Fired up the OK Joe last night for the 2nd time. Started with a chute of RO lump as the fire starter.
Then loaded the FB up with applewood splits. I think about 5-6 logs... Anyway the firebox was packed full.
Let that burn with the lid open for a while until it was nice and hot.
4:24 The cooking chamber temp gauge showed 125*. The fire was blazing and I had a fan set up at the FB to force the heat through.
4:57 chamber read 175*. By this time I knew something wasnt right so I put the digital probe it through a ball of foil so it was suspended and bingo.... 314*. I tested the digital in boiling water and it registered 209*.
So The 2 temp gauges in The lid of my cooking chamber are off by 100-140*. Both are Horizons. I figured since they were both reading fairly close to one another they were both good but bad assumption on my part.
I'll now be looking for new gauges.
I didn't take pictures of it but I did have a good looking hazy to clear smoke through most of the test run yesterday. So I think with new temp gauges I should be ready for some real smoking.
Thanks for all the help and feedback everyone!