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MES analog thermometer and Maverick digital probe difference

post #1 of 7
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Hi guys,
I have a MES 30" analog smoker that I really enjoy using, but I'm having issues with getting an accurate temperature reading with the stock analog thermometer. For the ribs I'm smoking, the analog is reading just under 200F, but I put my Maverick digital probe thermometer down the exhaust hole in the top rear and it reads 270! Which thermometer is going to be more accurate?
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Originally Posted by WholeLottaGlove View Post

Hi guys,
I have a MES 30" analog smoker that I really enjoy using, but I'm having issues with getting an accurate temperature reading with the stock analog thermometer. For the ribs I'm smoking, the analog is reading just under 200F, but I put my Maverick digital probe thermometer down the exhaust hole in the top rear and it reads 270! Which thermometer is going to be more accurate?

Find out if your Mav is right. Do a boiling water test see what it reads. 212* F depending on elevation. You may want to update your profile and include a location it helps us help you

Richie

post #3 of 7
It is best to put your maverick probe on the rack that you are cooking on.
The boiling temp of water is 212 degrees at sea level. For every 500 feet you rise in elevation, the boiling temp drops 1 degree.

Smoke it up
William
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by WholeLottaGlove View Post

Hi guys,
I have a MES 30" analog smoker that I really enjoy using, but I'm having issues with getting an accurate temperature reading with the stock analog thermometer. For the ribs I'm smoking, the analog is reading just under 200F, but I put my Maverick digital probe thermometer down the exhaust hole in the top rear and it reads 270! Which thermometer is going to be more accurate?

If I did the search right you are at 500' above sea level water should boil at 211* F

Richie

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks, guys! I just did the boiling water test with the Maverick and it read 210°F, so I think it's pretty accurate. The probe is sitting about an inch above the top rack where my ribs are.

Also, I updated my location to Troy, Illinois, which is about 20 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.
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Originally Posted by WholeLottaGlove View Post

Thanks, guys! I just did the boiling water test with the Maverick and it read 210°F, so I think it's pretty accurate. The probe is sitting about an inch above the top rack where my ribs are.

Also, I updated my location to Troy, Illinois, which is about 20 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.

Here is what I use for my probe placement 

Richie

A simple magnet to hang the probe

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
That's a great idea. It's kind of scary that the stock thermometer is that inaccurate. Hopefully, the ribs turn out ok. I'm going to use your idea for future smokes!
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