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In Reply to: Dial thermometers for smokers posted by McRibs on November 14, 2013 at 09:50:27:
Yo McRib, I am probably going to be repeating a lot of information that Don has already given you..........
I have received a lot of good information from the good folks on this forum and one of the very best tips I ever received was this. You want the probe of your thermometer placed as close to the middle of the cooking grate as possible. A thermometer probe that is on the lid of the cooker is not going to give you an exact cooking temperature.
I have a big offset cooker with two levels of grates, 16" difference in heights. Each grate measures 30" wide by 36" long. I installed a thermometer with a 12" stem (probe), about one inch below the center of the length of the grate. The probe sits almost dead center of the grate. This gives a lot better idea of the temperature of each grate than the single thermoter that was placed on the top of the smoker near the doors. With the probe being underneath the grate, it is not in the way of the meat on the grill and I don't poke myself with the end of the probe when I am messing with the meat on the grill. And like Don stated earlier, each of my cooking grates does have a different cooking temperature.
I purchased these Ashcroft thermometers 13 years ago from the FLW company. They still work great. What I liked about this company is they allow you to customize the thermometer to your specifications. You can specify the dial size, the stem length, connection style and temperature range. If you click the link below, click on the "Dimension Drawings" option and you can use those specifications to help you with your order.
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