There is only one connection on the PartyQ, that being the plug where the temperature probe plugs in. You can see it above the blower in the following photo of the back of the PartyQ:
The PartyQ comes with a temperature probe for monitoring the cooker temperature:
The probe itself is made from stainless steel and contains a high accuracy thermocouple.
The wire has an armor braid and can withstand temperatures up to 500°. Be careful not to kink the wire. The junction where the wire enters the probe appears not to be sealed, and the manufacturer recommends that you avoid getting this junction wet.
The probe and the wire should be shielded from direct radiation from a hot fire. Do not let it come into direct contact with flames. If you need to shield the wire, you can place a layer of aluminum foil beneath it. Also, having the pit probe itself exposed to direct radiant heat can cause it to register a temperature which is higher than the air temperature in the cooker, and thus fool the controller into cutting back on the fire. (If a probe does fail, you will be able to tell because when plugged into the controller with no heat applied to the probe, the controller display will show three dashes instead of a numeric value.)
An alligator clip is provided which you can use to clip the probe to your dome thermometer or the food grid, as you see fit.
How accurate is the probe? We measured the temperature of boiling water using the PartyQ while tropical depression Beryl was strolling past our house. Our boiling point calculator said the boiling point of water was 211.1. Sure enough the PartyQ showed 211 and every once and while briefly showed 210 before returning to 211.
The PartyQ comes with a user's guide which include calibration instructions. Basically, you measure the temperature of boiling water and then use the ADJ menu paramter to adjust the display value to agree with the actual boiling point of water at your location at that time. Again, you may wish to use our boiling point calculator to determine the boiling point of water.
Now let's take a look at the blower which feeds air to the fire in the cooker. First off we have photos of the blower and the adapter:
As you can see, the blower is mounted on the back of the metal plate which we have been calling the backbone of the unit. The blower shown in the photo is a 5 CFM blower which should be adequate for most home-sized cookers. However, the PartyQ now comes with a 6.5 CFM blower which is definitely adequate for most home-sized cookers.
The nozzle has two silicone rings that fit snugly over the nozzle. You can purchase an adapter separately for many different brands of cookers. Shown is the stainless steel adapter that fits onto large and medium Big Green Egg cookers. You simply insert the nozzle into the adapter's inducer tube and press the silicone rings into the tube until everything is snug.
Note that the PartyQ no longer comes with the screw-on plate that is shown in the photos. If you have one, you can simply discard it.
The big story with the PartyQ, of course, is that it is battery powered! No more worrying about extension cords or car batteries and adapters. Pop in 4 AA batteries and you are good to go. Of course, there are two concerns one might have when it comes to batteries:
Here is a view of the open battery compartment on the PartyQ:
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