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El cheapo digital thermo they're better than you think

post #1 of 9
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I just bought 2 smart bbq remoted digital thermos at wally world on clearance for $11 each. I tried one out the other day on my new drum for a season/burn. My regular dial thermo read 250 deg while the digital read 350. Figured great, I just bought two of these cheap digitals and they're gonna suck. Well I figured I should boil some water and test them, turns out the digitals are right on and the mechanical one is 100 deg low. Good thing I never used that one before!!!! So, since theres no adjustment on the dial, in the trash it went. Gonna have to make a habit out of testing them when I first buy them instead of letting them sit for a year and losing the reciept!
post #2 of 9
I'd be surprised to find any new digital off by 20°. Electronics just does not have that margin of error mechanical systems do.
post #3 of 9
I have the same one and love it.
post #4 of 9
do you mean walmart when u say wally world ?
post #5 of 9
Yes Walmart, that is just another way of saying I guees.
post #6 of 9
yes, the theme park from 'Vacation' was "Walley World"
post #7 of 9
hmm, have to look into this - remote digital thermometers are pretty rare in the uk and seriously expensive when you find them.

Walmart you say, have to drop my sister a line and see what she can find up there in canada :-)
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
RichT,

I'm an instrumentation technician and I spend all day convincing people that the electronics are right!! I just have a general feeling that "cheap" electronics are somehow not going to work properly. weird thing is I bought the mechanical one at gordon foods where a lot of restaraunt/caterers buy their stuff!! Oh well, i still want the omega thermocouple transmitter, but the price tag is stopping me for now, but not for long. how much of a geek would I be if I could show you the temperature logs for all my smokes? lol.
post #9 of 9
Ask GeekWithFire for HIS logs, pit AND meat! LOL! Here's one thread of many of his trials and tribulations:
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...32162#poststop
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