How to mount thermometers

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by torchrider, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    My pit below, does not have any thermometers nor ports for a thermometer. I thought about using an internal thermometer but figure that would just make the temp fluctuate evrytime I opened it to look at the thermometer. Can I just drill a couple holes to insert a thermometer to check temp from time to time? Where would you drill the holes? Any other ideas? [​IMG]
  2. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Two ways to do it, one is mount a thermometer that has a 2/3" probe in it, the other is to put a small hole to run an oven thermometer through.
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Try to mount them as close to grate level as possible.

  4. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    Thanks Beard. Do you have several holes in your pit and just move the thermometer around, or do you have several thermometers setup? How many can I get away with? Thinking one probe near the cooking surface and one in the meat? How do you mount the probe near the cooking surface?
  5. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hello torchrider. I use two digitals. One for chamber temp and one for the meat. For the chamber i use a small block of wood with a hole in the middle that I can move around if needed. As for as mounting I just made a small (L) bracket and mounted to my stack. I did use a small piece of fireproof material to keep my gauge from melting! (the stack heats up to 400+ so I'm guessing that's a bit to hot for the gauge. I really like the probe in the end more than in the front so I'm drilling another hole next to the other one and have two probes side by side.
    ALSO, I ground down the (WINGS) where the probe was crimped so the hole could be a perfect fit! GETER SMOKIN AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR LEGS!

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