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First off, if you don't have a Weber grill made to accept this, you'll have to figure out your own way to mount it that might not be easy - though you could just leave it laying out while using it. Bluetooth connection sets up pretty easily, but since you are probably connecting to your phone, you'll probably wander out of range at some point while cooking and it will disconnect. The problem I find is that it doesn't always reconnect and when that happens, I have to power cycle the unit to get it to connect again. So, plan to just leave your phone someplace within range while grilling. My other problem is with the alerts/alarms. Both the app and the device sound these alarms so I will tell you about each of them separately because they don't behave the same. The first use you might want is using a probe as an ambient temperature probe to tell you when your grill gets up to temperature. For me, that would not be a precise temperature but a range - but don't be fooled into using the temperature range for this because it will immediately start sounding an alarm saying the grill is out of range and if you cancel the alarm, it just starts again, over and over until it gets to temperature. So, instead notice that there is an option to set a single temperature and use that to preheat. But, that will alarm then if temperature wanders by over 10 degrees, so if you want a wider range (because most grills are hard to keep at a set temperature, like when you open the lid) you'll need to change to a range of your own picking. And about the audible alarms... I hear them all the time while I am sitting there looking at the screen, but when I set the phone down and walk away and the screen is off, then there is no alarm! I haven't figured that out, and that is really the only time I NEED the alarm - when I'm not looking. Duh. Then there are the alarms on the device itself. They mostly seem to match what happens on the phone. However, at least a couple times every grilling, the alarm on the device doesn't stop when I stop it on my phone and there is no place I can find to stop it, so I end up having to power cycle the device again. So, all told, I'm not sure this is helping. I spend more time trying to get it to work than it saves me from watching the grill. I guess it gives me something to fill the time with - though at least once it distracted me and I over cooked the chicken. Oh, and about the temperatures... all the chicken options are 165 degrees - not sure why they have 8 different kinds of chicken with all identical settings that you cannot change. By the time you respond to the alarm at 165, your chicken will probably be coasting to 170 and be dry and overcooked. So, you might want to create an "other" setting that lets you adjust the temp to suit your preference and response time. In summary, this works but you are probably best just watching the probe temperatures and not using all of the "Start Grilling" functionality. It is just frustration.
These thermometers work well as long as you keep them perfectly in the middle of the meat. If you’re even slightly off, the temps are wrong. If you’re more than slightly off, the temp shots up to 300 degrees in just seconds after you put the meat on the grill, and you have no useful information on the actual temperature.
After several months, one of the probes seems to be short circuiting… as soon as I plug it in, the temp shows 300 and starts beeping, even though I’m just holding it up in the air. It didn’t last long, and is useless now.
Another problem is that the probes are color coded with plastic rings on the wire. But if to forget, they’ll get to close to the grill and turn black. Then you can’t tell them apart.
I really like the idea, but they’re too expensive if you need to replace them every few months when they fail.
One thing that I do like I’d the propane level sensor. Not sure how it figured it out, but it’s allot more accurate than when I simply eyeball it.
Overall, I can’t recommend this product… just use your regular handy meat thermometer.
I'm kind of on the fence right now with this item as I've only used it a few times but I have gotten inconsistent results.
I'm using this with a Weber Genesis II e-330 propane grill.
The first cook was six 1 1/2 inch thick cut ribeye desired doneness medium 140° sear time 3 minutes per side high heat with the lid closed. The rest of the cook after searing was low heat.
The steaks were pulled immediately once the desired doneness was reached and then let rest for 10 minutes. We cut the steaks open and they were tender juicy and had the perfect pinkness on the inside.
Second cook was quarter-pound hamburgers 1 inch thick ground sirloin the desired doneness was medium well 155°. 1 minute to sear per side high heat with the rest of the cook low to medium Heat.
I pulled the hamburgers once the desired doneness was reached let them rest for five minutes and then cut one open. It was clearly well done with no visible pink at all inside however I will say that it was still juicy but I do like a little bit of pink in my burger when I bite into it.
