Maverick ET-733 thread

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by damnthatsgood, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. saltasylum

    saltasylum Newbie

    I'm testing mine in a newly aquired used cook shack, one probe in the meat one in the chamber, the chamber one (2 deg low in boiling water) fluctuates between 208 deg and 250 deg, do any of you think this is a probe problem or just how the Cook Shack operates?
  2. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't picture how you've got your BBQ probe placed. What's chamber one and what do you mean "2 deg low in boiling water"? The way I tested mine was to place both probes in boiling water on a stovetop burner (careful to only insert them part way) and I also tested both probes in ice water. With the boiling water test I got a solid 212° (or it may have gone up to 213, but that was it, no temp swings either).

    I recommend you calibrate those probes first outside of a smoker. The owners manual tells you exactly how to do it and you can find it online on the Maverick website.
  3. saltasylum

    saltasylum Newbie

    I placed both probes in boiling water, one showed 212 one showed 210(2deg lower) even swapped probes in the transmitter and still the same 2deg off, probe 1 was in the meat probe 2 on its holder in the smoke chamber, probe 2 showed a temp swing from 208-250 thru out the cook, was just wandering if anyone thought this was the cooker or the Maverick.
  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Without More details about your smoker, where it was located and the weather at the time it would be difficult to make meaningful suggestions. Wind, rain and especially sun can have a significant influence on the internal temperatures over quite short periods of time if the smoker is in an exposed position. One easy way to find out whether the probe is the reason for the swings would be to use a second thermometer in addition. If both thermometers agree then it is almost certain to be the cooking chamber. If they don't then investigate the thermometer further. Make sure that you place both probes right next to each other though (without actually touching), as there are likely to be temperature gradients throughout the chamber in every smoker.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014
  5. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Just got one for Christmas and used on Thursday. Can say it worked awesome as the pork I pulled at 200 and let sit to pull. Fell right away from the bone. I'll be investing in another for my pops. My bro has a igrill coming as he's one with that apple product.
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you look again at the owners manual it says the probes temps can vary by a couple of degrees. I think it even says that for ThermoWorks therms. A couple of degrees variance is fine. It' possible if you complain about it to Maverick they might send you a replacement if they feel the probe is defective.
  7. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A swing between 208 to 250 would not be as a result of probe variations though. Test it against another thermometer. I suspect that you will find it was actually the smoking chamber that was varying.
  8. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Totally agree, Wade. I was just restricting my comment to the boiling water test. I agree there could be an issue with the smoking chamber. Saltasylum said it was a used Cookshack so who knows?  
  9. saltasylum

    saltasylum Newbie

    Thanks for the replies,Wade I think your right, after the cook was over I tested in boiling water again and it's is still just 2 deg diff from the 1st probe port, I switched probes during my first out of the box test when it showed a temp diff and it stayed with the port and not the probe, so port #2 is just 2deg low from #1, no problem as long as I know this! Thanks for the replies.
  10. nymickey

    nymickey Newbie

    Greetings and Salutations Everyone !!!

    Awesome site. 

    I just bought a Maverick ET-733 thermometer for my modified Master Forge Vertical Smoker.

    if I just close the lid on the wires, considering that I put some gasket rope around the lid ... will the lid "crimp" the wires? Wouldn't the wires get burned by being in the smoker ... OR ...should I just drill 2 small holes in the lid for the wires to go through?

    Also, does the shrink tubing end up melting?

    Sorry for so many questions, just anxious to get my first smoke in !!!
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You are fine gently closing the lid on the wires. Been doing it with my mavericks for many years with no problems. Just keep the wire up out of the fire and they are rated for pretty high heat. Just be careful not to let them hang right in the flame or something.
  12. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I have a gasket on my Kamado so no stress on the cable.  On my offset I go through the upper vent.  I did drill a hole and you can always put a piece of a magnetic business card over the hole when not in use.  Shrink tubing can melt or get sticky so I got the 700*F Permetex Ultra Copper RTV Silicone (at any auto parts store.) They have other temp ratings in different colors.    

  13. Just opened my 733 and have been playing with it for an hour now.  Settings dont seem to be too hard to remember how to change/set up, but we will see next time I try to do it if I have to dig out the instructions.

    wondering how yall store your units and probes?

    see where people say they store the probes hanging straight,  how do you do that? on a nail in the garage or something?

    I was thinking of rolling them up and putting it all in a gallon zip lock, but then I started thinking I dont like the idea of rolling a wire up over and over again.

    any tips?
  14. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    Hang from a hanger with binder clips by the plastic lug on the plug end. Or a hanger with spring clips for pants. Mine are hanging by the grate clips off of my microwave stand.
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I wouldn't twist them up. They get plenty twisted on their own. I keep all my BBQ paraphanalia in an antique picnick basket on the top shelf in my kitchen, that way I know where everything is at. I just leave them loose.
  16. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    My therms have magnetic backs to store on my microwave and fridge or anything iron/steel. Do the ET-732 and 733 have magnets on the transmitters?
  17. no offense, but you must be single  [​IMG]

    SWMBO wouldnt let me do that, unless the microwave stand is in the garage that is
  18. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    Lol. You cant see them. Off the back of the microwave in between the wall and cart.
  19. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm anal when it comes to what I call keeping things "nice". I loosely coil the wires similar to how they originally were---but not nearly as tightly--put ties around them and store the probes and the two units in the Maverick box along with the owners manual. I keep it in our bedroom near I keep my smoker/grilling cookbooks so everything is right where I can find it. All my actual smoker and grilling stuff is stored in my garage.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----I put mine on the barrel rest in my living room gun cabinet. I lay the transmitter right behind my double barrel, and let the probes hang straight down, one on each side of the barrels. That keeps them from getting twisted or kinked.


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