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  • HandsomeDave
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 43
    • Gig Harbor Washington

    DigiQ or CyberQ experience?

    Anyone have any experience with either of these pit controllers? Just spent another night with too little sleep smoking a brisket. The reviews on Amazon are mixed, especially for the CyberQ. Or, does anyone know of a good one? I am so done with this. It is either a pit controller, or I am going to drop 3k on a MAK 2. Any help would be appreciated.
  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 777
    • NJ

    #2
    I have a digiq that i picked up from Spinaker and its been great. Use it with pit viper and i have no complaints. If you have specific questions i can do my best to answer.

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    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      grantgallagher No I haven't looked at the fireboard. I will check that out, thanks.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Glad to hear that beast is getting some use!

    • grantgallagher
      grantgallagher commented
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      Spinaker almost constant use. i actually barely break out my smoke anymore since im usually only cooking one big piece of meat, lol.
  • jlazar
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 582
    • San Antonio
    • Backwoods Chubby G2
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    #3
    I used a digiq and fan on a WSM18 with no issues. Did overnight cooks.

    I now use a Fireboard and Viper on a Chubby G2. Bought the Fireboard for the additional probe capability. Recently did a smoke with all 6 probes:
    1 - a temp probe
    2 - brisket point
    3 - brisket flat
    4 - another brisket flat
    5 - pork butt
    6 - pork butt
    Last edited by jlazar; July 27th, 2019, 05:21 PM.

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    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      jlazar when you say Viper, are you talking about the Pit Viper fan?

    • jlazar
      jlazar commented
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      Yes. Bought it with the Digiq X2 as a package.
  • jfarley
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 11
    • Valencia, California
    • Big Green Egg, Brinkman Bullet, Jenn Aire gasser, BBQ Guru, Maverick with remote module.

    #4
    I've had a DigiQ DX2 "BBQ Guru" that I've used on my Big Green Egg for years now. It is a must for overnight cooks. It will hold my cooker at 225 all night long. I pair it with a Maverick remote read so I can make sure all is ok with the cooker and the internal meat temp with a quick glance from bedside. At first I was reluctant about the $300+ price, but my wife, God Bless her, just said "if you want it get it." I've forgotten the price a long time ago, but never regret the sleep filled nights I am getting.

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    • jfarley
      jfarley commented
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      As far as reliability, I've had no problems at all. For years. That said, I am meticulous in the care and storage between uses, carefully coiling all the wiring and even keeping the unit in its cloth pouch it came with.

    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      jfarley Thanks that is good to know. Sleep would be good.
  • kranknhank
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 72
    • Queens new york city Lewes Delaware
    • Hi I'm Hank and new to smoking but making good food on my PBC. I just picked up a weber 22 kettle now waiting for a SnS to put in it 4 burner gas,Thermoworks chef alarm,Thermopop, Merick 732.this site educates!

    #5
    Now thermoworks has a fan to connect to the smoke temp controller . Under 300 for both and 4 probes. The fireboard brand wants 55 I think for the fan attachment wire plus the fan cost. Hope this helps.

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    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      kranknhank. I looked at the thermoworks unit, it is tempting since I have a smoke and have been using their products for years. However, you have to buy a signals controller to use their fan, it doesn't work with the smoke. Both are new products. I am always hesitant to jump on new products until they have been out for a while. Been burned too many times.
  • Smoking77
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 241
    • Los Angeles

    #6
    I've been using the CyberQ with the pit viper fan for a few years now. Zero problems. Only great results.

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 11163
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
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        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
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        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #7
      My CyberQ has served me well, but I did have one probe go bad by giving strange readings.

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      • Mosca
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 2810
        • PA
        • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

        #8
        DigiQ Dx2 On LBGE. Works as advertised. Haven’t had a problem, have had the unit 4-5 years, maybe more.

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        • TripleB
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 379
          • La Crescenta
          • Jambo Backyard Smoker
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          #9
          I own a couple of DigiQ Dx2’s for a few years now. My older one (going on over 5 years now) is still working great. Dropped it once and the glass plate came loose, but still works without a hitch. In fact used one today, but just to record the temp. The Fireboard looks interesting.

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          • gdsim1
            Club Member
            • Jan 2017
            • 168
            • KC MO
            • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

            #10
            Oh man, am I about to do you a SOLID my friend!!!

            Recently started my thermostatic controller journey, and tried the PitmasterIQ IQ110 model... here is how THAT disasterpiece turned out!

            https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-iq110-for-pbc

            After that debacle, I went with the FireBoard setup with the Pit Viper fan that so many others here have had success with, and here’s the results I’m getting with that setup (in darn near real time no less):


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            I’ll let you be the judge lol. The FireBoard / Pit Viper setup is pricey, but worth every penny for the product and performance in my experience. And it’s much cheaper than the $3K you’re considering for the MAK 2.

            Hey, everything is relative right? 😇

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            • HandsomeDave
              HandsomeDave commented
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              @jdsim1 Looks like you did the leg work for me! I didn't know you could use a Pit Viper on the fireboard. Do you need to buy the fan control cable from fireboard to make it work? And yes it would be a lot cheaper than the MAK 2

            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              You still need the fireboard fan cable (sold separately, and expensive), but it’s still worth it
          • SmokeyGator
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 778
            • Miami, FL
            • Primo XL
              Cyberq controller
              Sierra Nevada IPA

            #11
            I have the cybercue cloud. Works great. I have the older pit viper fan and the newer one. The newer design is an improvement.

