Looking for a thermometer

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by hannibal, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. hannibal

    hannibal Smoke Blower

    After smoking my first brisket the other day (see QView here), I could see why a remote thermometer could come in handy. When you open the door to check an IT, it sure drops the temp. and takes a little while to regulate again.

    After reading several posts here I see that many of you use a ET73 thermometer. I was just wondering what was special about that model that makes it so popular among you guys (and gals).

    I am open to suggestions as to what kind of thermometer to buy, but I'd like to keep it under $50 or so (if possible). And, if I can find one ad Target or Kohl's that would be even better since my wife and I have gift cards to each.

    Any help or suggestions you might have would be much appreciated.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The reason I think a lot of people have this model is they are cheap. You can spend over $100 for some of the wireless probes out there and this one was under $50 if I remember correctly. And it also is a dual probe meaning there is a probe for the meat and a probe to monitor the internal temp of your smoker. The only down fall to these units is the range kind of stinks. But there is a thread out there on how to mount a antenna into the circuit board to fix that issue. Most people have several thermometers (I have three wireless units) so some times it can get hard to justify spening a load of money on so many units and that is why I picked up this unit.
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have a Weber Wireless unit that works great, but I do plan on a Maverick when I can afford it for multiple butts and as a second unit. A good therm is a important tool for smoking. [​IMG]
  4. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    My favorite thing about my ET-73 is the alarms you can set up. I can actually get sleep during an overnight brisket cook! On the smoker temp probe it has both a high and a low temp alarm, so I'll set the low temp at 220, the high temp at 240, and it will beep if it hits either. wake up, adjust the vents a bit, go back to sleep. [​IMG] You can set the meat temp alarm too, so if I want to foil my brisket at 160 or whatever, set that alarm, and it lets you know. total EZmode.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I own several differant kinds of thermo meters from the maverick to the wally world special. The most important thing about your thermo meter is to TEST it often. I own maybe 5-6 units but I keep testing them pretty regular to make sure that they are correct.
  6. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

  7. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The advantage I like of the Maverick's are the wireless & temp set control. I can monitor either the temp or the product, or both. Very versatile. If you have gift cards, pick one up. I think they have Taylor's at Target. I don't know what Kohl's have. Good luck.
  8. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. [​IMG]

    The ET-73 is the only wireless thermo that I have seen that has both a high AND a low temp alarm. That is very handy for monitoring smoker temps.

  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    accu temp makes a unit w/ two probes ,remote and both high and low temp alarms . Got mine at acadamey sports for less than $35.
  10. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Will it do high and low temp alarms at the same time? I know some units have a high or a low temp alarm but you have to pick one.

    Do you have a model number?

  11. hannibal

    hannibal Smoke Blower

    Some great info, thanks. This will help me know what to look for.
  12. hannibal

    hannibal Smoke Blower

    This is the one I ordered. Should be here in a few days.

    Hopefully it will do the trick.
  13. dcw

    dcw Newbie SMF Premier Member

    I have been using a wireless remote thermometer for about 1 year on the grill, in the oven and now in the smoker. It works great, has a range of about 100 ft or so. Has a timer a and temp monitor. Beeps when it reaches temp. Receiver is about the size of a cell phone and includes a belt clip to attach to your belt and a led flashlight for those nighttime grills or smokes.

    My better half got it from QVC.....Maverick Remote Thermometer (K21047)..about $30 including shipping.

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