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Calibrating Temperatures

post #1 of 11
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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?

post #2 of 11
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.
post #3 of 11
richoso hit it on the head.

Welcome to the SMF the best BBQ site on the neticon_exclaim.gif
post #4 of 11
You might also try sticking the probe in Ice to see if the probe is true thru out the range...
post #5 of 11
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.

post #6 of 11
Gald ya found us RichS and a big welcome to SMF! Hope you enjoy this place as much as we all do.
post #7 of 11
Hi Rich!...Welcome Aboard the SMF!...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif...Glad to have you with us!...
post #8 of 11
Welome Rich, glad ya found us!
post #9 of 11

You come to right place

Just ask about anything and someone will be able to answer you questionthis is a great place
Good Luckand Good smoking
post #10 of 11
Welcome RichS -

Sounds like a nice smoker - enjoy!
post #11 of 11
Rich welcome to SMF. This is a great place to learn and share there is never a lack of conversation.
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