Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokinnn, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    Are there thermometers that you can put into the chicken and leave them there while it smokes? I hate opening things up and going through the time of poking an thermometer into places until I have a good read and losing all that heat and smoke. I would think that if I could just open it up long enough to read the temp of a thermometer that is already set, it would be much faster and easier.
  2. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi, yes there are many thermometers that will do what you asked. I use the Maverick ET73 which monitors cabinet temp and internal cooking temps. It claims a distance of 100 feet for the remote monitor, but I have found the range to be less than that. Still a great thermometer. A quick google search will locate the Maverick if you choose to pursue it.
  3. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    Thanks Bill, That should work even better than what I had in mind!!! [​IMG]
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The meat probe thermometers are designed to stay in the meat being smoked/cooked for the duration of the process. You just insert the probe in the thigh/leg of the chicken and connect the probe wire to the thermometer. The thermometer can be placed outside of the smoker so you can easily monitor it without opening the smoker/oven. I hope this helps you.
  5. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If you get a digital thermometer with wire probe make sure you don't just sit it on topof the smoker. It gets a little to hot up there. I usualy put a brick or a piece of 2x4 on the smoker and then put the transmiter on that.
  6. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    So with the digital thermometer you have to run a wire from the probe to a transmitter outside the grill? Like through the vent? So with the digital thermometer you can never close things up completely? Is that right?
  7. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    home depot carries a charm glo digital thermo with remote monitor $30.00

  8. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    Has anyone used that one? The Charm Glow?
  9. ga.roadhog

    ga.roadhog Fire Starter

    I use the Oregon Scientific and love it. See it at:

    I found it on sale at Lowes for $30 a bit ago. Now it is listing at $39. It is programable by type of meat and the doneness you desire or you can set specific temps. It alerts you a few minutes before you need to be at the smoker. That is real handy since it works over 300 yds away. I have used it in an open field and it worked as advertised. I'm sure that distance would be diminished through walls and doors.
  10. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    it figures... my local lowe's doesn't carry it.[​IMG]
  11. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    you do not want to close things up completely. Smoke needs to escape somewhere or your fire could go out.
  12. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    what kind of pit/smoker do you have ?
  13. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    It's a Masterbuilt propane bullet style all-in-1 type water smoker. It is never completely sealed. But I like to keep the vent on top closed all the way most of the time.
  14. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    from what i've seen the probe cords are small enough you could put it in @ the grate level (if it's the mb 7 in 1 i just googled) and not lose much heat or smoke- just be careful replacing the lid as to not pinch the wires. or you could just drill a hole abot 2" above grate level & add a regular temp. gauge.
  15. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    i use the charmglow and it works great.

  16. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    Cool. And it does monitor the internal meat temperature?
  17. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You can get one from Wally-World for about $14 , it doesn't transmit 100 yards but it works great, it's a Taylor-Made

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