Temp. reading on thermometer
When I don't have to cook for a lot of people, I sometimes just use the kettle for smoking. I don't have the kettle version with the thermo. attached to the lid so I just stick a dial thermo. in where the top vents are.
If I place the thermo. into the top vents, it reads 275. When I move it to where the grate area is, it's 225. I've done this repeated times and I can see the thermo. dialing up or down as I move it.
One would think that the closer you are to the heat source, the hotter it would be. However, according to this thermo., the further up from the heat source/coals the hotter it is.
Is anyone else experiencing this? Why is this so? Which reading of the temp. would you go with?