iGrill 2 is in Da House!

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by dirtsailor2003, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I took advantage of iDevices 15% off and free shipping that they had going on the other day and ordered the iGrill2. Since the unit comes with 2 meat probes, I also ordered 2 ambient probes. This will allow me to monitor two Mini-WSM's at a time. So far all I have done was take it out of the box, put the batteries in and testes the probes in boiling water. Pretty spot on, there is about a 1 degree fluctuation, which in my book is A-Okay. I haven't tested an actual test on the bluetooth range but wandering around my house the unit performed as my iGrill did. I'll try and give the unit a test run this weekend, wonder what I'll smoke!
     
  2. Congratulations Case. Let us know what you think after you give it a spin aorund the block.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I sure will. I've been waiting for reviews from people that have posted here but they have all been tight lipped. So far so good though. I'll be able to post a bit after the weekend and a few smokes.
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Okay I did a few tests today. Still no smoking though. Just been to damn busy. I know strange for me! So I did the boil test and I was within 2-4 degrees. With the adjustment for altitude and where the barometer was sitting today I should have been hitting 208.


    I did the ice water test, which I've never really liked as it's just not really a good test. Ice is melting giving off energy so as usual mixed results.


    I had the unit in the house and I walked to the mailbox which is about 300-325' away and still had connection. Will test range a bit more when I do a cook.
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. I have been thinking of getting one. Who doesn't need another toy?
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm glad you can color code them, it'd be confusing it you couldn't!
     
  7. shaggy91954

    shaggy91954 Meat Mopper

    Just got mine today.  You say you got 15% off [​IMG]I only got 10% from idevices...............what's up with that.  And like you all i've had time to do is insert batteries and pair with my phone and ipad.  Plan on a smoke sometime next week.  Glad to hear that you got good range.  I was skeptical about that.  I know it's just another toy..........but hey........us guys deserve some fun what with slaving over a hot grill and smoker all day with only cold beer to cool us off.  Let us know how you like yours and I'll post back on my results.  Techie toys rule........
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep 15% it was a one day sale thing. Make sure and test the probes for accuracy in boiling water.!
     
  9. shaggy91954

    shaggy91954 Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the advise.  I'll do that tomorrow.
     
  10. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Case, I have had one of these for six months now. Had a few problems to begin with, they had a recall on certain probes.

    I like it a lot, the only down side I have with it is, the screen shot you have put up is great, but if you want to export the other style with the temperature & cooking graph, it only records what's on the actual screen, so to get a correct log of all four probes you have to repeat the export.

    Have put this to iGrill several times, but no reply.

    As I use all four probes when cooking a whole hogs, it would be good to have all the readings in one place for our records.

    Smokin Monkey �
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am looking forward to using this some more and posting my reviews. I really liked my original iGrill and have been using the latest app since it came out. It does have some short comings. The original app required less steps to set the ranges and temps for the alarms. I'll be smoking tomorrow's dinner so I will get to test the pit therms, cooking drumsticks and I don't normally stick those with probes, but I might.
     
  12. I got one for Christmas and I love it!!! So far I've done a turkey in my MES on Christmas, and I've used it for checking the temps while curing my new smoker.  I love being able to have the temp on my phone, and being able to set a range temp, and even sharing it with everyone!  

    My only complaints are with the app itself.  There are several things I'd like to suggest to the company that would make the app 100x better.. Such as being able to save my graphs on my phone, being able to have the app run better in the background of my phone (Don't know if it already does? Or just have a small window somewhere on my phone/lock screen when i'm doing something else), and if the app would take a smaller scaled picture when I share.  Right now it takes a huge pic that struggles to load on my phone, and takes you to a separate page if you open on Facebook.  

    Which speaking of, igrill did like and comment on my turkey when I shared it on Facebook Christmas day... That was pretty cool in itself, when the company engages with customers.  All in all, after myself and my family saw it in action.. The "why would you pay that much for a thermometer" becomes "wow that's really neat!".  Definitely a great investment that I hope lasts a long time. [​IMG]
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Also an update on my iGrill2 . I have used five times now. I even sued it to check my oven temps as my wife was complaining about how long things are taking to bake! I have checked the probes twice in boiling water and they are all within 2 degrees of where they need to be. I have had zero connectivity issues. Even walking to the mailbox which is 300+/- feet away and separated by two houses. I can walk around my house into my garage and still haven't lost the signal. This is better than my original iGrill as it would loose it's connection when I went in the garage. I have to agree that the current app is clunky and not as user friendly as it used to be. Having the color coded probes is nice. All those cables are confusing!!!
     
  14. I tested the distance on mine last night, I even pulled out my range finder to see where I could walk around my house before I lost range. [​IMG]   I wasn't as lucky as you though, it's about 50 yards to our barn, and I could walk to the holding pens which were 77 yards, but once I stepped into the big aluminum barn signal was lost.  Also, when I was cooking at my grandparent's during Christmas, the smoker was just outside the garage on the north end of the house.  When I stepped in and we opened presents on the east end (living room) I noticed while on the couch I could lose signal behind some of grandma's china cabinets.. But if I stood up i would regain signal.  It is entertaining to just walk around and see what your 'cooking boundaries' are.  Haha
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Both metal and concrete effect the signal greatly. My moms house is partially made with insulated concrete forms. When using my old iGrill at her house is lose my connection if I went into that portion of the house. Likewise a buddy if mine has a metal pole barn. When we smoke at his house if I go in the barn I lose reception too. Same goes for the Mavs though too.
     
  16. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Gavin, your comments about the App are the same as mine, I have been in contact several times with iGrill regarding probes etc, and pointed this out, but they do not seem interested!

    Smokin Monkey �
     
  17. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I got a gift card from lowes so I bought the gill
    Mini. Read the directions turned it in all good
    Downloaded the app at got there is a firmware update do you want to install?
    Sure!! It updated .. The lights went off and the unit was dead!!!! I put in new battery nothing. Called up customer service and they said there is a glitch in the firmware. They are sending me a new unit.. Beware of updates!!!!
     
  18. bbquy

    bbquy Smoke Blower

    I ordered an igrill2 about 3 months ago and it's still on backorder! [​IMG]
     
  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crazy, did you order it directly from iDevices or a third party vendor?
     
  20. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, when I ordered mine from iDevices, I had it within a week ! That was mid December !
     

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