Electric meat thermometer question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jeff1234, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Has anyone ever seen an electric meat thermometer that will disconnect power from your smoker when you reach your desired internal meat temp? I'm using a MES 30". Thank you
  2. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never have and in my opinion I don't need one. I'm the type of guy who only uses my smoker when I'm both at home and awake. I prefer to shut the smoker off myself when I've determined that the meat is done. This is accomplished my using the Maverick ET-733 to monitor both the inside temp of the smoker and the I/T of the meat.

    Also, a timer is already built into the MES 30 controller so if you set it at the beginning of the smoke you already know when the smoker will shut itself off.
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Now that would be an accident waiting to happen. You really wouldn't want your beautifully smoked meat to sit in a warm moist box for hours after it was cooked to perfection now would you? Asking for bad bugs if you ask me.
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yep, and it would be prone to operator error. I have a crock pot that shuts itself down after a certain time and the wife always seems to set it wrong. I set my MES timer for way longer than I need then just manually shut it off when I am done.
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Murphy from murphy's law would love this invention.
  6. While I am not aware of an "electric thermometer" that will cut power to the smoker there are PID controllers with dual probes that will do pretty much what you want but they are pricey. Auber Instruments makes a couple of models that will drop the smoker temp to keep the food "warm" when the IT reaches the desired level. Since you didn't mention which MES model you are using I will assume it is a digital version which would require you to either always set it to the max temp so the PID will control temp or you would bypass the built in controller totally. If you have the MES 30 analog version as I do than a PID controller is an awesome upgrade IMHO.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually there is a device that can be programmed to do just that and is used quite often in builds on this site. PID. Which if programmed right could be set to keep the meat above the 140 after the cook was done. There's even commercial smokers that can me with this feature if you have the big bucks.

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