Cheap thermometer question

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by ashman, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. ashman

    ashman Fire Starter

    I wanted to get two nicer thermometers for my chargrill smoker, but have not found anything I like locally yet, so may have to order some. as a stop gap to get a better temp readings than with the stock thermometer, I bought a $5 meat thermometer at Wally world. It has a 12 inch long probe on it and registers from 50 to 650 degrees. I grilled a hole and mounted it about 3 inches above the grill on the left side of the grill. I calibrated it with boiling before doing this. Can I consider this fairly accurate as a stop gap for now?
  2. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats tough to answer, if it works it works, you need to test it and if its accurate then use it...I would be nervous myself about it..Im usually as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs when Im cooking..
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    If you calibrated it then you should be good
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I bought my therm off ebay several months ago and am very happy with. Very accurate and easy to read. Here is a link to the place I bought mine at. At the time, they offered a few different ones with different stem lengths.
  6. ashman

    ashman Fire Starter

    That's what I thought, just wondered what the thought was on the 12" probe.
  7. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  8. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Those are temp probes. He is writing about temp gauges for the grill/smoker that are installed in the top.
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If this thermometer has a 12 probe and you have it in the smoker only 3 inches you are telling us that you have 9 inches of this thing sticking out of th smoker. Doesn't get in the way when your smoking or is it in a place where it will be out of the way. If you teasted this thing in boiling water you should be fine I think so. I also have purshased a cheapo thermometer from wally world and tested it with ice water and boiling water and it is still working fine as far as I know bt it is time to test it again I think.
  10. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

  11. ashman

    ashman Fire Starter

    It has a 12" probe, but is inserted all the way in to the smoker, about 3" above the grilling service. I have it on the end, so it is not in the way, too bad. I want to get the ones with the bigger dials, and will soon, but wondered if the cheapo's will server the purpose for now. Wondered if there is any issues with inaccurate readings with this type of thermometer.
  12. beardo

    beardo Newbie

    I have a grill care that I think was about $15.00 at Lowes and it works great on the ecb R2 I also have a MADE IN CHINA Thats all it says... if its no good I'm out $9.00 and its for my buddies uds. if yours works you have a good tool if not you'll find out. Good luck.

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