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chefdrew 05-22-2012 01:26 PM

Wireless thermometer
Hey all,

I am looking for a good wireless thermometer to give me a reading of the inside of my smoker. I already have one for the meat. Any suggestions for a good/cheap one that will not die on me after a few uses?

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MarleyMan 05-22-2012 02:05 PM

Maverick ET -73

Or the newer version (that has a better wireless range) ET-732

chefdrew 05-22-2012 02:09 PM

Thank you. I saw those on amazon but they both had so-so reviews. Have you tried either one of these? I know sometimes people can get faulty ones and give them bad reviews...

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MarleyMan 05-22-2012 02:12 PM

I have the ET-73 going on 2 years now, works fine. The only issue is that it will loose signal when I am in bed on overnight cooks due to too many walls and distance from my smoker.
(2 story duplex - smoker in back, bedroom in front of house upstairs)

If the distance is not an issue the cheaper ET-73 will work fine.

chefdrew 05-22-2012 02:15 PM

Is that the one where the on/off switch is behind the battery plate? Thanks for replying.

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Maggiesmaster 05-22-2012 02:16 PM

Will these transmit ok from the inside of an UDS??

MarleyMan 05-22-2012 02:24 PM

Chefdrew - yes the ET-73 has the switch behind the battery plate on the transmitter, the wireless readout unit switch is on the outside. It opens with a coin which is a PITA! I broke it the first use and now use a rubberband or piece of tape to hold on the battery cover (bad design flaw - but it still works!)

Maggiemaster - Yes they will work fine in any smoker, just the probe is inserted into the cooker while the unit resides outside of the cooker

chefdrew 05-22-2012 02:25 PM

Also, the cheaper one is also a dual thermometer, correct?

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MarleyMan 05-22-2012 02:28 PM

Yes...they both are dual probe thermometers. One readout for smoker temp and one for food. They also have temp alarms you can set & timers also.

chefdrew 05-22-2012 02:33 PM

Thanks a bunch.

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Warthog 05-22-2012 02:43 PM

My ET732 works great. Get everything going, go back in the house, place the receiver unit next to the bed and go back to sleep.

chefdrew 05-22-2012 05:14 PM

Where is the on/off switch on the ET732? Is the on/off switch on the older model behind the batteries on just behind the battery cover?

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tom72 05-22-2012 05:22 PM

I have an ET-73 that I've had for a couple of years, and I have had no issues with it at all...although I agree the on/off switch is a pain. It looks like the on/off switch is easy access on the outside of the transmitter on the 732 model. On the 73, it is behind the cover, above where the batteries go. Hmm...making me want to upgrade now!

chefdrew 05-22-2012 05:43 PM

Stop me if I am wrong but, when you turn the transmitter on, don't you want it to stay on the entire time? I just watched a video review of them both...I do not have a distance issue at my house and the older model is around $30 cheaper than the new one...hmmmm

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tom72 05-22-2012 05:46 PM

Yes, you want to keep it on the entire time. The drawback is that if you lose the signal you have to remove the clip, take off the cover, turn it off and then back on again. It doesn't happen often, but I roam around a lot and sometimes lose the signal. Generally it's just the first time to turn it on and leave it until the cook's done. It's not a big problem, I'm just getting more grumpy as I get older.

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