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Maverick Remote Smoker Dual Probe Wireless Thermometer ET-73

c oliver Oct 3, 2013 05:48 PM


What a jewel this is! Except. Two maybe three times the receiver just conked out, showing all "hyphens." We had to just shut everything off and restart it. Has anyone had this problem? I got it through Amazon so if this isn't normal, I can exchange. It sure made the process simple.

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  1. JMF RE: c oliver Oct 3, 2013 08:38 PM

    I had that happen with one when the batteries were low. If it happens on a regular basis then return it for a new one. Also if you are out of range that happens.

    Also, the other day I read about a simple modification one can do to extend the distance it receives. All you need is the right gauge of wire, a soldering iron, and a few basic tools.

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      c oliver RE: JMF Oct 3, 2013 09:11 PM

      Good info. The smoker is on a lower level of the house but not much distance "as the crow flies." Next time I'll put the receiver over by a window that is also closer to the transmitter. Thanks.

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        travelerjjm RE: JMF Oct 12, 2013 01:06 PM

        This has been exactly my experience, too.

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        rasputina RE: c oliver Oct 4, 2013 07:53 AM

        We had a maverick, can't remember which model now but it was one like in your link with a portable monitor. The thing was a complete PITA so it got tossed.

        We are back to just using the thermopen and monitoring internal temp ourself.

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          c oliver RE: rasputina Oct 4, 2013 07:58 AM

          But how do you know the temp of the smoker itself? And do you open the smoker to use the pen? The one time we did open it, to top off the water, the temp dropped pretty significantly, like from 220 to 175.

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            rasputina RE: c oliver Oct 4, 2013 12:55 PM

            Because there is a thermometer that is visible without opening the lid. I smoke on a Big Green Egg, no water pan to refill, no charcoal to add, and the thermal mass gets the air temp back up quite fast once you close the lid again. Plus it's not like I need to check the temp of the meat throughout the whole process.

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            JayL RE: rasputina Oct 13, 2013 02:22 PM

            I use a Thermopen also.

            I don't usually check temps until I think the food should be 'close' to being done.

            After some experience with cooking, a person should be able to judge cooking time by the size of meat to be cooked and the pit temperature.

            The last butt I cooked I took one temperature reading. When I probed it the therm read '201'. Took it off and let it rest until service. Perfect.

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            Cheez62 RE: c oliver Oct 12, 2013 03:11 PM

            Two words - "antenna mod"

            Check out the links in this post. There are more than one.


            I did just the receiver on my ET-72, and it definitely made a difference.

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              JMF RE: Cheez62 Oct 13, 2013 09:33 AM

              I posted a link for the antenna mod ten days ago.

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                Cheez62 RE: JMF Oct 13, 2013 09:37 AM

                Ah, so you did! I guess I should have read a bit more ;-)

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                  JMF RE: Cheez62 Oct 13, 2013 10:16 AM

                  Great minds think alike... ;-)>

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                  justbeingpolite RE: JMF Nov 19, 2013 07:15 AM

                  any chance you could repost, or post a link? Can't find it.

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                    JMF RE: justbeingpolite Nov 19, 2013 06:01 PM

                    Seriously? You're joking, right?

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                      justbeingpolite RE: JMF Nov 20, 2013 05:42 AM

                      Yup, joking.
                      (or maybe I didn't look at your earlier post in the same thread, thinking you meant a separate thread_
                      either way, found it, thanks!
                      You are probably both more technically savvy, and bolder than I, I think I'm happy with my Maverick as is.
                      So far no problem with reception from my smoke outside into my kitchen, which is all I need.

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                Malcolm Ruthven RE: c oliver Oct 13, 2013 07:52 AM

                I've had a Maverick (brand name Redi Chek) ET-73 for several years and it does an excellent job. It measures and transmits the temperature of the internal meat and also the cooker, using two probes.

                About two years after I bought it, it started displaying "HHH" in both the transmitter and receiver. After emailing Maverick, I installed new probes ($12) and it's worked perfectly in the eight years since.

                1. c oliver RE: c oliver Oct 13, 2013 08:46 AM

                  Oops, just realized that I didn't report back. Second time I moved it to a window sill closer to the smoker. Worked perfectly.

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