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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? 

post #2 of 4

I have had a bunch myself....but I am really happy with my Maverick.  Bought it from Todd here and could not be happier.  I am wanting a therma pen....and have it on my birthday wish list.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a-maze-n-products

 

Kat

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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

 

  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.

 

What is working out there? 

 

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°. 

 

Tom

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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!!!

 

Bear

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