it can kink
I do love my DOT alarm and since it doesn't work without a probe of some kind, this one does its job well. The cable can kink, then weaken at the kink. I had to replace the one that came with my DOT because it quit working. Take care to straighten it while using and take time to coil it before putting it away. Kinda like a garden hose, you have to coil it to avoid kinks. I use it mainly for grilling and roasting, but have used it for jelly and jam making with the pot clip.
Works well but does break so handle thoughtfully
Have found this to work well both in the oven and for meats in pan. It takes some harsh conditions with the cable thru the oven door and my putting lid on a pot and mine broke, so just treat it with reasonable care and it should be fine.
I used this probe maybe 6 times, mostly monitoring oil temp. I went to use it today in a roast and reads 146 F in a 70 F room. I was careful in dealing with kinks (cable is very prone to this) so I have no idea why it failed so soon.
Response from ThermoWorks
From your review, it sounds like there may be a chance that your cable got too wet. When you’re cleaning your probe, you can carefully wipe down the stainless steel cable as long as you don’t submerge it in liquid. You might find it easiest to clean the cable with our probe wipes.
Another thought: When monitoring oil temps, please make sure not to submerge the probe past the transition where the cable meets the probe. If the oil you're monitoring is deep, you may find that the Pro-Series® High Temp 12-inch Probe works best.
April 9, 2017