ET-73 Question

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by pi in sc, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. pi in sc

    pi in sc Fire Starter

    Excited about smoking a ham today, I started getting everything ready a bit early. I purchased a new Et-73 and pulled it out with the instructions and started to program... Since I am a few hours from the actual smoke, I turned off the unit and surprised when I turned it back on to confirm my settings and everything reverted back to the factory settings. ([​IMG] GRRR!)

    Is there anyway to save your setup so you do not have to reprogram the unit before each use?
  2. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    Nope, you have to reset after each power cycle. Or just leave it on. A few hours won't hurt it any.
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said.^^^ In fact, a lot of hours won't hurt much either. I leave it on all the time when doing brisket so it is on like 18 to 20 hours. I usually put in fresh batteries before a long smoke if they have been in there awhile.

  4. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    that seems like a major weakness. I'm surprised that on a unit as expensive as this there isn't some way to save your settings. I was just about to purchase an ET-73 too.

    Is there another comparable unit that DOES have that ability? I don't mind paying for quality/features, so it doesn't have to be in the same price range... necessarily [​IMG]
  5. pi in sc

    pi in sc Fire Starter

    I agree 100%... I would have looked around for a different unit if I knew this upfront. What further aggravates matters is the factory setting is 176 deg., so you have to go all the way around (up-there is no down button) before you can set to a lower setting. It took almost 5 mins before it cycled around to 140...
  6. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member


    I have the two probe ET-7 model and the same batteries have lasted for at least 7-8 smokes that were 10-12 hours long. I suggest using the batteries until they die but always have replacements available. It doesn't take 5 minutes to change the batteries and put your settings back in.
  7. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thing is there isnt huge selection on market.I have a 20 dollar podler to go with ET-73.I have been hoping another company would jump in market,but i still like comfort of grate level temp- compared to smoker mounted.Definetly hoping market expands myself.
  8. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    It should not take 5 minutes to go from 176 back around to 140. NO WAY. It's not that big of a deal to set the temp everytime you turn it on. Takes 3 minutes to set all temps tops!
  9. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    don't take this the wrong way, but 3 minutes IS a long time to stand and press a button. I'm guessing it doesn't take that long even. If there isn't a better option, I'll go ahead and get one since performance is more important than convenience. I just wish one was available with both.
  10. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The podler you just hold temp button-takes about 15- 30 seconds.It only goes to 380 or so,fine for smoking.I do like maverick quality though-but my podlers probably 5 years old.
  11. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You're right. And if I'm smoking during the day, I don't worry about it as much. I'll just leave the battires in. But if I am doing one overnight -- where I might sleep for a bit -- I like to have fresh batteries in case the alarm goes off and I don't hear it right away.[​IMG]

  12. pi in sc

    pi in sc Fire Starter

    Ok 3 mins. But too long when all it really needs is a up AND down setting. But it got old real quick pushing that damn button a couple of hundred times... Another problem, I was walking around with the receiver and went out of range... No warning. The two temps just stopped updating. Is there a setting to warn you if the transmitter and receiver stop talking?
  13. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, a down button would be nice. Sucks to have to go around the horn all the way if you hold the button down too long.

    You don't have to push the button repeatedly. Just hold it down.

    I have also found that their range is not the greatest and if you exceed the range there is no warning. But for what they are and for what they cost, I still think they are pretty useful.

  14. pi in sc

    pi in sc Fire Starter

    AHHH! Didnt realize you could hold the button down and let the temp roll. Thanks for that! I agree tho, very useful. I just expected more given the positive feedback I read on this forum.
  15. nysmokes

    nysmokes Fire Starter

    I am having a difficult time pulling the trigger on a thermometer. I like that this has both a meat reading and grate level.

    I do see that everyone is a little annoyed with the setup, but ultimately, how well does this thermometer work? the ET-7 is a bit cheaper, but does not have the smoker reading, which I think is important.

    Also - on Amazon there seems to be a lot of so-so reviews. Hate to spend $50 on something that may not be so great.

    Let me know what you all think about the units performance.

  16. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can get it here for $39.00.

    I have one and like it. The major complaints seem to be tiny on/off switches that may break easy. I am careful and have not had a problem. You have to take the battery cover off to turn on the transmitter. I understand this is for waterproofing. Again, not a huge problem. Only takes a couple of secconds. Doesn't work to 100 feet as advertised. This would be an open air spec anyways. Range is going to be shorter through walls, doors, lead plates, etc.[​IMG] Difficult to program.[​IMG] I don't really think so. Not super convenient to go all the way around the numbers since you can only adjust it up but not the end of the world. Difficult to get units to link. Turn on the reciever first then the transmitter. I've never had a problem. Can't really think of anything else.

    The one complaint I have heard that I do agree with is it gives no audible signal if it loses communication so you have to be real careful if you're roaming around with it. I set mine about 40 feet from the smoker and it reads through a sliding glass door so I've not had the signal dropping problem that others have described.

    It's not perfect but for a dual probe model with high and low smoker temp alarms (which is why I bought it) it does the job for me. If anyone spots another model that is dual probe with high and low temp alarms, please let me know.

  17. I used my new ET-73 over the weekend & just love it.
  18. nysmokes

    nysmokes Fire Starter

    Thanks for the tip on the cheaper option!!!

    I guess I have to bite the bullet if I want to do pork butt, fatties, and ultimately a brisket at some point.

    I'll be back to give my thoughts once I buy, and have the chance to use it a few times!

    Thanks - and keep your thoughts and opinions coming!
  19. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't buy from Ikitchen....I tried them first when I got my ET73 and they gave me the run around for weeks. Zero customer service! the first time I ever had to get my CC company involved.
    just my 2 cents
  20. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's good to know. I bought mine from Amazon almost a year ago but it seems like they really jacked up the price. I though I paid somewhere around $39.00 for it but can't remember for sure.


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