one thermometer to rule them all...
ok, since it appears to be thermometer week, is there a multi-function thermometer out there? i'm looking for one that will primarily serve as an oven thermometer with a sensor in the oven, with a persistent display outside the oven because i've learned there isn't anyway i can hang one that isn't perpetually in the dark or in the way. then, if there's some way it can simultaneously display a probe reading, all the better. now if this magical thermometer had a probe that can measure low enough temp for meat roasting and high temp range for fry oil, then where can i get such a magical thing? i don't need 3 thermometers to add to the growing kitchen clutter and I don't imagine a time where i would need to use 3 thermometers simultaneously.
dcrb is on the right track.
I'd get this one instead. It does everything you want it to do, but it's cheaper - only $31.
I have owned this thermometer for years and have used it repeatedly when I smoke here at the house and at the competition and it has never let me down. It was the best purchase (other than the smoker itself) that I have made regarding anything to do with smoking.
Using it in your oven will be no different except that the probe wires may go bad faster than they normally would since you will be opening and closing the oven door on them more than they'd experience with a smoker (since with a smoker you can feed the wires out of the vent holes).
thanks folks! from the online manual it looks like the ET-73 model will cover the temperature ranges i need. i would have never thought of a smoker thermometer since i thought smoking was mainly low temps. i'm surprised there's only a 90-day warranty. usually i feel that a short warranty period is a vote of no confidence but i guess with this thermometer, it either works or doesn't work when you get it.
The wires are the first thing to give out on all probe thermometers. If this happens you can order another probe (which is connected to the wire). The base usually isn't what gives out. But, this problem plagues all probe thermometers. I wouldn't let the 90 day warranty scare you away. Also, if you use a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty, you would have a six month warranty.
I've owned the ET-73 for years and have used it plenty of times and it's still going strong. But, even if I had to buy a new one every year, the convenience it gives me with smoking barbecue would be worth the $31 every year.