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grilling24x7 01-14-2013 11:32 AM

Are these thermometers junk? UDS
I was ready to pull the trigger on a $40 Tel Tru. Then I was thinking about it. I'm going to do a 2.5 inch stem, mounted into the side of a UDS. I can't have the stem longer b/c the charcoal basket will nick it when removing. I do not want to have a removable 10" turkey fry thermometer through a grommet. I want one mounted to the side.

Clearly i'm not expecting a dead accurate temperature reading. This is just for a quick glance from the house to make sure its not at 50 degree or 450 degrees. I'll have digital probes in the UDS as well, which will let me calibrate any thermometer I put in the side and will let me know exact temps if I need them.

I found this on amazon. Anyone ever seen them? 2 for $30 with free shipping. Any thoughts?

My gut tells me "made in China" junk. But I'm wondering if it really matters.

jrn 01-14-2013 12:30 PM

Have you checked out the ones from Spicewine?

Pappy 01-14-2013 01:02 PM

We have some 3" ones that look like that. Bought them from River Country. I think they were free shipping at the time. Haven't used them yet, still building the smoker.

Triple T BBQ 01-14-2013 02:42 PM

Have a couple river country glow in the dark units on our comp rig. Thy work well but we did have to recalibrate them after towing out to Worthington mn via I90 last year. Really rough and bouncy hiway. Took about ten minutes to tweak them back to reading normally. They ended reading about twenty degrees low after being bounced around for several hours. Notices it when I put the digital temp units in the meat and hooked up the grate level probes.

Bbq Bubba 01-14-2013 03:39 PM

Yes. Made in Taiwan.

NRA4Life 01-14-2013 05:59 PM

Buy the Tel-Tru.

kevine 01-14-2013 06:01 PM

I found similar looking ones, two for about $12, on Ebay, within the past six months. I bought them, and they work fine.

J'ville Grill 01-14-2013 06:12 PM

A lot of therm others of that type can be calibrated.

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Skidder 01-14-2013 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 2328611)
Yes. Made in Taiwan.

yup junk

Skidder 01-14-2013 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by NRA4Life (Post 2328799)
Buy the Tel-Tru.

true buy once/cry once. they will be with u forever

Dalton 01-14-2013 07:57 PM

I bought one for my mini WSM. My Maverick read 255. This thing read 200. Put it in my 22.5" WSM. Same problem. I'm throwing it away as soon as my Tel Tru shows up.

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BobM 01-14-2013 08:00 PM

I bought two, cheap, Chinese made thermometers for a mod I did to my WSMs, the pair was $20.58, delivered.

They passed a boiling water test, and after 3 or 4 cooks, are still working fine.

The ones I bought.

On my WSM.

martyleach 01-14-2013 08:09 PM

The problem I have had with most in drum thermos is that you really need to keep them clean. Like with steel wool. Apparently the patina that gets on the needle doesn't conduct heat as well or something ?? So, they work great the first 4 cooks and then start to wander until you clean them.

woodbutcher1 01-14-2013 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by grilling24x7 (Post 2328305)
........... I do not want to have a removable 10" turkey fry thermometer through a grommet. I want one mounted to the side.
My gut tells me "made in China" junk. But I'm wondering if it really matters.

Looks like you made up your mind of what you DON"T want, then there is no need to tell you why and how to install a thermo that will give consistent curate readings is there.?

peppasawce 01-14-2013 08:33 PM

Get that Tel Tru

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