newbie thermometer quesion

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by smokinbobo, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    In a few weeks I'm going to cook a whole hog for my brothers graduation party. Now I've done a little research and I'm going to make a cement block pit lined with aluminum to reflect heat on the bottom and the sides, and a sheet of metal to put on the top. Now I was thinking about how to get a thermometer so I could have some idea of temp inside. Now I see a lot of people with a thermometer with a wire outside the smoker with the thermometer stuck in a potatoe. What does the potatoe do? any ideas on a thermometer set up, or on the whole pit for that matter?
  2. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The potatoe is there to keep the temp probe off the cooking grate. Good luck with the pig and don't forget the qview.
  3. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    but sticking it in the potatoe, does it give an accurate reading? i guess in theory the potatoe eventually will get to the inner temp of the smoker, right?
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    You stick it all the way thru the potato so it sticks out the other side. I would use at least two thermos one for the pig and one for the pit temp. Also when building the pit make a foil drain so the grease that drops down doesn't drain into the coals or wood
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The tip of the probe should stick out the end of the potato an inch or better hence reading the actual temp of the cooking chamber.
  6. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    ahhh I see. thats a great trick I'll be sure to use it

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