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Smoke temp problem

Adamrm22

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Hi guys, i have a problem with my smoker, i got an inkbird thermometer i put the probe on the grate level it shows me like 250 degree but on the gauge temp shows 170 degree.
So guys what do you think, i tried with 3 thermometers on the gauge but always the same results.
Here is the photos of my own built smoker.
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smokerjim

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what Jake said, my pitboss is the same way grill temp is always higher then dome temp.
 

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what jake and jim said.

The dome/lid temp dials are pretty useless.
 

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Is it a high quality thermometer ?? Is it adjustable ?? Did you check it in boiling water before install ?? Have you checked all your other therms in boiling water for accuracy ??
 

Adamrm22

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Is it a high quality thermometer ?? Is it adjustable ?? Did you check it in boiling water before install ?? Have you checked all your other therms in boiling water for accuracy ??
Idk if it is high quality but i tried them in boilling water it shows 100 celsius three of them.
 

TNJAKE

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Is it a high quality thermometer ?? Is it adjustable ?? Did you check it in boiling water before install ?? Have you checked all your other therms in boiling water for accuracy ??
I'd say his dome therm is off for sure. I have Tel Tru's and they normally read higher than the grate which is the opposite of what he has going on. So I agree. Needs to get that checked or adjusted
 

bill1

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Judging from your unit, the heat enters down low on the left and exits at the middle on the right. Normally heat rises but I'm not surprised your dome temp could be much lower than on your grate...there's no reason for the heat to take that longer path.

If you have 3 of those dome thermometers, why not mount the 2 others at the same dome height but one far left and one far right. That will also give you some idea of side to side temp distributions. Everyone disses on those little guys but they're cheap and low maintenance and give you lots of data visually in a simple fashion. I put them all over. Granted, the probe(s) that count are the ones in your meat but more measurements never hurt.
 

SmokinEdge

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Also, give your pit some time to heat up all the way and level out. It’s not ma’s kitchen oven. All that steel needs time to warm through. Then check your temps. A cold pit will be warm on the grate but cold everywhere else. Just throwing that in there.
 

dernektambura

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I would install on of the terms on elbow close to entrance in to smoker.. it will help you knowing when to open or close fire chamber to regulate temp inside smoker... lok at the mid point between them two and you'll be very close knowing temp inside the smoker...
 

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