Thermocouple position for electric smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mnmulisha, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. mnmulisha

    mnmulisha Fire Starter

    From everyone's experience, where's the best place for the placement of my thermocouple for the temp controller? I have everything set up except this. I'm shooting for a test run this weekend. Thanks for any input.
  2. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    What does the manufacturer say ?No 2 are alike because of patten laws?Who makes the temperature sensor you have ?Is it made for air or liquid?What are you using it for a vertical ?
  3. mnmulisha

    mnmulisha Fire Starter

    I bought a t/c, temp controller, ssr package off of the t/c is for use in air. Is it better to put the t/c at the top of the smoker or closer to where the food will be? The smoker is a home built jobber so I don't have any specs from the manuracturer :(
  4. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I think you answered your own question.Sorry i could not help.Just don't put it too high in your cabinet and you should be fine.[​IMG]
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would think somewhere in the middle rack.

    The other thing you want to do is make a heat deflector for your heat source.  The rising heat could hit your probe, and shut down the element before your smoker really gets to temp.  Something as simple as a cast iron pan would probably work well.

    Make Sense?


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