Thermometers - What Works Out There?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by soonersmokering, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. soonersmokering

    soonersmokering Fire Starter

    I've purchased a handful of thermometers over the last year of various complexities and prices.

    The most expensive was...

    ThermoWorks: TW8060 Kit, Includes TW8060 Thermocouple Meter with alarm, 113-177 Smokehouse probe with SST over braid cable, and 113-041 Crocodile Clip probe   $141

    The most affordable was the wireless from Target, a hand held digital.  I also invested in a wireless digital from Target, about $35.

    The problem with the ThermoWorks and wireless are the damn things don't indicate an accurate temperature.  Not that this means much but I'm an engineer and have worked with digital thermometers many a time in college lab classes.  WE built our own..  I checked both of these devices with ice water and boiling water, the temp out puts are EXTREMLY inconsistant and off spec.  I would be fine with +/- 2-4 degrees but I'm seeing much larger spans.

    I've been using these to monitor my smoker temp and meat temp.  BBQ requires pretty precise temp ranges for consistantly delicous products.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    What is working out there? 
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  3. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I, like Kat use the Maverick to get within range, then check with my Thermopen which is spot on, ± .5°.

    Thermoworks has excellent customer service. Suggest you call them and give them your test results as yours should be within 2°. 

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mavericks work Great for me too.

    Both my ET 73  and my ET 732 work Great & are within 1 or 2 degrees at boiling, but the 73 has problems seeing through walls & floors. The 732 only has a problem seeing through my steel front door.

    None of them communicate as good as my MES40 remote control!!!


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