Another MES temp. question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by clermont, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. clermont

    clermont Newbie

    I'm smoking my first chicken and the digital thermometer on the unit reads 262 degrees.I dropped 2 seperate long stem thermometers in through the smoke vent and came up with a temp. of 300 degrees.Would this be a bad spot to check the temp,or do you think the 300 is an accurate temp?The thermometer stems were not touching any of the grates or the sides.Is it unusual to have such temp. discrepancies?Thank you.
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am thinking from where you are measuring temps is about the hottest part of the grill. That is where the heat is congregating to escape and is also directly above the burner.

    On both of my Masterbuilts I have been going with the factory thermometer for grill temps. When I check rack temps in both of them by putting a probe through a potato and placing the probe on various racks and various areas of the racks the most I could find was a 5º to 10º discepency. For me and how the smokers are running and turning out food, I did not feel that was enough temp difference to matter. Now in the MES all I use probes for are internal food temps.
  3. ba_loko

    ba_loko Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Actually, it's very common to have discrepancies with the built in thermos. For the most accuracy, we always recommend a digital thermo directly in the meat, as well as the cooking chamber. Since you're cooking chicken, your high temperatures won't hurt you any. When possible, pick up some digital thermos. They're worth their weight in gold. You'll never again ask "how much time will it take to cook ____________". The thermometer will tell you when it's done.
  4. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with Kev. I use the digital thermometer and have high confidence in them (after checking their accuracy with boiling water). I'm sure there are exceptions, but I have found 30-40 degree descrepencies in analog thermos (high incidence rate)while about 3* is the most I've seen with digital thermos (and a very low incidence rate). Just my $.02 worth

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