If you want to get the moisture out put the unit in a zip loc back of uncooked white rice for 24 hours.
I do this with cell phones for people all the time. It works great and nothing will melt.
Just got the ET-73 and have only used it once. I see some major differences between it and the other therms that I have. Like, you don't have the preset meat temps like on other remote therms. I also have the Oregon Scientific remote therm and like it a lot. Not a dual probe like the 73, very reliable and has a good alert to temps. About $35 from their website. I believe it is the AW-131.
The second probe can be used for meat just a little harder to push in with the blunt nose.
Mine has good range i just set it up so it is looking into the window and i can set in the anyroom and check temps.
paul, just take the probe with the pointy end and use it to "pre punch" the hole, then insert the blunt probe...
personally I think for the money, and the features... dual probe,wireless reciever ,programable high AND low temps on one of the probes(which i believe is the one feature which sets the ET-73 from the rest), accuracy, battery life, and more. if there is another one out there that can do all that the ET-73 can I would look at one just to try it out and compare. so if there is another out there comparable in price, dual probe, hi-low temp settings on one probe(or both), and wireless let me know.... seriously not going up to bat for maverick, just havent seen another in the price range or heck even higher to match up.
also range really has not been a problem for me at all, can go throughout the house, down the drive to mail box, garden, garage, and generally never loose signal. good product for the price with good cust support-had a bad probe, i crimped it and they sent me new ones.
I love my ET-73.
I use it in the meat fridge too, when I cure bacon & such. I put the meat probe in a bottle of water (half-way in) to track the meat temp, because the other one just hanging in there (measuring the air) fluctuates from 29˚ to 41˚. Those temps make the water in the bottle range from 36˚ to 38˚, which would also be the temp of the meat----Perfect!
I'll bet I have 6 weeks of continuous (24 hour) use on those batteries, and they just keep on keepin' on.
And yes their service in NJ is GREAT. The first one I got, after I tested it, the little tiny on/off switch broke off. I called them & they didn't even ask me to send it back----Just sent me another new one in a couple days.
Don't own one, never used one. The reviews are so mixed on this unit that I am holding back until I find one that is more universally acclaimed. Seems some love them, some think they are worthless. Reports of the on/off switch breaking easily. Poor range, etc. Yet the next guy loves his. Think I will wait.