While generally good there are limits. Breakfast get together in Amish country, hotcakes, eggs, meat, meat, meat was remarkably well controlled. A stop for banana splits was well within the systems range of capability as well. An afternoon barbecue was well controlled also, probably because of the higher ratio of carbon intense foods, i.e well done ribs. The late evening cheese fries, all that beer, and the soft pretzels with hot mustard seemed out of synchronicity with the system however. Keeping the tip well covered overnight and pointed away from ANY source of food restored it's efficacy. Worth getting now even if an improved model comes out next year.
Additional note. My Calory Vac came in the black finish. It would heat up substantially on occasion. Wearing the elk roper gloves was sufficient to control the heat may not always be appropriate. Something to consider. (Posted on 9/24/07)