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NUFins2theLeft



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 5:02 am    Post subject: Need advice on Wireless Thermometers Reply with quote

Hey All,

I've been smoking pork butts for my tailgates in Chicago this fall. They've been a huge hit, but it's been a drain on my energy to wake up every 90 minutes all night long. Thankfully we've been having night games, so the tailgate never started until 9:45.

The rest of the season will be in colder weather and most likely 11 AM kickoffs. This means I need to be at the stadium by 7:00 in order to throw a solid tailgate. I'd like to get as much rest as possible while the pork smokes, so I'm looking into one of the wireless thermometers.

The Maverick Wireless BBQ Thermometer looks like the ideal product...one probe to monitor BBQ temp and another to watch the temp of the meat (at least one piece of it). It's got 4 stars on amazon, but also a lot of complaints about shoddy probes.

http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Wireless-BBQ-Thermometer-Set/dp/B004IMA718/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

There are some cheaper and more popular themometers out there, all getting middle-of-the-road reviews. Do you guys have any recommendations?

Thanks and Go 'Cats!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoy mine. Has good range through walls ect...

I'm sure others will happy to tell about theirs. Oh, welcome to The Smoke Ring. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NUFins2theleft, I have the Maverick and have no complaints so far. It is nice to see what's going on without taking a walk. I've only used it about a dozen times so I can't say anything about how long it will last.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had mine for 4 years, range sucks but I would buy it again
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love mine too. Had probe go bad but got it replaced easy enough. Would buy it again in a second.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sign up for the Amazon Prime credit card and get $30.00 off your first purchase. Nobody says you have to use the credit card. I just bought the Maverick ET-7 for a total of 4.00 and change. I have 3 of these and they work great. Have had them for 3 years now.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like my 732. I bought it on a pre-sell deal so it's about 6 months old.
I have an ET-7 with 2 bad probes. It lasted maybe a year.
My other is a dual probe Polder and it has lasted longer than the ET-7. Cheaper too.
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NUFins2theLeft



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 11:29 pm    Post subject: Weak Probes Reply with quote

Seems to be a trend. Should I just buy in and anticipate that the probes are going to bust eventually and will need to be replaced? If there's a better product out there, I'd rather just spend a little more and not worry about it breaking.

Animal, you said the range sucks? My smoker's in the backyard and I sleep on the third floor in the middle of the apartment. 30 feet up and maybe 75 feet in from the smoker. The label says that the range is 300 feet.

I love my bed and I'm all for smoking from my pillow.

Thanks guys!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28 11 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

animal wrote:
I have had mine for 4 years, range sucks but I would buy it again


How is that possible? The 732 just came out last year. Do you mean the 73? That's the one I have and I must admit the range does suck. The 732 is supposed to have a better range.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28 11 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the ET-73 and ET-732

The 73 went a little flaky just after I got the 732 (maybe acting up because it got jealous?)

The range on the 732 is MUCH better, but he BEST improvement is that the on/off switch is accessible! on the 73, you have to remove the battery cover in order to access the switch!

I love the 732 for the price. The alarm is loud enough that it wakes me at 2 am when there is a temp related emergency! For the price, I think it's a great unit to own!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28 11 3:55 am    Post subject: Thanks! Reply with quote

Went ahead and ordered the 732 on amazon. Thanks for all your help! I'll definitely report back in a few months after I've broken it in.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29 11 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mav has been doing the trick for a couple of years now.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29 11 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a quick plug for CDN. Bought and used their single probe for meat and chamber temps. Used it once (worked slick) and it was showing 120-130 in 42 degree weather when I went to use it the 2nd time. I assumed the wire was NG so I called their customer service and Ms. Rickie said she would send a new hook up asap.

Don't know much else about the therms or the company but, I like that kind of service any time.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31 11 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have that one and the range does suck but it worked for me. My food probe failed and have not replaced it yet because I got a stoker which I love.
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