Originally Posted by hdflame
I've been wanting to get something like the GURU for mine but have been thinking about getting the Maverick ET-733 Long Range Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer because of it's long range and wireless feature. I've been using one of the Maverick...I think ET73. It's about 3 years old and the wireless unit doesn't pick up very far now. I'm hoping the longer range and higher temp probe of the 733 will be better.
I think even if I get the GURU the convenience of the wireless would be nice. I also use the Thermopen and love it.
The wireless features of the Mavs are great. If I was choosing between on or the other, buy the Maverick.
Don't buy the Guru for its food temp features. Buy it as a chamber temp controller because that's where it really shines. Since you have a Thermopen you might run into the same issues I've had with my Maverick vs Guru. After dozens upon dozens of Maverick smokes I know exactly what is going on with the meat by the Mav food probe. The algorithm is different for the Guru though and it's food temp readout doesn't match the Maverick when both are stuck in the same piece of meat. The Guru reads lower than the Mav.
Since I've started using the Guru I've noticed something interesting about the lid therm readings compared to the grate readings. In the past, my lid therm read 20-30 degrees hotter than the grate temps. Now the lid therm will vary from 0F difference from the grates up to 40 degrees cooler, and often on the same smoke!
The Mav and Guru grate temps match exactly 95% of the time or are within just a few degrees of each other. The Mav has a more responsive algorithm whereas the Guru has more of an averaging algorithm. I haven't quite figured out what is going on with the lid therm but I have to believe it has to do with air mixing from the Guru and the chimney effect of forced air.
Thermometers, guaranteed to drive you insane if you let them.