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  • Post #31 - August 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm
    Post #31 - August 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm Post #31 - August 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm
    I signed up for a Kickstarter for a wireless thermometer that connects to your phone, the Meater. In the tradition of such things, it took forEVER to arrive, but once it got here, we've had good luck with it. The only problem is that our WSM is essentially a Faraday cage, which messes with the Bluetooth signal. As long as you're not far from it, it still works fine. And it's pretty amusing to watch the updates on your phone as your meat roasts in the oven... Chouxfly has had a lot of fun with it. (I'll ask him to check in here and post more about his experience.)

    If anyone else is curious: https://thegadgetflow.com/portfolio/mea ... ermometer/
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  • Post #32 - August 15th, 2017, 10:52 am
    Post #32 - August 15th, 2017, 10:52 am Post #32 - August 15th, 2017, 10:52 am
    So I think the Meater is an extremely cool idea. It is a bluetooth-enabled temperature probe that tracks both the internal temperature and the ambient temperature in the oven, and broadcasts that information to your phone. One of the coolest features for me (as a science nerd) is that the phone retains a record of the data! Here is a cook of a pork tenderloin in our oven a few weeks ago:

    IMG_1232.PNG A pork tenderloin


    The green line is the ambient temperature, while the pink line is the probe temperature. You can see how long it takes for the oven to get up to temperature after opening it to put the tenderloin in, the heating cycles of the range, and when we pulled the tenderloin out of the oven to start resting. The phone app is pretty nice; it has a database of recommended temperatures (as well as what temperatures you want for rare/medium/well done) for most common cuts of meat, and can give you alerts when your food is approaching the target temperature.

    My only complaint, as Mamagotcha mentioned, is that our WSM blocks the bluetooth signal pretty effectively, so you can only get readings when you're within about 3 feet of the smoker. This isn't a problem with our oven (which has a glass door), but unfortunately the smoker doesn't work as well. I am going to try putting the app on one of our old smartphones and leaving it next to the smoker as a repeater (the app is smart enough to share information with multiple devices on the same wifi network) but I wish it had the option for a wire antenna that you could run outside the smoker.
  • Post #33 - October 27th, 2021, 2:10 pm
    Post #33 - October 27th, 2021, 2:10 pm Post #33 - October 27th, 2021, 2:10 pm
    budrichard wrote:My son left my Original Thermopen outside overnight and the dew got to it.
    Removed battery cover and battery and used hair dryer, works fine but I would go with the waterproof model.
    As Posted, Thermopen is the best!-Richard

    Hi,

    I love my Thermopen, but changing a battery is a pain.

    I have not yet been able to rotate the cover to remove the battery. Is there a trick someone could suggest help move this along?

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #34 - October 27th, 2021, 2:37 pm
    Post #34 - October 27th, 2021, 2:37 pm Post #34 - October 27th, 2021, 2:37 pm
    I find it easy to open with a quarter.
  • Post #35 - October 27th, 2021, 3:16 pm
    Post #35 - October 27th, 2021, 3:16 pm Post #35 - October 27th, 2021, 3:16 pm
    lougord99 wrote:I find it easy to open with a quarter.

    Can we meet somewhere to open mine? I have not had any ease doing this.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #36 - October 29th, 2021, 8:54 am
    Post #36 - October 29th, 2021, 8:54 am Post #36 - October 29th, 2021, 8:54 am
    Hi,

    I contacted Thermopen technical support. I did everything suggested and got nowhere, except dinging up the battery cover. So it is going back to Thermopen today for this battery door issue.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #37 - November 7th, 2021, 6:56 pm
    Post #37 - November 7th, 2021, 6:56 pm Post #37 - November 7th, 2021, 6:56 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I contacted Thermopen technical support. I did everything suggested and got nowhere, except dinging up the battery cover. So it is going back to Thermopen today for this battery door issue.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Thermopen is fixed and on its way back. They replaced the messed up battery cover and replaced the battery. First thing I will do when it returns: open the battery compartment just to see it works.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #38 - November 8th, 2021, 7:24 pm
    Post #38 - November 8th, 2021, 7:24 pm Post #38 - November 8th, 2021, 7:24 pm
    Have used a Thermopen for years. My problem was when having a large gathering (where drinking is part of the celebration) is remembering to check the roast. I purchased The Meater which works with an app downloaded to your cell and has worked flawlessly. You input what you are cooking as well as what temperature you want and doneness. The App will notify as to the current temperature and give several notices as to how much time is remaining until done. Then it provides when to remove and resting time and then alerts you when done resting and time to carve. The only thing I totally dislike is that the next day you receive a Text asking you how your Rib Roast cook came out. Don't like the use of my info for Tracking purposes.
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