Congratulations on your purchase of the model # TTT-01 TipTopTemp. It is the next step in charcoal and solid fuel grill temperature control. Your TipTopTemp works by controlling the airflow.  When you need temperature controlled over long periods, use the TipTopTemp. Ideal for “low and slow” BBQ cooking, such as ribs, brisket, soups and baked goods. Use it to help control smokers too. 


Your TipTopTemp works by controlling the air flow to the fuel.

Turn the knob to the desired temperature setting (refer to the chart below), matching the left hand side lip (see arrow below) to the setting you want.

Light 4-6 charcoal briquettes completely and place them in the center of the charcoal grate. Pile 15-20 charcoal briquettes or equivalent lump charcoal around and on top of the 4-6 lit briquettes.

Put the cooking rack in place and food on the cooking rack. Put the kettle lid on. 


Remember: The TipTopTemp must be able to control all of the air flow. 

Stretch the rubber band gasket around the base. Two thirds of the band should be on the base, leaving one third below the rim of the TipTopTemp

Place the TipTopTemp over the top vent, pressing down slightly to seat the gasket to the lid's arc. The damper will begin to close and open as it adjusts to the heat rising through the TipTopTemp

Each TipTopTemp is custom made and each kettle will seal differently, your temperatures may vary slightly from device to device, always use a reliable thermometer to verify your settings.

 Each setting on the dial will provide an increase of 31 - 35°C (84 - 94°F) above the ambient temperature when you set the TipTopTemp

Set the dial numbers for this approximate temperature range: 

(1-2) LOW 31-62°C (84 - 112°F) above ambient

(3-4)MEDIUM 93-104 °C (167 - 187F) above ambient

(5-6)HIGH 155-186°C (280 - 335°F) above ambient 

Do not overload the grill with charcoal. Only a few pieces of fuel should be lit, a fully lit fuel load will take longer to control.

Do not open the lid unnecessarily.

Never leave any grill unattended.

The TipTopTemp WILL get HOT.

Each BBQ grill has slightly different air leakage. The bottom vent may need adjusting.

Not intended for use by persons ages 12 and under. 

TipTopTemp’s temperature control is best explained as Control of Temperature Increase.

The TipTopTemp damper coil has a Deflection rate : 38°C – 300°C (100°F — 600°F) or about 0.346 angular degrees per degree °C. Once in operation, the damper will move independent of the knob’s position to provide the desired temperature range +/- 15 ° F.

This means that if the damper is set 100° DA (Degree Angular) from closed, it will raise the grill temp 34.6° C (94.2° F) from the surrounding temperature. If you start on a nice 80°F day, the grill will be about 175°F, if you start on a cool 30°F the grill will be about 124°F at the 100°DA point. For a higher Temperature Increase, open the damper a little as it starts to close until your desired temp is in the range of the dampers movement.