Temp readings ??? Gas Smoky Mountan Series

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by tdq64, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. tdq64

    tdq64 Newbie

    So everyone says the thermo on most are inacurate. Whats the best method of figuring the temp?

    Did a pork butt a few weeks ago, and although it turned out awesome it took a bit longer than expected.

    Getting ready to do some spare ribs tomorrow and thought I'd run a pan of water to see what temp it reaches. The door unit thermo at 250, water temp is 160 (checking with a digital thermo).....doesnt want to get any hotter it seems.

    What about a potato? Think that might help? Should I just buy a therm I can put on the rack along with whatever I'm cooking?

    Just trying to get a handle on actual temp vs. what the manufacturers thermo says.
  2. big andy a

    big andy a Smoking Fanatic

    I have a GOSM that seems to have an accurate thermometer - just lucky I guess.  What I did was get it going, put in the water pan without any water as basically a heat deflector.  I then put the temp probe in through the top vent and just let it dangle in the smoking chamber, making sure it didn't touch anything.  I used a clothes pin on the wire to hold the probe in suspension.  I waited a few minutes for it to come up to temp then adjusted the flame to raise and lower the temperature inside the chamber.  I compared the reading on the digital with the reading on the door thermometer and they tracked very close together showing a variation of only a couple of degrees.  Close enough for me.

    Try the dangle method and see where your's door thermo reads.

    Good luck,

  3. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like Andy's idea. much easier then taking the thermometer out and checking in boiling water, or in the oven. 
  4. tdq64

    tdq64 Newbie

    Thanks Big Andy A...........Good plan !  Turns out it's pretty darn close. Now I can sit back n relax while the ribs smoke. If I remember to take some pics I'll get some posted in the next few days as this is the first run on ribs / second run total.......Best Christmas present yet.

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