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Unread 01-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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I have been looking at thermometers for a UDS smoker im going to build soon and im having a tough time knowing which is good and which is junk. I need one for the side of the uds and I wanted one for checking the meat itself, any suggestions? thanks, Anthony
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I buy the ones from walmart seem to last pretty good
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I go through the walmart ones like toilet tissue, don't know If i do something wrong or what, the probes just seem to burn out on me.

Bought the Maverick ET-73 I burned out one of the probes, called maverick and they sent me a new one, no questions asked ($10 part).

Loyal to Maverick ever since.
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If you want one for the outside of the smoker you can pick up a Tel-Tru thermometer. They are solid thermometers that hold calibration really well.

For checking temperatures for meats inside the smoker you can get something like a Thermapen, or a Maverick PT100 instant reads. There are some others that take temperatures slower also but those 2 are the bee's knees.

If you are looking for a single solution for keeping temps of the smoker as well as large cuts of meat. The Maverick ET-732 is a great option. It has the grate probe for smoker temps and a meat probe for meats internal temperatures. It also has a wireless receiver so you do not have to constantly walk outside to check temperatures. It also has hi/lo bbq alarm warning as well as food temp warnings so that it will beep at you should it cross the thresholds. I love this feature for overnight cookers. I can set the hi/low threshold, and food target temperature and when it warns me, I wake up and tend to the smoker.
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I go through the walmart ones like toilet tissue, don't know If i do something wrong or what, the probes just seem to burn out on me.

Bought the Maverick ET-73 I burned out one of the probes, called maverick and they sent me a new one, no questions asked ($10 part).

Loyal to Maverick ever since.
That just happened to me yesterday. I burned out my food probe a few weeks ago mid cook and called Maverick yesterday to find out about the warranty and to order a new part. Despite the fact that it was beyond the 90-day warranty, they said they were sending me a new probe free of charge, no questions asked, without me even asking for them to do it. You better bet I am going to be loyal to Maverick after that.
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I do not use analog thermometers. Digital only. One in the product, and one at grate level.
Good company good products:
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/...emp_timer.html
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I put a couple of cheap, Chinese made thermometers on my WSMs. They have been working well so far.
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http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...07#post2299407

For meat, I use a Taylor analog meat thermometer, cheap and works well.
I do have my eye on a Thermapen, they are nice!

I have a Maverick ET-732, which works well. The pit probe did go bad after about 10 cooks though, I had to buy a replacement.

Good luck!
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I use one I got about Bass Pro Shops that is made by Horizon Smoke Company and I love it. I think I paid $49 or so for it. I am not sure how to post a link to it but I have a picture of it in my smoker build along.
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I figured it out. Here is the link:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...=152554&page=2
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I got one of the Thermoworks TW8060 and two K-type probes from Auber here is the meat probe. I have had the thermometer and k-type probes for over 2 years and they still work great. I use them ever cook. I just ordered a new K type high temperature just cause I wanted a new toy Sometimes you pay for what you get.
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As per your OP and if you want to know only the internal meat temp, it would be a Thermapen. Approx. $79 - $99.

As others have said, Thermoworks products are about as good as it gets for Q ing.
I do temps for a living and as AustinKnight said, the K's are hands down better than the resistor type T'stats. I can't speak to the drum Bi-Metal stats as I have yet to find an accurate one.

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Finally ordered a Black Maverick ET-732 to replace my Taylor Weekend Warrior. The probe wire finally shed it's skin. I would buy a new probe if they were not as much as I paid for the whole unit.
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