I did some pork shoulders yesterday in my Smoke Hollow Pro 44, using a Maverick ET-732 therm. All was fine for just over 8 hours; at the 8 hour mark it read 252 smoker, 187 meat. When the remote was checked again about 15 mins. later, the meat reading had gone haywire... 250, with the smoker still apparently correct at 252. I thought maybe something went wrong with the remote and checked the transmitter, which was placed on top of the smoker. Same readings.
I've used this unit 4 times previously without a hitch, so this threw me for a loop - especially since the meat was getting close to done. Also, being a relative newbie I haven't had any digital therm experience before I got the ET-732. So, unsure what to do to try fixing the problem, I turned off both transmitter and receiver and restarted them with the standard procedure. They fired up normally and appeared to return to normal - showing 252 on the smoker and 187 meat. Breathing a sigh of relief, I went back in the pool with the family and put my son-in-law in charge of monitoring the remote and updating me periodically. About 10 minutes later he saw the meat temp go crazy, again showing 250; smoker temp 252. Panic time!
Checked the meat (all 6 pieces) with a Thermopop; temps had about a 5 degree variation ranging from 183-188. I closed it back up and let it keep cooking for half an hour more. At that time I did the fork test and it turned without much resistance. That and the last temp check told me they were done.
Can anyone shed some light on what could be causing this problem with my ET-732? Needless to say, I need to get things back in order before the next cook... sure don't want to go through this again. Also, If there is a procedure for attempting to set it straight when bad things happen, I'd like to find out.
Appreciate any and all suggestions or advice. Thanks!