External chamber therm

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by billbo, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am looking for an external chamber therm for my ECB and eventually for a UDS that I will be building. I see a lot of stuff on here for meat therms but not much in the way of external units.

    I do have a ET-73 but also want to mount a couple. Anybody have a good link or manufacturer they recommend?

    I would want one with a 3 or 4 inch stem to get in there a ways to get a more accurate reading in the chamber.

    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

  3. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Lots of them on E bay
     
  4. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the BQ 300 on my UDS. Make sure you buy the mounting kit as the Tel Tru doesn't come with a backing nut.

    Dave
     
  6. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow! Thanks guys! I have lots to look at now.

    I also did see a bunch on ebay. There was two brands I was looking at: Kingfisher and F&C. Any thoughts on these?
     
  7. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    what he said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that where i get mine
     
  8. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The Tel Tru's are American made and adjustable.

    You get what you pay for.....
     
  9. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    I got a tel true from bubba. I think it makes the Q taste better than the ebay models.[​IMG]
    Well, maybe not but I am very happy with it and shipping was fast.[​IMG]
     
  10. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I suggest a tel-tru or an ashcroft, wherever you decide to get it. They are both excellent and will serve you well. I also suggest that you get as large a face as practicable. I can look out my window and see what my smoker is doing, because I have a large face and great resolution. I also suggest narrowing the range some to what you actually use...that way you get much more resolution to the actual temp. I have a 50°-400° range, and it works really well. Also, get one that is adjustable so you can check it in an ice bath or boiling water to ensure accuracy. Finally, get a stem length that puts the tip away from the side of the smoker enough so that you don't get radiant heat from the side, and are measuring actual smoker (air) temperature.

    Just my $.02...good luck!
     
  11. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I went to your site and saw the Tel Tru LT225R with 5" stem. Is that the only one you carry? It's hard to tell from the pic if that mounts on a smoker with hardware. Most threms I have seen come with hardware of some sort to bolt to the unit.
     
  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's not the one you want. Look at the BQ 300 Black Face with 4" stem, you have to buy the mounting hardware separate.
     
  13. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. ^^^ And that's pretty standard. Some come with a mounting nut, some don't.

    If you're REAL careful, you can drill a 3/4" hole and the 1/2" threads will screw right in.

    Dave
     
  15. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I didn't realize the 300 was a Tel Tru until I later looked them up on line. Thanks for the info guys! Man, I love this place.
     

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