A friend gave me his Smokette; it's about 10 years old.  The temp probe monitoring stops at 199F; he told me it always worked this way.  Does anyone know if there is an updated controller that 'fixes' this?  Meats usually need a bit higher temp!

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According to the CS specs, the original Smokette (SM-009) has a temp range up to 250 deg F. So if the probe won't go above 199, there is obviously a problem. Worth a call to CS customer service, the best in the business They will help you diagnose the problem and find a fix. Might be as simple as a new probe.

I used the toothpick probe method.  That is use a toothpick and poke it into thickest part of meat and it goes into meat like going into butter, it is done.  Hasn't fail me yet.  If not done try in an hour to see if done, repeat until done.

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I used the toothpick probe method.  That is use a toothpick and poke it into thickest part of meat and it goes into meat like going into butter, it is done.  Hasn't fail me yet.  If not done try in an hour to see if done, repeat until done.

I can open the door and stick a Thermapen in as well, but I'm trying to avoid opening the door   

After years of cooking certain items you can start probing meat after a certain hour.  Like when I do ribs it averages 4.5 hrs to 5 hrs, then I would prove it after 4.5 hrs.  On briskets I put it in oven in the evening and check it around noon.

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