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  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2454

    Your perfect thermometer

    I spend a lot of time programming and playing with electronics and have actually built my own thermometer to monitor and data log my cooks. One of the key reasons for doing this was to monitor many variables at once including 2+ meats, pit temp, ambient temp etc. Another issue is how close I have to stay to the pit. I typically use the pit barrel cooker as it allows me time to spend with family, so I am building it to post to the internet and send alerts to my phone.
    All of that said, what would your ideal temperature monitoring device look like? What would it do? What wouldn't it do?
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14509
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
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      • 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
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      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
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      • 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.

    #2
    Great post John! We're soon to get a lot of comments here.....

    I llike the ease and simplicity of the Maverick ET 732, since the thought of me using my phone or laptop in connection with my smoker is a step toward cyber-tizing my smoker I'm not willing to do. I run an offset burning logs usually, or charcoal and logs. I like the tending, the old school approach it requires makes me feel like I'm making it happen, I'm building a bonfire and making food from carefully tending and stoking it...not an auger and a control box and a knob. That said, I realize digital therms are NOT old school, but regardless I would like the Mav to come in a 6 or 8-prob configuration. Then I could monitor 2-4 cooker zone temps and 4-6 pieces of meat. As it is now, since the Mavs only have 2 probes, I run 2 together to have 4 probes. But at times I'd like more. I don't like using instant reads if I don't have to.

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    • _John_
      _John_ commented
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      I would love to run a stick burner and hang out with it on occasion, but with 2 young kids I would rather spend time with them.
      An interesting story regarding your statement about you feeling like you make it happen. I worked for Sara Lee a few years back and at a meeting I asked why they still make boxed cakes that require milk and eggs, since with today's technology you could do that. An old timer informed me that it was indeed tried in I believe the 50's and they didn't sell. They brought together a bunch of women and asked why they didn't like them, they said that for them the dessert was the course where they could show their love and creativity, and just dumping a box made them feel like they were cheating their family. Sara Lee started testing with removing items and found that if they took out the eggs and milk, that was sufficient to make women think that they were creating it and sales took off.

      Personally the cleaning and trimming, preparing rubs and sauces, and selecting coals and woods fulfills that role for me.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Great comment John, makes perfect sense about the cake. I never would've thought about that. I've always been a pyro and my boys are usually out in the yard playing catch with me and helping me get wood from the woodpile while I'm starting/running the smoker. It's a great experience and I think they'll have fond memories as they get older of me doing that and them getting to help somewhat. Happy smoking!
      Last edited by Huskee; July 13th, 2014, 09:16 PM.
  • Crimedawg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 11
    • Pacific Northwest

    #3
    I use a thermapen for instant read temps. If I were to design the perfect arrangement it would be meat temp and cooker temp from an iPhone. I would like to be able to control the temp and monitor the temp by phone, preferably on the golf course!

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    • BigJim
      Administrator
      • May 2014
      • 31
      • Chicagoland area

      #4
      Keep your eyes peeled on the site in the next couple of weeks. We have some surprises regarding thermometers coming soon.

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      • Bill McGrath
        Bill McGrath commented
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        Looking forward to it!
    • Jon Solberg
      Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 4872

      #5
      I think the perfect thermometer would:

      use K probes
      Wifi or bluetooth
      waterproof (rainproof to some degree)

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      • Huskee
        Pit Boss
        • May 2014
        • 14509
        • 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
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          • 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.

        #6
        Rainproof yes. Weather doesn't care if today is the big cook, a rainproof therm is a necessity. Maverick Et 732 and 733 transmitters are rain resistant. I've put mine through their paces in the weather.

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        • Jon Solberg
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4872

          #7
          I meant that to be wifi AND bluetooth. I know bluetooth is not the answer going forward but its a great plan B

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          • David Parrish
            Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
            • May 2014
            • 5040
            • Charlotte, NC
              • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
              • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
              • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
              • LOTS of accessories
              • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
              • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
              • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
              • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
              • President/Owner - SnS Grills

            #8
            Originally posted by Aaron 'Huskee' Lyons View Post
            Rainproof yes. Weather doesn't care if today is the big cook, a rainproof therm is a necessity. Maverick Et 732 and 733 transmitters are rain resistant. I've put mine through their paces in the weather.
            I also like their long battery life and long range. The Mavs could be MUCH easier to program though. Maybe that's the answer. Start with something like Mav, add more probes for Huskee, add buttons to make easier to program, add wifi connectivity for remote monitoring from iphone/android.

