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In Reply to: Thermometers for custom built smoker posted by Steve on May 21, 2015 at 13:21:23:
Yo Steve, The best advice I ever received on this forum was from Shingleman. Shingleman stated that the best placement for a thermometer was an inch below the center of the cooking grate. This placement keeps puts the probe where it is out of the way of meat and gives you an accurate reading of what the grate temperature is where the meat is cooking. Most store bought smokers have a thermometer that is no where near where the meat is cooking. This type of placement gives you an idea of how hot you are cooking, but it does not indicate what the actual temperature is where the meat is cooking.
Sixteen years ago, Dad purchased three Ashcroft thermometers from the FLW company in Denver. They are linked below and their telephone number is 800-576-6308. The thermometers we purchased had a range of 50ºF to 400ºF, three in dial, rear angle connection and a twelve inch stem. Our cooker is 30" wide so the longer stem reaches fairly close to the center of the width. These thermometers are still accurate today!
Check out the link below. I have talked to the folks at FLW and you can call them to special order exactly what you want. Although the page shows only 4" and 6" stems, longer stems are available. I hope this helps and good luck.
Beers to you,
Juggy D Beerman
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