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New to wireless thermometers

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sorry if this is something that's been posted many times but I couldn't find anything that was what I needed in other threads.

I'm new to the board and to smoking and I had a couple questions I was wondering if some could help with.

Right now I'm using the Brinkman Smoke 'N Pit with the side mounted fire box. It's been great so far (only smoked ribs) but I'm looking to move on up and try other foods. I drilled a hole and added a thermometer close to where I cook the food as well as an oven thermometer in the cooking chamber close to where I place the food. I've been reading a lot about wireless thermometers and the more research I did the more confused I got!

I pretty much need one that won't have any issues when I'm in the house. Now I'm not far from the grill. I have this in the back of my driveway and roughly 30-40 feet from where my family room is located. I'm reading a lot about wireless thermometers that have trouble through walls. Would me just being inside the house present an issue? My kitchen has a window that you can look out and see the grill but it's 5 feet up and of course the grill in down on the driveway. Would that constitute a straight line of sight or would there have to be no obstructions at all for this to work? I want to keep the cooker closed as long as possible and I feel like Im opening it too often to check the oven thermometer.

Also, I read that some have a grill probe as well as a meat probe and others have just 2 meat probes. If I decided to purchase one with 2 meat probes could I use one of the meat probes as a grill probe? If so, how would I go about that?

Is there any one (minus modifications) that you could recommend?

I appreciate the help and I know some of this (if not all) may be a bit hard to follow but any help would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 19
Hey there BigBoy (imagine a betty davis voice)

First off - head on over to roll call and check in so the folks here know who you are and give you a proper WELCOME TO SMF!

Secondly, here is a link to a thread about a type of thermometer alot of us use and a modification that seems to work well and would benefit in your situation.


post #3 of 19
First welcome to SMF. I'm gonna move your thread to the roll call section. Many of us use the Maverick ET 73 thermometer. I don't have any problems with mine going through several walls. The ET 73 has the smoker probe and meat probe and some people buy a second meat probe if they want to monitor two pieces of meat and not the smoker temp. You can use a meat probe to monitor smoker temps by placing the probe through a piece of wood or a potato and set it on the grate near the meat
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the answer, I apprciate it.

I'm not the most handy person when it comes to electronics. Is there anything in these instrusctions, or not in the instructions I should be aware of before I get started?

Thanks again!
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sticking with the roll call theme- my name is Ed and from the burbs of Philadelphia and I'm pretty new to smoking. I have about 3 racks or ribs under my belt (please hold the applause lol) and I'm loving my Brinkman Smoke N Pit charcoal smoker/grill so far!

As far as mods go I've only extended the smoke stack with some flashing and put in a thermometer near where I cook the food. As I get going to bigger meats and meals I want to explore adding some fire bricks, extending wear the heat comes from (I know it has a name but I'm a rookie lol) and a charcoal basket. I'm leaning toward getting the basket now and a wireless thermometer but as you can see I'm a bit lost lol.

Anything I missed? Feel free to drop me a line or lend a hand!

post #6 of 19
Welcome aboard Ed, glad to have you here. :)
post #7 of 19
Welcome to SMF!
Im right outside of Philly, glad to have you here!
post #8 of 19
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #9 of 19
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
post #10 of 19
First off welcome Ed to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #11 of 19
Welcome to the SMF,,,
post #12 of 19
Firstly, Welcome to SMF Ed. I have a Char Griller (semi-retired) & used three probes. One acurite for the main product, (Brisket, Butt), the second was for any fattie I was smoking & the third was to monitor temps. Now the temp thermo is a wireless Maverick ET - 72 which is a step down from the newest model on the market today. I have had no problems what-so-ever in using this model in ranges up to 50 feet. Although, I have not had to travel that far, I was always monitoring my temps as I could not maintain proper temps to keep my product going & eventually had to babysit my smokes. I am thinking you want to monitor your product, so I would suggest placing the reciever in the kitchen window & monitor it on a 20 -30 minute interval. As long as your product is smoking at 225 - 245ish, no worries. Anything over 250 & I would shorten my intervals, say 10 -15 minutes but that is me & what I would do. You can easily modify your probe if you feel the need & the only skill you would need is "Soldering". That is pretty easy but if you really feel challenged, then just use the window placement. You should be good to go. Let us know how it turns out & don't forget to post your qview of your smoke, otherwise, "It Never Happened". Good luck.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
What part? I'm south west of the city. Ever hear of Ridley?
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hopefully I can get my first qview going this weekend when I attempt to smoke my first chicken. I've been reading up a lot on chickens and there seems to be many different ways to cook them, I can't wait to get going with that!
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm going to take this approach and see how it works out! I was just a bit nervous about putting out the money, having it not work, then failing on the mod. The instructions seem very simple though and I think it's something I can do if the thermomter becomes a problem.

Thanks for all the tips, I appreciate it!

I'm looking forward to my first qview, hopefully this weekend!
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
More great features! I love it and thanks for passing the ecourse as well as the instructions on how to post pics of my first qview! I'm all signed up for the ecourse and can't wait to check them out!

I will say you have the addiction part right. I have no idea how/ why I wasn't doing this sooner! I can't really explain what it is but addiction seems fitting! I'm loving it so far!

Thanks again for the info!
post #17 of 19
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #18 of 19
Hey I'm in Glen Mills, Pa. Good Luck and Welcome!
post #19 of 19
I picked up the Maverick ET73 with the two temp probes. My living room is maybe 50-60 feet from the smoker and I've had no trouble getting signals. We live in a 3 story brick walkup too, so the signal is going through brick walls. I love having one probe on the bottom grate telling me smoker temp and the other in the pork butt letting me know we've still got a ways to go. Previously I had a weber thermo and did not care for its default meat settings or range.

Welcome to the forums. Looks like you're well on your way to meat smoking nirvana. Love to see some of your qview when you get the chance.
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