Hey all, as a relative newcomer to smoking, I've been watching lots of youtube vids for instructionals on how to smoke food. One thing I've been noticing is that some rigs don't actually have a built-in termometer but instead have a probe sticking out and they refer to its screen to see how hot the smoker is inside (even when it's empty, so it's not sticking in some piece of meat).
My ECB doesn't have a thermometer and I don't have easy access to purchasing one since I'm overseas. I do, however, have a probe thermometer which I've used for pork butts and so forth. It's this CDN one: http://www.amazon.com/CDN-Digital-Programmable-Probe-Thermometer/dp/B00046YFHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320186568&sr=8-2
So my question is, can I use this to get a read of the temperature inside the smoker without being inserted in some meat? And if so, where do I place it? I imagine i wouldn't want it to be in direct contact with the grates, right?
Thanks for any help!