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There’s nothing better than the taste of pork butt, brisket, or a whole chicken which has been smoked low and slow. However, to get excellent results, you need to have an accurate thermometer as the temperature in the smoking chamber needs to be between 225F and 250F. The built-in thermometers in smokers can often be inaccurate, even as much as by 100F, so what you need is a thermometer with probes. In this article, we are going to take a look at the Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer. It is both reliable and easy to use.
Table of Contents
- How Does the Thermometer Work?
- How to Operate the Thermometer Step by Step
- The Smoke Gateway
- The Competition
- Final Thoughts
Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer – Buyers Guide
How Does the Thermometer Work?
The thermometer uses radio frequency to connect the transmitter to the receiver. It’s so easy to connect them to each other. All you do is switch them on and they’re ready to go. They will stay connected for the whole time your food is smoking.
Once you have the two connected, it’s time to set the temperature. It is simple as there are up and down buttons. You can set low and high temperatures, for example, the low could be 200F and the high 250F. Both the transmitter and the receiver will beep if the temperature goes above or below these limits, allowing you to sort out the problem. You can even keep an eye on what the minimum and maximum temperatures the air inside the chamber reaches. You can’t keep staring at the screen, but it’s good to know every now and then what the temperature range has been. If it’s been too high or too low, you will need to check up on it. Sometimes there can be flare-ups and this is when you need to check on the temperatures.
Both the transmitter and the receiver have LCD screens, so they are extremely easy to read. They beat others in the market for clarity. If you do have trouble reading the screens in the dark, there is a button to press and the screens will light up for 20 seconds.
The features are all simple and easy to use and there are no unnecessary features that you probably won’t use. All you need to know is what the temperature is in both the chamber and in the meat and to set the high and low temperatures. Anything else would be superfluous.
How to Operate the Thermometer Step by Step
- The first thing to do when you get the thermometer is to remove the screen protectors and then pull the tags off the battery protectors. Once you’ve done this, the transmitter and receiver will turn on automatically.
- Attach the probes to the transmitter and the temperatures will come on automatically. The air probe needs to be threaded into the chamber and attached to the grid clip. The LCD screen is split in two on both the transmitter and receiver, one for giving the air temperature and the other, the meat temperature.
- The next step is to set the low and high temperatures for the air probe and the done temperature for the meat. Make a final check that the temperatures are displaying properly.
- Leave the transmitter next to the grill or you can attach it with the magnet it comes with. Sometimes, however, the smoker gets too hot for the magnet to work. As well as beeping if the temperature goes too low or too high, the receiver vibrates, so you can’t miss it.
The Smoke Gateway
There will be some of you out there who want to connect your transmitter to your cell phone, and this is where Thermoworks come up trumps. They have come up with a product called the Gateway which you can buy separately and connect to your transmitter. It connects to your Wi-Fi and allows your transmitter to send all the temperatures to your cell phone. It is about the same size as the receiver so won’t take up much space. Wi-Fi is more reliable than Bluetooth but is only okay if you’re within Wi-Fi range. This shouldn’t, however, be a problem if you’re at home.
There are other comparable thermometers in the market, and we’ll take a look at the Maverick ET – 733.
The Maverick comes with two identical probes and two clips. It is possible to measure the heat in two pieces of meat, or the air temperature in two different smokers. However, the chances you are going to do this are slim. You would be more likely to want to measure the air temperature and the meat temperature and this is where the Smoke comes into its own. Still, the Maverick is flexible.
The Maverick has preset temperatures for different meats like pork, beef, lamb, turkey, and chicken, while the Smoke expects you to select the temperature yourself. We believe that this is better as different cuts from one animal may need a different internal temperature. Just choosing the type of meat can lead to inaccurate temperatures.
One advantage of the Maverick is that you can program it from both the transmitter and the receiver, while with the Smoke, you can only program it from the transmitter. On the other hand, you can attach more than one receiver to the Smoke.
The Smoke has longer, more durable, and more accurate probes than the Maverick. Also, the Smoke is so much easier to set up than the Maverick. Just take the Smoke out of the box, switch it on, and you’re ready to go.
The Chef Alarm was popular before the Smoke was developed. However, it only has one probe unlike the Smoke which has two, so you have to choose whether to measure the air temperature or the meat temperature. Of course, you could rely on the built-in thermometer for the air temperature and put the probe into the meat. However, as we have said, built-in thermometers aren’t always accurate.
Another disadvantage of the Chef Alarm is that it doesn’t come with a receiver, so you have to check the temperature at the smoker. No more relaxing indoors while the food smokes.
However, the Chef Alarm does come with a timer that the Smoke doesn’t have.
Finally, we will compare the Smoke to the Weber iGrill 2 thermometer. The transmitter on the iGrill 2 connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth, while the Smoke has a receiver. However, if you buy the Smoke Gateway, you can connect the transmitter to your cell phone via your Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi has a bigger range than Bluetooth and it is also more reliable.
In addition, the probes on the Smoke are better than the ones on the iGrill 2. They are more accurate and will last longer.
We hope that you have found this article about the Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer interesting and informative. It is worth paying the extra as it has 2 accurate probes, a receiver with a range of 300 feet, and the capability of attaching more receivers. In addition, if you want to attach the transmitter to your cell phone, you can purchase the Smoke Gateway which connects to your Wi-Fi.