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Got my Smoke today, and put it to use to grill a couple of chicken breasts. It worked brilliantly, as expected.
The upside of being able to leave the grill area and monitor temperatures remotely from the receiver is so huge it hardly need be described. I like the DOTs, but this is really a lot more convenient, and I expect to mainly use the Smoke for temperature control on my grill going forward.
A minor critique for Thermoworks: Like the Big Timer, this product leans back at a very narrow angle, which is unsuitable to typical grill surfaces that are approximately waist height. I'm 5'11" so it isn't like I'm an NBA player. The units send their data to my stomach, not eyes. Seems like such a basic oversight for a company that is so focused on good end user design.
I bought this to replace a [competitor's product] because I got tired of having to buy replacement probes. Previous experience with other ThermoWorks products make me think Smoke and its probes will be more durable. On first use I found that it is very easy to use. I did have to calibrate both probes +1 degree in boiling water to make them agree with my Thermapen. It would have been nice if calibration instructions were at the website as indicated in the printed directions, but it was easy enough to figure out. The advertised transmission range seems about right. It is better than my [competitor's product] but still not good enough to cover my whole house. I will definitely be adding the wifi option when it is available. The pendant receiver is ok, but I wish it had a kickstand so I could set it on a table and be able to read it from a distance.
I got steered toward the Smoke and after reading and reviews, decided to take a chance and pre-order it. It is very easy to set-up and works exactly as I expected/wanted it to. I used it for the first time last night. I was able to get everything going and sit inside and watch TV while I monitored the grill and food temp with the remote. The wife asked "when is dinner going to be ready?" I said when the little alarm goes off and it tells me it is done. As someone who is used to "eyeballing" my food on a traditional grill, this takes some getting used to, but is very cool. Both units seem to be of excellent, high quality and very substantial in construction, as do the probes.My only complaint would be to have included a short food probe as well (I just ordered one). I made a beer can chicken and the I had to be pretty creative for placing the probe in the thickest part of the breast and not having it hit the lid when inserted into the top of the tall 4LB bird.
I have been using the other brand of remote thermometer for years and have actually gone through multiples of them. They all tend to drop signal easily and the latest version is frustrating to program.
Now for the Smoke! I got it yesterday and put it into a brisket last night, super easy to program. The signal stays strong and the display is super easy to read. It is obviously durable and I love the magnate on the back. It makes my smoker look so high-tech with it attached.
The only downside I can see is the weight of the remote. Rather than using the neck cord, I am using a holster I had from another product.
Thermoworks really knocked it out of the park with this! As with everything they manufacture, this is a great product!
I was a bit worried when I first ordered.. hmmm, why pay twice the price of others. When I received this, I realized why: Very, yes, very, well built. My reason for not 5 stars are the connectors. Someone errored here in using the same cheap connectors of the lower priced competition rather that the very reliable flat pin type used on so many other thermoWorks products.. and Why?
Thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to discuss the type of connector Smoke includes.
We chose to use the headphone-jack style connector because Smoke uses thermistor technology to measure temperature rather than thermocouple technology. Additionally, our experience is that this type of connector is just as reliable as the flat-pin thermocouple connector you are used to.
April 26, 2017
I received my "Smoke" last week and finally got to use it today. So far I am loving it.
Pros: Easy to set up. Great build for the money -- solid, sturdy, protected.
Cons: Non as of yet (3hrs. into a cook and yes, the alarms do work.)
I have used another brand; yet, did not have much confidence in it. "Smoke" has satisfied my prejudice of ThermoWorks producing the highest quality thermometers...I just feel comfortable I am getting accurate readings. At the end of the cook, I will check it against my Thermopen. The "oven" monitor is right on with the fan sensor reading.
I've had other remote thermometers before. None can hold a candle to my Smoke. I don't know how I ever lived without a second probe. I know exactly what my smoker is doing, no guessing. One thing I would like to see is a small storage case to hold both units and probes. Once again, this is an excellent product.
We live in a large, stone house. For years I have been looking for a wireless thermometer that will get through the walls. I think I have finally found it. I have been testing the Smoke throughout my house and it seems to receive the signal almost everywhere. I smoke a great deal and being able to monitor the temperature without going outside is great. Especially now that "winter is coming."
After transitioning from a Weber kettle to a WSM, I purchased a [competitor's product]. Soon the grill sensor went kablooie. I decided to upgrade when I saw the Smoke. Received it yesterday and smoking some baby backs today. So far I like it much more. Appears to be more rugged and intuitively adjustable. Really shows how poorly the WSM thermo registers the temp. It is definitely worth the upgrade.
