In case you would rather watch a instructional video- then here are some YOUTUBE videos created by TTT customers. This list can change and these videos were not produced by folks at TipTopTemp. They are for the most part accurate but always use common sense when using the TTT. The device is not complicated- do not overthink the tool.
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Congratulations on your purchase of the model # TTT-02 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.
DO NOT USE ON GAS GRILLS!
Your TipTopTemp works by controlling the air flow to the fuel.
METHOD #1 (customer recommended method)
Instructions: Start a grill with a few coals, do not overload the grill. For a target temperature of 212F (100C) for example. Use a external grill thermometer. When the grill approaches temperature, close the bottom vent, open the top vent, turn the TTT damper open 90' degree( do not force knob or damper past 90'), pull the gasket slightly off the edge of the TTT, place the TTT over the top vent and lightly push the TTT down to seat the gasket to the lid. Damper will start to close. When the TTT damper quits moving, turn the TTT damper knob to the almost closed position (Do not use the numbers).The grill will continue to heat slightly as the limited oxygen is used. Now the TTT is set for the target temperature of the grill.
Do not overshoot the target temperature. To adjust, open the TTT slightly and let it feed the grill some air. As the grill warms, the TTT damper will again move to the closed position but at the higher temperature. Wait 10-15 minutes between corrections for the temperature to stabilize. You will discover 212F(100C) is approximately 2.5 on the dial at 80F(27C) ambient air temperature. Dial setting will change with varying target temperature and ambient air temperature.
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.
CLOSE ALL THE VENTS AND OPEN THE TOP VENT FULLY.
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.