Calibrating new thermometer?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by scriprp, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. scriprp

    scriprp Fire Starter

    Should I calibrate my new thermometer? If so, what's the best way to do it? Also, what about location, is it beter to do it in the center or left side of the lid...above grate level?
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    check it by placing the tip in boiling water and it should read 212° +/- then set in icewater and look for 32°
    If you're looking for smoker temp, insert the prob thru something like a tater and place on the grate you have you food on. you don't want it directly on the hot grate
    Edit: if it's a dial therm you might want to drill a hole in the lid and inset it thru the hole. some dial mometers can't take the heat
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What dan ^^^^^^^^ said he gave you the exact way to test you tempometer. Then just place it in the smoker where you put your meat/food to tell what the smoker is cooking at. Don't forget the one for your meat to. thats why we say you need atleast 2 if not 3. But test them all.
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  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hello, and welcome to the SMF. Getting your therms calibrated is a must, You need to know your cooking temps, along with internal temps on your food. It's all good my friend.

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