Today, I used my new "Smoke" for the very first time. I shoved the probe into a 3 lb. Rib Roast, set the oven to 325 F., and let things cook until the internal meat temp. got to 150 F. Perfection ! The roast was cooked exactly as I wanted it. While waiting for the roast to cook, I sat in another room and watched TV and monitored the temperature on the remote. I highly recommend this device, it takes all of the guesswork out of cooking meat safely & properly. When spring arrives, I will cook something outdoors in a smoker, but it's too cold here in Central Canada right now to do that.
Got my Smoke for Christmas and used it for our smoked prime rib roast - awesome. Like others, I didn't trust my other remote 100%. However, being disabled I really need the remote capability (my son handles the physical work). It's great to finally have a remote unit with ThermoWorks quality.
- Simple to program and easily done with my mouthstick. Love that I can stick it to the side of the hopper and program it without worrying about it moving or tipping over.
- Love the min/max temp tracking - very useful for learning my pellet smoker's behavior without sitting there staring as the temp goes up and down.
- Separate low and high alarms for both channels
- Unless I'm missing something, it'd be nice to turn alarms on/off separately on the main unit and receiver so the main won't beep outside overnight.
Would be nice to be able to reset min and max separately and without turning unit off/on...maybe push and hold alarm buttons.
I just got a smoker and did my first smoke using the lid thermometer and a cheap digital thermometer. I never really knew if either were close to the right temp. I order this and was amazed how easy it was to use and allowed me to enjoy company during my second smoke rather than just worry about the temps. Used the grate and meat probe, having full confidence in the unit...and it worked beautifully! Used it as an instant read probe grilling burgers tonight and it was very fast to find a stable temp. I would recommend this to anyone. Now to decide on a Thermapen or Thermopop as my next Thermoworks accessory...
Have had it for a couple weeks. It is basically GREAT at what it does. It is also built better, with a better and easier user interface, than the main competitive product. There were a couple of design oversights I hope they'll fix in version 2.0. (1) The main unit and remote really need to show the TIME. Time, not just temperature, is a data point in cooking. (2) The remote is too chunky and heavy, it's really kinda ridiculous to be something you're supposed to wear around your neck. Other than that I love this product and think it's almost a "must have" for folks who are into temperature-centered cooking, whether BBQ or grill or anything else.
Received for Christmas, first smoke was perfect, loved that I was able to be napping when selected temp was reached and the alarm sounded. Disappointed that, unlike my other Thermoworks device (that is great but lacks remote alarm), there is no timer nor storage case.
Finally, someone made a dual-probe remote thermometer for BBQ enthusiast that won't drive you crazy trying to adjust the temperatures. I now use this constantly for several other cooking projects besides BBQ. For instance, I also make yogurt once a week which requires bringing fresh milk to 160 degrees and then cooling to 110 degrees. So easy now with the smoke to set both of these temps and hit each threshold with ease. I also use it to monitor the yogurt temp for the nine hours in the warming oven to ensure a perfect cook. Pros: Ease of use in adjusting the temperature settings. Distance from the base station to the remote. Cons:Remote has a beveled base that will not allow standing the remote on end for viewing. If only one probe is inserted in the base station, remote constantly flashes "noP". Best solution would be to sell a "button" probe that measures ambient temperature next to the base station. Alternate solution would be the ability to turn off 2nd probe.
I ordered the Smoke when it was offered as a pre sale and I just opened it today, Thanksgiving Day. Thermoworks knocked It out of the park on this one too! I have been using a different brand for a few years and it got the job done. However, the other brand felt cheaply made. It is so light that it would occasionally blow off my Kamdo Joe. The other guys (same name as Tom Cruise character in Top Gun) probe was cumbersome to program too. Smoke has eliminated EVERY issue with the other guys remote probe. The Smoke is HEAVY and rock solid! It comes loaded with batteries so you can simply unbox it and use it immediately. The programming is clear, concise, simple and easy. There is a nice rubber grip strip made into both units for those days when you have some oil or grease on your hands. The Smoke is a must have for the occasional cook to the competition cook. This would make a FANTASTIC Christmas or Birthday gift for anyone that has a grill.
My family business has been smoking meat for our drive in restaurant for 60 years and I've been doing it for 25 of those. I'm always looking for a better way to monitor my pit and meat temp since our smoker is outside. We smoke from 18 to 20 hrs. each time we fire up. This has definitely made me a better cook. Can't wait for WiFi as I spend so much time driving from my house to the Diner to check on my meat. It'll get 5 stars when we've got wifi. Also Thermopen is the best, been using them for years.
