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Hello, all, and thank you for welcoming me to the table.

I have truly enjoyed the pellet smoker, 820 pro, for about 3 mos. Never cooked so much in my life. Truly I have produced some amazing meats!

BUT (and its a big butt), I have attempted my first packer brisket. I did all the prep, did a good burnoff at 350 after cleaning the unit well. Temp was 225 and I set the probe into position and went inside to some Netflix. Checked several times and temps were right on point (p5) and I went to sleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. When what to my wondrous . . . (sorry, got carried away). When I awoke, I went out to find the grill cooling at a temp of 130 and internal meat temp of 155. Sadly, not having a great deal of wherewithal, I put it on smoke to fire the igniter, and I think you know what happened next. . . boom! (better than BOOOOOMMMM). Then a good fire and temp spike (removed the brisket during the show).

So, I let it cool, cleaned out the ash, and got it back on (lost 5 degrees internal) and temps seemed great. I used PB hickory pellets. Anyhow, after a few hours, I started getting some serious temperature swings (went out to check on it and found it at 305). SO, i Cracked the lid for a good while to get temps down, but it was also temporary. Shut it down and cleaned again, some ash of course, but it didn't seem excessive. fired it up again, and went at it. Again, very good temps for a bit then bigger and bigger swings. UGH!

So in the end, I luckily was able to produce the brisket in good form, but what a major PITA and stressful smoke!

I am looking for input. Is there a problem with the unit? I have already been waiting on a customer service part (4-6 wk backorder) and I feel like I may be best served to return, and then re-buy. But on the other hand, after seeing some RecTec controller install, but I also have seen that zero smoke comes out of them. . . even if the awesome temp control is tempting.

Thoughts and input is very welcome, and again, Thank you!

Pic to keep the salivators going!

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It sounds like your RTD probe and controller are not functioning properly so hopefully the part you are needing is both of them.

For the Rec - Tec controller it is far better than Pit Boss controller as there is no comparison. I would put money on it that the Rec-Tec produces more smoke than this PB's controller and even the new Platinum grills with a PID controller.
 
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They do have a new controller on the way, but no probe. just not sure how the controller could see the temps being so far off and not manage it.. faulty perhaps.

Rec tec. . . seeming good, but I have to see more low temp evidence . . . I know how much smoke this one produces when low, the videos I watched of the rec tec, while amazingly awesome accuracy, I saw no smoke. Guess, I could always venture a query over there if I find myself with no grill, or if I have one of these and I want to upgrade to their pid controller.

atm just super bummed about this one.
 
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Guess I should ask if any rec tec owners are able to chime in regarding smoke production and flavor compared to non rec tec intermittent feed style smokers... Anybody have experience with both?
 

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Guess I should ask if any rec tec owners are able to chime in regarding smoke production and flavor compared to non rec tec intermittent feed style smokers... Anybody have experience with both?
My neighbor has one and his smoke production far more than a Pit Boss at low cooks. My Savannah stoker controller produces more smoke that the PB controller that was originally on my PB1100.

The controller that is on the PB1100 I found for $20 on a china electronic website. It is the exact same controller so you get what you pay for and PB are designed for affordability.
 
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OK. Thx for the helpful input. Guess I need to do some searching regarding my best option... Return pb for a rec tec or install better controller.
Your savanna controller pid also?
 

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OK. Thx for the helpful input. Guess I need to do some searching regarding my best option... Return pb for a rec tec or install better controller.
Your savanna controller pid also?

Yes the Savannah controller is a PID and it works great. I decided to purchase another Pellet grill and I will provide it later as I am waiting on confirmation on my order.
 

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