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London BBQer 07-19-2013 06:52 AM

Weber OTG 2013 thermometer, and mods to old OTG
Hi All,

Been a long time since I posted on here, but I just wanted to thank everyone who does post up results and techniques. Here in England there are so many people who can't be bothered to learn how to do BBQ properly and just fire up that gas canister. My ribs, chicken and burgers are now famous locally, thanks to all the info I have gleaned from these forums.

Anyways, just been given a replacement OTG 22.5" 2013 model due to rust through on my current model (had to push a little, but Weber made good). Can't wait for it to arrive on Monday!

Just a quick question, how accurate are the stock thermometers? I know the previous ones havent been that great, but thinking I could take the Tel-Tru I ordered for the old 22.5" and see if it fits the new hole. I've forgotten the model of mine, but it is very accurate for dome temps.

Also, being in the UK and hence the lack of mod companies, is there a way to modify the old 22.5" to become more like a WSM/UDS? Or is it really a case of getting a built attachment from someone like the Cajun Bandit - only trouble is the cost of international shipping!

London BBQer 07-19-2013 03:37 PM


ToddM 07-19-2013 06:03 PM

I can't say, the thermometer has only come with the OTG recently, mine doesn't have one. My guess is it's probably not something you'd use to give you accurate temps but should give you a ballpark temp.

Cajun Bandit is bad enough on their shipping rates domestically, international shipping I'm sure would be cost prohibitive.

HookedOnQ 07-19-2013 06:33 PM

I can't speak for the thermometer being accurate or not as I dont have one but weber sent me a replacement lid earlier this year for my otg its a 2013 lid and does not have the therm in it so the one they send you may not have it either

benniesdad 07-19-2013 07:37 PM

I have four Weber factory thermometers on various grills. Three of them were spot on when tested and one measured almost 20 degree too low. It is really hit or miss with any of them. The only way to know is to test them and even then you are only normally confirming them against one particular temperature. I personally don't worry too much about it. For high temp grilling I only use them as an approximate measure and to track if my fire is maintaining temp. For BBQ, I am normally using a digital along with the mounted thermometer. In that case, it is only a backup as I depend upon the digital to track my actual temps.

colin.p 07-19-2013 07:45 PM

For the first hour or so, I found that the dome therm was quite aways off from the grate therm. However, after that, they both read fairly close together. It's as close as I need it to be.

London BBQer 07-20-2013 04:07 AM

Great advice.

Thanks guys. I think I'll leave it as is for now then and see how it goes.

miller4eyes 07-20-2013 04:13 AM

I have no idea about there thermometers, but good to see an English person in the brethren hopefully more will follow and start bbqing better

Hawg Father of Seoul 07-20-2013 06:31 AM

You could cut the center section out of a 55 gallon drum and use that to make a WSM like rig.

London BBQer 07-22-2013 09:15 AM

I've been toying with the idea of a UDS for a long time. The Weber lid should fit perfectly too.

Ah, decisions, decisions. I've got enough projects to do that my other half would probably have a fit if I prioritised the UDS!!

Need to cook up some more ribs, that'll let her know what she is missing without a big UDS!

Bobby R 07-22-2013 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by Hawg Father of Seoul (Post 2558245)
You could cut the center section out of a 55 gallon drum and use that to make a WSM like rig.

This was like a DUH Moment for me. I don't know why I never thought about that. Gump! You are a GD genius:loco:.
This will be my next project!

muidaq 07-22-2013 01:55 PM

What about a rotisserie ring or KettlePizza doing double duty as a WSM emulator? I was thinking of adding a rotisserie to my KettlePizza and just wrapping the hole with foil.

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