This product really shines in how easy it is to use and set up. Compared to other units it blows them away. Set up out of the box within 2 minutes. I like that the main unit has numbers large enough to see from a distance so I can read while hanging out by the smoker. The receiver works great when needed and the pairing is strong and reliable. I like the quick alert if it drops signal and battery warnings. Biggest pro's are it's ease of use and the reliability and backing of Thermoworks. Only con I have (after 4 uses) is that the receiver is a bit clunky. Hard to balance the robust feeling it has with a sleek design and keeping cost down. A running timer next to the min and max temps would be nice but I find more value in the simplicity of it and ease of use. Glad they finally came out with this and I like the OPTION of adding wi-Fi if I want to.
Bottom Line. I TRUST this system. I did NOT trust my [competitor's product].
I have owned a lot of [competitor's product] products and they all die or give wrong readings after a short period of time. I use a Thermapen and a Thermapop and have been very happy with their functionality, accuracy and reliability. So, I was really surprised to see ThermoWorks enter this market as it is kinda price competitive and they have traditionally aimed at the commercial/higher end market.
I received the "Smoke" and immediately put it to work. Easy to set up and use. My smokers are in the backyard and I walked out to the driveway and still had connection. I really like this product despite being built in China. Now I can work in my shop without having to run to my smokers every 15 minuts... Great product and I am a big fan of Thermoworks.
I have had a chance to use the new smoke and used 2 probes one that came with the unit the other the 12 inch probe that I purchased in addition.
Results are the 12 inch probe was highly inaccurate and was a total waste of money!! Of course since it was used it can not be returned, very disappointing
Response from ThermoWorks
We are so sorry to hear about the problem you've had with your 12-inch probe. Of course, this is unacceptable. The good news is that ThermoWorks probes are covered by a 6-month warranty. Our Tech Support team will contact you as quickly as possible to make the arrangements for you to receive a replacement.
Received our Smoke yesterday, trying it out today. Smoked salmon!!! Only using the grate probe. I'll check the internal temp with the thermopop. This tool is the best. 34 degrees outside/ I'm sitting in the house!!!!!! Grate temp is 151 degrees and stable. Should have purchased long ago. Great company and awesome service!!!
I have been egghead for 3 years. Smoke has enabled me to monitor overnight cooks from my bed. This makes smoking pork butts easy for when your tailgating the next day. I can't believe it is only $100. Well worth the money.
I ordered my new Smoke on a presale for www.amazingribs.com members, and was super pumped to cook on it last weekend. I was amazed at how effortless this thing was to get going. Literally remove from box, calibrate in ice water, thread wires into your pit, and cook! I loved knowing my pit temp while watching football and drinking beer! Set the low alarm to 200 and the high to 250, and you are set for low and slow. I was cooking ribs, so the meat probe was not really needed. I cannot wait to get this thing into a brisket or shoulder, and watch live as I power through the stall! Great job here Thermoworks. I am a big fan!
I bought this as an upgrade from my ChefAlarm. The ChefAlarm is great, but its two main drawbacks for me are 1) you have to manually switch out probes to check air and food temperatures; and 2) I can't hear the alarm when I'm inside. Smoke addresses both of those issues perfectly. It doesn't have a timer like the ChefAlarm, but who cares? I have dozens of timers I can use and besides, the whole point is that your food is done at a certain temperature, not a certain cook time.
If pressed to find negatives, I would say the receiver is bulkier than I expected. It actually is pretty handy to wear it with the lanyard, but it's so heavy it bounces on my chest when I walk. Also, although the grey is nice, color options would be nice too as I prefer my thermometers in red.
This temp monitor is amazing. Really easy to use. Plug it in turn it on and you are ready to go. The wireless receiver is a big help. Automatically connects to the unit. Turn them on stick your probes in and you are ready to go!
I've been using a chain-store type wireless units for a few years and when this last one died I thought I'd finally get a quality unit and stop being frustrated with overseas garbage. Amazingribs.com considers ThermoWorks to be at the top so I do too and ended up getting the Smoke (for the Pit Barrel Cooker) and a SuperFast Pocket for around the kitchen. I feel like an idiot for not having this level of instrument sooner, what a night and day difference in usability, design, durability, etc. The extra few bucks is more than worth it vs the cheap chain-store units. Great job on these units ThermoWorks!