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SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 07:40 PM

Dual Remote Thermometer - Some questions ...
 
I've been looking for a while to find a dual thermometer that can read the temperature of the meat and the temperature of the chamber, and I haven't been able to find much. I've found ones that are rated for meat, and ones that are rated for the chamber, but just this one that is rated for both.

I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with this device. The reviews on Amazon seem to be mostly 4 and 5 star.

I'm looking to use this with the Kamado I recently picked up. You can read about that here.

Your thoughts?

http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Industries-RediChek-Wireless-Thermometer/dp/B0000DIU49/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

toadhunter911 09-10-2010 08:07 PM

That's the unit I use. User friendly, seems pretty accurate. Worth the money.

Gore 09-10-2010 08:17 PM

I should note that some people have had trouble with their dual-probe Mavericks. One of the problems is they can have very short range (on the order of 10 feet) unless you perform an antenna mod. Others have had problems with the probe wires going bad and having to be replaced at significant cost. This is not universal, of course.

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Gore (Post 1398023)
I should note that some people have had trouble with their dual-probe Mavericks. One of the problems is they can have very short range (on the order of 10 feet) unless you perform an antenna mod. Others have had problems with the probe wires going bad and having to be replaced at significant cost. This is not universal, of course.

I'm not too concerned about the range, though I am concerned about the wires/probes. It doesn't seem as if too many folks have that issue.

Thanks for the comment.

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by toadhunter911 (Post 1398014)
That's the unit I use. User friendly, seems pretty accurate. Worth the money.

Any issues with the probes/wires?

Will work for bbq 09-10-2010 09:08 PM

I've never had an issue with mine and range was good for me w/o antenna mod

gtsum 09-10-2010 09:14 PM

How do West Coast Husker from a Right Coast Husker!!!

Get the Maverick like mentioned, but if you have any issues with range, which everyone I have had is the case, do a simple 10 minute mod to greatly extend the range. Basically, you take the back case off and attach a wire to the board with solder - the antennae is part of the board - I did this and I can keep connected from the third floor of my house all the way in the front (smoker is in the back)...that is through a lot of walls, doors, etc. It is night and day difference how much better it works with this simple mod...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Incr...Q-Thermometer/

Tone 09-10-2010 09:35 PM

I used my ET-73 for about a year and have already replaced both probes. The wires on the ET-73 are very thin and got crimped with the lid of my offset. I think if I had drilled a hole to run the wires through they would have lasted longer.

I replaced the Maverick probes with Oregon Scientific probes which are much thicker and now I'm confident the unit will run fine for years to come.

pigdog 09-10-2010 09:53 PM

Don't know but must say GO BUFFS!:-P

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by gtsum (Post 1398083)
How do West Coast Husker from a Right Coast Husker!!!

Get the Maverick like mentioned, but if you have any issues with range, which everyone I have had is the case, do a simple 10 minute mod to greatly extend the range. Basically, you take the back case off and attach a wire to the board with solder - the antennae is part of the board - I did this and I can keep connected from the third floor of my house all the way in the front (smoker is in the back)...that is through a lot of walls, doors, etc. It is night and day difference how much better it works with this simple mod...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Incr...Q-Thermometer/

I've seen that mod - I think I'll be doing it if I can't things to work right.

GBR!

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pigdog (Post 1398107)
Don't know but must say GO BUFFS!:-P

They are going! Straight to the PAC-12!

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tone (Post 1398096)
I used my ET-73 for about a year and have already replaced both probes. The wires on the ET-73 are very thin and got crimped with the lid of my offset. I think if I had drilled a hole to run the wires through they would have lasted longer.

I replaced the Maverick probes with Oregon Scientific probes which are much thicker and now I'm confident the unit will run fine for years to come.

I'm concerned about this with the Kamado. I'm putting in the felt gaskets, though, so I'm thinking about putting a small break in the felt for the wires to pass through.

BBQ Grail 09-10-2010 10:12 PM

Save your money! It's crap! Although for some it works fine, chances are you'll get 90 days worth of use and it'll die...

SacramentoHusker 09-10-2010 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by BBQ Grail (Post 1398125)
Save your money! It's crap! Although for some it works fine, chances are you'll get 90 days worth of use and it'll die...

Do you have an alternative that isn't like JEM and truly, truly, TRULY outrageous ... ly priced?

BBQ Grail 09-10-2010 10:24 PM

I've never really found the need for a remote thermometer. I use a couple of these...

http://thebbqgrail.com/2008/10/11/pr...a-thermometer/

Using the WSM or UDS (and as I understand it, ceramics) once you set the temp it's stable for hours. I just pop out once in awhile and check the temp.

I gave up on remote ones because, for the most part, they don't work long enough to justify the cost.


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