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Hello everyone!!
well, I have to tell you all that this is an awesome site...the knowledge here is unlimited. I recently purchased a smoke hollow gas smoker on impulse. Had been researching how to use smoker properly online when i ran across your site!! Lurked for several days then decided to become a member. Had my first smoke this a.m., was very excited until i found out that my door thermometer was reading way too low...so you guessed it, tough, dry ribs!!!! how can i check/replace the one that came on the unit, as it is obviously defective......thermo maintained 225* but after 3hours, internal temp of ribs was around 200*PDT_Armataz_01_09.gif any one else having /or have heard of any problems with smoke hollow units maintaining a low cooking temp.???

Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 8
Welcome aboard! Get yourself a reasonably price digital gauge for your smoker, will help out lots!
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Welcome to the SMF!!! You'll find lots of friendly folks here to help ya and to share smokin experiences with!! Check out the 5 day ecourse- its full of great info and its free!!

If it was me..... i would leave the stock one in the hole.... get a good digital dual probe.... (one for the smoker temp... one for the meat temp)

and a few spares for the multiple meat smokes

see signature... i like the ET73- has a few set backs but mine has performed well....

the Oregon scientific was a gift.... and a great one!!
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome!
Are those digital thermos the same type that you would use to check meat temps, or are they made with a different type of probe...i already have a digital probe with a steel wire leadon the probe ,can i use this?, if so, where would i place the probe for an accurate read. sorry i have so many dumb questions. thanks for the help

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Welcome to SMF and glad you joined us !!!
Very few smokers come with and accurate thermometer. Best way to check a thermometer is if it reads 212º when water starts to boil. With the digital thermometers with the wire lead just poke the probe through potato and find a spot on a shelf to see what temp your smoker is at, making sure and not let the probe contact metal in the smoker.
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Welcome aboard the site.......Glad to have you here.......
post #7 of 8
One and the same...and Welcome to SMF!
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Welcome to the SMF. Remember the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. Lots of good folks here and someone will always have your answer.
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