            Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
            Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

          #7
          I have been thinking of upgrading mine to the DigiQ mostly because I sometimes need more volume of air.

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          • mountainsmoker
            Club Member
            • Jun 2019
            • 1465
            • Bryson City, NC

            #8
            Sorry to hear of your woes. Getting ready to pull the trigger on a Digi-Q

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            • grantgallagher
              Club Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 750
              • NJ

              #9
              I have a DigiQ i picked up here courtesy of Spinaker and its been a great little workhorse

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              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Glad to hear it is working out for you!
            • ken g
              Club Member
              • Mar 2017
              • 91
              • Spring Hill, TN
              • Rec Tec Stampede
                Weber Performer Premium 22.5
                Adrenaline Slow n Sear & Drip & Griddle Pan

              #10
              I guess we all can expect a lemon occasionally. This one certainly is.

              Comment


              • JimLinebarger
                JimLinebarger commented
                Editing a comment
                You said you had it replaced and it still wasn't operating correctly. Wonder if they changed something in manufacturing since I bought mine. I now need to check the calibration of mine after reading some of the comments. I did it in the past but have had to change probes once or twice. Might need to do it again. But would rather just upgrade to the DigiQ. What's MCS anyway and why do I have it? Bad.
            • HouseHomey
              Club Member
              • May 2016
              • 4310
              • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
              • Equipment
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                22" Weber Kettle
                26" Weber Kettle one touch
                Blackstone 36” Pro Series
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                Kitchen Aid
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                KBB
                A 7 year old princess foster child
                Patience and patio furniture
                Lots of ice cubes
                "Baby Girl" The cat

                Erik S.

              #11
              I stick with the two vents my kettle came with.

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              • Steve R.
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 1903
                • Elizabethtown, KY
                • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

                #12
                My PartyQ is my friend for long overnight cooks. The temp reading seems to be off a few degrees from what my Maverick XR-50 says, but it has worked dependably for me for a few years now. I'm pretty good at setting the vents to hold temperature, but I would never be able to sleep at night without the PartyQ there for insurance. Plus, there is no tapering off of the temperature as the charcoal gets lower.

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                • jfmorris
                  Club Member
                  • Nov 2017
                  • 2156
                  • Huntsville, Alabama
                  • Jim Morris

                    Cookers
                    • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                    • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
                    • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
                    • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                    • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                    • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                    • Anova
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                    • Thermoworks Dot
                    • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                    • Thermoworks RT600C
                    Beverages
                    • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                  #13
                  I got a PartyQ for myself on Cyber Monday this past November, unwrapped it on Christmas, and used it for a New Year's brisket cook. I've used it for all of my butt and brisket cooks since - maybe 12 to 15 cooks since January 1st. No issues other than the AA batteries last MAYBE 2 cooks.

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                  • Steve R.
                    Steve R. commented
                    Editing a comment
                    You're right about the battery life. But instead of following the instructions to close the bottom vents, I set up the kettle pretty much the way I would without the PartyQ, then it barely has to run after getting up to temp, until the charcoal starts getting low. I still change the batteries proactively about every other cook.

                  • jfmorris
                    jfmorris commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Steve R. I've been doing that too - let the temp get up to 225 or so, before I install the PartyQ and turn it on. That certainly helps.

                  • LA Pork Butt
                    LA Pork Butt commented
                    Editing a comment
                    I found battery life short on my PartyQ, but I don’t have an o potion of leaving vents open on my BGE. The only vent is the one you plug the PartyQ into. I have found a way to convert it to electric, but haven’t done it yet.
                • JimLinebarger
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2017
                  • 659
                  • Spokane Valley, Wa.
                  • Grills/Smokers
                    Blaze 32" 4-Burner Gas Grill w/infrared rear rotisserie burner
                    Weber Jumbo Joe
                    Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
                    Pit Barrel Cooker
                    Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
                    Traeger Timberline 850

                    Thermometers
                    Thermoworks Smoke
                    Maverick ET-733
                    Thermapen Mk4, Red

                    Sous Vide
                    Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, Bluetooth, 800W
                    Anova Precision Cooker Insulated Container
                    Lipavi C15 container and lid
                    Lipavi L15 Rack

                    Accessories
                    SNS
                    BBQ Guru DigiQ (for PBC and 22" Weber Kettle)
                    BBQ Dragon
                    BBQ Dragon Grill Table for 22" Weber Kettle
                    Fire Butler (for Weber 22")
                    Grill Grates for Jumbo Joe and Blaze grill
                    Hovergrill

                    About me
                    Name: Jim
                    Nick name: Bear
                    Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
                    Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

                    USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
                    Former Computer Tech/Admin
                    Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
                    Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

                  #14
                  PartyQ (probe attached to the Smoke probe) showing 158-160. Smoke probe showing 448 and 3 secs later 500. Is that close enough? Wonder if these probes have a 20 or so cook life expectancy. However, I now do have the go ahead for the DigiQ.

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                  • fzxdoc
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 4301
                    • My toys:
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                      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 with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
                      2 Grill Grate Griddles
                      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

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                      Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
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                      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
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                      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
                      Grill Pinz
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                      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

                    #15
                    Sometimes when two probes are too close together you can get interference and weird readings, JimLinebarger . I'm not saying that's what happened in your situation, especially since you get to purchase the DigiQ.

                    Kathryn

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                    • JimLinebarger
                      JimLinebarger commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Will most likely cook again before the purchase so I will do what you suggested. AND I will NOT let my wife read this post! lol

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