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Dial Thermo for Center Grate Temp

post #1 of 5
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Could have sworn I posted this thread here already but maybe I didn't.

Anyways . . .

Awhile back I finally got around to installing the deep fryer thermometer in the side of UDS 1.0a so that I don't have to do the temp conversion anymore.

Here it is with its original thermometer -- a Teltru BQ300 with 3" stem.

Nice thermometer but the stem isn't long enough to measure the center grate temp so I always had to add (by my observation anyway) 50° to 70° and also wasn't much help when the drum was warming up.

Got a 3/4" bolt to cover the existing hole and had a buddy who owns a fab shop drill it out for me.

Here's the bolt installed.

Covers the hole nicely.

A shot from the inside.

And the thermo in place with the grate on.

Thermo slides in and out in so it doesn't get in the way of the charcoal basket and the long bolt supports it so it doesn't need any other support from the inside.

Doesn't look quite as nice as the Teltru, but I'll use it this way for awhile.

If Teltru ever makes a smoker therm with a 12" stem, I'll be all over it.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #2 of 5
Cool i might use your bolt mount on mine too, thanks
post #3 of 5
Yea I have been meaning to install a turkey fryer thermometer in mine as well so I can better monitor the center of the grate.
post #4 of 5
I just mounted mine like yours, works good other than i didnt drill my hole too straight because i used a cordless drill, so it goes at an angle lol but it holds the thermo in there nicely.
post #5 of 5
I just did your bolt mod to my drum smoker for both grates.
It wasn't too hard with a drill press. Sorry cell pics didn't come out so good.

I really do like using the 12" deepfryer thermos for my drum.
Thanks for the idea Dave.
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