The third cook was four boneless skinless store-bought chicken breast seared on high heat 2 minutes per side and then cooked on low heat until the desired doneness was reached which would be well 165°. The chicken breasts were pulled at 165 degrees and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut them open and they were perfectly well done tender and juicy no issues.
The fourth and most recent cook was New York strip steak 1 and 1/2 inch thick cut high-heat sear 3 minutes per side then cooked on low until 140 ° medium doneness. The steaks were pulled once the desired doneness was reached and then we let them rest for 10 minutes.
We cut into the steaks and one of them appeared to be more of a medium well because It had a slight pink Center while the other one appeared to be well done throughout.
I will continue to play with the settings on the probes and possibly alter cook times or temperatures to pull them a few degrees before desired doneness that way once they're still cooking while at rest I will get the desired results.
I will probably just break out my thermopro and run two identical pieces of meat side by side same cook sear times to see if there's any inaccuracies in the probes themselves the thermopro has yet to fail me... We will see what happens.
I guess it's okay, but for an integrated design, the cables are clumsy and the app will drive you crazy because it will beep for every change: at temperature - beep, below temp - beep, above temp - beep. I had to turn off the beeping, b/c it was beeping all the time. Better to just check it from time to time for temp. So, I just use manual timers and check the temp manually. Notably, the temperature reported when used as an ambient temp probe was way off at times from the lid thermometer. I can understand that one is closer to the heat etc., but the differences didn't seem to make sense to me. While I use it primarily for remote ambient grill temp, the probes are useful to test your food in a pinch (when I didn't have one dedicated to a grill item), just use a separate probe or use gloves on a hot probe. Also, the iGrill device at the grill must be turned off manually, or it will just stay on and prob kill the battery. I would think it should be smart enough to know it's not connected to a BT device after a certain amount of time and turn off automatically, but apparently not.
Using my Samsung Galaxy S5 Android phone I have to try to connect my phone to the Igrill 3 five or six times before it finally connects. The Android app drops the Bluetooth connection sporadically and unpredictably even when my phone is within 10 feet of the unit. The app always drops the connection when I go into my kitchen, which is about 20 feet away from my grill with only windows between my phone and the Igrill 3. I have attempted all the troubleshooting steps with Weber technical support, which has been very responsive by email, to no avail. Also, the "iGrill Pro Ambient Probe" is useless to me as it is designed to stop reading temperatures above about 525 degrees while my Weber grill goes up to about 700 degrees. If the Ambient Temperature Probe is the only probe connected when the grill temperature is above about 525 degrees the iGrill 3 app will report no probes connected, an inexplicably poor design choice for this probe.
I gave the iGrill 3 3 stars because the iGrill 3 is really pretty useful and the cooking temperature probes seem accurate when they are working. But the iGrill 3 is also tremendously frustrating to use because of the difficulty connecting to the app, the constant dropping of the connection, short connection range and mostly useless temperature probe. Weber tech support is responsive but is unable to correct a poorly designed product. No one at Weber has been able to tell me what version of Bluetooth they are using and they may be using an older version of Bluetooth than the current version of Bluetooth.4.2 which was released in December of 2014 (Bluetooth 5 has now been released).
Bottom line: The iGrill 3 is a good idea crippled by poor design choices and software development.
Called Webber, but like all phone centers they say they have a higher call volume than normal (since that’s the normal message seems like bull to me)…anyway after being on hike for 5 mins said no reps available and look at their website and it hung up on me. So not impressed
It worked great the first time I used it. Started flaking out the second time I used it and by the third time I used neither of the two temperature probes work. I made the mistake of letting the return window of 30 days lapse so now I have to deal with Weber. Wish me luck.
Update 6/16...I called Weber and the support line answered almost immediately and will be sending me two new temperature probes. I have to say I am impressed. Fingers crossed and added a star for unusually good phone support!
Update 6/24...added a star because I received two new temperature probes and they worked when installed. Now need to see if they keep working after a few uses.