TipTopTemp® Device Instructions



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Thank you for purchasing a TipTopTemp® barbecue controller. Sometimes shortened to TTT or T3.

 To accommodate some grill styles and options, the T3 now comes in two easy to assemble parts. Place the smaller section on top of the larger base and push down, pushing the tabs through the cutouts. You may hear a 'click' as the parts engage. Firmly grip the base while turning the smaller section clockwise to secure. Be sure the damper moves freely. Always use a digital temperature meter and probe to continuously check your grill. The T3 controls the temperature by limiting airflow.

Mounting the T3 will vary to the model of grill, but the general rule is to slide the red band slightly off the housing enough to make contact with the grill vent to create an air seal.

To begin:

1. Load grill and light a small amount of charcoal. A large lit coal bed is hard to control.

2. Mount T3 over the upper (lid) vent and close lid. Use the knob to open the damper, do not force or overturn the knob. Open the damper as temperature increases.

T3 damper will need to be opened several times during warm up.

3. Approximately 50 degrees below desired temperature- close damper to about

1/4 opening. T3 will start controlling the temperature by limiting airflow.

Now let the T3 do the rest while the temperature settles.

4. Fine tune the desired temperature by adjusting the damper as needed.

Temperature changes take time, make small adjustments and allow several minutes between each adjustment.

5. Slight bottom venting may be needed depending on temperature and grill style. Do a test cook to establish how much bottom venting is right for your grill.

For Kettle style grills:

If using Retaining clips, slide long end of clip under OEM daisy wheel vent. Place 3 or 4 clips spaced around vent. Adjust clips so T3 sidewall will mount between short ends of clip. Push down silicone gasket over clips ends to create seal on lid. Retaining clips are not required but they help hold the T3 when lifting the lid.

Performer and large handle grills: 

Mount the T3 with the handle outside. The clips can still be used if desired. 

5” ceramic style grills with fixed vents: 

Place T3 over OEM vent, push band down to create seal to vent. Use curved ends of wire hanger to hook edge on both sides of vent, pull hanger over T3 with a spring on either side.

4” ceramic style grills with fixed vents: 

Loosen set screw in plastic handle, remove handle, leaving metal handle tab. Wrap square gasket inside T3, align gasket seam to metal handle tab and push T3 into place, covering the vent cap. 

5” ceramic style grills with removable vents: 

Remove the OEM vent cap, install the 2 inch wide band on grill opening and push T3 into band.

Keg, barrel style grills and offsets: 

Place the T3 on top of the OEM, remove T3 when opening the lid to prevent it falling. Offset smokers may be able to use only the small T3 section and a tin can adapter, video is at https://youtu.be/vBl1MjfJrfg?t=25

6” ceramic style grills with removable vents:

Remove the OEM air vent.Wrap the gasket around the vent hole. Insert the T3.

Clean your TipTopTemp® barbecue controller with warm soapy water and brush. If using the dishwasher remove before the dry cycle.

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.