@The_Tim@uscpsycho I got the similar ones last time as well as this one from Morningsave. I got this one because of the dual probes and built in display.
The bad reviews on the igrill app are mostly due to Weber redesigning it in a dumb way. They’re not app people, apparently. But the guts of it as far as function seem to still be from idevices’ original app, and it functions fine for the most part. My biggest gripe would be having the app lose connection if I stay out of range too long and am also doing other stuff on my phone that lets Android’s memory management kick in and unload the Weber app, but that’s only happened a couple of times. Reopen the app and it connects right back.
Incidentally, their customer service is decent. I wrote them and complained about the app when they redesigned it (taking away temperature input via a keypad and making it a stupid dial instead) and they sent me some nice tongs to say thanks for the feedback. Maybe they’ll bring back the temperature input.
Also notice this is a “Amazon Choice” which is a new thing they do to help you cut through the bullshit and find the diamond in the rough. These products marked “choice” are well priced, well reviewed, and have the fewest returns in their peer group (supposedly)
Nah, I just used the pink oinking pig [pork] meat thermometer that came in my Fuko bag today for the first time cooking spare ribs, and it worked awesomely well.
Who needs another blue toothy gadget that will interfere with listening to tunes on my blue tooth speakers while chilling with my beer, when I have a pink magnetic oinking flashing pig-shaped one that can alert me just fine!
I have the original iGrill thermometer. After Weber bought the company and wrote the one-star iOS app, it no longer supported the original thermometer. Luckily, I had a backup of the original perfectly functional app and was able to reinstall it. I left another in a sea of one-star reviews to complain about how they abandoned support for the original device for no reason and how it soured my feelings for what had always been a brand I respected. To my surprise, Weber contacted me and sent me the thermometer that meh is selling today. I’ve been using it and I’m happy with it. I still haven’t switched to the new app though. From the update release notes it sounds like they’re still trying to restore the lost functionality of the old app. If you have iOS, I don’t think there’s any way to get the old app. But for this price I think it’s worth taking a shot if you want to cook anything to temperature. (If you aren’t cooking sous vide anyway.)
I was super disappointed with the ones from March, even with the Weber app, they wouldn’t connect to my phone properly(did once, then never again). And even when they were connected, the temperature was VERY badly wrong, off by at least 50 degrees. Wound up throwing them away because I couldn’t do anything with them anyway.
@narfcake only in the very beginning when it wouldn’t connect the first time. I was behind on Android updates, and installing those made it work the first time. Didn’t think about a warranty at all though. I’m ok, I went back to my old thermometer habits. Didn’t much care for the only display being on my phone. Which this one does have its own display, so I would probably like it alot more.
They are great for smoking meats where the cook times are long(>4 hours) and you need to be doing something else, not hovering over your smoker. You can set one probe in the meat and another in the other in the chamber and set an alert if the cook temp goes too high or low.
@Kidsandliz My reason is that I usually am grilling, not oven-ing. I also slow-cook, not flame-sear. I can stab the hunk of animal flesh once, then just flip and rotate it to my heart’s content (within the confines of how I have the probe inserted into the meat), never having to singe my knuckles reaching in to stab the meat repeatedly to know where I am in the cooking process. Admittedly, I would LOVE a device that had no wires at all, but devices like these let me keep the lid closed and the heat on low and keep an eye on when supper’ll be ready.
This looks nice. Does anybody know if this uses a standard Bluetooth profile (RFCOMM maybe, why would it need anything else?) or the Bluetooth is simply a way to obsolete devices when they feel like they are not making enough money? If it does, one can roll his/her own app. I, for example, would like to see a low temp alarm feature (sometimes one has to let the thing cool down, you know …), and use this with a laptop, not a phone.
@qmirage I don’t know the answer to your question but I completely support you finding out. A third party app that supports these and has better features would be great, and there are so many more possibilities from there.
How does one find out what Bluetooth profile it uses?
@djslack You can turn it on and scan with some Bluez tools (on Linux). It has been a while but I believe sdptool can do it. I had some custom tools written for that, too. If it is a proprietary protocol, however, there would be no sdp server and one probably would not be able to connect at all (usually in the name of `security’)
@Carebear I changed the /giphy for you. Editing the post will usually bring up a different one. OTOH, /image usually just brings up the first Google image search result, which can differ depending on whether the hyphens are included or not.
I bought one from Amazon Warehouse a couple years ago (when it was still brandedunder the original name). I’m still running the last old iGrill app instead of moving to Weber because it works fine. I’ve done roasts and steaks on the Weber gas grille, phone 20-40 feet from the probe, and it worked just fine.
We bought this because the standard cable-connected oven probe burned out in the grille over medium heat; these have so far survived a dozen or so extended cooking sessions, though we do remove when searing in blast furnace mode.