temp problems any ideas? (pics included)

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by ldrus, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i have a self built RF smoker  that until this year  i just put 1 digital thermometer in the center of the meat rack to gauge  my temps, however new this year i installed 2  temp gauges in the lid of the smoker ,my smoker is 32 inch wide and i have the gauges  17 inches apart from each other  during yesterdays smoke i ran into this problem......... temp dials didnt match each other  nor did they match the Taylor digital(tested in ice water at 36deg)  do you think this is a actual heat problem or faulty gauges ? (i  took it the dial gauges were off and went with the digital  reading and it took my brisket 18 1/2 hrs to finish)

    left side gauge

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    center of the box the temp is  the 221 the other is just a high limit temp

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    right side of box

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  2. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    here is a full pic of smoker and its location, i say that  with the thoughts of one side being 4ft from house vs the other side on open yard  could it be a draft prob but watching the smoke they both seem pretty equal on flow??

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  3. smokinal

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

    Wish we could see inside the smoker. If the heat just enters the back in the middle then goes out the exhaust on each side I think it must be the therms are not reading right. It would seem that the center therm would be the highest and each side would be a little lower but about equal.
     
  4. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    hope this helps

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  5. smokinal

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

    After seeing the pics, I think it must be the therms are not accurate. It looks like you should be getting even heat flow throughout the smoke chamber.
     

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