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should I replace my temp guage

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just noticed my temp guage was right at 100°, and I don't have it fired up. I know stupid question I'm replacing it. Any recommendations for a good brand? And I have always wondered if I should add an extra guage closer to the grate. Is there a big temp difference?
post #2 of 16
Some temperature gauges can be adjusted. Also the gauge could be reading the ambient air temp.
Tel-Tru makes some good gauges and so does River Country they are little cheaper in price.

My top grate in my big smoker runs 25 degrees hotter than my bottom grate. But I don't really worry about it.
What kind of smoker do you have?
post #3 of 16

As long as you know what the true temp is on the grate you can just make adjustments to compensate for the difference.

 

If the grate is 225 & the gauge reads 200 then you know when the gauge says 200 you are right where you want to be.

 

Al

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm using a brinkmann offset smoker. Ya and I never thought that it might be just the ambient air temp. Checked it this morning it was reading 75. Close to what it was outside. Thanks for advise
post #5 of 16
Yeah, I was going to point you to ambient temp. I don't know what your smoker looks like, but I have 4 gauges on mine. I have 2 at the lower grate that are on the FB end and the stack end. The other 2 are in the center of the doors, just above the top grate. They are River Country, 3" face and 4" stem. The River Country therms are just as accurate as the Tel-Tru but are much less expensive. One other suggestion that I would have would be to use a digital remote reading therm. One probe in the center of your cook, located 1" above the grate and one meat probe in the meat that you are smoking. I would suggest the maverick ET-732. Again, there are other ones that are more expansive, but not any better.

Good luck and be sure to test all of your therms in boiling water, adjusted to your local elevation.
post #6 of 16
Joe is right on the mark... River country at grate level and a maverick is a winning combo...
post #7 of 16

Yeah... Most of us use Mavericks.

It's common for the smoker builders to skimp on the thermometers.  I have a custom build and have since replaced mine.

Use a Maverick...

However, if you wish to replace your factory thermo for one that is accurate then I'd suggest a Tel-Tru.  A serious thermometer that is calibrated at the factory and has good accuracy. 

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
I would like to put another guage down by the grate. You guys buy the maverick guage online? Haven't seen them at local box stores.
post #9 of 16
Just use 1 probe of the Maverick to monitor yor grate temp. My maverick I waited until it went on sale at Amazon.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by smokin-jeff View Post

I would like to put another guage down by the grate. You guys buy the maverick guage online? Haven't seen them at local box stores.


Go to  the A Maze N website and buy it.  They have as low a price as anyone.  They advertise on the forum. Support us with fun contests.  And they have excellent customer service. 

B

post #11 of 16
Mavericks are a digital probe type therm, not like in the door. Home Depot sells the basic ones (which is what I use), including a remote type, which is very handy for keeping track of your chamber temps.
I keep meaning to get a Tel Tru for the door, but somehow keep putting it off because the Mavericks do the job....
post #12 of 16
Don't know how the double post happened. Oh, well...
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by SmokeyMose View Post

Don't know how the double post happened. Oh, well...


Got it.
post #14 of 16
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Got it.


Adam is catching those curve balls tonight and cleaning the basses! LOL  Nice work brother.

b

post #15 of 16
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Adam is catching those curve balls tonight and cleaning the basses! LOL  Nice work brother.
b

I try.
post #16 of 16

The lid therm on my WSM will indicate between 150-160 on a hot sunny day.  I wonder how much that ambient heat contributes to my coals lasting forever on a long summer smoke.

 

Mike

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