Calibrating Temperatures

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by richs, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Greetings from Mt Vernon VA!

    Been testing the oven temperature of my Rival KC electric smoker. According to an old Taylor oven model that I have, the temp of my smoker seems to run at least 25-50 F above the unit's temp control dial. I can adjust for that, but having to open the lid every 10 minutes or so to check the temp is a good way to lose a lot of heat.
    So I just got in the mail on Friday a Maverick digital temp sensor connected by a thin wire to the monitor outside the smoker where it belongs. (I test drove the new unit in the kitchen yesterday and set it in the oven. My oven, according to Mr. Maverick, runs about 25-35 F than the setting indicates.)
    Nice feature to this unit is that it displays the average temperature once it reaches 30 degrees plus or minus the set temperature. Any one have experience with the Maverick temperature gauges?

  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi and welcome to the SMF. Be sure and test your new therm before using it. Test it by inserting the probe into boiling water, it should read close to 212*, depending on your altitude. Make note of the difference whenever use use it on meat. Don't forget to try inserting the probe into a spud with the end sticking out about 1" or so and place the spud in your smoker to compare readings, this will give you grate temp or oven temp. Hope this Helps.
  3. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    richoso hit it on the head.

    Welcome to the SMF the best BBQ site on the net[​IMG]
  4. You might also try sticking the probe in Ice to see if the probe is true thru out the range...
  5. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, RichS. Generally, the temp gauges that are found on smokers and grills are junk, but there are companys out there that do put a quality gauge on their units.

    A number of us here uses some version on a digital thermometer-heck some even use 3 or 4 at a time. The Maverick is a one of the brands that is used by some of the members here including meownself. Many of us prefer the Maverick ET-73 as it allows us to monitor both the chamber temp and the internal temp of the food.

    BTW-welcome to SMF.

  6. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gald ya found us RichS and a big welcome to SMF! Hope you enjoy this place as much as we all do.
  7. coleysmokinbbq

    coleysmokinbbq Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Rich!...Welcome Aboard the SMF!...[​IMG]...Glad to have you with us!...
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welome Rich, glad ya found us!
  9. redbrinkman1955

    redbrinkman1955 Smoking Fanatic

    Just ask about anything and someone will be able to answer you questionthis is a great place
    Good Luckand Good smoking
  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome RichS -

    Sounds like a nice smoker - enjoy!
  11. catfish

    catfish Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Rich welcome to SMF. This is a great place to learn and share there is never a lack of conversation.

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