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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 12:13 pm    Post subject: Digital Smoker Thermometer Reply with quote

Good evening fellow pitmasters,
My name is Mack and i'm up here is the beautiful Northwest just outside of Seattle. Ive been bbqing all my life with my dad and about a year ago got into smoking. I have a little Brinkmann Smoke n grill currently, and am just a bit away from buying a WSM. Man i cant wait! Ive been poking around the site for a few weeks and love it! Im doing a couple final pit mods to the Smoke n Grill this weekend (will post pics).

But back to the threads topic. Im looking for a digital thermometer that i can put one end into the pit, and have the reading set outside the smoker. Ive put a thermometer in place of the lackluster stock thermometer, but want something that i can put right next to the meat to get a very accurate reading. Depending on price id be interested in maybe an alarm on it if temperature drops or rises above certain temperature. I look forward to reading all your posts and am going to be posting some bbq sessions of my own in the future!

Thanks all
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Mack.
I've been using a Maverick 732 and love it.
Some have had problems with the probes, I have not had any problems though.

Looking forward to seeing some cook pics. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard Mack.
I gotta agree with George. The Maverick ET-732 is the way to go.
I've got an ET-73 around here somewhere, I think. I got tired of replacing cables on it. Stay away from that version.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring NobodysBusinessBBQ, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Smile
We use an ET-73 and have only changed probes twice in about 5yrs. I like the new 732 as it offers a bit more range than its earlier version.
On my Hybrid comp cooker I use Tel-Tru door therms along with digital therms, the digital therms give me real time grate temps at the grate as well as a high heat alarm in case the temp starts to spike. I just use oven meat thermometers, they are about 7.00 at most stores.
I hope this helps. Smile


Notice the bottom alarm temp is set to 260°

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10 12 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been very happy with my Thermoworks digital therms. I have 4 that I use for monitoring cook chamber temps and meat temps. Only has high temp alarm. Probes are very robust. Love the price, too.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/alarm/oven_temp_timer.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Maverick ET732 and it works really well - see http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Wireless-BBQ-Thermometer-Set/dp/B004IMA718/ref=sr_1_9?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1338241712&sr=1-9 for the Amazon reviews.

I did a temp test using boiling water and it seems pretty accurate. It definitely works better than my temp gauge in my smoker, and for an overnight smoke it is invaluable. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KAKid wrote:
I've been very happy with my Thermoworks digital therms. I have 4 that I use for monitoring cook chamber temps and meat temps. Only has high temp alarm. Probes are very robust. Love the price, too.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/alarm/oven_temp_timer.html



That is a nice price.
How are the cables on it?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oregon smoker wrote:
KAKid wrote:
I've been very happy with my Thermoworks digital therms. I have 4 that I use for monitoring cook chamber temps and meat temps. Only has high temp alarm. Probes are very robust. Love the price, too.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/alarm/oven_temp_timer.html



That is a nice price.
How are the cables on it?


I think they reworked them up a couple years ago. I run the cable between the lid and drum on the UDS and they've held up just fine. I keep two spares on hand, just in case, but they've been sitting on the shelf gathering dust for over a year. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the same one as K.A.M. I got mine at Wally world where they sell the cooking gadgets.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the responses. Ive been on fishing forums for a few years now, and to get a straight forward response without having to weed through lies and crap talking is NICE!

Sounds Like I will check out the Maverick ET732.

Cold Smoking a pork belly tomorrow tomorrow for bacon, Pics and report will follow sometime in the next couple days. Makin some kabobs for snacks while Im hangin by the pit.

Pendleton and kabobs in the sun, smokin some bacon. Great way to spend a saturday...believe it or not, we do get SOME nice weather up here in the NW Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11 12 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NobodysBusinessBBQ wrote:
Thank you all for the responses. Ive been on fishing forums for a few years now, and to get a straight forward response without having to weed through lies and crap talking is NICE!

Sounds Like I will check out the Maverick ET732.

Cold Smoking a pork belly tomorrow tomorrow for bacon, Pics and report will follow sometime in the next couple days. Makin some kabobs for snacks while Im hangin by the pit.

Pendleton and kabobs in the sun, smokin some bacon. Great way to spend a saturday...believe it or not, we do get SOME nice weather up here in the NW Wink


I think you will be fine as long as you always use it on a smoker. Don't use it on any type of grill. A grill operates at a much higher temperature than a smoker and it will ruin the probes if you use it on a grill. The Maverick is basically made to use on a smoker. If you need a thermometer to use on a grill, get an instant read thermometer like a Thermapen.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up an iGrill remote thermometer. I haven't had a chance to cook with it yet though. It has dual probes and operates via bluetooth to an Apple device.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the 732 allow for monitoring the meat AND smoker temps?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NAVET wrote:
Does the 732 allow for monitoring the meat AND smoker temps?

NAVET, yes it is a dual probe remote thermometer.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
NAVET wrote:
Does the 732 allow for monitoring the meat AND smoker temps?

NAVET, yes it is a dual probe remote thermometer.


Kevin - havent you put your "to tell the truth" thermo's into production yet???!!! Laughing I recall their being a electronic version on the drawing board a while back!
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k.a.m. wrote:
NAVET wrote:
Does the 732 allow for monitoring the meat AND smoker temps?

NAVET, yes it is a dual probe remote thermometer.


Kevin - havent you put your "to tell the truth" thermo's into production yet???!!! Laughing I recall their being a electronic version on the drawing board a while back!

Tony, I have been pretty busy putting the closet picklers club together but the therms are on the drawing board still. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it this one, cause I refuse to use a remote until this one comes out !!!



Nice design !!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14 12 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post above is darned 'dead on.' Been using 'how hots' for years in Weber's, Gas/Nat-Gas, and Smoker (not all that long) and the only one I've found to be 'dead on' is the "Redi-Check."

Readings (many tests) are 'dead on,' just a question of where you put the internal prob. Inside the meat/Fowl, above, below, etc. This also impacts (if you have a choice) where you put your racks. Lower, mid, high. Those choices will impact the cooking temp in a upright smoker. Probably with any other config., but never had the chance to test that one out.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16 12 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1buckie wrote:
Is it this one, cause I refuse to use a remote until this one comes out !!!



Nice design !!!


Don't hold 'yer breath1buckie...I have the only known prototype Kevin created exclusively for Beta/Test in my 'Fridge
cooker. Jus' so happens that I am still Beta/Testing it as of this reply. Shocked Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thank You, Kam! As I promised (A few years past. Shocked )

I'll get right back to Ya'll with the results! Laughing Laughing Laughing

Best Regards,

Tony Wink Laughing Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16 12 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Et-732 myself, and like it. I did notice this on Chargriller's site the other day when looking for Akorn accessories. http://www.chargriller.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=118&category_id=7&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

it looks just like my ET-732, and cheaper. Not sure if it's the same, but it sure looks it..
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