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Enjoy.  If you tear into your smoker, rubber gloves because of the fiberglass insulation. Use the search feature, if you have not done so already, and see how others have wired in the Auber. Lots of photos.

Model 2 & 2D - The Middle Kid / Re: #2 with Auber-1211
« on: June 01, 2021, 08:41:54 PM »
Is the temperature you are referencing from the Auber or from a secondary temp probe?  Also, you check you PID settings with the info found here:

Tom - Welcome to the forum. As to your question, you are bound to get mixed replies.  The analog is as simple as it gets. Adding the Auber will give you PID accuracy and depending upon which model you buy, you have a choice of wifi or no wifi.  The smokers are robust and can withstand the weather.  Having the Auber allows you to take the controller in the house, away from extremes if you have no shelter for the unit. SI sells covers that can and do protect the digital controller from the elements.  The controller and the stand alone Auber have only a 1 year warranty.  Should the controller die a few ears down the road, you will need to buy another to use the smoker. With the Auber, it dies, you still have the analog.

There are temperature swings with the analog and some folks cannot handle that. Others just roll with the punches and enjoy the results. A 5 hour smoke is 5 hours, whether the controller is analog or digital.

Go with your gut!

Pork / Re: Pork Rib Chops
« on: May 30, 2021, 11:59:32 AM »
I like that plate of chow!

Model 2 & 2D - The Middle Kid / Re: Memorial Day Sales?
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:24:21 PM »
And the same to you and yours.

Model 2 & 2D - The Middle Kid / Re: Memorial Day Sales?
« on: May 26, 2021, 08:58:06 PM »
I am not aware of any upcoming sales. Check the SI Store on facebook.  Even at full price, you are getting the best bang for the buck with a SI smoker.

Beef / Re: My 6 hour brisket - a tale of worry and redemption
« on: May 23, 2021, 02:01:05 PM »
Looks good to me!

Show Us Your Setup! / Re: My new setup.
« on: May 22, 2021, 02:37:54 PM »
I like it.  Some rentals won't let you do such.

Pork / Re: Best practice for freezing Pork butt suggeations
« on: May 20, 2021, 08:54:59 PM »
Although I do not do sous vide, I have frozen butts both shredded as well as in a solid piece.  Solid retains more moisture.  But if you are going to sous vide, shredded should be fine with no loss of moisture and it might just get heated through faster.

Anything Goes!! / Re: Logging In
« on: May 17, 2021, 09:41:38 PM »
Mine is apparently intermittant.  Ben suggested a different browser so I tried firefox.  Perfect! 

Sous Vide! / Re: Sous vide kabobs
« on: May 16, 2021, 04:25:49 PM »
They sound great!

Anything Goes!! / Re: Logging In
« on: May 16, 2021, 12:46:32 PM »
I hope so Steve.  SI is the only site I have a problem with.  Just a tad frustrating.  I get access but it takes a few attempts.  Then a few more to post a reply. Dave

Model 2 & 2D - The Middle Kid / Re: Burned ribs
« on: May 16, 2021, 12:04:54 PM »
Just a guess but the the ribs on the lower rack were absorbing the bulk of the heat and the probe was therefore not able to regulate.  Another possibility was fire in the woodbox causing the char on the lower rack. Your 2D have the probe at the top?  Next time stagger the ribs and allow the heated air to freely circulate.  Or try using rib racks and stand the ribs up. Lastly, ensure your box probe is clean and free of stuff.  When you have time, run your smoker with a brick of something similar to simulate a load and watch the light to see if your unit is cycling on and off. 

Anything Goes!! / Re: Logging In
« on: May 16, 2021, 11:01:40 AM »
I am still having the problem. Was unable to connect initially this morning.  Did you have any problems earlier in the week?

Anything Goes!! / Re: Logging In
« on: May 15, 2021, 10:49:57 PM »
That is what I have been experiencing. I have sent Steve and Ben email with screen shots.  Ben (IT) is out of town but will look into it when he returns tomorrow. Are you using a PC or Mac? I use a Mac.

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