Temp gauge solution for a Big Chief

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Original poster
Jan 3, 2017
Just purchased a new BC smoker.  It does not have a temp gauge.

Looking to install a thermometer gauge/dial on my BC smoker so I can monitor internal smoker temps.  My research shows gauges/dials from $10 - $50.

The low end gauges are om Amazon and are Chinese made.  Reviews are mixed on these.

The $50 gauges are Tel-Tru and are USA made

With the USA made version it would cost as much as I paid for the smoker!!!

Any advice on a 3" gauge that is good and won't break the bank!!

Do I need a 2", 3", or 4" stem if I install on side or front door?


Should I go with a bluetooth wireless gauge?  I believe it is a called a Maverick??  BTW..how do these work?

With this gauge I can use it on the BC and with the MES Sportsman Elite I plan on purchasing later this year.

Yes. I should have been more clear. I use a ThermaQ. It is not a wireless or remote unit. It stays on site at the smoker or grill.
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