Maverick ET-733 thread

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

  1. dizzybbq18

    dizzybbq18 Newbie

    What's the differance between the 733 and the igrill2?
    I want to get a thermostat since I do not use one in my uds not even a stem. Did have a c abelas digital but stopped working probably somthing Wright probe.
    733 or igrill2 will be my choices
  2. dizzybbq18

    dizzybbq18 Newbie

    Id use it also go android the igrill2
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have the mavericks and they have worked great for almost 3 years. No complaints. Since I have a Windows phone I can't use the Igrill ones so I can't say anything about them except I have seen good things about them from the members I have seen get them. Happy smoking. timber.
  4. I have a maverick that's about 4 years old .and it's worked really well.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----I have an ET 73 for over 5 years. When the ET-732 came out I bought one, and since my ET-73 was weak on distance, I demoted it to inside my meat curing fridge in the basement. It's been in there for 4 years, and still works. The on-off switch is stuck in the "On" position, so All I do is change batteries about every 6 months. I keep the smoker probe in the fridge, and I keep the meat probe in a GatorAde bottle half full of water. That tells me the Internal Temp of the meat in that fridge.

    The ET-732 has been Great for 4 years, and I just bough another one around Christmas time, so I can measure two meats & two different areas in my smoker at the same time.

  6. loving my 733 so far

    did some chicken thighs yesterday afternoon and immediately started walking to see how far it would go

    Smoker sitting in driveway that is on one end of the house, I went inside and walked all over and couldnt find a place it lost signal,  so I went back outside and walked to the far end of my property, where my trailer rig rests and it never lost signal

    took me walking across 3/4 of an acre and around the end of my neighbors house to finally lose signal

    then I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it automatically reconnected as I was walking back

    got in the golf cart and drove around the block, of course it lost signal at about the same distance, but it actually reconnected while driving back by the house at full speed  (full speed on the golf cart is about 13 mph)

    readings have performed well,  finding out what actual temp that little old smoker reaches has actually been a little surprising

    it got itself up to 270 at the top rack, which kind of surprised me since I always assumed the bottom rack was the hottest being closer to the element

    thing is so old it has no temperature adjustment and no vents,  so I figured out if I crack the lid just a hair, like as if I didnt pay attention when I put it back on and the top rack holds solid at 250, bottom rack at 235,  this with ambient temp of between 40 & 50

    cant wait to fine tune the use of this thing on my big stick burning rig
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2015
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds Great !![​IMG][​IMG]

    It even gave you a lot of walking exercise, until you got the golf cart out!!![​IMG]

  8. I'm such a nerd

    after un-plugging my little electric, I left it closed up with the probes in it, been watching the temp drop

    just dropped below 100  [​IMG]
  9. dreadylock

    dreadylock Fire Starter

    does any one know if i can use rechargeable lithium  battery from Tenergy

    my batteries are 1000mah low self discharge AAA

    i put some that i just charged in but my display on both units are real dimm

    i also put some reg alkaline battery from Duracell and still dim, is there a way to brighten up display
  10. The display is brighter and dimmer based on the angle you're looking at it.  If you set it down on the counter with the provided stand, and look down at it, it should be easy to read.  If you look straight at it, it will be dim.
  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I fully agree with Damnthatsgood response.
  12. dreadylock

    dreadylock Fire Starter

    it does not matter how i tilt it's just dim
  13. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I own the ET-733 and the screen is a LCD display similar to a Casio digital watch face that I have. Both the Maverick and the Casio have to be tilted towards a light source because of the reflective material the screen/watch face are made from. The Casio is more reflective than the Maverick. With the ET-733 I'm always tilting it towards a window or an electric light source to read the screen. There should be a backlight feature for the ET-733 and I suggested as much to Maverick customer service in an email. I was told that and my other suggestions would be forwarded to R&D. Guess forwarding is kind of slow there.

    But still and all, I can read the receiving unit screen anytime I need to. No problem reading the transmitter screen outside in my yard either.
  14. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congratulations to damnthatsgood for such a great review.

