Not too long ago I posted an entry that detailed my adventures with smoking my own chile peppers & red onions. The product was and is today, a-fricken-mazing. In the midst of that was a promise to review the newish wireless temperature probe that I bought for the ‘experience’.
Piece of crap.
It isn’t a long review, but one worth paying attention to. Save yourself 30 bux or so.
There are several things going on here. What I need and what the product was able to provide. Wait, there’s three. What I need, what the product was able to provide and what the product should have provided. In any event, what I needed was a wireless temperature probe (use a dictionary if you don’t quite get it) and a timer. Timers are handy because as we get older, we forget what 3 hours feels like. Temperature probes are handy because we get tired of burning our fangers. Or ruining dinner.
Anyhoo, with a smoking process that I knew would probably take 30 hours plus, I knew I didn’t want to run out to the smoker to see what the fire or temp was up to. I wanted it on my belt, wireless like. Bitchen. Why? Because digital temperature probes are all over the damned place these days. So while at my local Ace Hardware Store I picked up Taylor’s version. The package really doesn’t give up much. I figure, how bad could it be?
Well, first off I noticed it didn’t easily give up the temperature of the probe. This was either locally OR with the remote. As we’re on the subject. This is technology is supposed to work on the basis is that there is one electronic device with a wired probe that serves as the base unit (battery powered). Then you have a smaller radio type device that receives temperature & timer information from the base. Some of the fancier ones have independant timer functions, this one does. But it ain’t fancy.
Anyway, as I was saying, you can’t initially get the system to give you the probe temperature. It’s set up with preset meats & temperatures. You are supposed to set it to, BEEF – RARE and set back. When it gets to that temp, whatever it is, the buzzer goes off and your dinner is ‘done’. Great. Thanks for thinking for me. I had no idea a beef roast should be roasted to 125 degrees.
There is some setting where you can put in your own temperature settings, oh boy. That sort of worked, but the two units (base & remote) seemed to lose their minds every hour or so.
At that point, I decided that maybe just using the timer funtion and coming out every 2 hours would have to do. No. Taylor in their infinite wisdom decided that 99 minutes was all you needed. No kidding. There is NO hour function with this system. They do have seconds though. So if you need to roast your quail for another 75 seconds, this wireless temperature probe system is for you.
At this point the temperature information is qwerky and the timing function is lame. Okay, so I come out very 99 minutes to check the fire. Great. ‘Within about 20 some odd hours, at about 4 in the morning, the batteries go dead.
Why, at this point I didn’t put a shovel through the ‘things’ is beyond me. Oh wait, I know. I wanted to review it here, then send a copy with the units to Taylor for their review.
So with all that in mind, I’m sorry I don’t have a solution. Only a dry rant that hopefully will save you your hard earned money when it comes time to buy a remote temperature probe system.