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Wireless temp probes #9062027 06/15/24 03:20 AM
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There’s a few diffferent brands of wireless meat temp probes out there. Anyone have any experience with them, good or bad?



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I have and attempted to use the Meaters on several occasions and they never worked right consistently shutting off randomly so I wouldn’t recommend those at all. I have a ThermoWorks Signals and it works great as well as a FireBoard 2 so I’d suggest either one if those two. My favorite is the FireBoard 2 though for what that’s worth, I have one on a smoker and another one I use on the BGE and I’ve never once had an issue with them.

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Thermoworks is what I use , it gets you in the ball park.

Re: Wireless temp probes [Re: Ol Thumper] #9062092 06/15/24 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
I have and attempted to use the Meaters on several occasions and they never worked right consistently shutting off randomly so I wouldn’t recommend those at all. I have a ThermoWorks Signals and it works great as well as a FireBoard 2 so I’d suggest either one if those two. My favorite is the FireBoard 2 though for what that’s worth, I have one on a smoker and another one I use on the BGE and I’ve never once had an issue with them.

So the Fireboard is a wired unit?
I’ve been using a Thermoworks Smoke unite for a while, but the remote quit receiving signal. Seen some video of a couple of the wireless units, just don’t care for the price, especially if they aren’t that dependable yet.



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I have Chef IQ and they have been great. I found on sale for 2 probes and you can purchase a 3rd which I did. 1/2 the cost of Meater and have worked flawlessly. So much better than the wired probes I used before.

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Fireboard(costly) will allow you to look at your temp from anywhere, 10 miles away. FireBoard is connected with wires. Latest meater, $125 or so, does not have wires, has 5 separate temps in one probe!, also can take extreme heat, for rotisserie, (others cannot), also has accurate temps, must have good WiFi, to make it have unlimited distance to your phone you must put a separate iPad or phone near the wooden sending box near the smoker. Both above units work great. Meater has no customer service.

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Originally Posted by Birddogger
I have Chef IQ and they have been great. I found on sale for 2 probes and you can purchase a 3rd which I did. 1/2 the cost of Meater and have worked flawlessly. So much better than the wired probes I used before.

I see a price for 3 probe pack of ChefIQ for $179. Birddogger, how long have you used the ChefIQ unit? Use it in an offset?



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Thermoworks has a 2 for 1 sale on a 2 probe kit.



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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
I have and attempted to use the Meaters on several occasions and they never worked right consistently shutting off randomly so I wouldn’t recommend those at all. I have a ThermoWorks Signals and it works great as well as a FireBoard 2 so I’d suggest either one if those two. My favorite is the FireBoard 2 though for what that’s worth, I have one on a smoker and another one I use on the BGE and I’ve never once had an issue with them.

So the Fireboard is a wired unit?
I’ve been using a Thermoworks Smoke unite for a while, but the remote quit receiving signal. Seen some video of a couple of the wireless units, just don’t care for the price, especially if they aren’t that dependable yet.


Fireboard 2 is wireless.


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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Originally Posted by Birddogger
I have Chef IQ and they have been great. I found on sale for 2 probes and you can purchase a 3rd which I did. 1/2 the cost of Meater and have worked flawlessly. So much better than the wired probes I used before.

I see a price for 3 probe pack of ChefIQ for $179. Birddogger, how long have you used the ChefIQ unit? Use it in an offset?


I’ve had for a year. No heavy offset for me but OK Joes Pellet. Set the probe holder inside probably 15’ from grill and can keep track on my smartphone anywhere on my property so long as I have WiFi signal. I have 3 probes and allows ambient and interior temps for each probe for monitoring.

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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
I have and attempted to use the Meaters on several occasions and they never worked right consistently shutting off randomly so I wouldn’t recommend those at all. I have a ThermoWorks Signals and it works great as well as a FireBoard 2 so I’d suggest either one if those two. My favorite is the FireBoard 2 though for what that’s worth, I have one on a smoker and another one I use on the BGE and I’ve never once had an issue with them.

So the Fireboard is a wired unit?
I’ve been using a Thermoworks Smoke unite for a while, but the remote quit receiving signal. Seen some video of a couple of the wireless units, just don’t care for the price, especially if they aren’t that dependable yet.


