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iGrill 2, probe thermometer for grilling, smoking

iGrill 2 – Best Probe Thermometer for Grilling or the Oven

Weber iGrill2 is the Best Probe Thermometer I've Used

It was a long time ago, way before the Weber iGrill2 came along, when I first heard about probe thermometers. It was on Alton Brown's cooking show, "Good Eats", when he recommended probe thermometers. I've been using them ever since, and I've been through lots of them, expensive ones, cheap ones, and even remote control ones. But the best one I've had so far has been and continues to be the iGrill2. I've been personally using it for over a year. It's a great Bluetooth probe thermometer for grilling, smoking, or even roasting or baking in your oven. I use it all the time, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. 

iGrill 2 with 3 meat probes + 1 ambient probe

Key features of iGrill 2 I really like

  • Sturdy & accurate probes
  • Use up to 4 probes at once
  • Swivel magnetic base unit to read easily on horizontal or vertical surfaces
  • Easy to clean and store

Looking for a less-expensive alternative?

  • Same base unit 
  • CAPACITY for 4 probes
  • But only comes w/ 2 meat probes

iGrill2: Bluetooth Remote Probe Thermometer that Works Great

One of the best things about the iGrill2 is that you can dial in the temperature to a specific number.  Some probe thermometers I've used, only let you pick the type and doneness of the meat. That's just not enough control. I mean you've got to get back to the grill, maybe find another, clean plate to put the done meat on.  Plus, you have to let your meat rest and come up to the finished temperature. If you're locked in to some manufacturer's preset temperature, you're going to end up with overcooked meat!  So, first, the iGrill2 let's you set the temperature to whatever you want.  You're not locked in to someone else's idea of what temperature is medium rare.  

Multiple Thermometer Probes at Once!

You can plug in up to 4 probes at once. Typically, you can buy an iGrill2 package with one or more probes. I bought the iGrill2 Complete Master Kit with 3 Pro Meat Probes & 1 Ambient Pro Probe. That was back in July, 2017. All of the probes and the base unit are still working great, and based on a quick search on Amazon using Honey, it looks like this particular iGrill2 combo is still the least expensive of the 4-probe combos as of this writing.    

iGrill2 Thermometer Probes are Accurate and Sturdy

The iGrill2 probes have proven accurate and very sturdy. While many other probe thermometer's probes have failed, the iGrill2 probes have held up for over a year without a problem. They just work, and they're pretty easy to store. They each come with their own cord storage. You can clip in the probe and wrap the cord around the storage thing. Then, if you have multiple probes, you can actually clip all the storage pieces together, so all you probes can be neatly put away, and the cords don't "wind up" running all over your kitchen drawers or kitchen cabinets.

I Highly Recommend iGrill 2

I highly recommend the Weber iGrill 2, whether you're buying it for yourself or as a gift for your favorite cook or grill master.

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Electrocution accidents

Avoiding Electrical Code Violations

A while back, I posted about how I vented my microwave through an exterior wall. One of our readers asked whether the way I did it was “up to code”. It was, but I had forgotten to include in my post a photo of the duct work piece that showed that it was. Meeting code for duct work is important, but meeting code for electrical work may be even more important.

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Everybody Loves to Roomba

I hate vacuuming. So, a couple years ago, I bought a Roomba vacuum cleaner from Costco as a Christmas present to myself.  This robot vacuum has been a huge upgrade for our home.

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Landscape plan showing Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Landscape Plan was a Great Investment!

How to Get Great Landscape Design for Less Money

A landscape plan using landscape design focused on your personal home can help make your house look great, and it can be a great investment. Front landscaping just makes you feel good when you come home after a hard day at work. Plus, it can add significant value to your home. Professional landscaping can be expensive, but there is a way you can get the awesome results of professional landscaping without spending a fortune.

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Home improvement: keep the sewer clean out, but put it underground in a utility box

Sewer Cleanout? Underground it!

Sewer Cleanout Critical but in the Way

A sewer cleanout is a pipe that gives you access to your home's sewer line. So, it's critical for maintaining your connection to your sewer system. Should a backup occur, getting to a sewer cleanout quickly can save you money and reduce the damage from an overflow inside your house. To make sure they are easily accessible, sometimes a builder will install a sewer cleanout above grade. Sometimes that's because of a local law on how high above ground a sewer cleanout has to be. But a sewer cleanout that is above ground has its own set of problems. Luckily, I've found a pretty easy and cheap solution.

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Frigidaire Gallery microwave oven mounted above oven and vented through outside wall

Microwave with Vent to Outside

I like to cook. So, one small home improvement that has improved my life a lot has been venting the over-the-range microwave fan through the exterior wall. The tools and parts were cheap, the project was fairly simple, and and it has really cut down on the smoke and odor in the kitchen and in the whole house.

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Home Improvement: Front yard landscaping after landscape plan - After

Home Improvement Cost vs. Value

Home improvement cost and value is important. Which home renovation projects are you and your neighbors doing that will increase your property values? How much will that home improvement cost? How to decide which home improvement project to do next?

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