Thermometer Help

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by downstatesmoker, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Hi All. I've got a question and not sure if it should be here or in the thermometer section. I've got a couple of probe thermometers which are great for telling me the temp of the meat I am cooking, however, I have not had good luck with ambient temp thermometers.

    I had a grill thermometer which was magnetic and sat on the grill rack/sidewall of the grill. The problem is that after 2 or 3 smokes the face of the thermometer is completely blackened and I can not read the temp.

    I can guestimate for the top mounted thermometer so I'm fairly certain what temp I am cooking at, but would love to put a thermometer at grate level to get true readings.

    Anyone have a suggestion for a good thermometer that I can put in my grill at grate level or a good probe thermometer meant for ambient temp so I can run it out of my smoker and get grate level readings without opening the lid?

    Thank you in advance for you assistance.

    PS I have a Brinkman Smoke 'N Pit Pitmaster Deluxe.
  2. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Try inserting your probe thermometer in a potato, cork, or piece of wood and then putting it on your cooking grate.

    You can also try an alligator clip.

    Tel-Tru thermometers are first class. You might need to drill a hole in your smoker to get the right location.
  3. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What ^ said. I like the Maverick ET-73

    Also, if you spray some Pam on the face of that thermometer the black stuff should wipe right off.
  4. deadeye126

    deadeye126 Fire Starter

    et-73 is way to go its like cheating gl.
  5. Great. Thank you for the suggestions!
  6. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    The DigiQII is like cheating.

    I too use a wireless probe thermometer (made by/for Weber), but that DigiQII is soooo cool. I hear the Stoker has a feature that allows you to hook it up to the internet and/or wireless computer connection...i might just have to check that thing out.
  7. I use a potato, and a digital thermometer with probes. Cut the potato in half to give it a flat sitting surface, then stick the probe through. I put one on each end of my offset.
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What TN BBQ said.
  9. Seems obnoxious to me as well as expensive. I like my toys but I agree this is like cheating [​IMG]
  10. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    It's just a tool (as are ALL the other things we all use these days). It doesn't cook the meat for you, but it certainly helps control one of the many variables.
  11. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have 2 of these. One probe goes in the meat and the other has a clip that attaches to grate. Seem to work fine. Only thing I dont like is the sending unit has on and off in the battery compartment. Thats a bit cumberson if you need to reset but havent had to often. Seems like a good unit overal. Watch your chamber doors dont slam on the probe wires. Good Luck Believe the model number is ET 73 . Can find them on sale from time to time for about 40.00 for 2 of them.
  12. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well said! Takes a lot of the guess work and finger crossing out!
  13. I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy, but to me the "guess work" is what makes this a craft rather than just using an oven. Same reason I use a wood smoker instead of a propane. Just me I guess.

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