Over the years, I've tried a variety of wireless thermometers. But they've always left a lot to be desired in terms of reliability of the connection between the probe and the monitor. Each time I try one of these gadgets, I'm hopeful that this will be the one.
Well, this may finally be the one. I received an iGrill Mini for Christmas, but only recently got around to trying it out. I unboxed it and had it set up in a a matter of minutes. Man! This thing is really small.
Next, I simply downloaded the app from iTunes and powered up the Mini and I was all set.
I inserted the probe in a packer brisket in my Backwoods cooker, and used the magnetic base to stick the sending unit to the side of the pit. Over the next couple of hours, I wondered around the house while the app on my iPhone kept me up to date on the progres of my brisket.
If I ventured outside of the wireless range, the app quickly re-paired itself to the probe when I got back in range. This took no action on my part. The app graphed the progress over time and I was able to set a target temp. When the brisket hit that temperature, the app alerted me accordingly.
One of the other near things about the app is the ability to see other users of iGrill devices via the iPhones location services.
I only have 2 complaints. First, although the battery life is stated at 150 hrs, mine died in the middle of my second cook. Second, I should have waited for the 4 probe version due out later this year. I'd also be interested in picking up one of the ambient temperature probes to monitor the cooking temp of the pit.
Overall, I'm optimisitc and will continue to use the Mini to see if the battery life continues to be poor. I'll provide an update as I learn more.