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Mounted thermometers?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by richinct, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    I have heard that the mounted thermometers that come with most smokers are notoriously inaccurate. However the one that came on my Masterbuilt was pretty accruate. +/- 3 degrees against my Maverick and when I did a boiling water test.  I say it 'was' accurate because it has stopped working altogether. Are there any good replacements out there? I have looked at Old Smokey brand for about $15-$20 and they had some good reviews but mostly ease of installation etc. I didn't see anyone who reviewed it vouch for it's accuracy. I use 1 probe of the Maverick to monitor the smoker temp but if I have 2 pieces of meat in the smoker I need both probes. I would like to be able to read the smoker temp easily, I don't want to buy another remote.
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bought a couple of 2" dial therms. that had 2" stems at Home Depot that I used on my Char-griller for a while. They worked fine for keeping track of chamber temps.
  3. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    I saw those at HD,  I think they were only about 10 bucks, maybe I will give it a try.

  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have seen them in the big box stores also. But I guess they would work to if you test them before you mount them.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The ones I bought were only off by about 4 degrees, I think I paid $7 or $8 apiece for them.
  6. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    That is a a pretty good accuracy, about like my original. I will probably give them a try. Like I said, I would only rely on it when both probes of my digital are being used in meats.
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would suggest that all therms should be calibrated/tested before any installation occurs. If there is a slight difference, you can make note of it and adjust your temps to compensate for any difference. It's all good my friend.
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah... I just used them to keep an eye on chamber temp flucutuations. Mostly just looked to see if they spiked or plummeted, all my "real" temps come from my meat probes... lol.
  9. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    dont overtighten the nut or it will ruin the thermometer, i have done that, just barely hand tight is all you want
  10. shelby

    shelby Newbie

    edit: oops never mind.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010