Just Ordered a New Thermometer - 6 channel

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by pops6927, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    $69.99 plus tax and shipping, also bought the 3 yr. warranty, too.  I'll let you know how it does!  Doing beef bacon in a few weeks.  I don't care about the cell phone app hookup, just the thermometer.
     
  2. jasonvr

    jasonvr Fire Starter

    Looks interesting, but boy do I worry about the plastic looking back end of each probe (not the cord wrap, but the connection point to the stainless cable).  I know it says the probes can withstand 482 degrees, but I feel like that is the metal part of the probe.  Be interested to hear how that plastic holds up to a 275 degree pit or a grill with the lid closed.  All the pictures show the probes out in the open 
     
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Been lookin into another therm, this one seems great... so very interested in your review Pops.
     
  4. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Reminds me of the micro chips that animal control agencies use to implant wild specimens and keep track of them by GPS.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2017
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow!  Just received the 6 channel Therm:


    That was fast!  4 days, standard shipping (but, probably helps that we have an Amazon Distribution Center here in Fort Worth/DFW).

    The instructions state:

    WARNING:

    The heat resistance varies in different components of the probe

    DO NOT put the probes directly in fire or flame

    DO NOT put the WRAP (wire holder) in the oven or it will melt

    And probes are NOT dishwasher safe.

    The probe tip is good to 300° C (572° F) for INSTANTANEOUS TEST

    The probe tip is good to 250° C (482° F) for long-time monitoring.

    The SILICONE PROBE HANDLE is good to 250° C (482° F) for long-time monitoring.

    TEFLON CABLE with stainless steel mesh is good to 250° C (482° F) for long-time monitoring

    The ABS WRAP (probe wire holder) is good to 80° C (176°) and do not use in more than warm temps.

    That should answer any concerns about the probes.  The unit itself is approx. 3" x 3", compact enough for it to sit on my little shelf on my smokehouse, and the 48" probe lengths would be more than enough to reach any meats I am smoking, and not be in the way of the door opening and closing.

    I did d/l the iGrillBBQ app to my iPhone and it paired easily via Bluetooth; I plugged in a probe and the temp appeared on the unit screen and on the app on my phone, so that all works just fine!  I will get to know the app better in future days, setting bells and whistles and things.  But, the main thing is knowing what and how to control the things I can control, using the therm mainly as one more of many indicators present when you are smoking!

    I will get to try it out on 09/18/17 when I smoke and cook the beef bacon I am presently curing!
     
  6. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Very cool! 😎
     
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Watching this.

    So far looks great.
     
  8. redoctobyr

    redoctobyr Smoke Blower

    Very nice! Thanks for the info about it, it will be interesting to hear more as you use it. The price seems appealing, especially given the number of channels.

    Looking on Amazon today, I wasn't able to find one by "Silipower", which I think is what your image shows. But, for the record, I did find something that looks awfully similar, by "Morpilot":

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B071VF6C66/ref=mp_s_a_1_11?ie=UTF8

    I know you said you aren't interested in the cell phone aspect. But apparently it can graph the data, as well as giving high & low temperature alerts.

    Personally, I find the idea of graphs to be quite interesting, it seems like they could help provide a better understanding of the process of cooking different items. How long does something stall, how stable is your smoker's temperature over time, etc.

    If you chose to try the phone features, and could share your feedback, that would be great.

    Thanks for what you've already posted!
     
  9. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, I will definitely try everything it has to offer and keep you posted as I do; if it can graph, then I'll test it out.  There was a write up on the latest version of the iGrillBBQ app

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/266453/weber-changed-the-igrill-app-and-it-sucks

    They are updating consistently, we will see how well it works.

    Actually, mine is a iEasyBBQ v. 1.75 6-channel app, not the iGrill.  Doesn't have a graphing feature that I know of.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2017
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SMOKING DAY!!!

    Got the beef out of the brine, I split the two halves into quarters and sacked them up in cotton ham bags and hung them in the smokehouse and got out my new thermometer, plugged a probe into each piece, then replaced my old thermometer in the door of the smokehouse with another probe while the wood chunks were going in the fry pan on the propane burner.  I had to retire my old cameras and now use my iPhone camera instead (my latest Windows 10 upgrade killed my old cameras programs; it was time).  Now I just send my photos from my iPhone to my email address on the computer and download into a specific folder on the computer (on this, my beef bacon folder).

    My thermometer:


    probe in each meat:


    Probe in the smokehouse door, replacing my old one:


    and the individual temps on my iPhone:



    Only have to get up and add wood chunks now!  I can monitor the temps of each probe from my chair, plus the smokehouse temp.  I've got an alarm set for 290° as maximum high; if the smokehouse gets that high then a chunk or something else is on fire and the alarm will beep, VERY loudly!!!  Probe 2 is in a smaller piece, so I will know when it's done, plus i've got an instant read digital thermometer to check the piece (and all other pieces) in various places, too!

    The probes are almost instantaneous readings, so I can just probe in different sections if I wish and see it on my iPhone, too.

    They are cooking right along, i don't anticipate any stall as I'm only going to 150° - 155° so the meat is firm and sliceable, not falling apart like at 180° or higher.

    I (ahem...) did slice off a couple 1/8th inch slices from one end of one piece and cooked them on the grill - OH!  WOW!!!  Had my wife try it, she said it was just right, not very salty at all, but enough!
     
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just checked out the range.

    Anywhere inside the house or in my fenced-in back yard, no problem, receiving consistently and accurately.

    Walked out front of the house, no problem.

    In the street, no problem.

    Across the street, no problem.

    At my mailbox, (one house down across the street), no problem!

    In my neighbor's yard, no problem!

    So I can be talking to my neighbor (I got him curing and smoking too... lol!) and can tell what's going on in my smokehouse.... I can bet once I show him this gadget, he will want one too!
     
  12. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Got 'er done!  Got all four pieces to hit temp of 150°, smokehouse running an average of 250°, 5 probes out of 6 utilized.  Went over and showed my neighbor, and he was flabbergasted!  He normally smokes 3-4 briskets at a time and is out there several times poking them with his digital therm.  When I told him I could just sit in my air conditioned livingroom and monitor each piece i'm smoking, plus the overall smokehouse temp without getting out of my chair, he got on Amazon and ordered the Morpilot unit right then and there!  Esp. when I went into his house and showed him my phone and could tell the temps of all of them individually in my smokehouse next door!

    Pulled the pieces, un-sacked them and put in two buckets to cool down and firm up for the next day for slicing on Wednesday!


    and


    I will separate the points to slice separately (and trim lots of the fat... well, some of the fat... lol!).  

    Next: BB meets the slicer!
     
  13. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Beef bacon looks great pops. I'm debating getting another thermometer. This one has me curious.
     
  14. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Pops, I am super intrigued by this thermometer.. I haven't seen that one before and it gets really good reviews as well. I will be ordering one also and trying it out.

    Here's the exact one that Pops ordered if anyone wants to see it.

    Looks like you're putting it to good use already! 
     
  15. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the link Jeff, will you be reviewing it in your newsletter?
     
  16. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    It is very likely =)
     
  17. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    It is on my X-Mas wish list

    Richie
     
  18. Just curious if you tested the probes in boiling water to see if the unit was reading correctly?
     
  19. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

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