Tip Top Temp
The Ultimate Heat Control Gadget For Your BBQ
We've seen some gadgets in our time, but in terms of functionality for cost this beats them all.
We're pleased to announce we're the official European distributor of the famous Tip Top Temp!
This little gadget is a complete temperature and air controller for your BBQ or smoker, compatible with many different makes and models, including all Weber kettles and other kettles that have a top vent, plus all weber smokey mountains, ceramic grills, Pro Q's and Bullet Smokers.
It works by regulating the air getting to your coals all via the top vent, while your bottom vents are closed off.
You simply set the dial to what temperature you want your BBQ to cook at, based on the chart provided, this chart takes into account ambient temperature and the spring coiled on top contracts and expands depending on the hot air from the coals, this then open or closes the vent to regulate your temperature within 5-10 degrees, don't believe us, check out this video below:
Full Tip Top Temp Instructions:
Things we found during testing that might be useful:
- Our weber had a cool touch plastic handle on the vent, this pulled off so the TTT could fit
- Pull the rubber gasket away from the TTT by about a third to create a nice connection, it won't suck on, but will stay in contact quite well as it heats.
- Crack the bottom vents a touch, gets you nice clean air in and the TTT regulates the air out, use the sheet as a guide and allow 20 mins for vents adjustments to take effect.
- The fuel dome makes a great charcoal basket for indirect cooking, light the top coals and let it burn down through the cook (minion method)
- This will make your Weber flow slower, much like a kamado, so the same methods apply when it comes to wood chunks, keep them small! if anything layer chips through your coals, for a milder clean smoke.
- We have various retaining clips now listed for the TTT, pick the one best for your cooker, if you're unsure please message us.
Retainer Clips and Bands
We sell various, clips bands and retainers for the TTT, these are optional, the TTT will sit nicely on the BBQ vent, but a retaining band or clip will keep it in place when the lid is lifted.
- Kettle clips, these clips slide under the edges of the vent and have a 90 degree bend in them, the TTT will then sit on the clips, with them wedged between the band and the body of the TTT
- The Plate hanger style retainer is for kamados like the acorn / Costco ceramic, this vent style allows the TTT to sit on the vent and be retained by the plate hanger.
- The thick band for kamado joe classic and eggs fits right around the TTT and the top of the chimney on these cookers.
The unit has a diameter of 13cm, remove your vent fully if you run a ceramic cooker and measure the outside diameter of the hole.
- We have thick rubber gaskets for the biggest of kamado cookers where the TTT would just fall through the chimney, this would go round the TTT and extend its diameter to fit snug within the chimney (approx 17cm)
- The other thick rubber gasket will fit inside the TTT, reducing it hole size to around 9cm, this means it will fit the smallest of kamados, like the joe junior, aldi and lidl kamado
- The large thick band is for classic size kamados where the TTT fits flush with the diameter once the vent is removed, this will allow it to retain instead of you balancing it on top.
Other things that pair well with this are:
- BBQ Fuel Dome, this acts like a fire basket, you then use the minion method (lit coals on top) for slow cooks
- Fireblack gasket tape
- Smoking wood Chips or Chunks
- Cajun Bandit WSM upgrades
This item on it's own can ship via our Royal Mail small parcel rate.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Super fast delivery thanks guys. Gave it a try out today with some chicken legs on my weber master touch. The tip top temp kept the temps nice and stable and did exactly what it said on the box! I can see it will be very good for a real low and slow cook so am very happy with it.
So finally made the move back from the dark side of gas to charcoal and invested in a Weber kettle. I'm abit of a gasket freak and wanted to do some low and slow smoking so lots of YouTube watching and came across a review of this little marvel.
Now I've had some good results with maintaining a temperature but it's still always in the back of your head so purchase made (with a set of retaining clips)
Quick read of the instructions, take ambient temperature reading, look at setting chart and dial in (taking into account a 10°c differential between hood and grill temp.
End result, 6 hours of consistent 115°c with moving variance of 3°c +/- from the target temperature.
An amazingly simple piece of kit that does exactly what is says it does.
I would recommend the retaining clips just for those moments of basting and spritzing.
Main review below, but had more to add!
I haven't fully got my head round how the clips are supposed to work on the Webers, but i have found that the TTT works literally hanging off the vents, as mentioned by others. On the WSM using 1 clip does help to put under the vent due to the sloping curve of the lid. Mine doesn't 'seal' to the lid, but this doesn't seem to affect anything, and as you'll know a little bit of air leakage is normal on a Weber anyway!
Also worth noting that to set the dial its when the numbers line up with the flap. I spent a while looking for a mark to line the dial up with!
If you're willing to learn how to use it, its a great bit of kit.
If you want to see any of my cooks or ask any questions with it you can find me on Instagram as Chopperhontas
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I purchased my Tip Top Temp, following the original review on this page by a friend of mine, GeeBeeMTB, initially do to issues i'd had getting my WSM to hold a steady temp. I'd tried various things with the vents & water bowl, and was about to embark some hefty upgrades to try and get it more stable. My first 2 cooks with this on the WSM weren't great. In some part this was due to my incompetence, but also i didn't think the instructions on the box were particularly clear. Having said that, once i'd had a few goes, seeing it in action made the instructions make more sense!
I then tried it on my Mastertouch, where it all dropped into place. I'm not sure if it was the less sloping dome that made it easier to see and get my head around it. The kettle held temperature for a good 6 hours whilst i cooked ribs low and slow on it.
I decided to write this review after the last few cooks on the WSM, where the cooker had held a pretty consistent 120c for a long cook. Despite the temperature changes as you remove the lid (wrap and sauce) the TTT brings the temp back to what you've dialed in without any adjustments, and holds it there again.
As mentioned elsewhere, you need to get a feel for the vents. On the instructions it suggests you close the bottom ones. The MT it needed to be about 1/4 open, and on the WSM the back 2 were about 1/4 open and the front fully open (makes it easy to access to adjust if needs be).
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Am getting really good results with this and can see what all the fuss is about!
I am giving this 5* but there are some things to consider:
- it takes a little getting used to before you will use it properly (don't for example do what I did and convert the temperature of the day in C and the desired temp in F - ensure you are consistent)
- this works really well using the snake method as the fire needs to be pretty well controlled before the TTT will influence.
- I am running it on WSM and it sits against the upper vent rather than sealed to the lid. Doesn't seem to impact much.
I wouldn't say this is a beginner gadget, but if you are looking for consistency more than control, this is worth the money.