            As a controller I don’t think either the bbq guru stuff or fireboard work any better or worse. The digi-q, cybercue, and fireboard will ALL work exactly as they say. Turn almost any grill into a mostly “set and forget” system. The convenience of a pellet cooker in your charcoal cooker.

            That said, there ARE a few things.
            1. I really don’t like BBQ guru interface. You MUST use their “share your cook” website for the cybercue cloud. You can use third party apps, but setup is complicated (you need to screw with port forwarding on your Wi-Fi router to fool the device into operating as an ac-hock device on your network), and in doing so you lose push alerts. So if you don’t check constantly a temperature crash or spike could go unnoticed. Apparently cybercue used to work with third party apps....but a firmware update “fixed” that. They want you using their website. And that means having to log back in if you aren’t connected all the time.
            2. BBQ guru lacks an internal battery. If the power quits, so does your controller. it is easy enough to rig a battery backup, just need a large 12v battery and an automatic charger. With utility power on the charger keeps the battery full, if power quits you are on a battery. But that’s something else to do.
            3. BBQ Guru only has 3 food probe inputs plus one pit input. Not really a big deal, but a fact.

            Given all that, I am going to trade my cybercue cloud to a friend and get the fireboard with the fan cable. Really just for the app interface, and battery backup. I already have a backup power supply for my modem and Wi-Fi, I have fiber to my house and the fiber to Ethernet box has a battery backup as well. So I shouldn’t lose internet, my fiber stayed lit for Irma (lost internet only because power quit and the modem/Wi-Fi quit with it). But during an overnight cook a power blip would go unnoticed on the fireboard. The internal battery would keep things going, and if the fan was off too long I would get a push alert (power backup will power my Wi-Fi for 4 hours at least).

            Its not that the guru doesn’t work. It does. It’s just that as a device of convenience, fireboard has advantages. Not having to constantly log in to a website (at 3 AM when my eyes aren’t working properly and I have to enter a password into a phone because the website doesn’t remember me), and having the internal battery AND the easier option to use a USB battery pack to really back it up.

            but that’s just me.

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            • HandsomeDave
              HandsomeDave commented
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              SmokeyGator Thanks for the info. That helps a lot. Seems like I am getting a number of people mentioning the fireboard and using it to run the pit viper. Not sure if it is because it is a better fan than the one fireboard sells, or they just already have one.

            • SmokeyGator
              SmokeyGator commented
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              HandsomeDave the pit viper is a good fan. And the adaptors bbq guru sells are also great. If you get their adaptor, their fans fit perfectly. I don’t like that fireboard requires a fan cable, and the cost is just silly. On the gurus the fan plugs in, no adaptor needed. And the output is variable from 1% to 100%, and if that isn’t enough the fan has a baffle built in. It’s just that the guru interface is lacking. Make an app! No reason not to at this point. That is the ONLY thing.

            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              You nailed it. The cyberQ works great but set up is a pain and their website sometimes wonky.

              I’ve used several controllers and the control logic is fine in all of them. It’s the Wi-Fi and remote control features that differ.

              The Wi-Fi connection may flake out a bit during a cook but if so the controller keeps doing whatever it was told to do.

              They pretty much all work. Having used several, I like the pit viper fan and the fireboard
          • NapMaster
            Club Member
            • Jan 2019
            • 575
            • Denham Springs, LA
            • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

              Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

            #12
            I have the CyberQ and it has worked fine for me. Zero problems. If I had to by again, I'd look at the fireboard rig and the new thermoworks fan rig. Not sure which I would go with.

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            • gdsim1
              Club Member
              • Jan 2017
              • 168
              • KC MO
              • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

              #13
              HandsomeDave - “Looks like you did the leg work for me! I didn't know you could use a Pit Viper on the fireboard. Do you need to buy the fan control cable from fireboard to make it work? And yes it would be a lot cheaper than the MAK 2”

              I did SOME of the leg work for you brother lol... let’s do the rest now so you can get to ordering! 😃

              Yes, you need the fan control cable from FireBoard to make it work. Pricey for a silly cable but no way around it, and again worth it.

              Here’s what you’ll need to order up (and from whom) if you decide to go this route:

              Fireboard Labs - The FireBoard thermometer itself, and the fan control cable. On the thermometer, they’ve got several different options (FireBoard unit by itself, FireBoard with a couple probes, FireBoard with ALL the probes, etc, etc). You may also want to consider the weatherproof case... not that much extra, especially compared to what a new FireBoard will cost you if it rains or you spill a beer on it. 😊

              BBQ Guru - a fan, and an adapter for your cooker. They’ve got a couple different fans, and the basic difference between them is size / air output. I do my smoking in a Pit Barrel Cooker, and the Pit Viper XL fan is more than big enough for what I need. As for the adapter, choose the one that matches your cooker. They’ve got a very easy to navigate drop-down menu, and they make adapters to fit just about any cooker or smoker on God’s green earth. 👍

              Let me know if you have any more questions or if you need any help.

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              • Polarbear777
                Polarbear777 commented
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                When ordering the fireboard, if you have or want to add the option of their “professional” meat probes, get those. They are much thinner and measure just as well.

              • gdsim1
                gdsim1 commented
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                Polarbear777 is correct; thank you for catching that sir. 👍
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              #14
              I love my DigiQ DX2.

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              • Attjack
                Attjack commented
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                I use it with a cheap wifi camera for remote monitoring.
            • HandsomeDave
              Club Member
              • May 2017
              • 43
              • Gig Harbor Washington

              #15
              Thanks everyone for all the input. I just pulled the trigger on the fireboard and the pit viper fan. My wallet is substantially lighter, but the first good night's sleep I get will make it well worth it. So glad to be part of this community, you guys rock!

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