You may remember that the original BBQ Guru Competitor had a "Good Neighbor Feature" which allowed you to disable the alarm so as not to disturb your neighbors. This feature is implemented on the iQue 110 by virtue of the fact that there is no alarm.
There is no visible indication of when the blower is actually on or off.
The iQue 110 will remember your target cooker temperature when power is lost because the knob is presumably still going to be set to the same temperature. However, the unit learns how your cooker reacts to blower changes and uses this information to refine its control algorithm. This information is lost when the unit loses power, so the unit will have to re-learn your cooker when the power is restored.
What is Ramp Mode? It doesn't really matter since the iQue 110 controller doesn't have it. However, more advanced models have a clever mode in which the controller will lower the cooker temperature once the meat gets close to being done. As the meat temperature rises closer and closer to the target temperature, the controller continues to lower the cooker temperature. Ultimately, when the meat temperature reaches the target temperature, the cooker will also be at the meat target temperature. As a result, you can hold your meat at your target temperature as long as the cooker has fuel left to burn.
But like we said, this controller doesn't have it. To implement Ramp Mode, you need to monitor both the food temperature and the cooker temperature and of course, the iQue 110 controller only has one probe which monitors the cooker temperature.
The iQue 110 can control your cooker down to 175° which really isn't cold smoking, so cold smoking isn't really possible with this unit.
As we stated earlier, the iQue 110 will learn the characteristics of your cooker and adjust its control algorithm accordingly. We don't know the details of this process, but we'll quote from the iQue 110 website:
"Don’t try to understand the iQue’s blowing pattern. It is complicated and it will drive you nuts. Drink a beer instead."Probably good advice. Another bit of advice is that you should avoid turning the unit on and off during a cook since every time you turn it off, the unit will have to re-learn your cooker.
The iQue 110 has a method of detecting when the lid is open. There are no details about this, but we presume that like other controllers, it senses large temperature swings and avoids using the blower during these times.