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Old 07-10-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Bandera 101 Question

Thanks to Kapn and others, I have downloaded and read the Bandera 101 document and plan on making the mods necessary to make it a good smoker.

The document states: "The Banderas’ thermometer has been reported to be off as much as 75 degrees. DON’T count on that thermometer"

It recommends to buy probe thermometers to off set this issue. My question is, has anyone found a good reliable thermometer to replace the one on the door?

I have nothing again using the probes, but sometimes it's nice to have a door mount to check out. It won't short out if it rains on me while I'm smoking.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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The door thermometer's quality is not the problem.

The heat runs right up that front wall and causes really high indicated temps.
So, you need to measure the temp further toward the middle of the cooker.

I spent many hours cooking and messing with mine.
I finally knew it to the point that I just dropped a probe thermometer in the vent and that is all I needed to know.

But, that takes time.

A probe in the interior is still the best way to quickly learn your cooker.

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