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Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven Barbeque Thermometer

Posted Aug 13 2010 11:35pm

Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven Barbeque Thermometer

Grill Right Wireless Talking BBQ/Oven Thermometer–Well let you know when your BBQ is ready from a football field away!

2 Stars not happy
To date I am having great difficulty getting this to operate. First the batteries were not good.Second, although following directions for use I cannot get it to operate it as it should. The main control will not program what I want in terms of temp. control and the unit that has the probe does not light as it should to indicate it is operating.

4 Stars Wonderful product (when it works)
My first experience with this thermometer was not great. Could not get it to work at all, despite trying all sorts of resets, battery replacements, button pushing and chants to the Higher Powers of Consumer Electronics. The LED on the transmitter unit would not light up, and thus would not communicate with the base unit.

But Amazon came through very well – returned it, and they sent me a new one. No hassle whatsoever. Two thumbs up to the Amazon folks!

The second unit is working very well. I’m sitting in the house, but know that the chicken on the smoker just hit 111 degrees! I’m finding it to be a huge help with using the smoker, since I don’t have to remove the cover (and thus let a lot of heat escape) to check how things are cooking. Plus, you don’t have to turn items on the smoker, so positioning the probe is very easy.

The probe on the unit I received is different than the one pictured. It’s straight rather than with a curve/loop at the end. The design I have seems like it would be sturdier than the one pictured, so perhaps this is a response from the manufacturer due to complaints about probe failures.

The range is excellent. I have not lost the signal unless I’m in the basement, and then only when I’m in the far back away from the window.

The unit is not all that intuitive at first, and the manual is not what you’d call well organized. But, after a short trial and error period, it works just fine. The buttons are also a bit small – the reset button in particular is way too small and hard to find.

I’ve not had the need to use the reset function, but I’ll keep that in mind should the unit not want to communicate (thanks to all the other reviewers who mentioned that there is a reset button in both the base unit and the transmitter!!).

The fact that the first one was DOA gives me pause as to the longevity of this unit, but I’ll be optimistic and give it 4 stars. It is a very handy and, while a regular meat thermometer will also do the trick at a much lower cost, this is one of those tools that are just fun!

Don’t waste your money on this one, piece of junk. Lasted for 2 cookings then stopped reading temp. Good looking, and seems to be well made but I think the probe is where the problem is. I just use it for slow and low bbq but would not hold up under only 300 degrees or less.

5 Stars Fantastic lil device
Works great, intuitive, although it did take me a bit to figure out how to set my own desired temperatures as opposed to those pre-set for beef, pork, etc. I like to do roasts on the BBQ but really got tired of running in and out to check on them. This solves that problem. First bought myself one and then got one for my son-in-law on Father’s day. He is even lazier than am I. 8-)

5 Stars So far so good
So far we have tested this on Filet Mignon, Ribeye and Pork Chops on the grill. We have had accurate readings. If the performance holds up we will be very pleased.

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