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            • _John_
              _John_ commented
              Editing a comment
              While it could be done on the unit with a touch screen, I will likely use the phone for this but the idea I have is to store your style of smoking for example do you wrap, if so at what temp, how low or high do you want the pit? Store this for each meat and the alarm goes off when any of these are reached (push notifications to Android/iOS).
              This can have 5 probes as is, but can be extended to 13. Tell the program the blue probe is in chicken and accept or override your temp settings and away you go.
              One of my primary reasons for this was the data logging; if I tell this thing I am cooking 2 whole chickens, 2 racks of ribs and a pulled pork if you have enough cooking history you tell it what time you want to eat, and it will tell you what time everything goes on.
          • Huskee
            Pit Boss
            • May 2014
            • 14509
            • 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.

            #9
            Originally posted by Pit Boss View Post

            I also like their long battery life and long range. The Mavs could be MUCH easier to program though. Maybe that's the answer. Start with something like Mav, add more probes for Huskee, add buttons to make easier to program, add wifi connectivity for remote monitoring from iphone/android.
            "Maverick XL, AmazingRibs edition". Free for us. lol.

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            • boftx
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 919
              • Las Vegas, NV
              • CharGriller Pro COS
                Oklahoma Joe COS
                Maverick 732 thermometer
                Red Thermapen
                Favorite beer: Scotch

                I know I make damn good BBQ cause my 3 dogs have NEVER said no to it. (OTOH, my 13yr old says no to just about everything, except my ribs.)

              #10
              I like my Maverick 732 but agree that it needs to be easier to program. I don't even bother using it for that because of the hoops you gotta jump through. I actually don't need the alarms and such, anyway. I just set the remote on my desk when I'm inside and keep an eye on the readout.
              Last edited by boftx; July 14th, 2014, 11:54 AM.

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              • The Burn
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 993
                • West Chester, PA
                • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
                  Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
                  Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

                  Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
                  Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
                  Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

                  Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
                  Anova Wi-Fi Sous Vide

                #11
                I like the Mav 732 also, but wish I could get the alarms to work since I often start early in the morning and would like to catch a few zzz's on the couch from time-to-time. Also wish I could get a little more distance on the wireless.

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                • Jerod Broussard
                  Moderator
                  • Jun 2014
                  • 9400
                  • East Texas
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                  #12
                  Burn,

                  1. Push BBQ hi or BBQ low or Food hi, and the temp it is set at will pop up

                  2. Push the button again and HOLD it until it starts flashing

                  3. Immediately push it again to go to your desired temp. You can hold it down to scroll faster.

                  4. Once it starts flashing, if you wait more than a few seconds to suppress, it will go back to what it was set at.

                  5. When you get to the temp you want, hit the MODE button to lock in at that temp. (It has the light bulb on it)

                  6. Now go bush the alarm button (bottom right) looks like this ((.)) so the alarm(s) will go off when they hit their set temp.

                  7. The alarm icon, ((.)), needs to be showing on the screen for the alarm to go off.
                  Last edited by Jerod Broussard; July 15th, 2014, 03:57 AM.

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                  • David Parrish
                    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                    • May 2014
                    • 5040
                    • Charlotte, NC
                      • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
                      • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
                      • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
                      • LOTS of accessories
                      • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
                      • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
                      • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
                      • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
                      • President/Owner - SnS Grills

                    #13
                    Thanks Jerod!

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                    • BigJim
                      Administrator
                      • May 2014
                      • 31
                      • Chicagoland area

                      #14
                      I definitely prefer wifi support. The Bluetooth devices I tried did not have the needed range. You basically can't go inside. I put an additional wifi unit in my back office just so I would have coverage outside on my deck

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                      • CandySueQ
                        KCBS President, and Moderator
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1536
                        • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

                        #15
                        Thermopen. I tried a Stoker on the pellet jambo for a while. Kept the temp steady and it did talk to my computer. Ended up going back to H-M-L controllers. This year for competition, I'm going to use some Thermoworks Chef Alarms. Interesting, what you're doing!

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                        The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                        Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                        Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                        masterbuilt gas smoker

                        Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                        Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                        fireboard bbq thermometer

                        With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                        Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                        Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                        Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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