Best place to monitor temp.?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by brianyzf, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. brianyzf

    brianyzf Newbie

    I was wondering where is the best place to monitor the temp. inside my ECB. I have done the mods and currently just stick a thermocouple down through one of the holes I drilled for my top vent. I stick it down in approx. 4-5 inches so it ends up just above whatever I am smoking. For example, yesterday I did an 8 lb. butt and the thermocouple probe was hanging just aboive it. I'm thinking of putting in a thermowell that will allow me to slide my thermocouple in and out more easily. This will be a permament spot so I need some opinions on where that spot should be. My original idea is to put it just above the cooking grate and in about 3 to 4 inches so it can be as close to the meat as possible without actually restricting how much meat I can put on. I'm also considering doing another one just above the lower grate so I can monitor both cooking surfaces. Will these locations give me the most accurate reading of my cooking temp.? Thanks in advance.
  2. cbucher

    cbucher Meat Mopper

    I would say monitoring temp at the grates is the best way to go. I have 3 in my stick burner and all at grate level.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do the same thing on my WSM. I'm not concerned about 10-15 degrees or so. Unless it's a cool smoke thing anyway.
  4. krusher

    krusher Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    alot of people use a potato or little blockk of wood to put it beside what your cooking on the same grate. some af the digital like maverick et-73 come witha little clip you put on the probe to clip it onto the grate.
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree. I have three on the door of my GOSM, one at the top rack, one in the middle rack, and one at the bottom rack.
  6. brianyzf

    brianyzf Newbie

    Thanks for the advice. I did decide to monitor right at the level of each rack. Forgot to take pictures though. I'll try to remember to take some after work.

    Thanks again.

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