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  • Meathead
    BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
    • May 2014
    • 1266
    • Chicago area
    • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
      Meathead

    Comments on "Meater"

    A lot of people ask what I think of the "Meater" thermometer. Not much. Here's why I cannot recommend it. https://amazingribs.com/thermometers/meater
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1619
    • Charlotte, NC

    #2
    Seems to be inline with everyone’s sentiments here on the Pit. Glad you’re warning everyone!

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9760
      • Smiths Grove, Ky
      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

      #3
      I'm glad I didn't invested any money on it 2 years ago. For those that did....Cheers!

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        You're definitely very frugal with your thermometer purchases
    • Danjohnston949
      Former Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 4437
      • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

      #4
      Well Said❗️ I am Glad I Passed in Favor of FireBoard❗️ They have met or exceeded Every Commitment
      Since Day One‼️ Dan

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      • kenrobin
        Charter Member
        • Jun 2015
        • 321
        • San Francisco Bay Area
        • Cookers
          - 18" Weber Smokey Mountain (2000)
          - Weber Genesis EP-310 (2013-2015)
          - 22.5" Weber Master Touch (2015)
          - Traeger Pro Tailgater (2015)
          - Mak 1 Star General w/ wi-fi (2016)

          Thermostats
          - ThermaQ
          - Thermapen
          - ChefAlarm
          - DOT
          - iGrill2

        #5
        Thank you for posting a warning for everyone. Unfortunately I also ordered probes & the block over 2 years ago to no avail. The experience has easily been my most frustrating & disappointing since I seriously took up BBQ.

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        • lessteinberg
          Founding Member
          • Aug 2014
          • 1

          #6
          I am using the Meater and the good comments are this: 1. It's an accurate thermometer, 2. It's nice to know the ambient temperature around your meat while cooking, and 3. The app does a good job calculating how long it's going to take to reach your target temperature. The bad outweighs the good, but that is relative to my situation. I am using the Meater with the KBQ C60. In order for my Meater probe to stay connected during a cook, I have to lean my tablet against the door of the KBQ. Very disappointing at first and I didn't like the idea of an iPad exposed to the heat or weather. Additionally, what is the benefit of wireless if the "receiver" has to stay within 2-6 inches of the transmitter. Granted the KBQ is a stainless steel cookbox, but it's not that out of the ordinary. The BGE does not cause the same faraday cage effect, neither does a Weber gas grill or indoor oven. I was forced to buy an inexpensive Android tablet to act as a range extender to my iPad mini that then monitors the Meater app via my home wifi network. Signal strength is horrible and there is no tech or customer support. I'm a techie so I have been able to improvise and enjoy it.

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          • richinlbrg
            richinlbrg commented
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            Sorry to read this, lessteinberg , but kinda relieved that my finding is consistent! some solace, I guess. You can see my full review in thread, "Is anyone using a Meater?" I have had better luck being contacted by tech support, but no better end result.
            Last edited by richinlbrg; January 1st, 2018, 07:12 PM.

          • ComfortablyNumb
            ComfortablyNumb commented
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            Welcome to the Pit from NE Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

          • kmhfive
            kmhfive commented
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            Welcome to the Pit! Thanks for the review. Maybe one day, my meater block will come.
        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 7166
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          #7
          Wow, welcome lessteinberg! Never saw you comin! Glad yer eatin good & havin fun!

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          • Huskee
            Pit Boss
            • May 2014
            • 14549
            • central MI, USA
            • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

              Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

              Smokers / Grills
              • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
              • PBC
              • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
              • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
              • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
              • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
              • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
              • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
              • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
              • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

              Thermometers
              • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
              • (7) Maverick ET-732s
              • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
              • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
              • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
              • Thermapen MkII, orange
              • ThermoPop, yellow
              • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
              • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
              • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
              • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

              Accessories
              • Instant Pot 6qt
              • Anova Bluetooth SV
              • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
              • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
              • BBQ Dragon
              • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
              • Weber grill topper
              • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
              • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
              • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

              Beverages
              • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
              • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
              • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
              • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
              • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
              • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
              • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

              About me
              Real name: Aaron
              Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

              Occupation:
              • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

            #8
            I keep forgetting I paid for a 4 probe unit. I'm definitely not expecting much range when inside the stickburner after reading the above comments. We'll see though when it comes, if and whenever that may be.

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            • NY Tuck
              Charter Member
              • Sep 2014
              • 4
              • Costa Mesa, CA

              #9
              MEATER

              After waiting close to two years, I finally got my single probe. The Packaging, probe and charger are beautiful. Sadly the device is worthless. I can’t get more than 8 feet away from my smoker without Bluetooth disconnecting. An email to the company resulted in a reply stating that this is a limitation of Bluetooth and a ridiculous list of tips to improve my range. Total nonsense! I have used multiple wireless Bluetooth probes in the past with 50 foot range, including igrill and Maverick devices.The only way I could use would be by leaving my iPhone or iPad in the backyard as a relay station to another device receiving wireless. Ridiculous and totally impractical. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in this device. Do not buy one until they fix it.

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              • ComfortablyNumb
                ComfortablyNumb commented
                Editing a comment
                Welcome to the Pit from NE Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

              • kmhfive
                kmhfive commented
                Editing a comment
                Nice to meet you! Thanks for the review!
            • David C
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 104
              • Bay Area, California
              • Cookers:
                Memphis Advantage w. Searing insert option
                Bradley 6-rack digital
                Thermal bath for sous vide, pressure cooker, etc.

                Time & Temp:
                iGrill2 & iGrill wireless thermometers used with iPhone 5
                Drawer full of various Maverick models

                BBQ Interests:
                Love smoking ribs, pulled pork, salmon, sablefish, rib roasts, sausages, lox, beef ribs, and brisket when I can -- strictly for friends, fun, etc.

                Websites:
                http://www.cardinalphoto.com
                http://www.sousvide.org

              #10
              Bummer that Meater hasn't been able to deal with connectivity through metal. I wonder if there is some type of relatively-inexpensive antenna they could sell (give?!) to customers that would relay the signal from inside to outside (I'm assuming the issue is with the metal cage, and not the environment in the smoker itself). In any case, I really like my Fireboard. Like so many things, it seemed expensive when I bought it, but it has been totally worth it.

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              • FireMan
                Charter Member
                • Jul 2015
                • 7166
                • Bottom of Winnebago

                #11
                Wow! Double “where are these guys coming from”? Glad to have ya aboard, for like a long time. You also know what you just did to your chances on the monthly giveaway.

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                • DWCowles
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 9760
                  • Smiths Grove, Ky
                  • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                  #12
                  Welcome lessteinberg

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                  • DWCowles
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 9760
                    • Smiths Grove, Ky
                    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                    #13
                    Welcome NY Tuck

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                    • Siouxfan
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2015
                      • 54
                      • La Vista, NE
                      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22"
                        Slow N Sear
                        Maverick ET-732
                        ThermoWorks RT600C

                      #14
                      Its been soo long that I keep forgetting I ordered one until I get the "update" emails...

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                      • shush
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2016
                        • 145
                        • Northern Virginia
                        • RecTec RT-680
                          Brinkmann Bullet (Electric)
                          Thermapen
                          Maverick ET-732

                        #15
                        I bought mine a while ago... still waiting. Too late to get any money back.

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                        thermapen

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                        fireboard bbq thermometer

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