Measuring Smoker Temp

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by gavin16, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Good Morning! 

    So after buying my Cabelas remote thermometer, I'm kinda thinking I should've looked into a 2 probe or more thermometer, so I can keep track of both meat and smoker temps.  But for now, this will do.  I'll just keep track of one or the other! 

    Last night I was using my thermometer just to keep track of the smoker temp, & see how accurate my door gauge was.  I run it throughout he small hole in the back of the MES analog, and left it hanging freely just above the 2nd rack (where my salmon was).  At first that seemed to work, however the thermometer slowly got closer to the sidewalls, and the temp skyrocketed.. 

    What kind of material or how do you all place your thermometer in the smoker, without touching the metal? 


  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Gavin A temporary fix would be a small potato it will keep it in place off the grating.

  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The potato will work just push the probe through the potato far enough to get a good reading. You could get a block of wood and drill a hole slightly bigger than the probe and set it on the grate
  4. Thanks for the input fellas!

    I never thought about using a potato.  I'll give it a try this weekend until I find a small block of wood. 
  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The potato or wooden blocks are both a great idea. Just ensure that you push the probe right through so the tip (where the thermocouple is) is fully exposed. If you don't you will not get an accurate reading of the smoking chamber temperature.

    The probes supplied with the Maverick thermometers have a small strip metal clip that has a couple of holes in it. The spring feet clip between the grill bars to keep it in place. You may be able to knock up something similar.

  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wood and Metal can't be eaten [​IMG]   Rub Potato with Olive oil use a coarse salt you have a baked tater

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  7. I use a piece of wood about 1 1/2" sq works great, but tropics is right you can't eat it 
  8. Unless you are a beaver or a termite.

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