Dial Thermo for Center Grate Temp

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by ddave, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Could have sworn I posted this thread here already but maybe I didn't.

    Anyways . . .

    Awhile back I finally got around to installing the deep fryer thermometer in the side of UDS 1.0a so that I don't have to do the temp conversion anymore.

    Here it is with its original thermometer -- a Teltru BQ300 with 3" stem.

    Nice thermometer but the stem isn't long enough to measure the center grate temp so I always had to add (by my observation anyway) 50° to 70° and also wasn't much help when the drum was warming up.

    Got a 3/4" bolt to cover the existing hole and had a buddy who owns a fab shop drill it out for me.

    Here's the bolt installed.

    Covers the hole nicely.

    A shot from the inside.

    And the thermo in place with the grate on.

    Thermo slides in and out in so it doesn't get in the way of the charcoal basket and the long bolt supports it so it doesn't need any other support from the inside.

    Doesn't look quite as nice as the Teltru, but I'll use it this way for awhile.

    If Teltru ever makes a smoker therm with a 12" stem, I'll be all over it.[​IMG]

  2. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Cool i might use your bolt mount on mine too, thanks
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea I have been meaning to install a turkey fryer thermometer in mine as well so I can better monitor the center of the grate.
  4. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    I just mounted mine like yours, works good other than i didnt drill my hole too straight because i used a cordless drill, so it goes at an angle lol but it holds the thermo in there nicely.
  5. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just did your bolt mod to my drum smoker for both grates.
    It wasn't too hard with a drill press. Sorry cell pics didn't come out so good.

    I really do like using the 12" deepfryer thermos for my drum.
    Thanks for the idea Dave.

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