There is only one connection on the PartyQ, that being the plug where the temperature probe plugs in. The plug for the temperature probe is in the side of the blower case at the rear, near where the gooseneck connects to it. You can see it in the following photo of the blower case 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 the barometric pressure in Raleigh was 30.17in. Our boiling point calculator said the boiling point of water was 211.7°F. Our Thermapen varied between 211.5° and 211.7°. Sure enough the PartyQ showed 211°. So, well done, PartyQ!
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 parameter 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. The blower is in a second case at the other end of the gooseneck. This case is also not waterproof. The dimensions of the blower case are about 2¾" x 4⅝" x 1⅜". Here are photos of the blower and the adapter:
The PartyQ blower is rated at 6.5 CFM which is definitely adequate for most home-sized cookers.
The nozzle has a silicone ring that fits 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 ring into the tube until everything is snug.
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 three 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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