    I have - somewhere - a Maverick ET-73. I couldn't find it where it is supposed to be when I started doing some pork butts this week; so I decided to get a new remote thermometer. I looked around a bit and found this thread. It convinced me; so I ordered one from Amazon (Sorry, Todd, et al). I needed to take fast delivery I ordered on Friday and the USPS delivered it this morning. I've added the batteries and done the sync'ing but have not yet used the new ER-733.

    Seems to be very much like the ET-73 but more solidly built, perhaps. The transmitter still has those damned small screws for the battery cover, but I suppose screws are necessary to protect the innards. I like the fact that the probes are not bent at an angle. That makes it much easier to run them through ports I made on my Weber 22.5 kettle and my Smoky Joe tamale steamer smoker.

    Thanks for the tip about protecting the probes with heat shrink. I would never have thought to do it. The heat shrink makes my probes for the ET--733 stand out. I've had problems getting probes mixed up in the past.

    Again, thanks for such a great review and for all the other posts in the thread. They helped me make an informed choice and gave me some good tips.
  15. Man, I wish I could help you.  Have you called Maverick?  Their number is on the first page in the FAQ section.
    Thank you.  Glad you liked it.  It's not really a review.  It's more of an "unboxing", followed by a collection of information, LOL.  I don't know enough about these things to give it a proper review.  But the unit sure seems to speak for itself!  Also, I don't know if the shrink tube extends the life of the probes, or shortens it, or doesn't do anything at all.  But I like to think it extends it.

    Hope it gives you many hours of happy smoking.  :)
  16. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK, I spent some quality time with my new ET-733; and I'm confused.

    What the heck is the difference between Barbecue Mode and Food Mode? From reading the instructions, it seems that if you choose Food Mode you can then use the Taste function to set doneness (rare, medium rare, and well done?) but this is not available in the Barbecue Mode.

    What might one infer from this information? Does this mean that I cannot grill a steak and set the Taste to med. rare? Does this mean that Food mode wherein one sets Taste (doneness) is to be used with large pieces of meat like pork butts and briskets and whole birds but not with smaller stuff?

    And, how about monitoring the heat of the grill or smoker while simultaneously monitoring the internal temp of what one is cooking? Can that be done. If so, How? When using my MES I like to know what the temp of the smoker is and the temp of the meat. I don't really trust the digital display on the MES and don't use the probes that came with it. Can I hang one ET-733 probe under a rack to monitor temp range and use the other one in the meat? What settings would one use to monitor taters and other large veggies? Is the thermo not meant to be used for these things?

    I looked for a Maverick website and found this FAQ but it doesn't address any of my questions. Before revealing to the Maverick folks that I'm as dumb as a whole box of rocks, I thought I'd just share that fact with friends here first.

    TIA :grilling_smilie:
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    These are all reasons I get the ET-732s.  All I want is the smoker temp probe & the Meat temp probe on the transmitter & the receiver. NO OTHER BS NEEDED !!

  18. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Barbecue Mode monitors the interior temp of the smoker. You place the probe in its metal clip on one of the racks. Food Mode monitors the Internal Temp of the food so you insert the other probe inside the meat. You can set up target temps for both of them and max/min temp alarm settings separately for both probes. If you don't want to do the programming you can still use the ET-733 to monitor the temps without any alarms or alerts.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2015
  19. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, daRicksta!

    Makes more sense now. I wonder why the writers of the instructions didn't make that distinction?

  20. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    rabbithutch, I bet their R&D dept. figured it would be self-evident since Barbecue actually refers to low and slow cooking over wood smoke. Many times when people work a lot with programs and systems they forget that they too once had to learn how to work them and figure it should be easy for everyone else to learn them. I used to work in tech support and I sometimes fell into that trap myself.

    I've seen a few guys on here post that they've no problem remembering how to program the ET-733 but I have to have the manual open every time. It's much more difficult than it needs to be. But I still think it's a great therm and once the settings are in place it works great.

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