It’s wireless with the probes attaching to the unit itself which is Wi-Fi.

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So wires from probe to the transmitter? I’m looking for totally wireless probes.



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It’s the same as the ThermoWorks, other than Meater’s which suck I don’t have any good advice on 100% wireless units. I’d bet all those wireless probes will have the same issues but I hope you find what your looking for up

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Getting new off set soon, should have tight lids, don’t want wires hanging out.



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I have a meater block and a ThermoWorks Signals. Both apps for both products are finicky and sometimes have connectivity issues. I don't like how big the meater probes are, but the 2.0 version are smaller. The wires on the signals probes are frustrating sometimes, but it's nice to see the actual display screen to check temps. I'm always sitting out by the smoker so I look at the screen before my phone to check temps. You could always try the meater probes on Amazon and return them if they don't work for you.

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Originally Posted by MacDaddy21
I have a meater block and a ThermoWorks Signals. Both apps for both products are finicky and sometimes have connectivity issues. I don't like how big the meater probes are, but the 2.0 version are smaller. The wires on the signals probes are frustrating sometimes, but it's nice to see the actual display screen to check temps. I'm always sitting out by the smoker so I look at the screen before my phone to check temps. You could always try the meater probes on Amazon and return them if they don't work for you.

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The meater+ I have works ok, it's good for getting the internal temp of your meat, but not so great at reading the ambient temp in the pit. I use both the meater+ and my thermoworks in my big meats like pork butts and briskets. Meater+ seems to take a couple hours to start reading the correct ambient temp compared to what my wired thermoworks probe reads. But as far as IT in meat, they run pretty damn close to each other. Not sure, but maybe the meater being in a cold hunk of meat screws up the ambient readings, at least until the meat gets warmed up well, which may take 2-3 hours. Then both probes start reading a lot closer to each other. Don't like that the meater+ probe is around 1/4" in diameter either. I think meater has come out with a more slender probe now, but not sure of the price.
You can always just drill a small hole big enough for a wired probe to slip into, and use a rubber grommet to help seal the opening with, of course on the opposite end from firebox.

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Originally Posted by whitewing maniac
The meater+ I have works ok, it's good for getting the internal temp of your meat, but not so great at reading the ambient temp in the pit. I use both the meater+ and my thermoworks in my big meats like pork butts and briskets. Meater+ seems to take a couple hours to start reading the correct ambient temp compared to what my wired thermoworks probe reads. But as far as IT in meat, they run pretty damn close to each other. Not sure, but maybe the meater being in a cold hunk of meat screws up the ambient readings, at least until the meat gets warmed up well, which may take 2-3 hours. Then both probes start reading a lot closer to each other. Don't like that the meater+ probe is around 1/4" in diameter either. I think meater has come out with a more slender probe now, but not sure of the price.
You can always just drill a small hole big enough for a wired probe to slip into, and use a rubber grommet to help seal the opening with, of course on the opposite end from firebox.


I may go with the Thermopro model. And drilling a hole in this pit would be sacrilegious. smile



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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
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The meater+ I have works ok, it's good for getting the internal temp of your meat, but not so great at reading the ambient temp in the pit. I use both the meater+ and my thermoworks in my big meats like pork butts and briskets. Meater+ seems to take a couple hours to start reading the correct ambient temp compared to what my wired thermoworks probe reads. But as far as IT in meat, they run pretty damn close to each other. Not sure, but maybe the meater being in a cold hunk of meat screws up the ambient readings, at least until the meat gets warmed up well, which may take 2-3 hours. Then both probes start reading a lot closer to each other. Don't like that the meater+ probe is around 1/4" in diameter either. I think meater has come out with a more slender probe now, but not sure of the price.
You can always just drill a small hole big enough for a wired probe to slip into, and use a rubber grommet to help seal the opening with, of course on the opposite end from firebox.


I may go with the Thermopro model. And drilling a hole in this pit would be sacrilegious. smile


I understand that

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Thermpro. I've been using mine for years. Remote unit is good up to 300'.
Over time, the probes do die and can be replaced from Amazon.

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