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Old 06-22-2007, 10:40 PM   #16
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I've had the Maverick ET-73 for about six months and it works great for me. My smoker is about 25-feet from where I monitor it remotely. There is also a large window between the smoker and the indoor receiver.

Some people report problems with the Maverick ET-73 transmitting through solid walls and that it dos not transmit the distance they need.

Some report sensor failures, either due to getting too hot, or mechanical failures where the braided cable goes into the solid metal part of the probe. Some also report that you should keep water away from the same area of the probe.

Another thing that bothers some people is, you have to remove the battery door on the sender unit to access the on/off switch.

Like I said, I'm happy with mine, but I've only had it six months.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:44 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by nmayeux View Post
The best thermometer is the ORANGE Thermapen.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:12 PM   #18
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Is the Thermapen instant-read?
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:06 PM   #19
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Yep... if you consider 4 seconds to be instant. An orange one is in my future, but ask the Kapn... yellow is easy to find in the trash!!!
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:54 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Smokin Gator View Post
Yep... if you consider 4 seconds to be instant. An orange one is in my future, but ask the Kapn... yellow is easy to find in the trash!!!

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Old 09-10-2007, 02:42 PM   #21
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:25 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by YankeeBBQ View Post
I thought the blue Themapen was the best ?
Greys the best. You want people to look at the Q not the flashy thermometer.
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:19 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by YankeeBBQ View Post
I thought the blue Themapen was the best ?
Not if you live in a red state
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:33 PM   #24
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I have 2 Oregon Sci mod. AW-131. They read a range from about 32*-599*. I've paced off 100yds with the remote and still got full signal strength. I also have a Taylor. Don't know the mod# but it ws my fave til I found the O.S.

I had a Mav. ET-73 and it just seemed pretty cheaply made and not designed very user friendly.( Tiny little switches that sit inside the battery compartment). The transmission range was about 30', and when you went out of range it didn't bother telling you. I sent it back to them, and they sent me someone else's defective unit. I sent it back and got my money back. At first, they said it was within specs and wouldn't refund my bucks. I had to threaten to throw it into contest on my credit card before they'd stand up and do the right thing. There's quite a monster thread on TVWBB on the Mavs, I guess the good ones are OK, I just couldn't seem to get a good one. I would suggest that you study the TVWBB thread before buying one though.

My money's on the AW-131- Lowe's for about $40USD.


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Old 09-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #25
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I have Charm Glow remote's that have held up well for a couple of years. No issues with probes whatsoever and they broadcast through walls and around corners etc real well. Cost about $30 at Home Depot. They have a range that allows you to monitor pit temp with them. (500* if I remember right)

I also have some Taylor weekend warriors that cost about $20 at Lowes. They have a much lighter wire to the probe and they are not remote's. They also have a 212* upper limit that makes them pretty much a meat probe only. My money is on the Charm Glow's.

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