How accurate is the built in MES meat probe?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mikedom, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Just bought a new 40" MES and was wondering how accurate the meat probe is inside it?  I see every  using a seperate unit like the maverick or taylor units.  Just wondering if its worth using or not.  Maybe I'll find out when I get my Maverick unit.  Thanks!!
  2. txmike

    txmike Fire Starter

    I tested mine with a Taylor insta-read digital and the MES with a pot of hot water. It was with-in 1 degree. Later I tested the meatand the MES was about 8 degrees lower. However, I did do it real fast so I could close the door.

    I'm going to get the Maverick ET-7 because I want to be able track more than 1 meat at a time. I will test the MES probe while I'm at it.
  3. Thanks for the info Mike.  I will test mine also...
  4. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It depends how loaded I have the MES.  The amount of liquid in the water pan can also make a difference.  I use a Maverick ET-73 with the dual probe. 
  5. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    My MES30 (4yr old) did not even come with a meat probe -- only the temp guage for the inside of the box.  I use a meat probe such as has been pictured here and just set the read out box on top of the MES box, run the wire in through the door seal.
  6. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    My misunderstanding.  Sadly, mine is also an older model and does not have the "meat probe" I've seen on newer models.  I would still rely on my trusty Maverick ET-73.
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    My probe seems to vary up to 25 degrees at lower temps but at over 150 it's w/in a degree or two of both of my remote units.
  8. Thanks for the info.  I ordered the maverick ET-73.  This should solve any temp questions.
  9. txmike

    txmike Fire Starter

    I compared my ET-7 to the MES Temp probe; below 100°F it was within 4°F, 100°F to 130°F it was within 1°F and above 130° it ws dead on.

    To bad the remote quit registering after 4 hours of use. I hope I get my ET-7 fixed real quick.

  10. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Using mine for the first time along with my polder. The MES probe is 20 degrees higher than the polder. I've used the polder several times and trust it. I'll do the water test after all is said and done.
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just got the new MES 40, and I put my Maverick ET 73 meat probe about an inch away from the MES meat probe, when I seasoned it. They were neck & neck all the way up to over 300˚, and neck & neck all the way back down. I will still check them every now and then anyway.

    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010
  12. texacajun

    texacajun Meat Mopper

    I was trying to find out what model numbers came with the meat probe and which ones didn't.  So I can update the model number list to show this option.

    Dale I know you have model #20070106

    Mama's Smoke you said your MES dose not have the meat probe do you have you model number?

    By the way here is a picture of what the meat probe looks like stored in its holder on the left lower side of the MES 40''

  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    It's been so long since my probe has been in that little clip that i'd forgotten what it was for . LOL
  14. After posting this awhile back I also did the boiling water test.  the MES probe was within 1 degree of my ET-7 probes.  When there in the smoker they are within a couple degrees of one another.
  15. yrrndsmoker

    yrrndsmoker Smoke Blower

    I had 3 temp probes going yesterday in my MES 40" and they were all +-1 degree.  I'm happy!
  16. Just because the Maverick ET73 has a good reputation, doesnt mean they are all very accurate.  Mine is about 20 degrees off of accurate at 212 and doesnt hold a signal from about 25' away worth a squat.  Just be wary and be sure the check the accuracy. 
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How long do you have it?

    I would call them--Their Customer Service is Awesome!

    Did you try switching probes (R to L & L to R) to see if it is the probe/cable, or if it is the ET 73 itself?

    They would probably send you a new probe. 

    If that didn't work, maybe a new Maverick.

  18. Bear...doesnt matter which slot it is put into or which probe i am using...just havent had time to call them.  it is only about 2 months old.  the bad signal part has to be with the receiver or transmitter.
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So both sides (probes) are 20˚ off.

    OK, I'm betting they take good care of you when you call.

    That 25' shouldn't be either, unless there is a lot of steel or such between you & it.

    Three Great customer services:

    Todd --- A-MAZE-N-SMOKER

    Darryl --- Masterbuilt

    Maverick --- So far, I guess anybody that answers.


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