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Unread 12-10-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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Seriously, story of my life. The ET-732 looks to be ideal, and it's decently priced, but I've read nothing but bad reviews on it. Bad probes, inconsistent temperatures, etc. I'm now looking into the Thermoworks kits which are 4-5 times more expensive, and there is no wireless ability.

Any other options? I really don't want to pay $236 for thermometers....
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Unread 12-10-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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I've had my problems with Maverick but the warranty service is good and they work as advertised.

The problems really start when you try to use them in temps above BBQ temps. As long as I use them at 350* or below, I have no problem with the probes.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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I never had anything but good experiences with Maverick,as long as the product was "in warranty",I had problems with the cheap made ET-73's,no problem,replaced em as long as they were "in warranty".Had a couple crap out/fall apart after warranty expired,contacted Maverick to see about repairs.....No repairs available on "out of warranty" products.Period,buy new product.I would have gladly paid for the repairs and emailed them sentiment,Bottom line,made in China,ain't worth fixing,can replace cheaper than repair.X///////////> em!!!!!!!!
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I've had my problems with Maverick but the warranty service is good and they work as advertised.

The problems really start when you try to use them in temps above BBQ temps. As long as I use them at 350* or below, I have no problem with the probes.
They have hi temp probes available,they work well.
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Ive had my ET732 for a couple years now, no complaints.
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Mine works it just does not transmit more than 10 feet and the temps will flake out every once in a while. But hey it was cheap enough. All I can say is do some research and make an informed decision
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Seriously, story of my life. The ET-732 looks to be ideal, and it's decently priced, but I've read nothing but bad reviews on it. Bad probes, inconsistent temperatures, etc. I'm now looking into the Thermoworks kits which are 4-5 times more expensive, and there is no wireless ability.

Any other options? I really don't want to pay $236 for thermometers....
The ET-73/ET-72 were not as dependable as the ET-732 which has better probes and wires. Like anything else, if you use it properly and care for it, it will last a long time. I have had mine almost 2 years without problems.

Do not pinch probe wires in the door, do not put probe wires through the exhaust vent, and keep the temperature of your cooker below the maximum rated temperatures of the probe wires and you should not have any problems.
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The ET-73/ET-72 were not as dependable as the ET-732 which has better probes and wires. Like anything else, if you use it properly and care for it, it will last a long time. I have had mine almost 2 years without problems.

Do not pinch probe wires in the door, do not put probe wires through the exhaust vent, and keep the temperature of your cooker below the maximum rated temperatures of the probe wires and you should not have any problems.
So the only way to use it is to install pass-throughs on the side of the smokers? I know you can't pinch the wires, but I was planning on running it through the exhaust.
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I'm pretty happy with mine. (Et-732) I need a new pit probe, but I can live with that. Going on 2 years, great range, only dropped the connection a couple times, and the temp is within 2 degrees of freezing or boiling. I was pissed when the pit probe died, but I hadn't exactly babied it. For the price, I'd say go for it.
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So the only way to use it is to install pass-throughs on the side of the smokers? I know you can't pinch the wires, but I was planning on running it through the exhaust.
I found that cutting a small vertical notch in the side of both of my drums worked the best. Place the probe in the meat, then place the wire in the notch and put the lid on. The air leak is miniscule and does not make a difference. Works better than threading through the exhaust vent as well as grommet mds of various kinds (i have tried a couple). My et-7-/et-73 have been going pretty strong after ~ 5yrs. I did an antenna mod which boosted the range tremendously and I never have range issues anymore.
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I have two different maverick temperature probes. I have the ET-85 and the ET-732 most recently. Both work very well for me, but as mentioned earlier here, both have had issues when I'm cooking at higher temps. I have cooked two turkeys and one chicken recently and had issues with both systems at 375-425° temperature range. The problem I'm having with both is that the meat probe reads higher temps than it should, and I think the problem is that heat is radiating down to the probe from the part that is exposed outside the meat. I end up near the end of the cook with a probe reading 15-20 degrees higher than the actual meat temp. I talked to Maverick about it when I discovered that I had two different setups giving me the same problem. They didn't think there would be a problem like I described here. Next time I do a cook like this, I'm going to wrap the exposed portion of the probe in foil to see if the problem goes away or not. Maverick did ask me to contact them after I had done this to let them know if it solved the issue or not.
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I have (2) ET-732 units and they both work great. Use them in competitions and at home on my Backwoods and UDS. UDS has a 1/4" hole that I run the probes thru and on the Backwoods has gaskets that don't crimp the cables. Also have good range on them, usually no more than 125 feet away. Keep fresh batteries in them and they will work great.
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So the only way to use it is to install pass-throughs on the side of the smokers? I know you can't pinch the wires, but I was planning on running it through the exhaust.
Yes drill a hole at food height and install a silicone or high temp rubber grommet. you can also use silicone caulk if you have too..

"Cailking" said he notched the side of his drums and the leak is minimal.

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I returned my ET-732 because of the probes. I now only use the heavier K type probes. I agree that a simple thing like a piece of metal with two wires shouldn't need to be babied.


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I returned my ET-732 because of the probes. I now only use the heavier K type probes. I agree that a simple thing like a piece of metal with two wires shouldn't need to be babied.
I would have to disagree with this. Crimps in any wire will eventually cause the wires to break - most likely within the insulation.

My daughter constantly wraps her headphones in awkward loops and the always have the same results - broken wire somewhere.

You don't have to baby them but I wouldn't just lay the wires on the edge and shut the door on them either.
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