Yea, after a month and a half of cooking on my chubby I'm saving money to get a FatBoy or Gator. I think I would go for the Gator unless there is a big difference in price between the Gator and the FatBoy. The Gator has just a little more room in it and is the same width as the FatBoyBraddog wrote:I used the same logic to buy a FatBoy over the Party. But as Dave said, money became an issue and I had to stop at a FatBoy.
I pick up my new cooker this week. Good luck with your decision.
I have noticed that sometimes after adding fuel that I will get a temp spike, I think it happens because as the fire starts to catch it can draw more air in through the Guru fan and takeoff on it's own. I have taken to running the Guru damper about half way closed, it seems to have limited the overshoots after new fuel is introduced to about 5-8 degrees over the pit set temp.DntBrnDPig wrote:Thanks I ended up getting the competitor. Doing my first cook as I type. So far so good.. I just had a major temp spike when I added more lump.
I unplugged the guru fan and pushed the damper in it to fully closed until the temps settled back down to 235 or so.. then i pluggeg it back in and pulled the damper out again.
Hopefully this will take care of it.
But I am loving the guru and competitor combo. Got about 6 hours out of 5 lbs of RO Lump
Yes, I have shut down the exhaust damper if I have let the fire get away and spike to high. I will shut it down until I have the fire back down to the temp that I want and then I open it all the way back up and let the Guru take over. I did that the other day when I had some wood chunks that were flaming up and driving the temp over the limit I wanted.DntBrnDPig wrote:Do you mess with the exhaust damper at all? I didnt even think about doing that last night.
Overall though the cook went very good. I cooked 2 Boston Butts at 225 and they took almost 12 hours to get to 200. I also had some ribs on that I did.. they werent the best but I know what i did different than normal so.. chalk that up to learning the smoker. The Competitor and Guru combination is like a dream though. 225 every time i looked out until i had to add more fuel (which i was using lump).
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