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Maverick ET-73 concerns

valrunevalrune Posts: 134
edited 9:47PM in EggHead Forum
The first time I used mine, I could not pick up a signal from my garage to my living room (one wall) :angry: so I did my overnight without it. I did the antenna mod. and now it can pick up the signal all the way to the back of the house! My last overnight (second use with the ET-73) the pit probe sometimes resistered 10 deg. over my dome thermo , and sometimes 10 deg. under. The meat probe resistered HHH constantly until I removed it from the meat and reinserted then it would read a temp for about 4 seconds and then go back to HHH. I moved the probe wires around with no change in the reading. I restarted the maverick 2-3 different times with the same results.Talk about chasing temps all night, I was better off without it. I calibrated all probes and dome thermo at the same time in boiling water with good results. I don't know if I should buy new probes or stick the maverick in the back of my junk drawer for a couple years :(


  • BeerBQBeerBQ Posts: 117
    I'm on my 2nd Maverick. Piece of junk in my eyes. I have calibrated all other thermometers to make sure temp measurements are accurate and Maverick is always inconsistent. Others have had success, but thumbs down for me.
  • Get rid of it!

    If you can send it back do it.

    Put your money in a stoker or guru.
  • I've had mine two years. It has always been accurate. Range is enough for me (maybe 35 feet). I set the alarms on overnights and it hasn't let me down.
    I see these posts about problems on this forum at regular intervals. Some folks have no problems others are concerned.
    Quality control may kill these folks.
  • JasperJasper Posts: 378
    Now you have me wondering about my ET-71 wireless thermometer. I kept losing the signal and the chicken temp seemed a little high. When it reached 180 I went out and stuck another Maverick thermometer in the chicken and it registered 167.

    I should check both of these with boiling water. Can these Mavericks be calibrated?
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    No you can not calibrate the maverick probes. I may use my et-73 to cook with but I use my thermapen for the final say. Tim
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    valrune, How did you do your antenna mod? Do you have any pic's? Tim
  • field handfield hand Posts: 420
    I'm on my second ET-73, returned the first one, bad transmitter. Would like more details on your antenna mod to increase the range.

    Marthasville, MO
  • I have a food probe failure on my first use of the Maverick et 73. I was warned by Bacchus not to buy it because I didn't need it. He was right. However, I do like the dome probe. I am sitting in my office and I can quickly look at my dome temp. I am watching my egg get to 325 as I cook a ham. I will order another food probe and try it again. If the next one fails after one cook I am done!
  • valrunevalrune Posts: 134
    I am happy for your success with the maverick :) . I was hoping to get some sleep with mine but because of the crazy readings I was up all night.
  • valrunevalrune Posts: 134
    BTW, My last cook was a pork shoulder, came out eggcellent! It didn't last long enough for pics :laugh:
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Which mod did you use, length and gauge of wire?

  • valrunevalrune Posts: 134
    I modified the receiver by using wire I found in my garage. I think its about a 16 ga. and I used a 6.5" piece. I didn't use solder, I just firmly stuck it in the ant. hole and when the case was closed it holds the wire securely. I notched a small hole in the case just big enough for the wire to pass through. Seems to work great.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    I have some interesting information about the mod which I will post when I get my ET-73 back together and the pictures up on the forum.

    Thanks for the information & the post.

    Glad it seems to work for you.

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