Any recommendations on Temp Gauges for the doors of my smoker?

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by imafishingfred, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. imafishingfred

    imafishingfred Smoke Blower

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. mtime7

    mtime7 Fire Starter

    river country
  4. imafishingfred

    imafishingfred Smoke Blower

    Thanks Dave. I plan to put some guards over them to prevent any damage. Next questions, temp ranges, stem lengths, and dial diameter. What do you all prefer and is one any better than the other?
    Thanks, I'll check them out also.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gauge diameter...  2.5 or 3"...   something easy to read from across the patio...   Turn the gauge so the desired temperature is up or down or what ever is convenient to look at , so you don't have to read the numbers....   In order to do that, don't tighten the gauge in the smoker...   keep it loose so it can be turned....

    Stem length...   2" is OK .....   The therm is just an indicator....   It won't read the actual temp of where the meat is....   You will have to get accustomed to that....   If the gauge reads 200 and your therm on the meat rack reads 230....   Now you know...  Add ~30 degrees to the door therm for the meat rack real temp....  

    Example....   If you want the smoker, at the meat rack, to be 250 deg. F.....   set the gauge so 220 deg. F is down....   Then from across the patio, if the arrow points down, the meat rack is 250....  it's so simple even a member of SMF can do it...
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a great idea Dave, but I'm so OCD that if the gauge isn't perfectly aligned I can't stand it.

  7. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have 4 River Country gauges on my smoker. I have 3" dials and 4" stems. Yes, the stem length doesn't really give a truly accurate grate reading, but I just want it to be as far in as possible. I have 2 above the lower grate at the FB end and the stack end. Then 2 above the upper grate at the center of each door. You can blow up my avatar and get a good look.

    By the way, it's not OCD, it's CDO. That way the letters are in the proper order.

    Good luck with the gauges. The River Country are very good quality, adjustable and reasonably priced.
  8. imafishingfred

    imafishingfred Smoke Blower

    So what temperature graduations should I be looking for? Is there a specific range that's better for a smoker?
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My River Country therms read from about 50* to about 550*. I think most therms are about the same. As for graduations, I think 5* is about standard. After you have looked at your therms for a few cooks, you will be able to look at the needle from 15' away and know within 10* what your temp is.

    Good luck with it. Just jump in and have some fun. Don't overthink it. Joe
  10. dwhite1031

    dwhite1031 Smoke Blower

    Tel-tru BQ300 is the most accurate gauge I've seen. Cost about 50 bucks though.

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  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm with Dwhite



  12. Just ordered two of these for my new unit. Glad to see your happy with them.
  13. imafishingfred

    imafishingfred Smoke Blower

    I ended up going with recommendations from this thread,

    The River Country RC-T3W.

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