I purchased a Tip Top Temp from Urban Griller (thanks for the fast postage Chris....2 days from Perth to Melbourne ) and was really keen to give it a try so today is as good as any.
I had some venison in the freezer so I thought I'd cook that at the same time and that meant a pit temp of about 150c. I can set the BGE at that and pretty much get it locked on but there's always the possibility that it will creep one way or the other and for the cost of the TTT, why not see if it works as well as they say.
Once it was lit and almost at 150c, I attached the TTT and watched as the lid started to close straight away. A bit of adjustment and soon it was holding steady and not moving much at all. I must say that closing the bottom vent completely doesn't seem right to me and like others who have reviewed this online, I cracked the bottom vent open by about 15mm. One reason I did this was becasue the fuel I'm using is just robot turds (formed compressed charcoal for those who don't know the term) and that stuff burns for ages but does take a bit to light and I didn't want it to die down too much in case it went out. That stuff needs air.
Anyway, it held temperature perfectly during the cook and as the following video shows, it compensates really well when you open the lid. That's something my previous fan forced controller struggled with. It used to start blasting air when the lid opened and that shot the pit temp way past the setting when it should have been waiting until the pit stabilised.
The quality of this isn't great and you'll need to go to full screen to see the lid operating.
The verdict ? I think it's brilliant and while temp control on a ceramic kamado isn't that difficult, I think the fact that the TTT is there gives me more confidence to leave it alone for hours if I need to go out. When you consider the cost of some fan controllers, this thing is a no-brainer.
Another hour has gone past after since I made that video and it's still there at 150c.