Help! MES and/or Mav temp issue

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by parrot-head, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

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    At 154 for the MES, the Mav is reading 298


    Opened the door....no way the temp inside was almost 300

    Rasied the temp to 157, the Mav read 230


    So...I took out my regular oven thermometer as a check

    At 147 in the MES, the red oven thermometer read 162 and the Mav read 288!


    Raised the MES temp to 177.  The red oven thermometer read 188 and the Mav read 295!


    I was also occasionally getting hard "puffs" of smoke shooting through the top of the MES, almost just like an old locomotive steam engine.

    Other odd thing is I checked the Mav in boiling water and checked at 210-212 degrees.

    I'm at a total loss here.  At first I thought it was the MES going all wonky already but now after adding the other therm I'm still not sure even after checking the

    Mav in boiling water.  Just went out and checked again after typing all of this and the red oven therm is still only 10 degrees from the MES temp while the Mav is 

    a good 60-70 degrees higher.

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  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Swap probes, and see if the hi temp follows the probe

    Probe may be bad on your Maverick
     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do you have foil, foil pans, or a lot of meat all on one shelf, blocking air flow???

    If not I'd go with the bad probe possibility.

    Bear
     
  4. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    I will swap probes and check, but when I checked the boiling water I used both probes and they read 210 + 212 degrees

    Now, for some reason the Mav has moved down to 203.  No change in the MES temp was made.

     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  5. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    So now after adding the meat probe to the Mav and sticking it in the MES (just doing jerky so not using meat probe), I get this reading:


    The MES and the oven therm are both in the mid-170 range.  Seem like the BBQ probe is bad?
     
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How old is your Maverick?

    Try new batteries yet?
     
  7. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    only 2 months old
     
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try doing a boil test also , and make a note in your BBQ Log , what the temp .is and adjust from there. Try your different probes and see the difference .
     
  9. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    That's what seems odd...did the boil test and used BOTH probes.  one mesured 210 the other 212.  when I put the BBQ probe in the MES it is way off, but the meat probe is

    right on
     
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Did you swap probes and then do a boil test , as Todd suggest [​IMG][​IMG]  ,
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would box up the maverick, call whomever you bought it from and explain it is broken and you'd like to exchange it.

    I am never happy when something I buy is broken, I don't want it fixed, I want a new one. You'll never be happy with refurbished.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  12. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    It's odd. Put both probes it the oven last night @ 225 and they were pretty close.  This morning did it again and the BBQ probe was about 50 high.

    Sent an email to Maverick about getting a replacement probe under warranty. Will try that first and if it doesn't work will have to look into returning.
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    One other thing----Make sure the probe is inserted into the Maverick receiver real good.

    If it is, it sounds like you just got a bad probe.

    Bear
     

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